South Central might not be the first destination that comes to mind when listing Los Angeles’s artistic hubs, but A Place Called Home is deeply committed to sharing art with members, families and the broader South Los Angeles community. Two exciting concerts come to The Bridge Theater @ A Place Called Home this summer. “Ella Fitzgerald: The Lady, Her Music and Me,” a musical review of the iconic singer’s work, will be held on July 27th and 28th, while the Los Angeles County Arts Commission presents Latin, jazz and pop musician Nancy Sanchez on September 14th as part of its free summer concert series.
“Ella Fitzgerald: The Lady, Her Music and Me” tells the story of the life and circumstances of “The First Lady of Song.” Written and performed by Tina Fabrique, the show has been heralded by Variety as the “Top Grossing Regional Show of The Decade.” Clent Bowers Presents and Central Avenue Historic Business Improvement District partnered with APCH to present this special performance during the 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. APCH teen members will have hands-on roles in show design and stage management.
Nancy Sanchez headlines the Los Angeles County Arts Commission concert, sponsored by County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Sanchez is a singer-song writer whose music is a reflection of her Mexican and American experience. Her latest album, “American Boyfriend,” was selected by NPR’s Alt-Latino Radio program for their Best of 2017. APCH youth band 29 Live will perform as the opening act.
Jewel Delegall, APCH Program Director, Resident Programs, shared her excitement on the upcoming concerts: “The arts are critical to nourishing and expressing the needs, desires and voices of our community. APCH’s dream for the Bridge Theater is to be a hub for regular cultural events in South Los Angeles. At APCH, we believe exposure to the arts supports the social and emotional needs of children, and we know that young people who are involved in highly effective arts-based programs are more likely to achieve academically, continue on to higher education, become critical thinkers and better decision makers. We are so grateful to our longtime friend and partner, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, for continuing to support us in our effort to create and share art with the community.”
Both shows are free and open to the public. The Bridge Theater @ A Place Called Home is located at 2901 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011. Check out our Facebook page to stay updated!
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