Pershing Square - Downtown Los Angeles

Pershing Square - Downtown Los Angeles Pershing Square, located in the heart of Downtown LA, hosts a variety of community events and also serves as a major filming location for TV shows and movies.

Dedicated for use by Mayor Aguilar in 1866, this park land was named "La Plaza Abaja." In 1886, it was renovated with an official park plan designed by Fred Eaton. In 1911, the park was redesigned by John Parkinson to reflect the social and economic growth of the city. During World War I, the Square was often the scene for militia receptions and provided a forum for public speakers. On November 8, 1918, the park was formally named Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general. The next major change came in the 1950s, when an 1800-car garage was built beneath the park. In 1989, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency contributed to assist the Department of Recreation and Parks in the renovation of the park. Architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin designed the current park plan, and the park was rededicated on February 3, 1994. Currently, Pershing Square is undergoing yet another redesign and will begin construction in the year 2021.

Operating as usual

10/30/2020

Happy Halloween!

Pershing Square and the City of Los Angeles are proud to present this special virtual event for the community and beyond. The world's best tribute to the music of Queen, QUEEN NATION!

The show will be airing Saturday night @ 8pm PST. See you soon!

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PERSHING SQUARE FACTS:The bell-tower at Pershing Square was part of a radical redesign of the park that sought to help r...
10/28/2020

PERSHING SQUARE FACTS:

The bell-tower at Pershing Square was part of a radical redesign of the park that sought to help revitalize the downtown area in 1992. Almost 30 years later, Pershing Square has become a popular destination for special events including the annual Downtown Stage Summer Concert Series put on by the City of LA as well as the annual Women's March.

You can read more about the 1992 redesign here - https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-02-04-me-19104-story.html.

Article credit: Larry Gordon at Los Angeles Times

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10/26/2020
Pershing Square Virtual Halloween Concert - Trailer

Hello Los Angeles!

Virtual concerts kick-off this Saturday at 8pm! So gather your friends, grab some candy, and put on your favorite costume, because it's Halloween and we have QUEEN NATION coming at you full streams ahead.

Access to the concert is free for everyone and will be available on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram TV, and LA Cityview Channel 35.

Stay tuned for more info.

#pershingsquare #losangeles #dtla #parkproudla #halloween #concert #music #queen #queennation #tribute #costume #virtualentertainment #entertainment

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PERSHING SQUARE PARK UPDATE:The children's playgrounds at Pershing Square are now open for public use. Please remember w...
10/21/2020

PERSHING SQUARE PARK UPDATE:

The children's playgrounds at Pershing Square are now open for public use. Please remember when visiting the park to practice COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:
• Wear face coverings
• 6ft social distancing
• Avoid large gatherings

Fore more info on COVID-19 Safe Practices please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Thank you!

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10/19/2020
Pershing Square's Virtual Halloween Concert Announcement

Thought #Halloween was canceled this year? Think again.

Please join us Saturday, October 31st for Pershing Square's Virtual Halloween Concert featuring the world's best tribute to the music of Queen, QUEEN NATION.

The show will be airing at 8pm on Facebook, IGTV, YouTube, and LA Cityview 35 (https://www.lacityview.org/).

Don't get scared now.
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For more details, click the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/689673451981109/

#pershingsquare #losangeles #dtla #parkproudla #halloQUEEN #virtualentertainment #queennation #tribute #spookyseason #music #concert

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Hello Los Angeles!Holiday season is coming up quick, and to help you celebrate, Pershing Square will be airing a series ...
10/16/2020

Hello Los Angeles!

Holiday season is coming up quick, and to help you celebrate, Pershing Square will be airing a series of concerts, starting with Halloween! So mark your calendars and be sure to join us for our upcoming free virtual concerts! (Artist lineup to be announced)

Concert Schedule:
• Halloween - 10/31 @ 8pm
• Thanksgiving - 11/26 @ 8pm
• Christmas - 12/25 @ 8pm
• New Year's Eve - 12/31 @ 10pm-midnight (special 2-hour event!)

Stay safe, LA!

#pershingsquare #losangeles #dtla #halloween #thanksgiving #christmas #nye #newyearseve #music #concert #parkproudla #holiday #virtualentertainment

Hello Los Angeles!To celebrate the changing seasons, Pershing Square has once again teamed up with CenterStaging, Neptun...
10/13/2020

Hello Los Angeles!

