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Josef Leimberg at Skirball — Photo by Farah Sosa

The Skirball Cultural Center is back with their annual free Sunset Concert series. Kicking off Thursday, July 21 and running all the way through Aug. 25. The Skirlball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concerts lineup will feature: Mamak Khadem, Rocky Dawuni, Nefesh Mountain, Booker T. Jones, Ak Dan Gwang Chil, Son Rompe Pera and more. All concerts take place on Thursday nights beginning at 8pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.

Celebrating 25 years of Sunset Concerts at the Skirball, this season’s lineup includes familiar Sunset Concerts performers as well as emerging international talent, all of whom use music’s unique ability to unite people, build bridges across cultures, and move people’s hearts and minds.

Mamak Khadem will headline Sunset Concerts at the Skirball on July 21 with support from Rumi scholar and author, Omid Arabian and Iranian filmmaker, Sam Javadi. From Iran to Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean, Khadem’s striking blend of classical Persian style and diverse contemporary influences crosses musical traditions in search of shared humanity. 

Rocky Dawuni will headline Sunset Concerts at the Skirball on Thursday, July 28. It was in 2022 that Grammy-nominee Rocky Dawuni received a nomination for Best Global Music Album for his collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, and John Legend

Moreover, on August 4, you can enjoy performances by the Americana band Nefesh Mountain. From the perspective of Eastern European Jewish culture, Nefesh Mountain blends Americana and bluegrass to tell stories of humanity with what has been referred to as “old soul wisdom.”

On August 11, Booker T. Jones, the legendary soul, and R&B singer-songwriter will take over the stage at the Skirball Cultural Center. He fronted the iconic Memphis soul band Booker T. and the M.G.’s—a rare integrated group of musicians that served as the house band for Stax Records, working with the likes of Otis Redding, Bill Withers, and Wilson Pickett.

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Next on the list, we have AK DAN GWANG CHIL who will headline Sunset Concerts at the Skirball on August, 18. Aram Han Sifuentes, a Skirball exhibit artist, will perform with the Korean American drumming group Woori Sori as part of this special evening. The Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles and Aram Han Sifuentes will also be in attendance.

And lastly, the Skirball Cultural center will go out with a bang with a headline performance by SON ROMPE PERA on August 25. The Mexican rock band will heat up the Skirball with their high energy, punk meets cumbia rhythms. Be ready to dance!

For our twenty-fifth anniversary season, we wanted to bring an international lineup of artists, some of whom have graced our stages before and others who are making their Sunset Concerts debut, All of the performers for this landmark season are groundbreakers and community builders, representing our goal to gather diverse cultures through the power of music,” says Jen Maxcy, Director of Programs.

RSVP For Free Entry to Skirball’s Sunset Concerts

An RSVP is required to attend the free Sunset Concerts at the Skirball. Those interested in attending can RSVP starting June 9. There will be food and drinks for purchase, as well as shopping, and free admission to the exhibitions starting at 6:30pm for those who arrive early enough. Audrey’s Museum Store will be open until 8pm, selling items that reflect Skirball’s values, mission, and programming.

On-site parking at the Skirball will cost $20 at check-in or $15 if reserved ahead of time. Parking on the street is strictly forbidden.

For more information about the Skirball Cultural Center and its Sunset Concerts, please visit their website.