West Hollywood presents its 2018 Summer Sounds free outdoor concert series on select Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. from Sunday, June 24, through Sunday, Sept. 16, in the city’s parks.
The series will kick-off with Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the world’s first and only LGBTQ mariachi band, on June 24, at 5 p.m. in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. The unique ensemble was created as a haven for mariachi musicians who identify as LGBTQ to perform traditional Mexican regional music in a sometimes discriminating subculture of the mariachi world. The group is led by director Carlos Samaniego and features Natalia Melendez, the first transgender woman in mariachi.
The series returns with a blend of funk, Afro and Latin music performed by Jungle Fire on July 22, at 5 p.m. at Plummer Park. Jungle Fire is a 10-piece group influenced by the music of Irakere, Ray Barretto, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango.
Join the all-female swing band The Lady Lucks for a performance on Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. at Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road. The Lady Lucks are a new group but they can swing with the best of them.
The Summer Sounds series closes with Carol Bach-y-Rita performing on Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. at Kings Road Park. In addition to interpreting the American Songbook, Carol Bach-y-Rita performs music from Brazil and the Americas in Spanish and Portuguese.
Summer Sounds concerts are free; RSVPs are not required but are requested because there is limited first-come, first-served seating, Attendees are welcome to bring blankets and enjoy a picnic.
For information, visit weho.org/summersounds.
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