Harriet & Charles Luckman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 1996

Contact: Diane Turner
Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423

NEW VENUE AT CAL STATE L.A.

LOS ANGELES BLUES FESTIVAL FINDS PERMANENT HOME
AT CAL STATE L.A. BEGINNING JUNE 9

Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex and Cal State L.A. University-Student Union sponsor the six-year-old event which began as a backyard jam in southwest Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA -- April 19, 1996 -- The Los Angeles Blues Festival, which began as a backyard jam and became a nomadic festival and summer mainstay over the past six years, will find a permanent home at California State University, Los Angeles with its first performance there on Sunday, June 9 at CSLA 's Jesse Owens Stadium.

The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. is sponsoring the event which was started by Val and Lee Masters of southwest Los Angeles, founders of VALLEE Productions.

According to Lee Masters, "VALLEE Productions is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the Luckman and Cal State L.A. in presenting the Blues Festival for the citizens of Los Angeles. It has long been our dream to have the festival on this campus. We're looking forward to a long and lasting relationship."

Patrick Bailey, Executive Director of the University Student Union, says, "The 1996 Los Angeles Blues Festival is a first class event featuring artists of various ethnic backgrounds displaying their down home talent. The Union is proud to be a part of that."

Luckman Fine Arts Complex Executive Director Clifford Harper says, " We're excited to participate with the Masters in developing a major blues festival in Los Angeles." He adds, "Blues is as diverse in performers as the city of Los Angeles is in its population and cultures. We're looking forward to exploring that diversity. The blues has become an international art form."

The first year will focus on Los Angeles area blues artists as part of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex mission to support local artists. Subsequent festivals will integrate more national and international blues performers. In its short history, the Luckman Complex has become known for encouraging innovative local and international dance, and presenting it to Southern California audiences. This is the Luckman's first major effort in supporting the music scene in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Blues Festival started in 1991 as a simple barbecue and blues jam to celebrate the Masters' first wedding anniversary. It has grown to festival size over the past six years, necessitating a change of venue after the third year, when it was officially named the "Los Angeles Blues Festival." That same year, the Masters formed VALLEE Productions as the Festival went commercial. "Last year's festival featured six bands in a 2000-seat venue, our largest to date. Cal State L.A.'s athletic field will afford ultimate growth," says Lee Masters.

The setting at Jesse Owens Stadium on Sunday, June 9 will be a family environment, planned for relaxation and enjoyment. Food and craft vendors will be on site. Tickets with be $20 for the general public and $12 for students with identification and seniors 65 and over. Children under 10 years of age are admitted free.

The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex is noted for bringing the arts in some of their most creative and innovative forms to Southern California. The Complex is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the California State University, Los Angeles campus. Luckman's striking red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. For additional information about the Los Angeles Blues Festival call (323) 343-6610.


WHO:
Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, VALLEE Productions and the Cal State L.A. Student Union sponsor Los Angeles Blues Festival.

WHAT:
Local entertainers gather for a day of blues entertainment in this sixth annual event.

WHERE:
Jesse Owens Stadium at Cal State L.A.
Junction of I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.

WHEN:
June 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

TICKETS:
$20 General Public; Seniors and students $12.

INFO:
Call (323) 343-6610.

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