The musicians were scattered in nine locations around downtown Downey, most of them within easy walking distance from the main stage at the Civic Center.
When I stopped by, the main stage was occupied by Las Cafeteras, who formed as a band in 2008 with the purpose of documenting the histories of their neighborhoods through music. They started as students of the Eastside Café in East Los Angeles. Pictured above is Denise Carlos, who performs vocals, jarana, zapateado, and glockenspiel.
Other performers included Shy But Flyy (left), who has been making her presence known in the music world since 2006. Many know her for her musical talents, but others know her as the Radio Host on klbc.org “Flyy Radio” where she interviewed up-and-coming rappers, singers, and authors. Taylor Crawford (right) is currently working on her first EP with producer Mack Damon, back in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
And last, I don't have a single picture, but I have to mention that the morning started with the first annual Tour de Downey, a 35-mile ride to Shoreline Village in Long Beach or, for the more novice bicycle riders, a 6-mile loop around the city.