Grand Performances returns with over a dozen free concerts in downtown Los Angeles – Daily News

Summer marks the free music return in downtown Los Angeles as Grand Performances kicks off its concert series in June with a four-month lineup of shows that will feature music from around the world, from cumbia and classical to jazz and jam bands.

“We really take people on a journey around the world,” said Stewart Irel, creative and artistic director of Grand Performance.

“It’s always been an incredible opportunity to really expose audiences to different types of entertainment and different genres of music,” he said.

Founded in 1986, Grand Performances offers free shows for all ages concerts during the summer. The new season will include more than a dozen performances at the 7,000-capacity California Plaza in downtown LA every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. from June 4 through September 24.

There’s a lot of music on the schedule, so for those who can’t attend all the shows, Irel recommends one must-see show per month.

  • Aditya Prakash will be one of the performers taking the stage for the new season of Grand Performances at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles every Saturday from 6-10 p.m. June 4-September 24. (Photo courtesy of Grand Performances).

  • Funk cover band Scary Pockets will be among the performers...

    Funk cover band Scary Pockets will be among the artists of the new season of Grand Performances. Shows are held at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles every Saturday from 6-10 p.m. June 4 through September 24. (Photo courtesy of Grand Performances).

  • The new season of Grand Performances will feature more...

    The new season of Grand Performances will include more than a dozen performances at California Plaza in downtown LA every Saturday from 6-10 p.m. from June 4 through September 24. (Photo courtesy of Grand Performances.

Together Aditya Prakash and Nick Smith

When: June 11

Details: Jazz pianist Nick Smith opens the evening with a performance that “will tell the story of the fundamentals of jazz,” said Irel. Smith will be followed by classical Indian Carnatic singer Aditya Prakash. “Indian Carnatic singers hold a note and bend it in a way. It’s a unique style of singing in India, but he sings with a jazz band, so he merges the two and it’s absolutely beautiful,” Irel said.

Spooky Pockets and Rozzi Crane

When: July 9th

Details: Expect a funky dance party when Scary Pockets takes the stage. The band perform funk versions of modern songs and post weekly videos on their YouTube channel. Their covers include songs such as “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys and “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Opening for Scary Pockets is pop singer Rozzi Crane. “It’s going to be contagious for sure. You won’t be able to sit still, Irel said.

Dublab presents Alice Coltrane: an expansive spirit

When: August 27

Details: This evening will be a celebration of the late Alice Coltrane, an accomplished jazz musician who played piano and harp. The evening will consist of a string and harp ensemble performing music from across his career. “She touched the jazz world and so many musicians so much,” he said.

Cumbiaton

When: Sep 17

Details: It’s going to be another dance-filled night thanks to Cumbiatón, a Boyle Heights-based collective of DJs, artists and musicians who perform all forms of Latin party music, from cumbia and salsa to merengue, banda and rock in spanish. “Of the whole series, this is the one that will feel the most like a party,” Irel said.

Here is the full list of live performances at California Plaza in downtown LA

June 4: COLA 2022 scholarship artists

June 11: Together Aditya Prakash and Nick Smith

June 18: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (performance is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

June 25: Boleros De Noche: Tribute to Agustín Lara

July 9: Scary Pockets and Rozzi Crane

July 16: World Stage presents Black Nile and Linafornia

July 23: The Pakistan Arts Council presents Ali Sethi

July 30: KCRW Summer Nights

August 6: Melissa Polinar

August 13: Extra Ancestral

August 20: Farhang Foundation

August 27: Dublab presents Alice Coltrane: An Expansive Spirit

September 3: KCRW Summer Nights

September 10: The Fountain Theater presents “Citizen: An American Lyric”.

September 17: Cumbiaton

September 24: Renée Goust

Great Shows

When: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, June 4-Sept. 24

Where: 350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles

No cost

Information: www.grandperformances.org

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