SPARC is kicking off summer in a big way with their Kickoff to Summer Dance Party for adults, with entertainment by headliner DJ Black Rabbit, dancing, a buffet dinner and drinks, and a raffle will be held at the War Memorial Building in South Pasadena on Saturday, June 16, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
A fundraiser for the non-profit South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), the event will also feature Cuba Swift, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter known for her mix of authentic Cuba salsa with hip-hop and reggaeton, who will present salsa and hip-hop demos, inviting attendees to join in and learn the steps.
During the evening, popular DJ Black Rabbit, aka Ray Brown, will be spinning a wide mix of music synched to video projections. “We’re going to do something a little different,” Brown said. He plans to provide a mix of funk, soul, rock classics from different decades while “video DJ-ing”: projecting the original music video associated with a song, or a version with custom edits, “related to what’s going on in the song. It’ll add another dimension to the party.”
Admission to the SPARC “Kickoff to Summer Dance Party” includes food provided by Mama’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, and one drink (beer or wine) voucher per person (cash bar available for additional drinks). Raffle items have been supplied by Old Focals Eyeware, Dual Crossroads, Hotbox, Jasleen’s, Mars, Rue De Memo, Camille’s, Nexusplex, and other local businesses.
Proceeds for the event will benefit SPARC’s public art, arts events, and educational and outreach arts programs. Tickets are $40 per adult or $75 per couple, and are available at the SPARC website, www.sopasartscouncil.org, or at the door. The War Memorial Building is located at 435 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030.