Construction work has begun for an outdoor stage and band shell at Plaza de La Raza, the Latino cultural arts center in East Los Angeles.
The future amphitheater, which will seat 350 people, will bear the name of the late Willie Velasquez, who founded the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project.
The theater should be completed by mid-March, said Gema Sandoval, executive director of Plaza de La Raza. The Nuevo Chicano Music Works, a program that highlights the work of local musicians, is scheduled to be the first event held at the theater.
Anheuser-Busch and the city's Community Development Department are funding the project, which will cost up to $80,000.