Grand Performances Brings Free Summer Concerts in Downtown Los Angeles Back for Another Season

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Get ready to groove and move as Grand Performances brings back their thrilling FREE summer concerts to downtown Los Angeles! Something Angelenos look forward to every year, this unforgettable series of concerts will make your feet tap with joy. Starting the series on Saturday, June 3, at the vibrant California Plaza, you’ll be swept away by the infectious rhythms of cumbia band Son Rompe Pera, the sizzling salsa beats of La Verdad, and the captivating tunes of La Papaya Club, featuring the sensational DJs Eléanora and Quilo.


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But that’s not all – the lineup is a sonic paradise spanning generations and musical styles that will ignite your soul. Grand Performances has everything from the irresistible melodies of doo-wop to the infectious energy of hip-hop, from the timeless beauty of jazz to the fiery passion of salsa. So picture yourself swaying to the eclectic sounds of COLA 2023 Artist Fellows, being mesmerized by the virtuosity of jazz giant Garrett Saracho, and transported to West Africa by the enchanting melodies of Kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh. And let’s not forget the pulsating energy of Afro-Brazilian dance company Viver Brasil and the explosive performances of LA hip-hop legends Battlecat and Thes One. The power will be off the charts!


But Grand Performances don’t stop there. This year, they are adding a poetic touch to the mix with their Fourth Fridays poetry nights. Arranged by award-winning LA-based poets and educators, these nights will be a soul-stirring experience. Let the power of words captivate you as talented poets weave tales that will transport you to new realms of imagination and emotion. It’s an experience you simply can’t afford to miss.

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And as if that wasn’t enough, mark your calendar for August 5 when dub lab pays a special tribute to the legendary radio DJ Art Laboe. It’s sure to be an evening full of oldies representative of Chicano culture.

The list goes on! Prepare to be swept away by moving performances from artists like The Delfonics, Thee Lakesiders, Diamond Ortiz, and many more this summer at Grand Performances.

To find out more, visit Grand Performances and get ready to dance.


GP Summer 2023 Line-Up

June 3: Son Rompe Pera

June 10: COLA Artist Fellows

June 17: Shahin Najafi 

June 24: Sona Jobarteh

July 8: Viver Brasil 

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July 15: Garrett Saracho

July 22: KCRW Summer Nights

July 29: Martha Redbone  

August 5: Art Laboe Tribute

August 12: DJ Battlecat / Thes One

August 19: Mark de Clive-Lowe

August 26: Grupo Kual

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