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This August 17, and August 18, 2013 you will enjoy the outdoors with some great events that will be happening this weekend.

First is the 20th Anniversary of the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines, which celebrates the beauty of jazz amongst the trees, August 17 and 18, and although the mountain was devastated by fire this year. The fire will not put a halt to this year's fun, the gates will be open every day at 10 AM. Plus because of all the hard work by the firefighters who in many ways help to make this event happen the host of the festival wanted to offer free admission for both days of festival.

Idyllwild Jazz in the pine will be hosted by Kjazz 88.1 own Bubba Jackson. Performing this year will includes two-time Grammy-Award winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur; the Harvey Mason Chameleon Project led by Grammy Award-nominated composure/percussionist Harvey Mason, featuring multiple Grammy Award-nominated pianist/vocalist Patrice Rushen; first-class jazz vocalist Janis Mann; 21-year-old American Idol finalist Casey Abrams and the Southland’s own, Euphoria Brass Band. Plus performances from fan favorites such as P.S. Blues Band, Rocky Zharp & The Blues Crackers.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Idyllwild Arts Academy. For ticket information and direction http://www.idyllwildjazz.com/

The Funkfest will be at the Greek theater August 17 and will be featuring George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Original Lakeside, Confunkshun, Slave, and JoJo (The Original Lead Singer of the Mary Jane Girls). This will guarantee to take you back to some wild times, especially for those who live through the phase of the Mothership. This evening is being presented by hot 92.3 Old School

Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM Price: $110.00 / $80.00 / $65.00 / $55.00 / $35.00 http://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.asp?id=2534

This will be the last weekend for the LA Chinatown Summer Nights, over the past three months, that started in June of 2013 Chinatown open to its doors and provided art and culture along with some great food and music, from five to midnight, Attendees will get a chance to taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown through Iron Chef style cooking competitions and enjoy curated local microbrews at the outdoor craft beer garden and nosh on LA’s best gourmet food trucks.

This event is free and open to all ages. Bike racks and plenty of street and lot parking available. Metro patrons: take the Gold Line and exit at Chinatown Station. Location 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90012 in Central and West Plazas. http://chinatownsummernights.com/