A South LA festival with music, dancing and voter registration

On Saturday, more than 1,200 people attended a community festival in South Los Angeles that paired voter registration with live music.

South L.A. Power Fest was designed to drive civic engagement through art and culture. Residents could learn about the November election while enjoying music, dancing, and food.

Alberto Retana  is president of the Community Coalition, which hosted the event. He says large scale entertainment events in this neighborhood are rare.

"When you look on any tourist map, you never see South L.A.," he tells KPCC. "It's sort of invisible and we know we have a lot to offer. And we always have art and culture coming out of our community. So it's about celebrating the art from our community, in our community, for the rest of Los Angeles."

Fifty-nine people registered to vote at the festival.