Centinela Valley area residents are invited to attend free concerts on Sundays during the month of June in Grevillea Art Park, across Manchester Blvd. from City Hall and adjacent to Inglewood High School. The concerts on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 will begin at 3:00 pm and continue through 5:00 pm.
June 7 - Estaire Godinez and her Brazilian jazz guitar, followed at 4 p.m. by Ms. Liza G. Fly, a Country songwriter and vocalist.
June 14 -Delian Music Student Ensemble and Charles (Chazzy) Green, a teacher and well known and very entertaining local jazz saxophonist.
Fathers’ Day (June 21) – R&B artist Jimmy Roland followed by the funky beats of Ms. Fae DC and Friends.
June 28 - Dennis DeLoach (known locally as dePoet for his spoken word/vocal talent) and to conclude the program – Jazz Impressions – a quartet of El Camino College’s best jazz students.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy Sunday afternoon in the park. For those who rather have someone else prepare their food, vendors will be in the park with food and soft drinks.
If you’ve not yet visited the newly restored “History of Transportation” mural, the concerts are a great way to combine history, culture and fun. Rededicated in August 2007, the 60-panel mural, which is nearly the length of a football field, was designed by artist Helen Lundeberg for the U.S. government’s Federal Arts Project under the WPA (Works Project Administration) and installed in what was then Centinela Park in 1940.
Nearly obliterated by graffiti and tagging, the mural was boarded up and finally removed for restoration before being reassembled in the new art park. Restoration took four years and more than one million dollars. Spearheaded by the citizen’s Historic Site Preservation Committee and the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Service, restoration of the mural was funded primariliy by grants.
The rare petrachrome (tiny stone mosaic) mural is the largest of its kind in the world The Los Angeles Conservancy selected the Inglewood Mural as one of the projects to be presented with an award for outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation.
The Sunday spring concerts are a great opportunity to enjoy viewing the world famous artwork and listen to some great music. Just show up any Sunday in June at 3:00 pm or for additional information, call Pam Renowden at 310.412.8750.