FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 1996
Contact: Diane Turner
Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423
NEW VENUE AT CAL STATE L.A.
LOS ANGELES BLUES FESTIVAL FINDS PERMANENT HOME
AT CAL STATE L.A. BEGINNING JUNE 9
Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex and Cal
State L.A. University-Student Union sponsor the six-year-old event which
began as a backyard jam in southwest Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA -- April 19, 1996 --
The Los Angeles Blues Festival, which began as a backyard jam
and became a nomadic festival and summer mainstay over the past
six years, will find a permanent home at California State University,
Los Angeles with its first performance there on Sunday, June 9
at CSLA 's Jesse Owens Stadium.
The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State
L.A. is sponsoring the event which was started by Val and Lee
Masters of southwest Los Angeles, founders of VALLEE Productions.
According to Lee Masters, "VALLEE Productions is enthusiastic
about the opportunity to work with the Luckman and Cal State L.A.
in presenting the Blues Festival for the citizens of Los Angeles.
It has long been our dream to have the festival on this campus.
We're looking forward to a long and lasting relationship."
Patrick Bailey, Executive Director of the University Student
Union, says, "The 1996 Los Angeles Blues Festival is a first
class event featuring artists of various ethnic backgrounds displaying
their down home talent. The Union is proud to be a part of that."
Luckman Fine Arts Complex Executive Director Clifford Harper
says, " We're excited to participate with the Masters in
developing a major blues festival in Los Angeles." He adds,
"Blues is as diverse in performers as the city of Los Angeles
is in its population and cultures. We're looking forward to exploring
that diversity. The blues has become an international art form."
The first year will focus on Los Angeles area blues artists as
part of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex mission to support local
artists. Subsequent festivals will integrate more national and
international blues performers. In its short history, the Luckman
Complex has become known for encouraging innovative local and
international dance, and presenting it to Southern California
audiences. This is the Luckman's first major effort in supporting
the music scene in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Blues Festival started in 1991 as a simple barbecue
and blues jam to celebrate the Masters' first wedding anniversary.
It has grown to festival size over the past six years, necessitating
a change of venue after the third year, when it was officially
named the "Los Angeles Blues Festival." That same year,
the Masters formed VALLEE Productions as the Festival went commercial.
"Last year's festival featured six bands in a 2000-seat
venue, our largest to date. Cal State L.A.'s athletic field will
afford ultimate growth," says Lee Masters.
The setting at Jesse Owens Stadium on Sunday, June 9 will be
a family environment, planned for relaxation and enjoyment. Food
and craft vendors will be on site. Tickets with be $20 for the
general public and $12 for students with identification and seniors
65 and over. Children under 10 years of age are admitted free.
The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex is noted
for bringing the arts in some of their most creative and innovative
forms to Southern California. The Complex is located at the Eastern
Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the California
State University, Los Angeles campus. Luckman's striking red
brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres
and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. For additional information
about the Los Angeles Blues Festival call (323) 343-6610.
Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, VALLEE
Productions and the Cal State L.A. Student Union
sponsor Los Angeles Blues Festival.
Local entertainers gather for a day of blues entertainment in
this sixth annual event.
Jesse Owens Stadium at Cal State L.A.
Junction of I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.
June 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$20 General Public; Seniors and students $12.
Call (323) 343-6610.