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Daily News of Los Angeles (CA)
September 17, 1986
Section: L.A. Life
RUN-D.M.C. BARRED FROM STREET SCENE
Author: ELIZABETH HARTIGAN, Daily News Staff Writer
The rap group Run-D.M.C., whose concerts made headlines this summer when fans were stabbed, beaten and shot at a concert, will not be allowed to play at the Street Scene festival this weekend, city officials said Tuesday.
"We have no intention of subjecting the people attending this event to any possible threat of gang violence," said Deputy Mayor Tom Houston in a statement.
The statement prompted a protest from Run-D.M.C, who said they thought they would perform. "Somebody has a funny idea of hospitality," the group's statement said.
Run-D.M.C. added that the group is not to blame for gang violence that resulted in 40 injuries at a Long Beach concert last month. "To make a statement that blames Run-D.M.C. for something that victimized them is at best rude and unprofessional . . . A great many of the reports of violence at Run- D.M.C. concerts are inaccurate reports," said New York publicist Howard Bloom.
"I'm sorry that they feel they were misled but, according to my information, they were never booked," said Street Scene publicist Esther Renteria.
Daily News of Los Angeles (CA)
September 19, 1986
Section: L.A. Life
MAKIN' THE SCENE AND TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS
Author: CRAIG ROSEN, Daily News Staff Writer
The ninth annual Los Angeles Street Scene will have an expanded international focus and more than 300 performances from rock, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, classical and dance acts. But it won't have Run-D.M.C.
Speculation that the popular rap group would make its first Southern California appearance since its summer Long Beach Arena concert, when 42 people were hospitalized after a rash of gang-related violence, nearly upstaged this weekend's festival.
City officials said Tuesday the group would not play at the family- oriented event that last year drew more than 1.3 million people to downtown Los Angeles.
The band made a surprise appearance without problems at last year's Street Scene, said Sylvia Cunliffe, Street Scene producer. "It was sort of a mellow, happy crowd. I didn't feel any threats," she said. "I have nothing against them. I enjoy their music."
Even without Run-D.M.C., the Street Scene, which will also feature more than 150 booths displaying various arts and crafts, promises to be a big event for music fans. "It's going to be a Woodstock-Mardi Gras," said Milt Petty, director of talent acquisition for the festival.
Highlights include modern-day folk singer Phranc, British reggae artists UB40 and the godfathers of punk, the Ramones, on Saturday; and the countrified Lonesome Strangers, folk-rocker Peter Case, the roots-rockin' Blasters, teen rappers Timex Social Club, former-Minutemen Firehose and, the next big thing
from England, Gene Loves Jezebel, on Sunday.
The opening day of last year's Street Scene was marred by unruly crowds as police in riot gear on horseback dispersed groups where heavy-metal or punk bands were playing. Audience members claimed the police action was unprovoked; police complained they were pelted with rocks and bottles.
Petty said the programming of this year's festival has changed. "We didn't book any hard punk acts, and we haven't programmed five metal acts in a row.
"We feel like we've done better planning," he said. "We're working closer with the police, because last year we had such an overwhelming number of people. We expect a similar crowd, but we're more prepared for it."
In addition, producer Cunliffe said there have been some changes in staging. The Spring Bowl Stage in front of City Hall has been moved out of the street and onto the steps so the street will be a free-flowing area. In addition, the rock 'n' roll stage, which was located on San Pedro Street near a multilevel parking structure, has been removed because people were dropping bottles from the parking structure on the crowd below, Cunliffe said.
There will be more police officers on standby for this year's festival, but not necessarily more in presence. "We don't want to make it look like a police state," she said.
Capt. Rick Batson, head of the Los Angles Police Department's Street Scene command post, said he has no changes in strategy, despite the disturbances last year. "We consider that an isolated incident. We consider that something that happened last year, and we are not looking forward to it happening this year," he said. "We are not walking into this thing ready for war."
The Street Scene actually kicked off Wednesday at the Embassy Auditorium with the First Los Angeles International Music Festival, featuring acts from 15 countries including Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. All of the groups will perform during the Street Scene, with the five finalists set to appear on the steps of City Hall Sunday. Cunliffe said she hopes all the contestants will bring the message of international goodwill home to their respective countries.
'There's a message'
"When you consider the number of people who come out and the very few who get involved in any problems," she said, "I think there's a message there."
This year's festival, which is dedicated to the Los Angeles Public Library Save the Books Fund and the Child Survival Campaign, will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the Los Angeles Civic Center area between Aliso, First and Alameda streets and Broadway.
Opening ceremonies, featuring Oliver de Coque and his 35 Nigerian dancers and sky divers, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the Spring Street steps of City Hall.
Daily News of Los Angeles (CA)
September 21, 1986
LOS ANGELES STREET SCENE
VIOLENCE AT STREET SCENE
DAY ENDS IN YOUTH RAMPAGE
Author: TOM MALLORY, Daily News Staff Writer
Violence erupted when police tried to close the ninth annual Street Scene Saturday night, although most of the 520,000 people who converged on downtown Los Angeles enjoyed the festival without encountering major problems during the day, authorities said.
