A Twistin' good time
The 21st Annual Family Music Festival brings Chubby Checker, Ben E. King and Jay and the Americans to the LA County Arboretum Sunday
By Carl Kozlowski 06/20/2013
Everyone loves a concert, and politicians love pleasing people. On Sunday, good music and a touch of politics come together when LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich presents the 21st Annual Family Music Festival, starting at 4 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
Featuring a triple-whammy of talent headlined by Twist-master Chubby Checker, the show also features legendary soul singer Ben E. King (“Stand By Me”) and the good-time soulful sounds of Jay and the Americans (“This Magic Moment”). Combined with the chance to choose tasty treats from a variety of vendors, or to bring a family picnic to the beautiful tree-lined surroundings of the Arboretum, it’s a perfect way to end the weekend with happy memories.
“Working with the late, great Johnny Otis, Supervisor Antonovich started the Family Music Festival more than 20 years ago,” says Tony Bell, communications deputy for Antonovich. “We have had legendary musical talents including iconic artists Ray Charles, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Pat Boone and, of course, one of the preeminent legends of rock n’ roll, Chubby Checker, who we’ll have again this year.”
Those considering attending the show need not worry that it will be just three one-hit wonders. Chubby Checker is known for many tunes besides “The Twist,” “Pony Time,” and “Let’s Twist Again.” King sang the hits “Amor,” and “Spanish Harlem” besides “Stand By Me”, and Jay and the Americans offer a bevy of tunes, including “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Cara Mia.”
“This is an all-American rock ‘n roll show that’s family friendly and a lot of fun for young and old,” Bell says.
The 21st Annual Family Music Festival starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Doors open at 2 p.m. and admission is $20 general public, $14 for members of the Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, South Coast Botanic Garden and Virginia Robinson Gardens. Children under 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Visit arboretum.org.