WEST HOLLYWOOD—West Hollywood presents 2016 Winter Sounds, a free concert series that will include world music jazz and folk music. Canyon News spoke to Mike Che of Arts and Development for the City of West Hollywood.  He described the event as “thinking people’s music.” The five-concert event, which began in 2013, is entering its fourth year and will be funded and held by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and will take place in January, February and March 2016.

The 3-month series, according to the City of West Hollywood’s news bulletin, will begin on Saturday, January 9 at 4 p.m. in West Hollywood at the Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Public Library, which is located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. All concerts are free and seating is available.

The series will blend a diversity of musical influencers, according to the City of West Hollywood, and RSVP’s are available, although not required. Norton Wisdom, a live artist, will also be present to create paintings.

Ireesh Lal, who has a background in modern jazz, trumpet and East-Indian instruments, such as the oud and the tabla, will kick off the event.

The next event being held in the series, which will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2016, in the Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park, will feature Dr. Dawn Norfleet, a flutist, vocalist and composer, who will host a performance of a blend of jazz to traditional ballads.

On Saturday, February, 13, 2016, at 4 p.m. at Council Chambers’ Public Meeting Room in West Hollywood, songwriters, Gorodetsky and Garretson whose music explores the fragility of existence will host a concert of folk music, blues and jazz music.

Other artists, featured in February include Jack’s Cats, who will entertain with old-new music, inspired by music from the 30s and 40s vintage jazz swing.

The Honey Whiskey Trio, a group of female storytellers,  will also perform harmonic folk, bluegrass and other types of sounds.

Honey Whiskey Trio. Image provided by Winter Sounds.
Honey Whiskey Trio. Image provided by Winter Sounds.

Che informed Canyon News that that all events are free and the live art will feature a wet technique, but the art will not be for sale.

Concerts taking place at the City’s Council Chambers/ Public Meeting Room, will offer free validated parking that will be available at the five-story parking structure located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, accessible from El Tovar Place.

For concerts at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, free parking is also available in both of Plummer Park’s parking lots, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

For additional information about 2016 Winter Sounds concert series, please visit www.weho.org/arts or contact Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or at mche@weho.org.

For individuals who are hearing impaired, please contact (323) 848-6496.