Photo Credit: Ricky Richardson | Copyright Protected 2017
By Ricky Richardson | Guest Contributor
Lawndale, CA – Angelenos are very familiar with the local news program Good Day L. A. I want to give a shout out to the City of Lawndale with respect to this popular program. I t was a good day in Lawndale, as the city presented its fifth annual Lawndale Blues and Jazz Music Festival, Saturday, September 23, 2017.
The 5th Annual Lawndale Blues and Jazz Music Festival was held from 11:00am-5:00pm, at Jane Addams Park, 15114 Firmona Avenue. This was a great event for the music loving communities throughout the Southbay.
Autumn officially arrived on Friday, September 22nd. Strains of Summer could still be felt. The pressure cooker was still simmering as I arrived to Jane Addams Park. Susie Hansen Latin Band opened the show with a set of Latin Jazz, Salsa and Cumbia for those gathered in this beautiful park.
Susie Hansen Latin Band entertained the crowd with the following tunes “Brujeria,” “Baila Esta Cumbia,” “Vivir Mi Vida,” and a marvelous arrangement of “Vehicle” by Ides of March to cap off a great set. Susie Hansen Latin Band consisted of Susie Hansen-violin/vocals, Joe Rotundi-keyboards, Jonathan Pintoff-bass, Kasper Abbo-guitar, Daniel Castillo-congas/vocals and Tony Shogran-timbales.
I can assure you, you don’t need your eyes examined. You might have seen Susie Hansen Latin Band on several social media platforms, multiple times, at multiple venues for three different occasions on September 23rd. First at Lawndale Blues and Jazz Music Festival. There next stop was at Councilmember Gil Cedillos’ 4th Annual Latin Jazz Music Festival at Sycamore Park in Highland Park, followed by a private gig later on the same evening.
The marvelous line-up for the 5th Annual Lawndale Blues and Jazz Music Festival featured top-notched entertainment provided by Electric Caravan, Lawndale Blues Boys, Big Daddy T Blues Band and Rosa Lee Brooks Project with special guest guitarist Gregg Wright a noted band leader in his own right.