Many people don’t know where to find the Caribbean culture in LA. This post features the most popular annual taste of the islands events in town:
- The Caribbean Heritage Awards on Friday
- The free BET Experience concert featuring Monica, Bilal, Luke James and V Bozeman
- Next week, check out the numerous Caribbean LA Cultural Festival (AKA Carnival) events.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17th, 2016
CARIBBEAN HERITAGE & SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD GALA
June is Caribbean American Heritage Month and the founders of that month produce this annual gala that salute Islanders and Caribbean descendants in entertainment. This event also includes cultural music and homages.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 18th, 2016
FREE BET EXPERIENCE CONCERT
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is partnering with BET & AEG to host the kickoff concert for the 2016 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE. Featuring GRAMMY-winning artist Monica, GRAMMY-nominated artist Luke James, GRAMMY-winning artist Bilal, and Empire guest star V Bozeman, this year’s FREE concert is hosted by hit radio personality DJ MaL-ski of 102.3 KJHL-FM. The event is expected to draw thousands of fans from the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw community and beyond.
The June 18 show will officially kick off the 4th annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, a four-day weekend showcasing the best in music, comedy, and entertainment. Interactive activations and ticketed shows including a celebrity basketball game will also take place at the FREE BET Experience Fan Fest on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, culminating with the highly-anticipated 2016 “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26.
Taking place on Baldwin Hills Crenshaw’s Outdoor Promenade, the BET Experience kick-off concert is FREE and open to the public. Seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with the official pre-event celebrating starting at 3:00 p.m. The four artists scheduled to perform are expected to deliver unforgettable performances.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23rd TO SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2016
LA CULTURE FESTIVAL WEEKEND
5th edition of Los Angeles Culture Festival is a world culture festival expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people. This is a celebration of cultures and traditions, featuring colorful costumes, dances, food, arts & crafts, and music from around the world. Bring your flags and be ready to jump up and wave!
On Saturday, June 25, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Blvd. will miraculously transform into a Grand Carnival & Street Extravaganza with parade-goers and masqueraders dressed in vibrant, breath- taking costumes dancing to pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Samba, Reggae, Zouke, Latin, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, Jazz, Steel-pan, Indian, Asian, African, Middle Eastern and other worldly music.
Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Montano and his Epic Mas Band are usually part of the festivities.
It’s also one of the only places to find a proper roti with curry goat and ginger beer in LA. Hit the Carnival Cultural Village on Saturday for that. Get there early or you’ll be on line for eternity.
Welcome to Hollywood Carnival on Thursday, June 23rd
AWOL Day Party on Friday, June 24th
The Passport Experience on Friday, June 24th
Carnival Cultural Village on Saturday, June 25th
Official After Party on Saturday, June 25th
SHINE Day Party on Sunday, June 26th