“It’s a thrill for us downtown to have the Ventura Music Festival present a great band in a great event,” Downtown Ventura Partners Executive Kevin Clerici said
The music of Adaawe, an all-female, LA-based vocal and drumming band, springs from West African roots and is nourished by gospel harmonies and American funk for a contemporary world-fusion sound. The concert is made possible by a grant to the Ventura Music Festival from the Barbara Bernard Smith World Music Fund.
Originally set for July 2020 and among the scores of Covid-cancelled performances worldwide, VMF Executive Susan Scott reports excitement growing anew among both artists and festival-goers since confirming Mission Park as the venue. “We’re committed to building community through music,” Scott said, “and opening with a free Concert in the Park mid-week seems a perfect way to launch the 27th season festival and the six concerts that follow.”
The mission of the Ventura Music Festival is to build community through world-class music and create an inclusive, welcoming environment in which people both see and hear themselves reflected in the music.