Cumbia, “post-punk glam indie rock opera,” meringue, gospel, classic 1930s style big-band jazz dance, flamenco, and Celtic acoustic music: the 9th annual Lummis Day Festival will offer a rainbow of all-day choices in music, dance, poetry, art, theater, and kids’ activities on Sunday, June 1, at two Northeast Los Angeles locations.
The dual-site Festival, one of L.A.’s signature cultural events, runs from 10:30a—7p and will mirror the diversity of the Northeast L.A. communities. Admission to all events is free.
The main stages for Lummis Day’s performances will be located at Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer St.), where the best of homegrown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food, theater, and community resources will be presented on four stages amid the historic buildings preserved on the unique museum’s grounds.
The Lummis Day Community Foundation is collaborating with arts groups the Arroyo Arts Collective, Teatro Arroyo, and PEN Center USA to present its annual program.
The diverse styles and traditions of this year’s music will be complemented by an art exhibition organized by the Arroyo Arts Collective at Heritage Square Museum and a second exhibition, featuring art and crafts, at Lummis Home. Dance groups will represent modern dance, tap, folkloric, samba, and flamenco traditions. For the first time, Lummis Day will include live theater, presented by Teatro Arroyo, also at Heritage Square Museum. Some of the historic buildings at Heritage Square Museum will be open to festival-goers.
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 led by Suzanne Lummis and including internationally acclaimed California writer Christopher Buckley and notable L.A. poets liz gonzalez and Mary Fitzpatrick. The Lummis Home site will also feature craft and arts exhibits, book sales, and music, continuing until 5 p.m. Visitors to Lummis Home can enjoy the interior of the century-old home, influenced by mission architecture and Pueblo Indian construction, and will be able to stroll through the site’s native plant gardens.
At nearby Heritage Square Museum (a ten-minute walk or a brief shuttle ride away from Lummis Home) doors open at noon and performances begin at 12:30 p.m.
Musical performers will include Eastside cumbia heroes, La Chamba, the glam indie opera of Timur and the Dime Store Band, cumbia/meringue band Orquesta Mar de Ashé featuring La Sirena, Celtic-influenced Banna Baeg Mall, ‘30s-style classic jazz band Blue Rhythm Jazz Orchestra, gospel band Little Faith, “speakeasy folk band” Smithfield Bargain, the eclectic pop of Sweet DizPosition, rock from Alarma and Somos Mysteriosos, and a half-dozen other groups representing a variety of musical idioms, including young emerging bands — presented on their own stage —- selected from the many young musicians of the Northeast L.A. community.
Dance ensembles will include the acclaimed modern dance of Lineage Dance Company, Cuban-Brazilian-American dance by Sambasalsa!, tap dancing by veteran dancer/choreographer Chester Whitmore, and folkloric dance from the Plaza de la Raza dance troupe.
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, the Urban Science Corps and planting flowers to take home 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, the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo and Council District 1, Councilmember Jose Huizar and Council District 14, Fresco Community Markets, METRO, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, PEN Center USA, Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation, NelaArtNews, and public radio station KPFK 90.7. This concert is sponsored in part by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.