SAN DIEGO – Aug. 12, 2016 – Grammy® Award-winning Poncho Sanchez has been announced as the headlining act for the Third Annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival taking place on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 12 noon to 9 p.m. held on Imperial Avenue between 28th Street and 30th Street. The event aims to blend art and music in one of San Diego’s most historic and unique neighborhoods, while celebrating the current arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community.
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero, Grammy® Award-winning Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures influencing his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz, conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez paid tribute to these two titans on his album, “Chano y Dizzy!” his 25th recording released in 2011.
The Imperial Avenue Street Festival is an all-ages event and free to attend. Festival attendees will be able to browse four blocks of local artists, crafts and some of the most delicious food in the neighborhood. From Colombian to Cajun, attendees will be able to wet their appetite to the flavors of the neighborhood while grooving and dancing to Poncho Sanchez. New this year, there will be a Kid’s Zone with performers, rides and games to entertain the smallest of Festivalgoers, and an Art Village with 25 local artists displaying a diverse selection of art from paintings to handcrafts. As always, the Festival is known for bringing great music on the event’s two stages throughout the day. A full line-up of entertainment can be found below.
“We are thrilled to be working to help showcase the Greater Logan Heights community through the Imperial Avenue Street Festival again this year,” said Monte Jones, chief executive officer, BAME Community Development Corporation. “The Imperial Avenue Street Festival provides San Diegans of all ages an opportunity to explore one of the oldest neighborhoods, a ‘melting pot’ of San Diego with wonderful sights, tastes and personal style. Whether you are in search of a new sound or would like to expand your culinary palate, the festival has something for the entire family.”
The Imperial Avenue Street Festival is hosted by BAME Renaissance Community Development Corporation (BAME CDC) a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthening residents and businesses in Greater Logan Heights neighborhoods through community empowerment, education, economic growth and housing development. Through the Festival, BAME CDC aims to fuel the spirit of prosperity in the Greater Logan Heights neighborhood and mark the commercial corridor as a destination for unique cultural and culinary experiences. BAME CDC also wants to further create an innovative economic development approach to generate capital back into the local economy.
In 2015, more than 6,000 people attended the Imperial Avenue Street Festival, and this year, organizers aim to attract over 10,000 attendees. Sponsorships are still available. Sponsors for the Third Annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival include: City of San Diego Commission of Arts and Culture, First 5 San Diego, Sharp Healthcare, Sycuan Casino, and Central Village Business Association (CVBA). Media sponsors include: Energy 103.7, Jazz 88.3, KUSI-TV, and UniRadio San Diego. For more details, visit www.ImperialAvenueStreetFest.com or contact Ebony James at ebony.james@BAMECDC.org.
Entertainment Line-Up – as of Aug. 12, 2016
Main Stage (West Stage)
12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Robert Body & Kumpany
2:00 to 2:45 p.m. Mariachi Juvenil Azteca
3:15 to 4:00 p.m. Bill Magee Blues Band
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Kamau Kenyatta
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Poncho Sanchez
Community Stage (East Stage)
12:00 to 12:45 p.m. Chauncey Maynor
1:15 to 2:00 p.m. Rudy & Chris Wilson SD Slam Team
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Band of Brothers
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Four International Dance Groups (15 min each)
5:15 to 6:00 p.m. Mexican Band
6:30 to 7:15 p.m. DJ Spin-Off (2)
12:00 to 12:40 p.m. Music/Activities
1:10 to 1:50 p.m. Mad Scientist “Fire & Ice Show”
2:20 to 3:00 p.m. Divas of Compton
3:30 to 4:10 p.m. Junk Yard Crew
Event Calendar Details
Imperial Avenue Street Festival
Sat., August 27, 2016
12 noon to 9 p.m.
(Between 28th Street and 30th Street, and between “L” Street and Commercial Avenue)
More info: www.ImperialAvenueStreetFest.com
About BAME Community Development Corporation
BAME Renaissance, Inc.’s (BAME CDC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen residents and businesses in the Greater Logan Heights neighborhoods through community empowerment, education, economic growth and housing development. Serving the Greater Logan Heights (Grant Hill, Logan, Memorial, Sherman and Stockton communities), BAME CDC recognizes that in order to promote and provide for a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community, there must be a strong infrastructure of services. As such, the organization strives to strengthen and rebuild the fabric of the community through business, community and economic development. For more information on BAME CDC, please visit www.BAMECDC.org. Connect on Facebook at or Twitter.