Grand Performances will make the summer sizzle with free concerts

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles will become a hot music venue this summer with the return of the Grand Performances free concert series.

The recently announced lineup for the annual series will range from groups performing modern and traditional sounds from places like Latin America, Asia, Africa in all sorts of genres, from Afrobeat to cumbia to classic jazz to ambient electronica and salsa.

“We are going to have some spectacular performers and we are representing the many cultures that make up Los Angeles,” said Rafael González, president and CEO of Grand Performances.

  • A tribute to the late Celia Cruz will be part of the Grand Performances free concert series this summer. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)

  • California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles will be the spot for free music this summer with the return of Grand Performances concert series. (Photo courtesy Grand Performances)

    The season kicks off June 1 with Grammy-winning singer iLe, who previously performed with her brothers in the Puerto Rican alternative hip-hop band Calle 13 before going solo.

    Other highlights include an Aug. 3 tribute to the late Celia Cruz by the band Havana Secret, which was the backing band from her final US tour.

    “I love that we’re paying a tribute to Celia Cruz. The multi-generations that have grown up with Celia Cruz is incredible and for us it’s about honoring her and moving her legacy forward,” he said.

    Another tribute will take place June 22 when more than 25 musicians take the stage to honor  jazz drummer, composer and bebop pioneer Max Roach. The series also includes poetry nights and classical music nights.

    Here’s the complete list of performances this summer, all taking place at California Plaza through Aug. 24.


    June 1: iLe / Mestizo Beat / DJ José Galván

    June 8: To be announced

    June 15: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band / DJ Bennett

    June 21: COLA (City of Los Angeles) Artist Fellows

    June 22: Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes Centennial Celebration

    June 29: Cali Soul Jam

    July 13: The 11th Annual International Mariachi Women’s Festival

    July 20: Daymé Arocena / Pan Dulce with Alan Lightner / Wyldeflower

    July 27: Okwy Osadebe / The Neighborhood Orchestra / Kevin Lincoln

    Aug. 3: Celia Cruz Tribute featuring Havana Secret

    Aug.10: Listen to Music Outside with Leaving Records. The concert will showcase experimental music

    Aug. 17: To be announced

    Aug. 24: Chucho Ponce Y Los Daddys De Chinantla / Turbo Sonidero

    Poetry Nights

    June 28:  Poetry of Pride and Legacy with poet Jen Cheng

    July 26: Music is History with Mike the Poet

    Aug. 16: Home with writer Carribean Fragoza

    Classical Nights

    July 12 and Aug. 9

    Grand Performances

    When: 6-10 p.m. June 1-Aug. 24

    Where: California Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles

    Cost: Free


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    Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.