Watts Towers Music Festival


The 31st Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival & 36th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival occurred on the weekend of September 29, 2012.  BAILA con Duende was open for viewing. Afro-Cuban folklore dancers-musicians Roxanne & Juan Carlos Blanco and their company Omo Aché performed live in a line-up of dozens of percussionists and jazz bands. Among the thousands of people present were Councilman Joe Buscaino, Olga Garay (Exec. DIrector of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs), artist Sandra De La Losa and actor Roger Guenveur Smith, all pictured in this slide show.

Watts Towers Drum and Jazz Festival – Slide Show

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BAILA con Duende, curated by visual artist LILI BERNARD, featured the works of 75 Black Artists in Los Angeles (BAILA) at all levels of their careers – from legendary, celebrity, mid-career, and emerging, to those just starting out. World-renowned McArthur Genius Mark Bradford, along with celebrity artists Kehinde Wiley, Betye Saar, John Outterbridge, Artis Lane, William Pajaud, Samella Lewis, Charles Gaines, Henry Taylor, Joe Lewis, Ulysses Jenkins, Noah Davis and Rodney McMillian were among the talent who have came together in a show of solidarity, to display their works in this exhibition whose theme was spirit. The purpose of the exhibition was to reveal the breadth of diversity in content and artistic styles of the so-called “Black Art” Diaspora. The show ran from September 9, 2012 – January 6, 2013 at the Watts Towers Arts Center, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA.

Artists in the Show: Mark Bradford, Kehinde Wiley, Betye Saar, John Outterbridge, Artis Lane, William Pajaud, Samella Lewis, Charles Gaines, Henry Taylor, Joe Lewis, Ulysses Jenkins, Noah Davis, Rodney McMillian, Charles Dickson, Toni Scott, Dale Brockman Davis, Dominique Moody, Lili Bernard, Derrick Maddox, Isabelle Lutterodt, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Vincent Johnson, Bernard Hoyes, Charles Bibbs, Joseph Sims, Duane Paul, Zeal Harris, Miles Regis, Castillo, Aaron Waugh, Rosalyn Myles, Carlos Spivey, Raksha Parekh, Steven J. Brooks, Teresa Tolliver, Lavialle Campbell, Yrneh Gabon Brown, Michael Massenburg, J Michael Walker, Anna Martine Whitehead, George Evans, Keith Mikell, La Monte Westmoreland, Donna Brown, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, June Edmonds, Silfredo La O, Wendell Wiggins, Moses Ball, Charla Puryear, Mark Broyard, Numa Perrier, Samuel Levi Jones, Milton Loupe, Ngene Mwaura, Donna Angers, AfraShe Asungi, Samuel Pace, Angela Briggs, Enoch Mack, Ingrid Elburg, Buena Johnson, Sharon Barnes, Yohannes Tesfaye, Greg Pitts, Donald Bernard, Andre Ajibade, Miriam Moore, Kevin Thompson, Karien Zachery, Jim Starks, Jr., Liliane Lathan, Isaiah Bernard Ferguson, and two artists in memoriam: Willie Middlebrook and Joseph Beckles.


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