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Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series brings hip hop to Escondido

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido continues the Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series on Saturday, September 15, from 4–7 p.m.

Headlining the next festival is Sidewalk Chalk, who will be performing at 5:30 p.m. with the opener, the Lyrical Groove starting everything off at 4 p.m.

Chicago-based ensemble Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that blends elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. The Chicago Tribune wrote of them, “While many bands strive hard for originality, it’s unlikely that any of them could best Sidewalk Chalk.”

The Lyrical Groove is a band native to San Diego that combines cohesively crafted spoken word and live instrumentation to inspire and entertain. With a musical style that balances Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, R&B, Gospel, and Soul, The Lyrical Groove infuses a potent message of social consciousness and spiritual awareness into their music that sings to your humanity and moves your soul.

The Center was recently awarded the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award to help transform their underused public spaces through the power of free, live music.  While the program has been transforming cities across the nation since 2015, Escondido is the first city in California to be granted an award. 

The Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series is sponsored by Escondido Wine Region, the San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Music Foundation, City Beat, Mother Earth, Nordson Corporation Foundation, Southern Exposure, Visit Escondido, Escondido Downtown Business Association and Museums & Arts Growing Escondido Culture (MAGEC).

This event is free and open to the public. Each “mini-festival” includes food trucks, arts and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and other entertainers in addition to live music. There is a large, free parking lot you can enter on Escondido Blvd. or Woodward Ave. Additionally, there is some street parking on Broadway at the East end of Grape Day Park. No alcohol, BBQs, or popup tents are allowed in the park. All animals must be leashed.

 Learn more at levitt.org

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