To celebrate the changing seasons, Pershing Square has once again teamed up with CenterStaging, Neptune Productions, and 88.5 FM Radio to bring you a new series of virtual entertainment!

These concerts will be released via Facebook, YouTube, and Public Access Channel 35. Stay tuned for release dates and artist announcements and we'll see you soon for our upcoming Fall & Winter Virtual Concerts!

P.S. In case you missed, be sure to check out our virtual concerts from the summer featuring artists such as JEMS, Sunny War, Vintage Trouble, Sugaray Rayford, and more via the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL762INx7tUBxOoeXd9iQJT42JnrLYEpc2
https://www.facebook.com/watch/153994114722835/291456845536078

#pershingsquare #losangeles #dtla #virtualentertainment #concert #music #Summer #Fall #Winter #tuesday #tuesdaymotivation Recconnectla City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks City of Los Angeles

09/24/2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY // RAIN -- A Tribute to The Beatles 2019

Welcome back! Continuing our series of Throwback Thursdays, we would like to revisit one of our more recent summer concerts from last year.

Opening the series in July of 2019, "RAIN -- A Tribute to The Beatles" graced the downtown community with a nostalgic performance of the legendary British rock group. Not only did the group take our audience through a musical journey of The Beatles' library of classic hits, the production team at Pershing Square opened the show with a documentary (produced in-house at Pershing Square) detailing the British Invasion and counterculture movement of the 1960s, adding an educational element to the show and bringing context to the performance we were about to witness.

Needless to say, the event was a success and proved Pershing Square's commitment to always striving to enhance the audience experience year after year. The documentary can be viewed below along with pictures from the concert. Enjoy!

#pershingsquare #losangeles #dtla #throwbackthursday #tbt #virtualentertainment #thebeatles #beatles #tributeband #downtownstage #summer

P.S. We have a few "tricks" and "treats" coming soon! Stay tuned for more announcements regarding Fall & Winter Virtual Programs.

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09/03/2020

Pershing Square - Downtown Los Angeles's cover photo

Dear Los Angeles, With last weekend marking the end of our virtual entertainment series, we at Pershing Square would lik...
08/31/2020

Dear Los Angeles,

With last weekend marking the end of our virtual entertainment series, we at Pershing Square would like to take this time to thank the community, our sponsors, and the artists & musicians for their support during this unprecedented time.

To the bands (Mirage - Visions of Fleetwood Mac, ECNO - El Conjunto Nueva Ola, Charlie's Angels - The Band, Dog N Butterfly, JEMS, Vintage Trouble, Sunny War, Sugaray Rayford), your willingness to donate your services to our cause helped create our "At-Home Concert Series," and was appreciated by all as was reflected in our viewing numbers. For that, we thank you.

To the artists (Andre Miripolsky, Art, Street Writers, Oscar Mitt, Lilli Muller, Andy Omega, Heidi Duckler, and Kimberly Harville Rhodes), thank you for your magnificent works of art and allowing us to display them through our "Square Docs" series.

To the music industry professionals (David Strunk, 100.3 The Sound, JEMS, Michelle Tyler & Lizann Warner, Sunny War, and Adam Gold), thank you for taking the time to sit and discuss with us your roles, thoughts, triumphs & tribulations in our sub-series, "Green Room Interviews."

To our sponsors (Neptune Productions, CenterStaging, 88.5 FM Radio, Dew Foundation, Pershing Square Park Advisory Board), thank you for your continued dedication to our Downtown Stage Summer Concert Series and tremendous help with our efforts in pivoting to a virtual series. Your generosity does not go unnoticed and we owe so much of our success to your efforts behind the scenes.

Finally, to you, our audience, park patrons, and Los Angeles residents, we thank you. Presenting the Downtown Stage events for Los Angeles every summer is a rewarding time for Pershing Square as these events bring so much joy and life to the downtown community. Your audience support in our transition from live to virtual is greatly appreciated and we look forward to your continued support in our upcoming Fall and Winter virtual events.

We love you, Downtown! We love you, Los Angeles!

Stay safe. Stay healthy. We'll see you again soon.

