International Artist, Barrington Levy, Headlining Village Fest at Beach Streets

Free concert benefiting the North Long Beach Education Fund is back for the third year at Beach Streets Uptown

Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson is excited to announce that legendary reggae artist, Barrington Levy, is the surprise headliner at Village Fest at Beach Streets Uptown on Saturday, October 28th, at Houghton Park.  This is the third year that Vice Mayor Richardson has hosted Village Fest, a free concert benefiting the North Long Beach Education Fund. 

Over the past two years, Village Fest has been a key ingredient to the success of open street events like Beach Streets and Activate Uptown, helping to draw attendees and build civic engagement.  Thousands have been on hand to enjoy amazing musicians, such as Talib Kweli, MURS, and the Pharcyde.

“Village Fest is a unique and fun special event, celebrating art, diversity and youth engagement," said Vice Mayor Richardson.  "Whether you're a local Uptown resident, or visiting us for Beach Streets, we hope you join us at Houghton Park for a great community experience."

This year will recreate that feel and success of the last two years, featuring fan favorite the Pharcyde returning for the third year, new headliner Barrington Levy, and vendors, like the widely popular “Beat Swap Meet.”

“It’s always a beautiful thing when we can bring our energy to the beautiful city of Long Beach and become one with the people,” said Imani of Pharcyde.

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The full Village Fest lineup includes:

  • Barrington Levy- Born in Jamaica and one of the great success stories of the 80’s, Levy arrived on the dancehall scene and swiftly remodeled it in his own image. Although numerous DJ’s and vocalist would rise and fall during this decade, Levy was one of the few with staying power, and he continued releasing massive hits well into the 90’s. Barrington Levy continues to tour extensively, selling out shows all over the world. He is currently working on an album, and he has said it will be his last. He expresses love and appreciation to all his fans across the world, and looks forward to seeing fans at future events.
  • Pharcyde, with a live band- This will be Pharcydes’ third time playing Village Fest, and they are an audience favorite.  Their first release in “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” was two full decades ago, and its sense of timeliness is unmistakable.  It shipped over a million units, garnered comparisons to De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest, and has been hailed as one of the greatest albums ever made.  Today, the Pharcyde is still performing and touring the globe.
  • LAW- LAW is a rock band founded in Long Beach in 2013.  The band consists of Jakob Nowell (Vocalist) son of the late Sublime lead vocalist, Bradley Nowell, Nick Aguilar (Drummer), Aidan Palacios (Guitarist), and Logun Spellacy (Bassist). They are currently writing new music and seeking to spread their message through straightforward, to-the-point, no-nonsense rock music.
  • Big Zay Mack- Hailing from Columbus, Mississippi, Xavier McCrary, aka Big Zay Mack, is making his mark on the Mississippi independent music scene with his unique country rap tunes style. As an enlisted Navy sailor, he still finds time to hone his skills, and drop content to his die-hard fan base.
  • Tiago Vega- An artist and songwriter from Long Beach, Tiago is currently working on his debut project RETROGRADE, which has five self-written songs. He has the sound of new R&B wave.
  • Fes Uno- Fes Uno is a Long Beach native emcee, performing since the mid 90's. He has collaborated with many talented emcees nationwide. Since then he has created his own lane of music and sound, catering to the missing sound of the Golden Era.
  • D.N.A.- D.N.A. is a North Long Beach based band made up of 4 teenagers, including three brothers Nathan (19), Daniel (14) and Angel Luna (13), and Jasmyne Jennings (16).  All four members met approximately 3 years ago while taking music lessons locally. D.N.A. plays 70's and 80's funk music along with some current covers mixed in.
  • DJ Ervin Arana- Ervin’s journey into the world of music started off pretty simply at a summer party in the backyard of his Long Beach duplex. Ervin’s forte lays in bringing rare grooves, unexpected blends, and a more mature musical palate to listeners.

This year’s Village Fest will also include Beat Swap Meet, a record swap meet featuring dozens of invited record collectors and dealers from all over the USA and beyond. It is the world’s most unique record show featuring music from all genres, all on vinyl, and everything inspired from it. Beat Swap Meet brings together families, music enthusiasts, dance lovers and everyone in between.

Sponsors for Village Fest at Beach Streets include the Office of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, the Office of District 1 Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, the Office of District 2 Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, and Roxanne’s Events.

Village Fest will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with live music, activities, food, beer garden and more.  It will once again run concurrently with Beach Streets Uptown, the popular City of Long Beach open streets event that encourages residents to walk, bike, shop, and enjoy musical performances throughout the route. The route will feature Atlantic Avenue and Wardlow Road.

For more information on Village Fest, call the Office of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson at (562) 570-6137.  For more information on Beach Streets Uptown, visit www.longbeach.gov/beachstreets.

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