Culture Break Offers Free Live Performances on Wednesdays in DTLA

Culture Break LA at the Japanese American National Museum Plaza. Photo by Brian Champlin

How do you break up a monotonous work week? Take a break. More specifically, take a culture break.

This past Wednesday, Culture Break LA kicked off the first in a new series of free lunch-time activations at Metro-adjacent, DTLA locations. The series comes courtesy of a collaboration between the Central City Association of Los Angeles and Downtown Works, with a production assist from NXT Art and dublab.

A crowd forms at the first installment at Culture Break LA. Photo by Brian Champlin

The idea is simple: Bring live music, art, and entertainment to cultural hubs throughout the Downtown area. All family-friendly, and all a snap to get to by Metro. Consider it an invitation for the public to engage with unique spaces in the heart of Los Angeles.

For the opening affair, the L.A.-based Dengue Fever offered a set of Cambodian rock and Afro-grooves, all backed by a delightful performance from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Bass beats echoed through the plaza in front of the Japanese American National Museum as puppets danced and mingled with the crowd. The kids seemed to love it, which means the parents probably did too. And here’s the good news: They’re not done yet!

Dengue Fever performs with dancing provided by puppets from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Photo by Brian Champlin

Part two of the series pops up on August 30 at Plaza de California (2nd St. between Main and Spring), less than a block away from the brand new Historic Broadway Station. Black music ensemble Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra will provide a consciousness-raising performance, and guests are invited to pre-order lunch from adjacent food spots like Señor Fish or Little Spring Rolls and Bowls, or you can swing by Grand Central Market (about a 5-minute walk) to peruse the huge selection of vendors on hand.

Programming for future installments is still in the works, but you can head over to the Culture Break LA website to get the latest details as they become available. Just keep in mind that each show will run from noon to 1 p.m., and each location will be a stone’s throw from a Metro station. So take a ride, take a break, and enjoy!

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