#pershingsquare #california #losangeles #dtla #music #art #entertainment #athomeconcerts #greenroominterviews #squaredocs #love #hope #parkproudla

08/28/2020
Pershing Square "Green Room Interviews" - Episode 6 // Adam Gold

Adam Gold is a show producer working primarily in the production of EDM (electronic dance music) concerts and events all over the world. Join us this Friday as we sit down with Adam to discuss his start in the industry and his process for producing world-class events on "Green Room Interviews." Interview starts at 8pm!

THROWBACK THURSDAY // 'X' 2013Closing out the summer series in 2013, the iconic Los Angeles punk band 'X' brought a crow...
08/27/2020

THROWBACK THURSDAY // 'X' 2013

Closing out the summer series in 2013, the iconic Los Angeles punk band 'X' brought a crowd of nearly 10,000 people to the Downtown Stage. A crowd this big wouldn't be seen again for a Pershing Square concert until 2017, when The B-52s exceeded that amount with 15,000 people coming to the park. With a maximum capacity of 6,000 inside the park, our staff was forced to turn a significant number of fans away. However, knowing that we were going to see a record-setting audience for this closing show, we wanted to do something memorable and something that had not been done for any 'X' show in the past.

One of our goals for this year's series was to enhance our visual show, so with the help of Pershing Square's new Lighting Director, Alex Tellers, we created a new visual display using LED light bars each week, usually placed on the trussing around the stage in a unique way. For the final show, we combined all the bars and built a special stand to configure a massive "X" which sat behind the drummer during the performance. The visual element was a great success and continued to be enhanced upon every year afterwards, eventually adding in moving spots, fog machines, and video walls. 'X' would return to the Downtown Stage in 2017 to close out yet another fantastic lineup featuring the aforementioned B-52s, Toad The Wet Sprocket, 10,000 Maniacs, and Los Lonely Boys.

Thank you Los Angeles!

Photo Credit: Phantom Street Artist (https://www.facebook.com/el.fatom)

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08/26/2020
Pershing Square "At-Home Concert Series" - THE FINALE // Sugaray Rayford

https://sugarayrayford.com/

The Finale. Join us this Saturday to catch the Grammy-nominated artist, Sugaray Rayford, as he puts his signature brand of blues/funk/rock on Pershing Square's eighth and final installment of the "At-Home Concert Series." Show starts at 8pm!

WHERE TO WATCH:
All Pershing Square Summer Virtual Entertainment will be available to watch on the following platforms:
• YouTube (https://youtu.be/O8APFM1Pvy0)
• Recconnect LA - Entertainment (https://www.laparks.org/virtualrecreation)
• Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/watch/153994114722835/291456845536078)
• 88.5 (https://www.885fm.org/)
• Public Access Channel 35

BIO:
Soul blues singer Sugaray Rayford announces the August 7th release of “Homemade Disaster,” a driving up tempo track that once again pushes the envelope much like he did on his 2020 Grammy nominated album, "Somebody Save Me." An undulating surf guitar and playful percussive B3 organ create an expansive backdrop for stream-of-consciousness lyrics delivered with a dramatic flair. While the roots of the song are blues and soul, the production and instrumentation put a fresh spin on things, resulting in a track just as at home alongside Gary Clark Jr. and Fantastic Negrito as Black Pumas and Michael Kiwanuka.
About the song, Rayford says, “America, we allowed this to happen on our watch – what we got here is a homemade disaster.”

Sugaray Rayford is a colossus of an entertainer with a voice so big it could knock a house down, yet at times, so tender it could “move you to tears” (UK Vibe). “A true badass marrying the funky soulfulness of classic R&B records while acknowledging contemporary sensibilities.” (Pop Matters)
“Somebody Save Me”, Rayford’s first release for Forty Below Records was an ambitious album with “a sound that’s undeniably fresh and inspired.” (Albumism). It is “top stuff, indeed!” (Echoes Music Magazine). The album garnered a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” while also winning the prestigious “B.B. King Entertainer of the Year” award along with “Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year” for the second straight year at the 2020 Blues Music Awards.

Sugaray Rayford’s early years were full of turmoil. His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. "She suffered and we suffered," Rayford says. "Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives improved. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.” Rayford began his musical career at the tender age of seven, singing and playing drums in church, and his gospel influences definitely shine through in his music. The soulful rasp and emotive vocal style hint at his first-hand experience with hardship, and a childhood marked by poverty and loss.

