Saturday, July 19, 2008

Historic Filipinotown celebrates with a Street Festival on August 2

Los Angeles, July 12th 2008. The street festival Los Angeles’ 6th Historic Filipinotown Festival on Saturday, Aug 2nd will feature a vast array of luminaries in eleven hours of stage entertainment, with free admission and free parking to everyone.

Nora Aunor, living legend and diva extraordinaire of Filipino movies and entertainment, has confirmed her attendance to this huge street festival. Ms Aunor will entertain her crowds of admirers in an incredible segment of voice, presence and charisma.

Vocalist and musician Mon David will be gracing this feast of luminaries. The Grand Prize Winner- 2006 London Int’l Jazz Vocal Competition , 2006-07 Awit Awardee, and 2004 Most Outstanding Kapampangan in Culture, Music & Arts will be feasting the crowds with the best of his repertoire.

Latin Rhythm Kings featuring Frankie Garcia’s Cannibal and The Headhunters and Rudy and Steve Salas of Tierra have also confirmed their performance. The well remembered album “Land of 1000 Dances” skyrocketed the original members of Cannibal group in the 60s as they toured with The Beatles. The original “Tierra” in early the 70s were very famous for their cover of the Intruder’s ‘Together’, which cracked the R&B Top Ten in 1980 and reached number 18 on the pop charts.

The renowned Kultura dance group, with a legacy of fourteen years and four hundred fifty performances, a regular in Ford Amphitheater and more mainstream artistic stages, will come grace the crowds with the best of Filipino culture. Kultura leads a robust bloc of folklore at the Filipinotown Festival, including the delightful talent from the Troy Philippine Dance Group, extraordinary and dramatic contributions from the Teatro Kandusay, All Philippine Cultural Ensemble and the charm of the Burlington School Children. In addition, segments of the other communities residing in Filipinotown will be honored: For a second year, Alvaro Vanegas’ Proyectos Saluda’s ‘El Mundo Hispano Saluda al Filipinotown 2008’ coalition brings a feast of Pan-American folklore to foster the union of Latin American communities and Filipinos: Lucrecia Navas and Nicaraguita Dance Group (Nicaragua), Cecilio Castro and Esplendor (Mexico), and David Leon and Eva Henriquez’ Concurso Internacional de Cumbia (Colombia) will be part of one hour of color and music. These groups are leading folkloric groups in their corresponding communities.
The Marvelettes Revue, the legendary R&B group which caused Motown to change the label’s focus to a smooth, orchestrated, harmonic sound that evolved from the original roots of rhythm and blues, has also confirmed their participation in the Filipinotown Festival. The Marvelettes will be performing their 1961 hit "Please Mr Postman" as part of a 45min grand review.

The vocalist Slim K captured almost 16 million viewers on his first major debut, on German national television in the early 90's at the legendary Saturday night show "Rudi Carrell Show". Slim K has performed and worked alongside the greatest acts in the 90s such as Backstreet Boys and Michael Jackson among others.
The complete lineup of this grand festival includes more extraordinary artistic talent for all generations: Justin Rivera, Ella Mae Saison, American Idol Finalist Camille Velasco Kick Rawks, VEU, Vent HipHop dancers among others. There will be live Latin talent such as Jared and Juanita dancers, and the very popular international-awarded Zorullo y la Dinamita (Aladino Manyoma) bringing everyone to their feet with old school mambo, cha cha cha, salsa and son.
The Crowning of HIFI Youth Ambassador will be another highlight of this year’s festival.

The stage begins at 11:00am and ends at 10:00pm. Location: This street Festival is on Temple/Westlake, in Los Angeles (two blocks East of Alvarado). Admission is free. Parking is free, at City of Angels Medical Center. There will be approximately 40 booths of food, goods and services. The festival will have all-day long Carnival Rides in one entire bloc for the whole family. There will be simultaneous activities such as Bus Tours over the Filipinotown District, the opening of the Smithsonian-endorsed Singgalot exhibit featuring 100 years of Filipino migration to the USA, and the extraordinary 5K Walk/Run organized by the Rotary.

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