ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers presents Beat the Drum’s second annual drum festival, Beat the Drum: East Los Meets West Los, to be held on Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m., at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. One lucky Culture Spot reader can win a pair of tickets; simply email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, and one winner will be selected at random.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for picnicking, drum technique demonstrations from South Mexican and Central American traditions, live screen printing and painting, and dancing by the Capoeira Collective in the Ford Theatre Plaza. At 8 p.m., audience members will be ushered into the venue in a percussive, celebratory parade led by Aztec drumming. The main event features performances by Atabey (traditional Puerto Rican bomba), CAVA (bolero/tropical with primal taiko & cajon drumming) and East LA Taiko featuring drummer Fredo Ortiz of the Beastie Boys with special guest Lysa Flores (Latin, Afro-Cuban, Japanese fusion).
The event will be held at the Ford Amphitheatre located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068. Tickets are $20-$40. For tickets and additional information, call (323) 461-3673 (323-GO-1-FORD) or visit http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/362 and https://www.facebook.com/BeatTheDrumLA.