Las Cafeteras at The Music Center, 2021 - photo courtesy of The Music Center
Las Cafeteras at Jerry Moss Plaza, 2021 – photo courtesy of The Music Center

Fellow Angelenos and neighbors from abroad, están listos? Are y’all ready for those summer concerts in L.A.? The third annual Summer SoundWaves outdoor concert series at The Music Center returns with an exciting lineup of global music artists. With genres ranging from Tropical Latin and Afro-Mexican rhythms to West African beats and Jazz Fusion, get ready to dance under the downtown L.A. skyline.


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For six Saturday nights, music lovers of all ages can enjoy outdoor concerts in the heart of Los Angeles for only $20 per ticket. Plus, kids under 12 can enjoy the event for free! Check out the lineup below!

The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves will begin on June 24. The first performance will feature Grammy® winners Luciana Souza & Trio Corrente. Then, on July 1, Los Angeles’ hometown heroes, Las Cafeteras are set to take the stage, followed by Malian singer Oumou Sangaré on July 22 and Afro-Pop/Jazz/Soul band Olatuja on July 29.

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On August 5, Jazz Unleashed L.A. will be headlined by Chief Adjuah, formerly known as Christian Scott, a recipient of multiple prestigious awards. The evening will also feature a collective of Los Angeles-based jazz musicians curated by music director Luca Mendoza, a 2016 Grand Prize Finalist of The Music Center’s Spotlight program in the Jazz Instrumental category. The series will come to a close on August 9 with a performance by Grammy®-winning Cuban music artist Eliades Ochoa. Don’t miss out on this impressive series!

“For the third year in a row, The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves showcases an eclectic array of highly talented music artists from around the world who will give joyful and exuberant performances in Downtown L.A. on Jerry Moss Plaza. This year’s lineup includes a bevy of Grammy® Award winners so audiences can expect to experience many powerhouse performances,” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves is an affordable summer outing geared for the entire family, and we invite everyone to discover why Jerry Moss Plaza ranks as one of L.A.’s top outdoor destinations. Make it a summer to remember with global music stars under the stars!”

All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 213-972-0711 or visit the Music Center. 

The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves Lineup

Saturday, June 24, 2023: Luciana Souza & Trio Corrente
Saturday, July 1, 2023: Las Cafeteras
Saturday, July 22, 2023: Oumou Sangaré
Saturday, July 29, 2023: Olatuja
Saturday, August 5, 2023: Jazz Unleashed L.A.
Saturday, August 19, 2023: Eliades Ochoa

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