Public Invited to 4th Annual Uptown Latin Jazz and Blues Festival

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Councilmember Rex Richardson invites the public to the 4th Annual Uptown Latin Jazz and Blues Festival in the 9th District of Long Beach at Houghton Park on Saturday, August 22nd, to enjoy music, food, vendor booths, a Kids Zone, and more.

This year’s entertainment lineup features international Latin jazz and mambo superstar Tito Puente, Jr., and DW3 returning for the fourth consecutive year. Additional acts include Boxcar 7, Sit Down, Servant!!, Halle Johnson and Brown Suede.

The festival will be hosted by KJLH radio personality Nautica de la Cruz, Councilmember Rex Richardson, and former Councilmember Steven Neal.

“The Uptown Latin Jazz and Blues Festival is always a great way to relax and enjoy good music, food, and our North Long Beach community,” said Councilmember Richardson. “The festival has gotten better every time since Councilmember Neal created it four years ago, and this year’s lineup continues to raise the bar.”

The festival is presented by Councilmember Richardson and Emissary Media Group, and sponsored by the Port of Long Beach, the Uptown Business District, and the Department of Parks, Recreations, and Marine.

​The event is from 12 PM to 8 PM at Houghton Park in North Long Beach, and is free to the public. Residents are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, contact (562) 570-6137 or visit​

In 2014, Councilmember Rex Richardson was elected to the Long Beach City Council to represent the neighborhoods of North Long Beach in District 9, becoming the youngest in the City’s recent history to have ever served in that role. While he is one of the City’s newest Councilmembers, his history in Long Beach is grounded in advocating for the most vulnerable residents, while keeping communities safe and healthy. Councilmember Richardson has a background in community development, labor, and organizing.

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