Sunday, July 16
5:30PM Festival begins
6:00PM – 6:45PM Sidestage
7:00PM – 8:30PMMain Stage
Blending Afro Cuban rhythms with Jazz, Latin Jazz, Pop, and R&B influences, Louie Cruz Beltran is an entertainer at heart – an entertainer who is also a superbly skilled conguero, timbalero, and vocalist. In short, Louie is the complete package.
Louie Cruz Beltran is a charismatic entertainer, singer and master percussionist who has captivated audiences with his dynamic stage presence and wonderful vocals.While Louie has had many memorable performances throughout his career, one of his favorites will always be the 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 16, 2012. It was to be Bill Cosby’s last festival as emcee and Louie stole the show. To quote Richard Ginnell of Variety, “the Louie Cruz Beltran Jazz Ensemble was an unexpected triumph of the day.” Chris Walker, writing in JazzTimes Magazine, said “Beltran seized attendees’ attention with percolating percussion, stimulating chanting choruses and searing brass arrangements.” In addition, Louie has headlined all four of the Annual LA Vida Music Festivals at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills, annually kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month and Brazilian Day for the Greater Los Angeles community while showcasing the vast variety of Latin influences in the arts. Guest artists appearing with Louie’s orchestra include Hubert Laws, Poncho Sanchez and Pete Escovedo among others.
Among his acheivements, Louis has performed with such greats as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, and Jorge Claudio, and recently with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Poncho Sanchez, and Pete Escovedo. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council presented a proclamation recognizing Louie’s contributions to the Arts and Entertainment of Hollywood naming May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – as “Conga Day in honor of Louie Cruz Beltran”.
Louie’s love of music and the many benefits it bestows on people throughout the world continue to motivate him to perform, keeping LIVE music ALIVE and WELL for all to enjoy.
Grassy Hill Sidestage presented by Grassy Hill Entertainment
The Grassy Hill Sidestage presents the best of local and emerging talent prior to the Main Stage concert. Come early, have a picnic under the stars or dine with our local vendors onsite, and enjoy the sounds of these up and coming acts to set the mood for your evening.
KidZone features child and family focused interactive fun and games! Activities vary by day. Children can have their face painted, grab a balloon, make chalk drawings, make instruments, and color to their hearts content.
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