(Carson, Calif.) – The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute (Dymally Institute) at California State University, Dominquez Hills (CSUDH) announces celebrated comedian and television and radio personality DL Hughley as host of the inaugural Dymally International Jazz and Arts Festival. The festival takes place April 27, 1 to 10:30 p.m., at Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly the Stub Hub Center) on the CSUDH campus.
Hosted in partnership with Rainbow Promotions, the Dymally International Jazz and Arts Festival will deliver a day filled with live music from two stages featuring jazz, reggae, Afro-Cuban, and R&B acts from four continents and the Caribbean, as well as the works of international literary and visual artists.
“We are very pleased to have comedian/social commentator DL Hughley hosting our main stage. It should be a hilarious and thought provoking experience,” said Anthony Samad, executive director of the Dymally Institute. “It is our goal to embrace internationalism as a learning tool, as Congressman Mervyn Dymally was an internationalist in thought and in his approach to public policy and higher education. In celebrating International Jazz Day 2019, we’re using the Dymally Institute’s intellectual platform to promote music, art, and culture to underwrite thought. It’s a festival for all. The CSUDH community encourages all to join us on April 27th.”
Attendees will enjoy the soulful sounds and performances of:
- Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter, Kem
- Internationally known reggae artist, Maxi Priest
- Eight-time Grammy nominee, Gerald Albright
- Soul band, Moonchild
- Jazz flutist, Nestor Torres
- South African songstress Lira
- Post hip-hop ragtime redefiners, Parlor Social
- Reggae/Ghanaian afro-roots artist, Rocky Dawuni
- Writer, performer, curator and poet, B.A. Williams
- South Central poet and professor, bridgette bianca
- Brazilian dance company, Samba Soul
- Afro-Cuban duo, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca.
A visual arts gallery at the festival, curated by Pamela Bright-Moon, will feature the work of local artists and from throughout the United States. On exhibit will be the art of Allyson Allen, Kenny Gatewood, Patrick Henry Johnson, Michael Massenburg, Sam Pace, Sepia Collective, Philip Risby, Nychole Owens, Dewey Tafoya, and Sandra Zebi. Their work will be auctioned or sold during the festival.
Music, books of poetry, and festival merchandise will also be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the CSUDH Philanthropic Foundation in support of the Dymally Institute.
Premier sponsors of the festival include Easy Choice Health Plan, AEG, KJLH Radio, KCRW Radio, and KJAZZ Radio.
Ticket prices for the Dymally International Jazz and Arts Festival are $55 to $90. VIP tickets, which include dinner and wine, are $225. To purchase tickets, visit www.axs.com/events/371311/dymally-international-jazz-arts-festival-kem-tickets.