Police faced an onslaught of bottles tossed by unruly youths as they cordoned off First Street near Broadway at the scheduled 10 p.m. closing time, forcing Street Scene visitors to leave the area.
At least 20 people were arrested, police said. A Red Cross worker said at least 40 and as many as 100 people were treated for injuries.
After the initial violence was quelled, another group of about 500 youths began pelting police with rocks and overturning food stands outside a carnival on Temple Street near First Street.
Police said prior to the second riot at 11 p.m. they had urged organizers to close the carnival because of concern that violence might erupt.
Officers in riot gear charged into the crowd of rampaging young people, attempting to make arrests and drive back the youths who were shouting obscenities.
Other officers on horseback held their ground as bottles smashed around them.
Police maintained high visibility throughout the day Saturday to guard against the type of scattered violence that broke out at last year's Street Scene, where crowds of rock music fans had to be dispersed.
There was no word from festival organizers on how the violence would affect today's scheduled Street Scene events.
Even before the violence broke out Saturday night seven people had been arrested.
Two people were held on suspicion of battery against police officers, one for throwing rocks at the police, one on suspicion of theft of personal property and three on suspicion of public drunkenness. At least three wallets were reported stolen by pickpockets.
Rowdy fans started to climb up on stage during an afternoon performance by a punk rock group called Dramarama at the Times Plaza, but police pushed them back.
Later, at the request of concert promoters, mounted police dispersed a crowd slam dancing to the music of the punk rock band Agent Orange at 6:30 p.m.
Police Sgt. Barry Staggs called all these incidents "par for the course," and said the vast majority of people who came downtown Saturday enjoyed themselves peacefully.
Valerie Finlayson of Sherman Oaks wanted to show Los Angeles to her sister and her new roommate, and they found all of the city's diverse culture in one place.
"Here's L.A.," said Finlayson, 25, standing on Temple Street in the middle of the Street Scene.
The crowd estimated at about 520,000 included young and old, wearing everything from black leather jackets to sports clothes -- but none of the gray business suits usually seen downtown.
"It's a great way to see L.A. if you've only got a short amount of time," said Di Bell, of Christ Church, New Zealand. "It's mind blowing coming from New Zealand, believe you me."
The city-sponsored Street Scene, which continues today, features more than 300 performances on 19 stages across a 14-block area.
"I've been here (in Los Angeles) one whole day," said Finlayson's roommate, Laura McNulty, fresh from Toledo, Ohio. "It's very, very different."
"I'm used to weirdos in spiked hair," said Jennifer Finlayson, 23, of San Diego. "But people are staring at me because I am the only normal person."
"A man stripped in front of us. We saw a '50s (musical) revue. But the first thing we saw was the Coor's truck, and we headed right for it," said Valerie Finlayson, a cold beer in her hand.
Along with the entertainment on stage, the Street Scene featured a wide variety of ethnic foods and handicrafts.
"I'm busy, but I'm having a good time," said 25-year-old Armando Ornelas of Fullerton, stirring a large wok of rice in a makeshift kitchen behind a Thai food stand.
"It is just a variety of people you see here and also the amazing amount of cultures in the foods being sold on the street."
Pizza was being sold a few yards away; hot dogs were available around the corner.
Litter from the fast food stands and discarded religious literature were everywhere.
"I like to see all the people, everybody interacting, that's the best thing," said Gabriel Fagiani, 21, of Burbank. "This is culture. This is L.A."
Fagiani and his friend Peter Pearce, 21, of Toluca Lake met two friends
from Burbank at the Street Scene Saturday, Sandy Moody, 25, and Pat Hickman, 28. Moody and Hickman arrived at 11 a.m. and already had enjoyed the music of the English Reggae band UB40. But by midafternoon Moody was slowing down.
"What time are we leaving? What time does it close," Hickman said.
"No way," Moody said, interrupting. "I think it'd be too crazy at night."
(1) A crowd packs Temple Street early Saturday on opening day of the
ninth annual Street Scene. Violence erupted at closing time when
youths hurled rocks and bottles clashed with police.
Associated Press (2) Los Angeles Police Department officers take
a man with a bloodied head into custody Saturday at the violent close
of the day's events at the Los Angeles Street Scene. There was no
word from festival organizers on whether the violence would affect
(3) State Police officers armed with truncheons cordon off a
section of downtown Los Angeles Saturday night at the Street Scene.
