First-Ever Endless Summer C.A.M.P in Tongva Park and Americana in the Park Offer Free Art and Music for All Ages

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The following is a press release from the City of Santa Monica.

The City of Santa Monica presents two event series this August and September highlighting world traditions, the roots of Americana music, and Santa Monica’s talented youth. The activations advance the City Council priority of Cultivating Economic Recovery & Expanding Community & Cultural Offerings by investing in community and cultural amenities and programs for all community members. 

“I’m thrilled to see these free events enliven the public parks that are part of the fabric of Santa Monica,” says Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis. “I’m looking forward to seeing our community enjoy the arts, support our youth, and connect with one another.” 

Endless Summer C.A.M.P. (Community | Art | Music | Picnic) at Tongva Park 
Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and enjoy four Saturday afternoons showcasing music and dance from Brazil, Cuba, Latin America, and Hawaii, including Grammy-award-winning artist Daniel Ho. Youth from Santa Monica will take the stage performing orchestral and chamber music, Balkan music, Hawaiian dance, and Ballet Folklorico. Hands-on craft workshops celebrating the park’s plants and world traditions enhance the day’s activities. The Ice Guys LA will serve frozen treats for purchase. Tongva Park’s amenities include a splash pad, playground, ocean observation deck, public art, and 100+ species of plants. Attendees can make a day in Santa Monica and explore local businesses and restaurants in nearby Downtown, 3rd Street Promenade, the Pier, and Main Street. Produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS), in partnership with the City of Santa Monica. Endless Summer C.A.M.P. is made possible by Art of Recovery. A full schedule is below. 

Americana in the Park at Gandara Park 
Now in its third season, Americana in the Park explores Americana styles from its roots to modern forms. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket, and beach chairs to enjoy jazz, blues, alt-country, folk/pop, ska, and roots electric folk rock groups along with a variety of food trucks and a McCabe’s Guitar Pop-Up Shop this September. Produced by McCabe’s Guitar Shop, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica. Americana in the Park is made possible by Art of Recovery. A full schedule is below.  

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Endless Summer C.A.M.P. (Community | Art | Music | Picnic) at Tongva Park 

  • Saturday, August 19, 2023, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Animals from around the world with Conservation Ambassadors | Santa Monica’s Elemental Strings | Succulent Plant Terrarium building workshop with artist Eros Cortes | Food Cart: The Ice Guys LA 
  • Saturday, August 26, 2023, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Afro-Cuban and Latin dance community get-down with CONTRA-TIEMPO | Hawaiian dance performance by Santa Monica’s Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Center | Sensational Sashes (or headdresses, belts or bracelets) Workshop with artist Marcus Kuiland-Nazario | Food Cart: The Ice Guys LA 
  • Saturday, September 2, 2023, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Hawaiian dance performance and workshop with Hālau Keali’i O’Nālani and Grammy-Award-winning musician Daniel Ho | Academia de Danza, Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo’s youth Ballet,  Folklorico | Fish Marionette-Making Workshop with artist Ellen Schulze | Food Cart: The Ice Guys LA 
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Afro-Brazilian dance and drumming workshop with Viver Brasil | Santa Monica Youth Orchestra‘s Balkan Ensemble | Drum Making Workshop with ReDiscover | Food Cart: The Ice Guys LA 

Americana in the Park at Gandara Park 

  • Sunday, September 3, 2023, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m – Opener: folk duo Eleni & Milo | Headliner: alt-country rock band Dead Rock West | Food Trucks*: Drizzle Funnel Cakes, Messi Burgers, Salt n Pepper 
  • Sunday, September 10, 2023, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m – Opener: blues/jazz singer Mara Kaye | Intermission: New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band | Headliner: New Orleans style soul with Dr SoundGood featuring Doug Legacy | Food Trucks*: Drizzle Funnel Cakes, The Tropic Truck, Bison Burger 
  • Sunday, September 17, 2023, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m – Opener: folk/pop singalong with McCabe’s Hootenanny Collective | Headliner: East L.A ska with The Delirians | Food Trucks*: Creamy Boyz Ice Cream, Pacifico Charbroiled Fish, Cerda Vega 
  • Sunday, September 24, 2023, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m – Opener: singer/songwriter Dan Navarro | roots eclectic folk rock with Steve Postell’s Night Train Music Club | Food Trucks*: Drizzle Funnel Cakes, Bison Burger, Eagle Rock BBQ 

*Food trucks are subject to change.  

For more information about Endless Summer C.A.M.P and Americana in the Park, visit santamonica.gov

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