As an African American youth growing up in poverty, Rayford, like many in these communities, saw two paths out, drugs or the military. Rayford chose The Marines and served for 10 years. But Rayford doesn’t fit widely held perceptions of the military as is evident in the lyrics of songs like “Time to Get Movin’” or “Dark Night of The Soul.” Sugar recalls, “Eric (Corne) and I talked about the traditions of soul music and the powerful social messages of artists like Marvin Gaye, Aretha, Sly Stone, Sam Cooke and James Brown. We both felt strongly about social justice and wanted that to be a focus of the music. But to offset the darker side we wanted to be sure to include songs expressing light and love and that’s what you get with “You and I”, “Is it Just Me” and the two beautiful ballads, “My Cards Are on the Table” and “Somebody Save Me.”

If you listen closely to Sugaray’s music, or even better, attend a concert, you will hear a mélange of black roots music including soul, blues, funk, gospel, jazz, rock n’ roll and even shades of reggae and hip hop. "Think back to, say, the Golden days of Chess and people like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters; then factor in the sound of classic soul men like Solomon Burke and add a sprinkle of the big voiced icons like Teddy P and you're getting near to the sound of Sugaray Rayford. Float that over an authentic soul backing in the manner of Daptone and Stax and you're getting near to the sound of 'Somebody Save Me'." (Soul and Jazz and Funk)

In the studio and in person, Sugaray Rayford is developing a reputation as a force to be reckoned with and an artist to watch in the coming years. So, “Sit back and listen to one of today’s best blues-soul singers. Even better, attend one of his live performances where his energy can totally galvanize an audience” (Elmore Magazine)

08/24/2020
"Square Docs" Art Documentary Series - Episode 8 // Lilli Muller - "Headtrippin'"

Please join us for our eighth and final installment of the "Square Docs" Art Documentary Series featuring artist Lilli Muller. Documentary airs Wednesday - August 26, 2020 @ 8pm.

WHERE TO WATCH:
• YouTube - https://youtu.be/edUdV8FuMZ8
• Facebook
• Recconnect LA => Virtual Gallery - https://www.laparks.org/virtualrecreation

https://www.lillimuller.com/

BIO:
head trip (plural head trips)
1. (informal) An experience or set of experiences which is intellectually challenging or stimulating.
2. (informal) A disorienting, exciting experience, especially one consisting mainly of striking sensory impressions.
3. (informal) A state of mind in which one is distracted, disturbed, or unnerved, whether self-induced or resulting from ill-treatment by others.

Inspired by our current events in this time of self-isolation, social distancing and quarantine, I felt compelled to explore a bit deeper the notions of what confinement really means to each of us individually, as the news - as well as our personal conversations - are dominated by this world-wide situation.

I question how the degree of feeling isolated, locked in, confined, and blocked relate to and are developed through the space and environment we are contained in. Hence, I experimented with various stages and degrees of confinement in my own house and surroundings, to gauge the intensity and feelings that project would evoke in myself and other viewers of these various situations through my visual documentation.

My findings have lead me to consider the relationship between physical and mental confinement, and how physical confinement does not necessarily confine your headspace. Your mind can still wander, travel, envision, create, be inspired and expand while being stuck in a contained space. The mind can take you on adventures, invent things, and even have relationships with others. Sometimes the best of what you feel or experience is all in your head.

On the other hand, we can all be completely stuck and locked up in our head while in the abundance of nature, in a crowd, your own home or studio.

How much space do you need before you start feeling confined?
Is it a matter of space, square footage, or time? Does it change if there are others present?

How do we stay inspired, and can we inspire and empower others while in physical confinement?

With this work I was trying to push my own comfort threshold, as I experienced and explored the differences of confinement related to space and mind. The photographic documentation shows the various levels of confinement and subsequent discomfort endured throughout the shoot.

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Dedicated for use by Mayor Aguilar in 1866, this park land was named "La Plaza Abaja." In 1886, it was renovated with an official park plan designed by Fred Eaton. In 1911, the park was redesigned by John Parkinson to reflect the social and economic growth of the city. During World War I, the Square was often the scene for militia receptions and provided a forum for public speakers. On November 8, 1918, the park was formally named Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general. The next major change came in the 1950s, when an 1800-car garage was built beneath the park. In 1989, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency contributed to assist the Department of Recreation and Parks in the renovation of the park. Architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin designed the current park plan, and the park was rededicated on February 3, 1994. For more history and walking tours, contact the L.A Conservancy.

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