(4) George Colon and his dog, Spock, attend the city's ninth
annual Street Scene downtown on Saturday. The festival will continue
Olga Shalygin-Daily News
Sidebar: Schedule for today's Street Scene
Copyright (c) 1986 Daily News of Los Angeles
Record Number: 8601240849
The last article shows Jane's slot on the schedule and confirms this show.1986 STREET SCENE THE STAGES
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Date: Sep 20, 1986
Start Page: 3
Section: Metro; 2; Metro Desk
Text Word Count: 608
1. Parthenon 2. Parker 3. International I 4. International II 5. Totem Pole 6. Triforium 7. Star Fountain 8. Main 9. Terrace 10. Step 11. Forum 12. Spring 13. Times Plaza 14. Broadway East 15. Broadway West 16. Rock 'n' Roll 17. Flag Court 18. Parade Stand 19. Command Post
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS, SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 1986 10:30 a.m.
2 Whitney Family 4 Dorothy Smith & Inner Fire 11:00 a.m.
2 Clipper Spirit 3 Kenny Smith 5 Los Ninos-Folklorico 7 Norman Johnson Quintet +1 8 Hank Ballard & The Midnighters 11 Salient 14 Larry Rasberry 11:30 a.m.
2 Hammer Smith Band 4 Walking Wounded 6 Immortals Gung-Fu Lion Dancers 10 Xife Totec Aztec Dancers 15 Barn Burners 12:00 p.m.
2 T.C. & The Slicks 3 Aman 5 Katja Biesanz/Dance Theatre 7 Jimmy Rowles Quintet 8 Chuck E. Weiss 9 Teatro de Los Puppets 11 Jet Boy 14 Trail Mix 12:30 p.m.
2 Yankee 4 Maggie Mayoll 6 Koroyar Folklore 10 Bob Baker Productions 15 Reach for the Sky 1:00 p.m.
2 Messenger 3 David Mackenzie 5 Dance L.A. 7 Tavio Figueroa Group 8 Surfaris 9 Coleman and Stuart 11 London 13 Pato Banton and Tippa Irie 14 Rockin Rebels 16 Sending Unit 1:30 p.m.
2 Surprise Guest 4 Mambo Gigolos 6 Kilgore Ensemble Gospel 10 Mime of Hearts 12 Saba 15 Rusty Vail 16 Street Urchins 2:00 p.m.
2 Meri D 5 Waverley Scottish Dancers 8 Jan & Dean 11 Hurricane 13 Surprise Guest 14 Lonesome Strangers 16 Psych 201 17 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra 2:30 p.m.
2 James Harmon Band 3 Italy 4 Sherine Hedayat 6 Day Dance Co. 7 Euphoria 9 Happy Time Pipers 15 The Paines 16 Firehose 3:00 p.m.
4 Lux W. Germany 5 Nara Nata Folk Troupe 8 Billy Vera & The Beaters 10 Robert Gruenberg 11 Fanz 12 Nigerians 14 Legal Weapon 16 Posh Garage 3:30 p.m.
2 Surprise Guest 3 Canada 6 Martin Dancers 7 Billy Mitchell Band 9 Shorgood Dancers 13 Gene Loves Jezebel 15 Blood on the Saddle 16 Jane's Addiction 17 American Arab Artists 4:00 p.m.
2 Zerimar 4 KFT Hungary 10 Roller Jazz Productions 4:30 p.m.
2 Carl Anderson 3 Rudy Regaldo & Cheveve 7 Jeff Richmond 8 Johnny Otis/Shuggie & Bobby Day 9 Surprise Guest 11 Leatherwolf 12 Kurtis Blow 14 Kingbees 16 Red Shoes 5:00 p.m.
2 Mena 4 Rythem Core 6 Inca, Peruvian Music & Dance 10 Carolina Russek and Company 13 Fishbone 15 Preston Smith 16 Wednesday Week 17 Korean Classical Music & Dance 5:30 p.m.
3 Halibuts 2 Tease 9 Limberjack Cloggers 11 Surprise Guest 12 Surprise Guest 14 Victoria Williams 16 New Marines 6:00 p.m.
2 Bobby Mattos & Heritage Ensemble 6 Repertory Dance Theatre of L.A. 7 Wishful Thinking 8 Etta James 10 Adie Grey 15 Rick Densmore & Rider 16 Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada 17 Al-Ard (The Land) 6:30 p.m.
2 Rockwell 4 L.A. Despers Steel Band 13 Untouchables 14 Paul Bowman Super Country Band 16 SWA 7:00 p.m.
2 Eddie Romeo & Reckless Hearts 3 L.A. Dream Team 6 Floricanto Dance Theatre 7 Poncho Sanchez 8 Leon Hughes & The Fame Coaster 10 Lil Elmo & The Cosmos 11 Unforgiven 12 Surprise Guest 15 Armadillo Stampede 16 Bruce Joyner & The Plantation 7:30 p.m.
2 Timex Social Club 4 World Class Wrecking Crew 14 Chris Hillman and Desert Rose 16 Love Explosion 8:00 p.m.
2 Cannibal & The Headhunters 3 Prime Movers 7 The Seventh Avenue Burners 8 Lord Buckley & The Royal Court 10 Night School 11 Surprise Guest 12 Surprise Guest 13 Surprise Guest 15 Cheatin' Hearts 16 Lost Pilots