Festival celebrating 8th Anniversary of Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway will feature hit maker Aloe Blacc and Grammy-winning artists Ozomatli performing on outdoor stage
Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway announced today that Aloe Blacc and Ozomatli will be the headline performers for the 2016 Night on Broadway festival’s outdoor stage.
Night on Broadway will take place on January 30, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and celebrates the 8thAnniversary of Councilmember Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative.
Aloe Blacc is a rapper-turned-singer with hits, such as Wake Me Up, The Man and I Need a Dollar. Blacc’s latest album, Lift Your Spirit, pushes further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that’s both undeniably joyful and eye-opening in message. Ozomatli is a multi-genre, multi-cultural, Grammy-award winning band. Shifting gears from electro-cumbia to garage rock, hip-hop, and Pérez Prado mambo, Ozomatli infuses a DJ party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude.
“I am a huge fan of Aloe Blacc and Ozomatli, both as performers and as socially conscious individuals,” said Councilmember Huizar. “They are great ambassadors for our City and I look forward to seeing them bring their special blend of music to Night on Broadway.”
Also performing on the outdoor stage, which will be located at the 3rd Street and Broadway intersection, will be the entertaining and creative 80s cover band, The Spazmatics, offering all the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980s decade we’d love to forget! Contemporary bands Bullet & Snowfox and The Cold and Lovely round out the outdoor venue lineup.
Night on Broadway is a one-night extravaganza in Downtown Los Angeles that will feature programming on the historic stages of glorious theaters often closed to the public, as well as a large street festival with an outdoor stage of its own.
See below for a list of entertainment options at seven of Broadway’s historic theaters.
Internationally renowned artists, acrobats, performers, musicians, and other acts will fill the storied Broadway corridor with art, entertainment, food and music, with a special focus on Broadway as the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Interior rooms will be filled by immersive art installations, films screenings, and a special presentation of Los Angeles based fashion brands.
With last year’s inaugural Night on Broadway drawing more than 35,000, #NightOnBroadway 2016 promises to be an even bigger success.
The Million Dollar Theatre (1918) will feature “The Million Dollar Cabaret” directed by Arya Davachi, featuring burlesque dancers, flappers, and swing bands including Phat Cat Swinger, Lost Angels DTLA, Sydney Sainté, Miss Tosh, Victoria Lane, Diamondback Annie, and, returning from last year, Burgundy Bells.
The Lucent Dossier Experience will capture audiences at the Los Angeles Theatre (1931.) Their other-worldly performance art features theatrical dance, unique aerial arts, and ancient futuristic creatures - a transformative experience where brilliance and insanity fuse together.
New Filmmakers Los Angeles will program a festival of 2 to 3 minutes films about Los Angeles in another area of the expansive venue, while sculptor / installation artist Scott Hove, known for his work with Banksy on Dismaland, will stage an exhibit in the dramatic L.A. Theatre ballroom.
DTLA’s Think Tank Gallery will curate activities at two of Broadway’s gems: international sensation Rebel Bingo will make its Broadway debut at the Globe Theatre (1912) with a modern, emotional, and exciting twist on an old-fashioned prize-centered game.
Cutting edge comedy, social commentary and music will command the stage at the Tower Theatre(1927) with comedic/musical talent Reggie Watts and a comedy music show, BAKED, hosted by Brendon Small and Steve Agee, with numerous special guests.
The Orpheum Theatre (1926) will feature performing arts troupe ZenArts. Swing dance, cabaret, glitz and glamour, “The Last Night” will transport you into the thick, roaring atmosphere of the closing night of a Vaudeville show!
The Theatre at Ace Hotel (aka United Artist Theatre, 1927) will be curated by fashion, music and lifestyle brand The Well, featuring: artists from Mad Decent, an L.A. record label founded by Diplo; Viva Presents local alt. rockers Sad Girl and cumbia punk band Thee Commons; recording artists from Skrillex’s OWSLA record label; L.A.-based dance collective Calentura; and an L.A. designer fashion show, market and exhibition, including Skingraft, Drifter, The Squad, Thorocraft Shoes, OAK, Dimepieceand others.
