Downtown’s premiere free summer concert series returns to the WaterCourt Stage at California Plaza for the 2018 season.
For over three decades, Grand Performances has brought top local and international talent to eager ears from all over the city. This year, a mixture of various musical genres, along with dance, comedy and socially aware acts to provided a well-rounded docket for the summers festivities.
Below are our highlights of the line up. More information about the event and the full line up can be found here.
Friday, June 1 – 8:00 pm
Higher! The Psychedelic Soul & Genius of Sly and The Family Stone
Kick off the summer with a very special tribute to the world-renowned music of Sly and The Family Stone, hosted by filmmaker and music critic Nelson George. Covering nearly two decades of Sly’s funk and soul career, this musical celebration is exclusively produced for Grand Performances by Dexter Story, Rocio Wyldeflower Contreras and Novena Carmel.
This trip through psychedelic funk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don’t miss the ride!
Friday June 15 & Saturday June 16 – 8:00 pm
Kristina Wong, Peter J. Harris, d. Sabela grimes – C.O.L.A. Night
An evening of comedy, poetry and dance brought by the Department of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship is set to take over the Grand Performances stage for two nights in June.
Kristina Wong is a comedian and performance artist; and is also possibly a politician. Kristina Wong for Public office is a satirical take of the a very real issue, the absurdity of our political system. Watch her walk the line between comedy and political commentary through the use of faux campaign speeches as art.
Peter J Harris blends rhythmic poetic words with a musical backing, together forming Trance. The play between human speech, dynamic silence and musical undertones explore various states of emotion. Harris’ poetry will be accompanied with original music by Ed Barguiarena.
Known for his development of the movement system Funkdamentals, D. Sabela Grimes is one of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets of dance. HIs choreographies consider invisibilized histories and grapple with constructed notions of masculinity and manhood.
Saturday, June 23rd – 8:00 pm
Secret Life of Muslims
Spend the evening with stars of the Emmy- and Peabody-nominated digital series, The Secret Life of Muslims, as they present a variety show of live music, comedy, and short films from the series’ second season. Real life humor and stories that show we’re not so different after all.
Friday, July 6th – 8:00pm
Ginkgoa | The Vignes Rooftop Revival
When French songs have an American vibe and American songs have a French twist, the inspirations collide into a hybrid genre of the 21st century. Welcome Ginkgoa with their hot gypsy jazz and electro beats.
The Vignes Rooftop Revival
L.A.’s own gypsy jazz band, The Vignes Rooftop Revival got their start on the rooftops of buildings in the Arts District. They will take the stage to perform the music of Django Reinhardt in a style all their own.
Saturday, July 7 – 8:00pm
Legendary. That’s the only way to describe Bootsy Collins and his career spanning well over 40 years. From his early days working with James Brown to garnering world-wide fame and success with Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy is one of the godfathers of funk and soul.
He’ll be gracing the Grand Performances stage to play his greatest hits along with some newer songs.
Saturday, July 22 – 8:00pm
HanHan & Gingee
Canadian artist Han Han, who raps in Tagalog and Cebuano, joins Angeleno Artist Gingee to take you through an exploration of the eclectic sounds of Pinay hip-hop as it relates to the Filipino community. The Pinay experience inspires these cross-cultural artists to incorporate traditional sounds and lyrics with English verses.
Saturday, August 18 – 8:00pm
Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Sogand is an Iranian underground hip-hop artist known for her soulful and sultry voice and remarkable capability of singing in both Persian and German. She stylishly blends rap, R&B, jazz, funk, blues and pop into her music.