Grand Performances Sizzle in L.A. Heat

Sanubar Tursun will perform on Sunday, August 7th at 7 pm as part of the Grand Performances series in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of Grand Performances

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the Grand Performances organization has given Los Angeles and its citizens outdoor concerts that celebrate music and diversity in a grand way for individuals of all ages. It is perhaps the best concert series that Southern California has to offer and, best of all, it is absolutely free.

The Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra will perform on Saturday, July 16th at 8 pm. Photo credit: Grand Performances

The Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra will perform on Saturday, July 16th at 8 pm. Photo credit: Grand Performances

Performances during this summer season, which started on June 10th, will continue to transpire through Sunday, August 21st at the skyscraper-surrounded California Plaza on 350 S. Grand Ave., where, on a marvelous stage overlooking a water fountain, more than 5,000 in attendance can revel in, dance the night away, and appreciate music that represents all corners of the globe.

For those looking to spend a wonderful evening with others who share a love of music and good-time gathering fun, there are a bevy of compelling musical acts to look forward to in the coming weeks.

The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live will be showcased on Friday, August 19th at 8 pm. Photo credit: Grand Performances

For instance, on Sunday, June 26th, The Three Louies, a group with an East-LA flavor, will entertain by mixing performance art, satire, and comedy. On Saturday, July 2nd, 1 to 3, a group comprised of great Armenian talent, will regale those in attendance with chamber jazz. On Saturday, July 16th, the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra will combine their musical wares to the tune of exciting beats, rhythms, and melodies. On Friday, July 22nd, attendees will get to groove to modern Parisian electro-jazz by the band Ginkgoa. On Sunday, August 7th, Sanubar Tursun will bring her touching voice and adept way with the exotic Asian two-stringed instrument, the dutar, to not only Los Angeles, but for the very first time, the United States.

In addition, on Friday, August 19th, The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live, will highlight the music from award-winning female composers throughout all media, including film, television, and video games. Specifically, Academy and Emmy winners, Rachel Portman (known for films Emma and Cider House Rules), Laura Karpman (known for the film Taken), and Lolita Ritmanis (known for her collaborations with Marvel and DC Comics), among others, will be showcased.

Needless to say, Grand Performances’ series of concerts throughout this summer will have something for everybody and, more importantly, bring Angelenos closer to other parts of the world by virtue of the robust power of music.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking, for a special event rate of $8, is available at 351 S. Olive St.

For more information about the schedule, visit grandperformances.org


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