Culver City Edition

Entertainment lineup set for Fiesta La Ballona

CULVER CITY — Fiesta La Ballona will present three days of free live music and dancing as part of Culver City’s annual “party in the park” Aug. 25-27.

Fiesta La Ballona is held at Veterans Park and is produced by the city of Culver City, the Fiesta La Ballona Committee, local sponsors, and almost a hundred volunteers.

Veterans Park is located at 4117 Overland Ave.

This year, the fiesta entertainment program celebrates a century of music with diverse performances. The Entertainment Tent will open at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 with Corey and his Cohorts performing early jazz and swing classics.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. with Mayor Jeffrey Cooper and members of the Culver City Council, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission, and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee. Fiesta Palooza will start at 6:30 p.m., coordinated by Flynn Namala and Ryan Silver of the Blank Minds, showcasing local teen bands Eliza, The Narts, Leaving London, Mediocre and Street Play.

Street Corner Renaissance, a doo wop quintet, will launch the performances Aug. 26 at noon and they will be followed by Grupo Folklorico Macias performing folk dances of Mexico.

Fortunate Son will pay tribute to the best of Creedence Clearwater Revival at 1:45 p.m. followed by dances of Grupo La Rosa.

Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps will perform blues rock at 3:30 p.m., followed by Ho’Aloha Polynesian Dancers at 4:30 p.m. At 5:15 p.m., Corday Undercover will perform 1980s hits and beyond. Next, On The Edge Dance Studio performs lively hip hop and jazz dancers.

Starting at 7 p.m., Fiesta La Ballona will present Hollywood Blonde in a two-hour dance party featuring top 40 hits.

Cali Rose & the CC Strummers will open the program on Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. with the sounds of ukulele. Orquesta Charangoa will then perform with a traditional Cuban orchestra at 11:45 a.m. That performance is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Xorotroptzi will follow with Bulgarian heritage dance. The afternoon will feature Crawdaddio performing Zydeco music at 1:30 p.m., followed by Brasil Brasil Cultural Center entertaining the crowd with capoeira. Quitapenas performs Afro-Latin music at 3:15 p.m., followed by Ballet Folklorico de Claudia Jeanette.

The Fenians close the entertainment program with an hour-long set of celtic rock at 5 p.m. Stilt walkers, provided by Red Swan Entertainment, will intermittently rove the park both Saturday and Sunday.

Fiesta hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 26 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 27.

To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at, or call (310) 253-6550.