In response to the recent tragedy in Haiti, LBPP has teamed up with, 562 City Life, and a slew of other local organizations and artists to form a Long Beach “Artists Response” to the quake called “Carnival Del Corazon” or Carnival of the Heart. Long Beach Party Project has been helping with logistics as well as coordinating the night time show @ The Cellar. It’s a jam packed night of AWESOME local bands, and all we are asking is a $5 donation, which 100% of proceeds go directly to the Yele Haiti Relief fund that was started by musician Wyclef Jean.

The show starts at 8pm @ The Cellar with 2 stages of music. On the Quentins Acoustic Stage starting at 8:30pm we have Stevie Merino doing spoken word, and then acoustic sets by Alyssandra & the Daybreakers, Tony Serrato, Devin Haas, and Chad Bishop. Downstairs on the Cellar Stage starting at 9pm we have Hotel, Waterlaso, Eugene & The 1914, Bethpage Black, The Lyrics Game, and The Vespertines. This show is just the night portion of Carnival Del Corazon, keep reading for all the details on the family friendly daytime event just down the street at Hancock University.

The public, family-friendly event will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. for all ages at Hancock University Art & Design Center, located at 1638 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90813. The suggested entry fee is a $5 to $20 donation; however, guests will not be turned away for lack of funds.

A variety of highlights and entertainment include:

– A silent art auction

– A kid’s Corner showcasing art, crafts, poetry, literary projects, and other art-works.

– An exclusive CD compilation featuring local, independent bands and singer-songwriters.

– Performances and Showcases: Acro-yoga, contemporary, cultural, fire dancing, West African

– Food vendors

– Free bike valet and bike safety checks

– Live music by over 20 local bands, singer-songwriters and local DJ’s.

– Live painting, a public collaborative mural

– On-site hair-cuts

– Fashion Show

– On-Site T-shirt screen printing and both venues (guest encouraged to bring t-shirts for $5 screen print)

Core organizers of the event include: Hancock University, The Cellar, Catalyst Community, LBCreative!, Sirena Serpentina, Pedal Movement, SolShock, EPKvision, Living Love Foundation, 562CityLife, St. Art, Axe´L.A., Long Beach Party Project, MsT Musze Works, Tinderbox and Tin Panda.
Collectively, they are excited about the outpour of community members, artists and local businesses joining their efforts.

“We love having the opportunity to participate in something that means so much to the world and to so many,”said Melinda Clarkson, marketing and sales rep for The Cellar.

With the donation of portable restrooms from A-Throne Company Inc., contribution of art supplies from LYON and various offerings from other participating businesses, this event will prove to be a true joint effort.
Organizers are also keeping the environment in mind. This event encourages eco-friendly forms of transportation with Pedal Movement sponsoring free bike safety checks and valet service. Long Beach Roller Derby Girls will also be on hand to showcase an alternative environmentally friendly way to ride.
Hancock University Art & Design Center and The Cellar offer limited lot parking, with additional parking on surrounding streets. Both venues are located near Metro Blue Line stops.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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