Countdown to Lummis Day The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles: Ruben Martinez and the Border Balladeers
The 5th Annual Lummis Day Festival will be held on Sunday, June 6 at two locations: Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43) and nearby Heritage Square Museum (3801 Homer Street). The opening poetry gala begins at 10:30 am at Lummis Home. Art Exhibitions will open at Lummis Home at noon and continue through 5:00pm. Music, dance, food, comedy, and community activities take place at Heritage Square Museum, from 12:30pm-7:00pm.
Ruben Martinez and the Border Balladeers will appear at 3:30 PM on Stage 1.
From Martinez' MySpace Page:
Rubén Martínez is a fixture on L.A.'s cultural & political landscape. Writer, musician, spoken-word artist, intellectual, activist-he likes stirring the pot, mixing the genres, breaking down the borders.
Joe "City" Garcia is Rubén's longtime musical partner, conjuring vibes as varied as flamenco and r&b on acoustic & electric guitars. John Schayer and his blues-inflected bass have livened up acts like Bob Welch and Jay Gordon. Drummer Ruben Gonzalez is a native of East L.A. and of its music scene, including a stint with R&B legends The Blazers. Dennis Gurwell is a connoisseur of all things Americana, bringing his zydeco-flavored accordeón.
Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper's first city editor in 1876. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis was also one of the city's first librarians, founded the Southwest Museum and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California. The Lummis Day Festival was created to celebrate the patchwork of cultures that enriches the city of Los Angeles.
This year's Lummis Day Festival is sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, City Council Districts 1 and 14, Eagle Portables Inc. and Home Depot Cypress Park. The Festival's poetry events are sponsored by Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation. Media sponsors include KPFK public radio 90.7, Univision KMEX-34 and the Arroyo Seco Journal.