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Grand Performances brought together artists, musicians and Boyle Heights’ locals recently to celebrate the colorful history of the Phillips Music Company.

The Boyle Heights store, founded in the 1930s, was a special meeting place. Here, Jewish, Japanese and Mexican cultures came together as people exchanged ideas and inspiration. It was a place where musicians and non-musicians alike gathered, exploring cultural traditions and inventing musical languages.

The Phillips store played a unique and important role in the history of Boyle Heigths. This legacy is reflected by local bands such as Ollin, East L.A. Taiko, and La Santa Cecilia.

Boyle Heigts Beat Reporters Cinthia Gonzales and Alejandro Rojas, along with Staff Photographers Jonathan Olivares and Rosa Solache, reported on the events at the concert, which paid homage to this special time and place.

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