Event venues span blocks from 3rd Street to Olympic, while a multi-block, on-street festival from 3rd to 7th Street will tie the historic theatre venues together with interactive art activities for the young and young at heart. The festival area will feature DTLA businesses, restaurants, and bars with more than a dozen food trucks on site and late-night access to the vendors at Grand Central Market.
The festival stage will be the centerpiece of all of the outdoor action, with exciting headliners providing a spectacular soundtrack under the stars. Performance artists will roam and a Ferris Wheel lit in a myriad of colors will offer riders a glimpse of the Downtown skyline from atop a 5-story tall perch over Broadway as never before.
The Kids’ Zone presented by Star Education will feature entertaining, interactive, and educational S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) exploration for kids of all ages, wildlife animal guests rescued by the Eco Station, and musical performances by talented kid rockers in their very own bands. The Kids’ Zone will also include a special area geared towards toddlers and preschoolers.
Two Bit Circus will engage young curiosities in a space where interactive engineering intersects with technology and spectacle, while a Silent Disco Party unfolds for participants through a special HUSHConcerts headphone interface.
NoH8 will offer an open photo shoot opportunity for an additional fee as part of a worldwide to effort to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.
Produced in conjunction with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), Night on Broadway will take place January 30, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm on Broadway between 3rd Street and Olympic Blvd. Night on Broadway is free - no tickets required - open to all ages and will take place rain or shine in celebration of the 8th anniversary of Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway.
Night on Broadway is produced in partnership with METRO. Go Metro! Show your TAP card at the Bringing Back Broadway for destination discounts related to Night On Broadway. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call 323-Go Metro or (323-466-3876).
Complimentary bike valet will be provided at 5th street in the festival area, coordinated by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Broadway’s DTLA Bikes. Stay tuned for special discounts on shared ride services. Parking is available at the City’s Pershing Square Parking Garage at a flat rate of $7 for vehicles entering after 5pm, and exiting before 2am. Surface lots and garages in the area offer varying commercial prices.
Partners for this Night on Broadway event include Councilmember José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative; We Are Giants; L.A. Fashion District; Historic Downtown Business Improvement District; Downtown Center Business Improvement District; and Think Tank Gallery. Sponsors include Armbruster, Goldsmith & Delvac; Downtown News; The Los Angeles Times; Metro; Star Education; SoCal Gas; Community Resources Corporation; Planet Fitness; Avalon Bay Communities; Whole Foods; and HUSHConcerts. Mumtaz Marketing & Events is coordinating for Bringing Back Broadway. Special thanks to the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation and the Los Angeles Conservancy for volunteers, and to event co-chairs Jessica Hencier and Katie Kiefer.
The full roster of acts and activities for Night On Broadway will be updated at nightonbroadway.la
ABOUT BRINGING BACK BROADWAY
Bringing Back Broadway is an ambitious 10-year plan led by Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar to revitalize the Historic Broadway corridor in downtown Los Angeles, a National Register Historic District.
Goals are to provide economic development and business assistance; encourage historic preservation; reactivate Broadway’s historic theaters and long-underutilized commercial buildings; and increase transit and development options by bringing the beloved streetcar back to downtown Los Angeles with Broadway as the spine for the route. Under Councilmember Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative the area has already experienced a surge in new retail and restaurants and is becoming a focal point for creative office and boutique hotel development.
City policies aimed at spurring this revitalization through Bringing Back Broadway include the City’s Historic Commercial Reuse Guidelines, Broadway Entertainment Zone policies, a facade lighting grant program, an upcoming Historic Broadway Sign District, and the Broadway Streetscape plan, one of the country’s largest road diets, which prioritizes people over vehicles and creates a safer and more vibrant pedestrian experience along Broadway. More at BringingBackBroadway.com.
ABOUT LANI: The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) works with committed community members to revitalize neighborhoods through improvement of public transportation corridors, urban greening and business district projects. More at lani.org.
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