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Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson is proud to reveal the lineup for the New Blues Stage at #ActivateUptown on Saturday, October 1st.  This stage will be located near the corner of Artesia Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue.  

new_blues_revolution.jpgThe New Blues Stage is presented by New Blues Revolution front-man Bill Grisolia, and will showcase the best in local blues bands, including:

  • The New Blues Revolution- The New Blues Revolution is made up of regional artists playing from San Francisco to San Diego and internationally. The band is based in Long Beach, and plays festivals, concerts and top nightclubs around the nation.  They seek to further the reach and progression of the blues idiom in modern music.
  • The Brophy Dale Band- Brophy Dale has a long distinguished career across the United States and internationally as the principal guitarist for the Stray Cat Lee Rocker. The band plays a variety of music from blues, rockabilly to rock 'n' roll.
  • DEBi & the GrooveMakers-  DEBi & the GrooveMakers became a hit of the Golden Groove Stage and have performed at the prestigious NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. They have also been selected as Artist of the Week for a Spotlight featured artist special in the Edge newspaper in Long Beach.

Vice Mayor Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

Dear Friends, 


For the last two years, I've served as a member of the Regional Council of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), working to undertake a variety of planning and policy initiatives for a livable and sustainable Southern California. SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. 

Well, we're about to place North Long Beach in a regional spotlight. I'm excited to announce that we are partnering with SCAG to host #ActivateUptown, a one-day open-streets block party to experience North Long Beach in a whole new way!

On October 1st, enjoy a FREE, open-streets festival with live music, activities, food, crafts, giveaways and more, highlighting the Uptown Renaissance and various active transportation improvements on the horizon. Drawing from the spirit of great events like Beach Streets and the Uptown Jazz Festival, #ActivateUptown will take place right in the streets, along Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. 

Artesia Boulevard, from Atlantic Avenue to Orange Avenue, will be open to people walking, biking, and playing in the street, and closed to car traffic. Myrtle Avenue, from Harding to 70th st., will showcase a re-imagined streetscape with temporary features (including a bike boulevard and roundabout) that make walking, biking, or skating easier, safer and more enjoyable. Come check them out!

We are planning for a variety of exhibits and attractions highlighting the Uptown Renaissance, like a live mural installation, a Healthy Eating Active Living Zone, youth basketball tournament, a diverse selection of music and entertainment along the route for all ages, and Uptown Village Fest - an art and STEM showcase, featuring an amazing selection of headlining and local artists like:

  • A surprise guest headliner
  • Back by popular demand, The Pharcyde, 90's alternative Hip-Hop Pioneers
  • Guiness World Record Longest Freestyle Artists, MC Supernatural
  • Bootleg Orchestra, Neo-soul/electronica collective
  • Vibrant Heights, local-based Reggae group
  • And many more to be announced in the weeks to come!

Bring your family and friends and meet your neighbors at #ActivateUptown – there’s something for everyone on October 1st!

Stay tuned, more details to come.

#ActivateUptown is sponsored by the City of Long Beach, SCAG’s Go Human Campaign, Clean Transportation Funding - MSRC, and The California Endowment.

For additional information about #ActivateUptown, follow our Facebook event page, visit the event website page, or contact our office at (562) 570-6137.  We hope to see you there!


 Go Uptown!


Vice Mayor Rex Richardson