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    Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:34:21

    Chinatown Summer Nights Are Back in L.A. - Get the details on this FREE event

    Free music is good. Free, good music is better. Free, good, live music is the best.

    Angelinos, we've got good news! One of the best ways to spend a warm summer night in the City of Angels –that'd be Chinatown Summer Nights-- is back again with three incredible nights of music, art, performances and food. ALL THINGS WE LOVE!

    Los Angeles's iconic Chinatown will transform into an epic block party every second Saturday in the summer. The dates are as follows: June 14; July 12; and August 9; from 5PM to midnight.

    Part-dance concert, part-food festival and all fun, Chinatown Summer Nights is proudly presented by the Chinatown Business Improvement District and KCRW.

    Acclaimed DJs from Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9 FM/KCRW.com) will provide the soundtrack for each unforgettable night: Travis Holcombe and Mario Cotto in June, Jason Bentley and Liza Richardson in July, and Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez in August. Spin the night away on our outdoor dancefloor with thousands of Angelenos under the magical glow of Central Plaza's vintage neon lights.

    In addition to DJs and dancing, you can also find bands and beer at the LAWeekly Live Music Stage and adjacent Craft Beer Garden. Kevin Bronson of BuzzBands LA curates a talented fresh crop of bands, featuring six different groups each night. The Beer Garden will serve a rotating offering of seasonal microbrews highlighting local breweries curated by Eagle Rock Brewery.

    It doesn't get any better than that, really.

    Chinatown Summer Nights has activities for all ages, from hands-on cultural workshops to unique shopping in a craft/flea market showcasing local designers and artists. The many culinary offerings of Chinatown will be featured through cooking demos (confirmed guests include Iron Chef America participant Jet Tila and local celebrity favorite Starry Kitchen's Nguyen Tran), restaurants from authentic Asian to creative fusion, and of course, the city's best food trucks. For the extra adventurous, each Chinatown Summer Night will also include an eating competition with surprise challenges!

    Best of all, admission is FREE!

    Located at 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012 in Central and West Plazas. Convenient from Metro Gold Line's Chinatown Station, just one stop north of Union Station. Plentiful metered and lot parking for drivers. Bike racks available.

    For more info, visit chinatownsummernights.com.

    Check out this BuzzBands.LA playlist for a listen of the June bands.

    Here's the June 14th band lineup:
    6 p.m. — RÁJ
    7 p.m. — StaG
    8 p.m. — Meiko
    9 p.m. — Babes
    10 p.m. — EFG
    11 p.m. — Kera & the Lesbians

    Anyone in L.A. planning to enjoy this free programming? You'd be silly to miss it.

    —Maggie Pannacione

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