December 31, 2017 – Grand Park and The Music Center Present Dexter Story All-Star Band Live @ #NYELA – Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music directs an all-star band for the New Year’s Eve festivities at Grand Park on Sunday, December 31.

Grand Park NYE LA 2018

What’s up Los Angeles? Dance your heart out and into 2018 with best friends, sweeties, friendly neighbors, and those cousins from out-of-town at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to dream together and welcome new beginnings with a countdown on City Hall, live musicfood, and photo booths in one big, beautiful, colorful Angeleno experience to remember! #NYELA


The event begins at 8pm on December 31, 2017 and ends at 1am on January 1, 2018.


Grand Park + The Music Center:
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012


This is a free event. There’s no cost to attend.

Watch Live!

Can’t make it to N.Y.E.L.A.? Watch the biggest New Years Eve celebration on the West Coast on Facebook Live starting at 8pm on New Years Eve. A six man camera crew 🎥 will be capturing the whole night leading up to the big countdown to 2018.

Watch the live countdown to 2018.

Commentary: I am grateful to Grand Park and The Music Center for allowing me to bring an all-star band to Grand Park for their New Year’s Eve festivities this year.

July 4, 2016 – Wondem Live @ Grand Park / Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party – Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform live at Grand Park and The Music Center presents 4th of July Block Party on July 4, 2016 from 6:30 to 7:30pm.




LOS ANGELES! #GO4THDTLA. Grand Park and The Music Center are where to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky. **Safety for everyone is número uno. Check back soon for more info on entrances, prohibited items, parking, etc.**


SCHEDULE: Doors open at 2pm. Fireworks show will create stunning backdrop for L.A.’s iconic City Hall. Event ends at 9:30pm

MUSIC and ARTISTS that call L.A. home:

THE FIREWORKS STAGE (on The Music Center Plaza):

YOUR HOST: Mario Hernandez

Kotolan (Indie Pop meets global, sung in English, Spanish and Japanese)

108Hill (project debut by Peter Madana, Aalok Mehta, and Anisha Nagarajan exploring stories and sounds from Bombay to L.A.)

Jenny O. (L.A. based pop Singer-Songwriter)

Dexter Story (Wondem) (Soul, Funk, Jazz and Folk music with musical elements from East Africa)

The Echo Park Project and the dancers from the World Salsa Congress (legendary Salsa sounds with a twist)

THE BACKYARD STAGE (Grand Park near Hill St):

YOUR HOST: Kristin Rand

La Junta (DJ collective spinning tropical sounds of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, India and Mexico)

Afro Funke’ with Rocky Dawuni, DJ Jeremy Sole, DJ Glenn Red(blends of African, Global, Hip-Hop, Jazz/Funk, Dub Reggae, Afro Beat and remixes)

EVENT LAWN: Dedicated space for play for children 4-14

Got Game Sports leading tag, soccer and other games thru 8:30pm // Tunes spun by DJ Francesca Harding and Ericalandia // Chris Douridas


GETTING THROUGH BAG CHECK: All bags will be checked upon entry to event space.

FOOD + DRINK POLICY: PICNICS/OUTSIDE FOOD is welcome in totes and backpacks – NO COOLERS. SIZE OF BAGS AND BACKPACKS/TOTES must be standard backpack size or smaller (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches). NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES including juice and soda (sealed juice boxes is the only exception). ONLY EMPTY (non glass) WATER BOTTLES allowed. PARK WATER FOUNTAINS and WATER FOR PURCHASE BOOTHS will be available in the event space. FOOD VENDORS BOOTHS will be available throughout event space. This is and alchohol-free event, NO ALCOHOL permitted.

THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED: Bags and backpacks measuring larger than standard backpack size (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches), coolers, chairs, outside alcoholic beverages, sealed or open beverage bottles with liquid including water (fountains and water for purchase will be available), selfie sticks, glass, smartboards, projection devices, narcotics, tents, firecrackers, explosives, sparklers, firearms/weapons, identity-covering costumes, confetti cannons, generators, drones, printed signage measuring larger than 8.5 inches b x 11 inches, props, flag poles and sticks, public intoxication, rollerblading, skateboarding, smoking, vaping, unauthorized vending, unleashed animals, smart boarding, outside solicitation, staking objects to ground, drone operation, amplified noise and bicycles (may be parked outside of event at 1st and Hill streets).

