After a Spring filled with local pop-up concerts, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (Levitt LA) is thrilled to celebrate the return of live music by gathering this summer in MacArthur Park for a booming season of free concerts beginning July 30. The in-person concert series will be followed by the online premier of Barrio Fino, a 5 part docu-series diving into the vibrant and distinct communities in and around MacArthur Park, Levitt LA’s home of 14 years.
Levitt LA’s in-person concerts will once again transform MacArthur Park into a sonically charged urban oasis presenting free, live music under the stars with established and emerging artists. The electrifying 2021 lineup features international greats as well as LA’s own superstar talents who perform a wide variety of genres including cumbia, rock, soul, ska, mariachi, electronic dance music, folkloric music from Mexico & Central America, Tejano, reggae, and many more. Levitt LA’s high-caliber free music programming offers all Angelenos access to the arts, welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds in a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) setting. Levitt LA is also pleased to announce the concerts will be live-streamed online, expanding the accessibility of free high-quality music programs for all.
Barrio Fino is a five-episode docu-series premiering on Levitt LA’s YouTube channel beginning Aug 30, 2021. Developed during the pandemic as a collective love letter to the near-and-dear communities surrounding MacArthur Park, each 60-minute episode dives into the music and cultural diversity of Westlake, Koreatown, Historic Filipinotown, the North American Indigenous populations of Los Angeles, and the legacy of Youth & Hip-Hop in the park. Live-streamed and screened at sundown from the rooftop of Walter J. Towers, Barrio Fino features popular live musical performances and creative video segments highlighting the food, fashion, art, and history of these communities with dynamic interviews by community leaders, culture bearers, and artists. Levitt LA co-curated each episode with longstanding collaborators United American Indian Involvement Inc., Asian American eXchange Media, FilAm Arts, Carmelo Alvarez, and Sunset Ecléctico. Full episode details, artists and musical act line up announcements to follow.
In-Person 2021 Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles schedule is as follows:
(July 30) La Banda Elastica Presents – Flor Amargo & DJ set by La Banda Elastica
(July 31) Office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo Presents – Selenamos
(August 1) Little Ethiopia Cultural & Resource Center Presents – Ras Michael and The Sons & Daughters of Negus, King Malik, and Guade
(August 6) Evoekore Media Presents – The Paranoias + Friends
(August 7) IMG Records Presents – Mariah Avila & Angel City Soul Band with DJ set by Ruben Molina
(August 8) Mundo Mayan Foundation Presents – 4th Annual Mundo Maya Day featuring Lucas Critchfield, La Flor de Yucatan, Freddy Ucan & Juli Dzul, California Mesoamerican Ballgame, Kalpulli Teotlalli Tepeyollotl, Hermano Jose Ajpu Munoz, Tata Guillermo Hernandez, Abuela Sara Z Mijares & a Mayan Fire Ceremony
(August 13) Lethal Amounts Presents – DJ set by Lethal Amounts
( August 14) Subsuelo & Late Night Laggers Present – Son Rompe Pera with Djs Subsuelo & Late Night Laggers
(August 15) Organización Regional de Oaxaca Presents – Banda Filarmónica Herencia Zoochileña, Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac, Grupo Folklorico Princesa Donaji, Ballet Folklorico Nueva Antequera
(August 20) Globalista Presents – With Love from LA – Rashaan Ahmad & Mark de Clive-Lowe
( August 21) Goethe Institute, La Junta, & Pacifica Music Group Present – Isaac Torres y Su Alianza, Maxi Pontigratz – DJ set by La Junta
(August 22) Mi Linda Nicaragua Presents – Gustavo Bucardo
The 2021 Levitt LA concerts are presented free of charge, and an RSVP is recommended for event updates. Audience members are welcome to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs. All concerts will be live-streamed on Levitt LA’s YouTube Channel. As public health measures from the County of Los Angeles are rapidly changing, information on social distancing and/or mask requirements will be clarified closer to the beginning of the series.
Two parking lots that are located less than two blocks away from the venue will stay open late every night during the concert season. The MacArthur Park venue is also fully accessible by Metro rail and bus lines.
To RSVP and for the full 2021 series lineup, live stream instructions, and safety guidelines, please visit http://levittlosangeles.org.