Los Angeles rock heroes Ollin, folk legend Jim Kweskin with the Crockett Sisters, and gospel belters Little Faith lead a lineup of music, dance, and poetry representing a rainbow of cultural traditions at the eighth annual Lummis Day Festival, Sunday, June 2.
The dual-site Festival, one of L.A.’s signature cultural events, runs from 10:30a—7p. Admission to all events is free.
The main stages for Lummis Day’s performances will again be located at Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street), where the best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food, and community resources will be presented on four stages amid the historic buildings preserved on the unique museum’s grounds. The diverse styles and traditions of this year’s music (featuring 17 bands) include rock music from Boyle Heights and Japan, Cuban jazz, folk, mariachi, Americana, Gospel, indie rock, reggae, and jazz. Dance groups will present modern dance, folkloric, American historic, and flamenco traditions. Some of the historic buildings at Heritage Square Museum will be available to festival-goers via docent-led tours.
As always, the two-part Festival’s opening morning event will take place at Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43), where the day begins at 10:30 a.m. with readings by critically acclaimed poets, led by Suzanne Lummis and including Luis J. Rodriguez, Erika Ayon, and Sung Yi, preceded by a musical interlude performed by jazz guitarist Joe Calderon. The Lummis Home site will also feature art exhibits, book sales, and crafts. The Festival’s art exhibit will continue at Lummis Home until 5 p.m. while performances — music, dance, puppet theater — as well as community and family activities shift to nearby Heritage Square Museum, beginning at noon. Visitors to Lummis Home can enjoy the interior of the century-old home, influenced by mission architecture and Pueblo Indian dwellings, and can stroll through the beautiful native plant gardens that surround the building.
In addition to Ollin, Kweskin and Little Faith, musical performers scheduled to appear at Heritage Square Museum include Tall Men Group (featuring Lummis Day veteran Severin Browne), KoTolan, Many Distant Cities, The Fly By Night Jazz Band, Old Round, The Plaza De La Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble, El Profe, Sueño Eterno, Brian & Nick, The Volcano Police, Pio Pico Middle School Stage Band, and Genesee Hall. Dance ensembles will include Louise Reichlin / Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, Ballet Coco, the Lineage Dance Company, Jessica Pacheco of Flamenco Express, and the Yesteryears Dancers.
The Puppets & Players Theatre, a Lummis Day family favorite, returns with their unique brand of children’s entertainment. Other family activities include making Tongva/Chumash Clapper Sticks and planting at the Home Depot/Color Spot booth.
A shuttle bus, provided by Council District 1, will ferry festival-goers between venues and parking areas. The Lummis Day performance line-up, schedule, and parking information will be available at LummisDay.org.
Lummis Day sponsors include The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, L.A. 32 Neighborhood Council, The Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, The Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, The Highland Park Heritage Trust, Council District 1, Council District 14, METRO, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, PEN Center USA, Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation and public radio station KPFK 90.7.