ALLOWED: Snacks, food, sealed juice boxes, small bags, strollers, handheld umbrellas and empty reusable non-glass water containers.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED: Public Intoxication / Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground


FOOD FOR SALE: Food vendors will be onsite.


STREET CLOSURE INFO: Details on scheduled event street closures in the 4th of July Block Party Community Letter.


BIKE PARKING: Bike valet available at 1st and Hill. FREE

METRO RECOMMENDATION: Take Metro Red/Purple lines to CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION (use 1st St exit; Temple St exit is only open for ADA/elevator access). Gold Line to UNION STATION or LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION, then 7-12 min walk towards The Music Center


Summer at The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles + Grand Park: Free events for all, because everything is better together.

July 12, 2014 – The Music Center’s Active Arts Presents Drum Downtown: Explore Afro-Brazilian Beats – Fountain Overlook, Grand Park, Downtown LA, CA

Volunteer emceeing at the Music Center’s Active Arts Drum Downtown: Explore Afro-Brazilian Beats on Saturday, July 12. Start your weekend with a beat! Join the fun and make music in Grand Park, the heart of Downtown. Explore the rhythms of Afro-Brazilian drumming and be part of the thrilling power of percussion in this outdoor group drumming experience. Active Arts at the Music Center offers fun DIY (do-it-yourself) experiences to the public throughout the year.

Drum Downtown
Drum Downtown: Explore Afro-Brazilian Beats
Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fountain Overlook in Grand Park
227 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

REMO is the promotional partner.

October 10, 2013 – Grand Park Turns One: Grand Park One Year Birthday Celebration featuring Ethio Cali Ensemble, Jeremy Sole, Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure (Mali) – Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing percussion and keys with Ethio Cali Ensemble at the 1 year birthday celebration for Grand Park on Thursday, October 10 from 7-10pm.

Grand Park

Grand Park celebrates a year of countless friendships made in the heart of LA.  On THURS OCT 10, Jeremy Sole of KCRW, Ethio Cali, and the international blues collaboration between Cedric Watson (USA) and Sidi Toure (Mali) join forces at the annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days concert, along with the most important guest – YOU!

See more at:

Ethio Cali Ensemble
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Grand Park
Grand Park’s Performance Lawn
(between Grand and Hill)
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,CA 90012

w/ Jeremy Sole, Sidi Toure and Cedric Watson

July 4, 2013 – 4th of July Block Party featuring Ethio Cali – Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing drums with the awesome Ethio Cali band at Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party.


Experience the 4th in a whole new way! Pack your family and friends, puppies and picnics and head to Grand Park to see Downtown LA light up in a spectacle not to be missed!

All day picnicking, splashing, and grubbing. Music begins at 3pm.

YOUR HOST / Anthony Valadez of KCRW

ARTISTS / Ethio Cali, Jungle Fire + surprise guests!


Prepared food picnics encouraged in the park. Grilling and cooking prohibited. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages into the park.

METRO RED LINE TO CIVIC CENTER / GRAND PARK STATION: Go Metro and save at  Take the Metro Red or Purple Lines to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.  To plan your route, use the Metro Trip Planner.

4th of July Block Party
Grand Park
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles,CA 90012

April 6, 2013 – Rocka Your Soul “Create Your Own” Workshop – Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Volunteering 12-5pm for Active Arts’ “Create Your Own” quilt and fan workshop as part of the Rocka Your Soul festivities at the Music Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013.


Commentary: Why do you care that I’m volunteering at the Music Center? You probably don’t. But in case you’re wondering, I include this in my news blog because I am a strong advocate of volunteering and charitable work. I think it is important to give of ourselves and donate our time to worthy causes. I think Mahatma Ghandi said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I was introduced to the Music Center’s Active Arts program a few years ago when I went to a free dance class in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion plaza and I thought what better way to support the arts (e.g. singing, dancing, performing, poetry, musicianship, arts & crafts) than by being a volunteer there. Active Arts provides Los Angeles with many free opportunities to explore creative passions and interests. Check out their website below for more information on their programs.