Uptown Jazz Fest
12th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
The City of Long Beach and the Office of Ninth District Councilmember Joni Ricks-Oddie present the 12th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, headlined by American funk band, The Original Lakeside. The festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, 90805). The afternoon event will feature a lineup of incredible music and entertainment, a food and beer garden, a Kids Zone, and a variety of vendor and community resource booths.
The afternoon event will include performances by:
The Original Lakeside journey began when a group of high school students from Dayton, Ohio, formed a singing group and backup band, which later morphed into a Funk band after landing a recording deal with Solar Records. Still maintaining the vocal abilities that gave them an edge on most of the bands when it came to vocals and the edge that still holds true today, having four members singing vocals from ballads with the best of them to that funky sound The Original Lakeside is known for. Made up of talented musicians and a ferocious stamina that has sustained them for more than 40 years, a feat not many bands can boast about today, while still maintaining seven of the original nine members who recorded every record. Formerly known as the “Ohio Lake Express,” their travels have taken them throughout the world. Lakeside was the first band to successfully use a theme for each album cover, which created notoriety in the music industry and the Lakeside fanbase always wondering what they were going to come out with next. They have a variety of mega hits that took the industry by storm, including the sounds of funk hits like “All the Way Live,” “Raid” and “Outrageous” that are known to draw people to the dancefloor, “Something About That Woman” alarm your funk sensors, and soulful ballads that demonstrate their versatility, style and perfect mix of vocals, like the remake of The Beatles “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The longevity of The Original Lakeside comes from the power of commitment, dedication, positivity and respect for the funk.
DW3, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
Since 2003, brothers Eric and Billy Mondragon and close family friend Damon Reel have set the high energy mood on cruises (Smooth Jazz Cruise, Dave Koz Cruise, Soul Train Cruise & 80’s), at jazz festivals, showrooms and clubs, including hundreds of performances at their longtime home base of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, CA. DW3 has expanded their harmonic horizons performing with and singing background for numerous jazz and R&B legends and popular contemporary artists including: Marcus Miller, Brenda Russell, Patti Austin, Bobby Caldwell, Sheila E, Jonathan Butler, Jody Watley, Brian McKnight, David Pack, Evelyn “Champagne” King and the late great George Duke.
Biscuits & Gravy, 3 to 3:45 p.m.
Biscuits & Gravy Live is a get on your feet, wave your hands in the air Old School Funk and R&B band. The idea of this band by David, Kenny, Emery & Eugene was built on friendships that exceed 30 years and is sure to have crowds grooving all night long.
Los Chicos Del Mambo, 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
A High Energy Latin Big Band Orchestra hailing from the San Fernando Valley giving tribute to the nightlife of the 50s and 60s with classic Mambo, Salsa, Cumbia and More! Their mission statement is to create a safe space for all cultural backgrounds to come and have a moment away from the city’s hustle and bustle. While spreading a message of Love and Unity through their Music and Movement.
Mr. Quick, a Professional Disc Jockey Performer and native of Los Angeles, will also delight festival goers with intermittent set times throughout the day. His quick cuts, funky remixes and intimate knowledge of hit music from today’s charts and old school classics keep audiences dancing all day long.
The 12th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival is presented in partnership with the Offices of Mayor Rex Richardson, Vice Mayor Cindy Allen and Councilmembers Mary Zendejas, Kristina Duggan, Megan Kerr, Suely Saro, Roberto Uranga, Al Austin as well as the current list of sponsors including: the Port of Long Beach, TABC, IBEW Local 47, ALBE, Long Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau, LiUNA Local 1309, UA General 250, SEIU Local 721, Westland Real Estate, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Long Beach Airport, Marcus Tyson, Long Beach POA, Keesal, Young and Logan, Long Beach Transit, and the Long Beach Firefighters Association.