Community members have the opportunity to come out and “Revel with a Cause” at this yearís Santa Monica Festival, an annual city-sponsored celebration of the arts, world cultures and the environment.
Santa Monica Festival 2007 is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20th, in Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
“Revelers” at the 16th annual Santa Monica Festival can expect music, dance, and visual arts delivered by performers and artists, including Cava, Bollywood Step Dance and the Rhythm Roots Allstars. Organizers say the event is intended to honor the many cultures that have shaped Santa Monicaís history.
CAVA, the festivalís musical headliner, plays Latin-influenced jazz with a tinge of Peruvian soul weaving in and out of cumbia, salsa, Afro-Cuban Son and ska beats, centered on the vocals of Claudia Gonzalez. Bollywood Step Dance fuses hip-hop, jazz, salsa, East Indian Classical, folk, and Bhangra dancing with Bollywood film traditions. The Rhythm Roots Allstars unleash an arsenal of drums and percussion, a full horn section, guitars, bass and steel pans on the listener.
This year, the festival is implementing “zero-waste principles” to minimize the garbage that normally goes into landfills and to maximize recycling. The event will be powered by renewable energy with both stages operating on solar power. The new Santa Monica Active Living Program Bike Santa Monica will also be debuted, encouraging attendees to “go green” by riding bikes to this yearís event, which even includes bicycle valet parking services.
Emcees for the day include Wes Terry, chairman of the Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Board, on the Ocean Stage; and . Joe Hernandez-Kolski & DJ Jedi (Emmy winners for “Outstanding Youth Programming” for the Downbeat Showdown television program) on the Youth Stage.
The day will also feature workshops facilitated by the Santa Monica Library, 18th Street Arts Center and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
The Eco Zone will feature displays and demonstrations that highlight local and global environmental issues, and demonstrate ways residents can make a difference.
The festival opens at 9:30 a.m. with a drum session by Hands on Drum Time with John Lacques. Participants can grab a drum and make some noise as the Family Bike Parade makes its arrival at the festival. Instruments will be provided by Remo Drums.
On the Ocean Stage, City of Santa Monica Welcome and Sustainable Quality Awards will be given at 11 a.m. to local businesses, honoring leadership in environment issues. The winner of this yearís Twilight Dance Series Poster Contest is to be announced at 11:25 a.m.
In addition to the festival headliners, Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela ‘Elua, a Hawaiian music and dance group; and Leon Mobley & Da Lion, an African rhythms and percussion group will perform.
The Youth Stage will feature Pico Youth and Family Center Hip-Hop Artists; Samohiís Barbershop Gentlemen; the Downbeat 720 high school talent program; and Chili con Carne jazzy rock en espa“ol from the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.
Each year, the festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, Community & Cultural Services Department, Santa Monica Arts Commission and City of Santa Monica Environmental & Public Works Management Department.
Information, (310) 458-8350.