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KCRW Summer Nights with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes ft. Jungle Fire
September 10, 2023 • 6:00 pm PDT
DUE TO WEATHER, THIS EVENT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 20TH IS NOW RESCHEDULE TO SEPTEMBER 10TH.
Meet us at LA Plaza for a brand new Summer Nights! With sets from Jungle Fire and KCRW DJ José Galvan, food, beer garden, and after hours museum access until 8:00 PM featuring 18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Exhibit.
Hailing from Los Angeles, JUNGLE FIRE’s diverse musical and cultural backgrounds are a direct reflection of the landscape of our city. This local TropiFunk juggernaut pulls its influences from the music of legends such as Irakere, Ray Barretto, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango (just to name a few) while creating a melting pot of Afro-Caribbean and West African rhythms with heavy breakbeat funk that is as authentic as it is explosive to see live– did someone say dance party?
Let us know you’re coming and we’ll send you all the details before the event!
ABOUT 18TH & GRAND: THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM EXHIBIT
Everyone has an Olympic Auditorium story, from watching a championship boxing match to cheering on the Mexican masked wrestlers to slam dancing at a punk rock show. For nearly 80 years (1925 – 2005), L.A.’s Olympic Auditorium was a focal point for sports and culture in Los Angeles, serving as the home for visceral entertainment and competition. For the multitudes of Angelenos who entered the massive arena or watched a bout on their living room television screens, the Olympic conjures memories of courage, drama, and communal raucousness.
18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium is an immersive exhibition that encompasses both floors of the museum and cultural center and remembers characters from a disappearing world, from heroes to villains, connecting the venue to seminal events and cultural movements throughout L.A. history. Gathered from multiple collections the exhibit features distinctive objects, relics, and images, such as embroidered boxing robes, hand-stitched lucha masks, race-worn roller skates, illustrations, photography, film, oral histories, boxing posters, wrestling programs, punk rock flyers, art and more.
ABOUT LA PLAZA DE CULTURA Y ARTES
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a community hub where people gather to celebrate Latinx culture through transformative exhibitions, music, dance, culinary arts, and multigenerational artmaking and storytelling experiences. An anchor cultural institution in Los Angeles County, LA Plaza centers the Latino experience and provides a space to uplift, share, and preserve the stories of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Latinx people in Southern California. Team members collaborate with artists, guest curators, educators, historians, activists, and community members to activate the campus by providing free or low-cost programs for Los Angeles County residents.
Occupying two historic buildings in downtown Los Angeles, LA Plaza is adjacent to Olvera Street at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. The main campus includes a museum, a 30,000-square-foot outdoor space with a performance stage, and an edible garden. LA Plaza Cocina, a teaching kitchen and first-of-its-kind museum dedicated to Mexican and Mexican American cuisine in the U.S., is located directly across the street and offers cooking classes and demonstrations, a culinary arts training program, and private tastings.
Established in 2011, LA Plaza is a non-profit organization and a Smithsonian affiliate museum. More information is available at www.lapca.org.
Thank you to our sponsors!