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5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival | Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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The 5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival is making its way back to Uptown in style, featuring show-stopping headliners Goapele and DW3!  Houghton Park will be filled with artistry and style on June 11th, with the festival lasting from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. North Long Beach residents and friends are invited to come and enjoy music, food, vendor booths, a Kids' Zone, and many surprises. Check out our full act lineup below.


  • While Rolling Stone magazine once called Goapele the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo,” her searing voice can be both sensuous and serious, often on the same song. After taking off six years from recording, Goapele has returned to the forefront of the music scene with Break of Dawn, a collection of sophisticated songs dealing with love, loss and all the life in between.
  • After a six-year hiatus, Goapele returns to the limelight with perhaps her most diverse and exciting project to date. Without a doubt, the beauty, tenderness and joyful music on Break of Dawn will make your day.


  • DW3 is one of the most enthusiastic, smooth, new sounding bands in the Los Angeles area. Eric, William and DamonReel are the three harmonious voices that bring this high energy R&B Jazz and Latin Soul band to life. DW3 is comprised of outstanding musicians which consist of Keyboards, Percussions, Drums, Bass and Guitar.
  • Recently this year DW3 signed to RKD Music Management whose clients also consist of Platinum Artist Dave Hollister, Actress Tasha Smith, Psalmist & Writer Carnell Murrell, Singer & Pianist Holy Boy and Psalmist Tonya Baker just to name a few. The company has expanded this year to a Global company producing events in countries like Canada, Africa and Japan. 

BoxCar 7

  • Boxcar 7 is a high-energy seven-piece group recently voted “The Best Band in Long Beach” by a city that knows jazz and blues. With a powerful horn section, a charismatic front man and a seasoned, funky rhythm section Boxcar 7 plays the best of classic R&B, soul, blues, swing and a bit of classic rock. We draw from the great music of artists including Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, BB King, Joe Cocker and many more.

Brown Suede

  • Urban Jazz band Brown Suede plays just as smooth as their name, delivering quality sounds.  Based out of Los Angeles, CA, Brown Suede has jammed out in several of our local Long Beach events this past year, ranging from the State of the 9th District and the 4th Annual Uptown Latin Jazz & Blues Festival.  Ludlow Creary is a prominent leader of the group, who has been active in the Southern California musical culture for several years.

 Sit Down, Servant

  • The brand new eponymous instrumental album "Sit Down, Servant!!" follows their acclaimed debut "I Was Just Trying To Help". Following successful North American tours with Joe Satriani and George Thorogood along with headlining shows across Canada and in their hometown Austin, Texas, look for Sit Down, Servant!! on tour in support of Joe Satriani across Europe June 2014.

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Councilmember Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

The Council received from City staff earlier this month $150 million in proposed infrastructure projects to repair our streets, sidewalks, alleys parks, libraries, community centers and other buildings. The Council also considered investments to enhance the public safety of our city. These repairs and improvements can only be implemented if new revenue comes to the City.

As you may be aware, Measure “A” was placed on the June 7th ballot by the City Council.  The Council also passed a Resolution to express its intent to spend any such sales tax revenue on public safety services, police patrols, emergency 9-1-1 response, fire prevention, paramedic services, repairing streets, sidewalks and alleys, and improving and upgrading the City’s water system for conservation.

The plan prepared by staff also includes improvements to other public infrastructure such as libraries and parks, upgrades to storm water pump stations to prevent flooding during heavy rains, and making needed repairs and upgrades to fire stations, the Police Crime Lab, the Police and Fire Academies, the Public Safety building, the Emergency Operations Center, the Health Department and the Companion Animal Village.

Citywide some of the improvements and repairs will be:

     - More than $100 million for repair and paving of our streets, sidewalks and alleys.

     - More than $18 million for park repairs and upgrades.

     - $3.7 million to repair city libraries and install equipment for use by the hearing impaired.

In the 9th District, some of the improvements the Council included on its priority list are:

     - Major investments to streets, sidewalks, alleys, and courts across the district

     - Improvements and repairs to storm water pump stations to prevent flooding when we experience heavy rains

     - Investments to improve storm drains

     - $4 million to improve the Community Center at Houghton Park

     - Tree trimming in the District

     - Water conservation projects

If you have any questions, please contact my office at (562) 570-6137.


Go Uptown! 



Councilmember Rex Richardson