With November in full swing, it means we’re now just a few days away from the next Rock My Soul festival event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This celebration of Black female artists curated by Julia Bullock and Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY will be taking over the iconic Los Angeles venue and nearby environs for a number of days through November 22. Tickets are on sale now for a wide range of events which include a morning of movie soundtracked yoga and LA Phil-backed concerts, with some even boasting a pre-show cocktail hour.
This Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 AM the next event in the series takes place with Movie Soundtrack Yoga at The Ford, an open-air class led that will be led by Lauren Spearman (founder of R&B Yoga). If you’re attending this sold-out event all you’ll need to bring with you is your yoga mat, some water, and a personal towel. Music will be provided via a playlist of Black women from both film and television soundtracks.
That same Saturday you can catch Symphonies for Youth, a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Linhan Cui as conductor and Jennifer Leigh Warren as narrator/vocalist. The music chosen for the event will draw on the seminal friendship and mentorship that developed between Florence Price and Margaret Bonds (the first Black soloist to play with the Chicago Symphony). The event starts at 11 AM but get there early for some pre-concert Art Activations. Tickets start at $23-$27.
A Musical Portrait: Price and Bonds takes place on Nov. 5-6, and will offer a far more intimate look into the musical history between these two vastly crucial boundary breakers. The music selected will hone in on their work from the 1930s, a period during which the two went unrecognized for their achievements. Get there early for Upbeat Live, a pre-concert talk that will offer up important historical context on both Price and Bonds.
On Friday, Nov. 11, Bryan, Coleman & Price will extend that exploration into the Chicago Renaissance and beyond to more contemporary movements of solidarity like the Black Lives Matter movement. The show will feature the powerful vocals of Danielle Ponder backed by the LA Phil with Jeri Lynn Johnson as the conductor. Ponder will since song by Price as well as her own catalog. Get there at 6:30 PM to enjoy a complimentary drink at the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s rooftop garden!
Tickets for both range currently from $20-$190 for terrace and orchestra seating.
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens will join the Rock My Soul Festival celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12. As part of both The Carolina Chocolate Drops and as a solo artist, Giddens has forwarded a far more holistic image of American music by bringing to the surface voices and sounds long forgotten. As a singer, fiddler, and banjo player she brings to life all her tangled passion for jazz, blues, country, and gospel. The event starts at 8 PM with tickets starting at $59-$134.
An Evening with Meshell Ndegeocello featuring the music of Queen Sugar will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 PM at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Ndegeocello is the multi-hyphenate artist behind DuVernay’s television series Queen Sugar and the night will feature not just live music but also a conversation with the award-winning singer/songwriter, bassist, and composer. And on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 PM at Redcat you can see a screening of Carmen Jones with live performances by J’Nai Bridges.
Get your tickets to the Rock My Soul Festival events at the Walt Disney Concert Hall while they’re available! And be sure to check out all the other upcoming events and shows taking place at this favorite Los Angeles venue. Which include Symphonies for Youth, as well as performances by Electric Fields and The Roots.