Cultural Homecoming

Cultural Homecoming

The Lummis Day Festival brings Northeast LA to life Sunday

By Carl Kozlowski 05/30/2013

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Featuring 17 bands from across a broad array of musical styles, as well as dance and poetry from a wide range of cultural traditions, the 8th Annual Lummis Day Festival will provide a day of fun in the historic setting of Heritage Square from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Named in honor of one of LA’s most colorful pioneers, Charles Lummis, the event’s eclectic schedule parallels the accomplishments of a man who was both the Los Angeles Times’ first city editor as well as the city librarian, in addition to being a prominent Indian rights activist, historian, photographer and archaeologist.

Kicking off with a poetry show, the day features poetry readings, art exhibits, book sales and crafts from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lummis Home, located at 200 E. Avenue 43.

Meanwhile, the music, dance and puppet theater performances will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Square Museum, located at 3800 Homer St.

Among the top poets performing are Suzanne Lummis, Luis J. Rodriguez, Erika Ayon and Sung Yi, who follow a musical interlude performed by jazz guitarist Joe Calderon.

Meanwhile, the musical performances are led by the rock band Ollin, folk veteran Jim Kweskin with the Crockett Sisters, and gospel group Little Faith. Other musical styles to be found on the four stages include rock, jazz, folk, mariachi, Americana, gospel and reggae, while area dance troupes will provide toe-tapping visual entertainment.

“The event has blown up considerably over eight years, and the level of talent that is asking to perform gets better and better each year,” says Lummis Day chief organizer Eliot Sekuler. “We keep the focus on community and diversity, so it’s like a Rubik’s Cube to put the pieces together in a way that works for everybody.”

For more information on the free Lummis Day Festival, visit


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