Just a few months ago there was genuine concern that Culver City’s annual summer music festival may have taken its final curtain call. With the State’s , funds for many of Culver City’s premier events –– were suddenly in jeopardy.
However, thanks to some creative and enterprising work by Gary Mandell, and some financial input and assistance from the City, , in an albeit somewhat smaller format.
The Culver City Boulevard Music Festival will hold four free concerts on Thursday evenings from July 12 through August 2 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard at 9770 Culver Blvd. The courtyard will open at 4:30 p.m. While the concerts are free, 100 premium seats will be on sale for entry-level sponsors at $10 each per show. You can buy tickets at or over the phone at 310-398-2583.
Free parking will be available underneath City Hall and the first two hours parking is free at the downtown parking structures.
Mandell, who runs Culver City’s Boulevard Music and who has been in charge of the festival for the past 11 years, will once again curate this year.
Alongside sponsorship from the City itself and dedicated funds from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mandell pulled together the following sponsors to help make this year’s festival a reality: Culver City News; Culver City Observer; LA Weekly; John Riordan Plumbing; Culver City Volvo; Goldrich & Kest Industries, LLC; The Music Munchers; ; ; ; Cavanaugh Realty; ; Chenango Music; Dyna Graphics; Steeldeck, Inc; and Chrysalis.
As for the Festival itself, Mandell has lined up a series of concerts promising something for everyone, including world music, rockabilly, jazz, Motown and country to name a few.
- Thursday, July 12 @ 7 pm: Eclectic mix of world, R&B and more from the Bonedaddy’s, followed by Argentinian rock with Los Pinguos
- Thursday, July 19 @ 7 pm: Gypsy Jazz from Stephane Wrembel and his Band
- Thursday, July 26 @ 7 pm: Motown and Soul from Brenda Lee Eager
- Thursday, August 2 @ 7 pm: Americana Country with Robert David Hall with guest Carl Verheyen plus Rockabilly, jumpin’ western swing, and hillbilly boogie with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys