On July 4th, The Music Center will present its free 3rd annual block party at the 12-acre Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. extravaganza will feature everything from picnic areas for attendees to entertainment in the form of renowned jump-ropers, DJs, musicians, artists, salsa dancers, and food from 30 vendors, culminating in a downtown rooftop display of fireworks.
There’s nothing like reveling in the Southern California sun with good old-fashioned exercise. And what better way than to have jump-rope experts, represented by the Foothill Force Jump-Roping Team, show off their skills. They will be sure to impress because, for those who aren’t aware, the team is of the highest caliber, having previously competed at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.
The DJs will be comprised of an eclectic group of individuals who have plied their craft in clubs, coffee shops, and radio shows from New York to Los Angeles. Among them are Jeremy Sole, LA JUNTA, Marion Hodges, the Groove Junkies, Victor Rodriguez & Chris Bowen, Anthony Valdez, Sweet Beats Truck with DJ Ry Roast, and I&I Sound System. The latter two, who pride themselves on spreading love through hip-hop and reggae music, will perform on specially constructed mobile stages throughout the day.
Furthermore, there will be visual art for all to see, such as the Mobile Mural Lab, a public art project celebrating muralists and public artists, mural education, events, and workshops. In addition, the work of environmental artist and industrial designer, Doron Gazit, who is known for seamlessly introducing large-scale art pieces to the natural environment, will be highlighted as a must-see for those in Grand Park.
Not to mention, salsa dancing will fire up the 4th of July night as well. Three couples, who have competed professionally around the world, will dance with impassioned movements to the tune of DJ Rumbero’s high-tempo and highly infectious club-style music.
Truly, the event is about melding the sounds, soul, and style of L.A. into one incredible celebration on Independence Day. It will not only offer a microcosm of Los Angeles’ best, but unite every Angeleno, or out-of-towner in attendance, along the eight city blocks at the Grand Park in Downtown L.A.
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