The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) celebrates the 41st anniversary of the Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival, and the 46th anniversary of the Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. DCA and the Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center will host multicultural dance and music performances at the 41st Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2023 and the 46th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 1, 2023 to continue these festivities.
An all-star line-up of international recording artists, local jazz greats, percussionists, and dancers will come together over two days, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., for unbelievable festival experiences under the artistic direction of Rosie Lee Hooks, Patrice Rushen, and Munyungo Jackson. Presented by DCA and the Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center, the two-day festival is free and open to the public.
Both festivals take place at the DCA’s Watts Towers Arts Center Campus at 1727 East 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002. For more information, please call 213.847.4646 or visit www.wattstowers.org.
Festival Schedules: 41st Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival (Saturday, September 30, 2023, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM). Masters of Ceremonies: Kamau Daáood and Dee Dee McNeil.
11:00 a.m. Xochipilli - Aztec traditional dancing featuring Huehuetl and Teponaxtle drums.
12:00 p.m. Korean Classical Music and Dance Company -Traditional Korean and drum dance.
1:00 p.m. SHINE Mawusi - An alliance of women practicing, nurturing, and empowering communities by spreading the knowledge of West African drum culture.
2:00 p.m. Garifuna Cultural Group - Garifuna World Cultural Experience.
3:00 p.m. Gimme A Beat -Just Rhythms and Rhymes featuring Tony Austin (drums), Mic Holden (percussion and MC), Kahlil Cummings (percussions), and Brian Collier (drums).
4:00 p.m. Magatte Fall featuring LaVoix - A drum and dance group representing Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Gambia.
All Day Activities at the Festivals:
Drum Pavilion: Universal Drum Circle-- Led by Matt Gibson III
Noah Purifoy & Charles Mingus Galleries --“Black, Brown, and Beige” exhibition curated by Nery Gabriel Lemus and Jimmy O’Balles
Book Signing-- Chukes, “Identity Theft: Creations from a Social Conscience”
Dr. Joseph and Bootsie Howard Gallery-- International Musical Instruments
Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center-- Children’s Activities 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Garden Studio Gallery-- Tiling and Gardening Activities
Watts Towers Amphitheatre-- Food Court
Nuestro Pueblo – The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia-- Open for guided tours
|When||Saturday, September 30, 2023.|
|Time||10:00 AM-6:00 PM|
1727 E 107th St
Los Angeles, CA 90002