Once again Verizon has put together another fantastic series of concerts and festivals in various venues, and locations around Southern California from September 30, through October 6, 2002. Premier performances by: The Billy Mitchell Trio, Lea DeLaria and Jazz Classics featuring Patrice Rush and Ndugu Chancler. Additionally, Bela Fleck, Al Jarreau, and Chris Botti. Also, there are free outdoor concerts and festivals as well, featuring the great pianist and vocalist Ray Charles, and other artist of notable recognition, artist such as Toshi Reagon, Julieta Venegas, Gerald Clayton, and Eugene Maslov. The Billy Mitchell Trio will jump-start the 2002 Verizon Music Festival, followed later that evening by Teddy Pendergrass, September 30, at 8:30 pm on the UCLA campus, at Royce Hall. On the evening of October 1, Verizon will open with the sensational Jazz Vocalist Lea Delaria, and the Jazz Classics featuring, pianist Patrice Rushen and Drummer, Nudugu Chancler, at the Center Theatre in Long Beach at 8:00 pm. Vintage banjo performer Bela Fleck will rouse the audience with his amazing blends of bluegrass, jazz, and pop sounds. Bela takes center stage with his band the Flecktones, October 2, 8:00 pm at Royce Hall. California Plaza welcomes the first of Verizon’s free concerts with Ozomatli a band of rich Afro-Latin styles in music. Also, the talented vocalist Toshi Reagon will perform as well, October 3 at 6:00 pm. The Wadsworth Theatre will play host to the dynamic vocals of Al Jarreau and the smooth jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. The doors open at 8:00 pm on October 4, come one come all and enjoy a wonderful evening of jazz. October 5 at 7:00 pm the California Plaza will hold a second free concert, with the creative musical abilities of Julieta Venegas and Quetzal. In addition, join Eddie Palmieri y L Perfecta II at the Conga Room as they Performs rhythm of multi-styles. (Tickets are available at the Conga Room for this performance only, 323-938-1696). Verizon will host a free outdoor concert in Old Pasadena Central Park on October 6 at noon. The extraordinary pianist/vocalist Ray Charles will headline the outdoor event, among a host of other talented vocalist and musicians as well. The Verizon Music Festival also encourages everyone to take part in the seven-night series at the Temple Bar, The Jazz Bakery and the World Stage for some fantastic music.
For more information regarding Venues and Tickets, please call 310-450-1173 or visit their website.