May 092019
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The Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the Rhythm Foundation proudly re-launches Hollywood ArtsPark
Experience during the months of May and June, 2019. This series of four family-friendly events celebrates the vibrant cultures that make up the South Florida community through music, food, and fun at the magnificent Hollywood ArtsPark Amphitheater at Young Circle in Downtown Hollywood. The artists for the 2019 series are: Chicano Batman , Dirty Dozen Brass Band , Monsieur Periné , and Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá. Best of all, admission to these concerts is completely free when you RSVP!

Concert#1: Chicano Batman – Sunday, May 5, 2019, 7pm

Dubbed ‘LA’s house band,’ Chicano Batman is an atypical alt-rock quartet, blending Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of old school Latin bands. Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman have released two full-length albums, played Coachella, and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White among others. Chicano Batman’s look sets them apart as much as their sound or their name – vintage formal wear that references their 1970s Latin funk icons. They visit South Florida in support of their bold new album for ATO Records, Freedom Is Free.

Concert#2: Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8pm

Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. The band describes their unique sound as a ‘musical gumbo,’ which they have brought to five continents and more than 30 countries, 12 studio albums and collaborations with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late ’70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Opening set by Inez Barlatier.

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Concert# 3: Monsieur Perine – Saturday, June 15, 2019, 8pm

One of today’s most enchanting alt-Latin artists, Monsieur Perine connects 1930s Paris with the youthful spirit of modern Bogotá, Colombia. To a base of Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz, the band adds a variety of classic Latin rhythms like cumbia, bolero and tango, and a host of traditional instruments like charango, bandoneon and Latin percussion. “Swing a la Colombiana” has become the signature sound of Bogotá’s hipster clubs. Monsieur Perine enhances the music with visuals from their own fashion design and uniquely visuals.

Opening set by Javier Garcia.

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Concert# 4: Chucho Valdes: Jazz Bata – Saturday, June 22, 2019, 8pm

Jazz Batá, the new project of pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés, is both a look forward and backwards. In 1972, a year before he founded the transcendent Afro-Cuban jazz rock ensemble Irakere, Valdés experimented with an obscure trio which later proved crucial for his musical development. Comprised of piano, acoustic bass and batá (the hourglass shaped drum that is essential in the ritual music of
Yoruba-inspired santeria religion), Jazz Batá expressed Chucho’s deeper Cubanization of jazz.

Playing a repertoire written especially for the group by Valdés, and featuring not only batá drums but a whole battery of percussion including congas, maracas and guiro, the trio recorded only one album in 1972. But the idea “stayed with me,” said the pianist. “At the time, we chose to follow another path — and Irakere was a great project — but it’s never too late, and now we can continue with that work… It’s almost all new music,” said Valdés. “After all, while we are based on that original trio, we are doing something very different here. There are years of experiences and development in between. I believe this is going to be even better than the old trio.”

Opening set by Cortadito.

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About Hollywood ArtsPark

The amphitheater at the ArtsPark at Young Circle and US1 can accommodate over 4,000 people, several play areas for families, a long promenade for vendors and exhibitors, an indoor pavilion area for art exhibits and reception for VIPs, and much more. Specifically the event features a headlining concert in the amphitheater, a full bar and food vendors, sponsor booths for direct contact with the public, children’s play area, tourism booths and displays.

About the Rhythm Foundation

The Rhythm Foundation, an award-winning non-profit cultural organization, is a leading presenter of world music in the US. Founded in 1988 in Miami Beach with the goal of increasing international awareness through live music – Rhythm Foundation produces concerts, events and festivals by established and innovative artists from around the world. Special focus is given to those cultures connecting to South Florida audiences.

More info

Location for this concert series:  Hollywood ArtsPark Amphitheater at 1 Young Circle, Hollywood FL
Admission: Free with RSVP (see links after each concert description above or via the event website)

Food trucks and full liquor bar will be on-site for each concert.

For more information, visit or call 305.672.5202

Follow updates via Facebook pages shown below for each of the concerts in this series.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Chucho Valdés: Jazz Batá