The Watts Summer Festival recently held its 44th annual event, which was its first without long-time director Tommy Jacquette. Smaller, and produced in the face of an economic situation that felled many of the other stalwart cultural events in the city, the festival none-the-less was able to showcase many up-and-coming artists from Watts and South Los Angeles. The theme was “Continuing the Legacy” and combined old-school and new-school music from genres ranging from Motown to Hip-Hop. In addition to the three days of non-stop music, two community forums–one on education in the African American community, and the second on the legacy of Watts–were also part of the festivities.