CBS2/KCAL9 is the Official Broadcast Partner of Grand Performances Summer Concert Series in Downtown LA. Grand Performances’ iconic free Summer Concert Series features artists from around the globe in a world class venue, connecting artists to audiences and audiences to each other, all set against the spectacular backdrop of Downtown LA. Grand Performances will be featuring a broad spectrum of cross-national, genre-defying performances with outstanding musical spirit and collaboration in the most exciting Outdoor Concert Series in Southern California!
Drive a Honda?
Show your Honda key to the Guys in Blue to get you access to the exclusive Honda VIP lounge! While you’re there, be sure to visit the SoCal Honda Dealers booth while the Guys in Blue surprise Grand Performances concert-goers with Random Acts of Helpfulness all summer long.
The SoCal Honda Dealers Random Acts of Helpfulness
The SoCal Honda Dealers are at it again, surprising Grand Performances concert-goers with Random Acts of Helpfulness all summer long. Last year, they offered free helpful pedicab rides to get people from their cars to the show at select concerts. They also surprised concert-goers with free ice cream! Follow the SoCal Honda Dealers on Facebook and Instagram, or find them on Twitter @HelpfulHonda for more Random Acts of Helpfulness.
2017 Summer Saturdays Schedule
Sat Jun 17 @ 8:00pm | L.A. x GDL: Gaby Moreno + Caloncho
This cultural and musical exchange features rising indie stars from LA and Guadalajara. Gaby Moreno, the Emmy-nominated rising rockerra born in Guatemala and now residing in LA, infuses bilingual lyrics with splashes of soul, blues, and Latin jazz-rock. The Sonora-born singer Caloncho fills the air with soothing summer night anthems of soft tempos and Latin indie-dream pop.
Sat Jun 24 @ 8:00pm | Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: New Music + Suite for Ma Dukes
Using the style of contemporary chamber music, this homage to producer-rapper J Dilla’s highly influential work and unfulfilled legacy pays tribute to one of hip-hop’s most accomplished artists through orchestral interpretation. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson will also present new and original music from his upcoming release, “Les Jardins Mystiques.”
Sat Jul 1 @ 8:00pm | Hip Hop: First Peoples, New Voices
The first event in a two-year project highlighting innovative new voices from Indigenous North American artists. This powerful expression of culture and community features raw lyrics, urgent poetry, and iconic dance from artists Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota), The Sampson Brothers (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca), Tanaya Winder (Southern Ute/Duckwater Shoshone/Pyramid Lake Paiute), MC RedCloud (Huichol), and Mare Advertencia Linka (Zapoteca).
Sat Jul 8 @ 8:00pm | Rahim AlHaj – Letters from Iraq | Asher Shasho Levy
In a language of string quintet, oud and percussion, Rahim AlHaj transforms his challenges as an Iraqi political refugee to respond to emotion-filled letters from a war-torn country. Take a mystical folk and dance music journey through the heart of Syria with the new ensemble, Aram Soba.
Sat Jul 15 @ 8:00pm | L’Orchestre Afrisa International with special guest Ricardo Lemvo
Congolese rumba from Africa’s most enduring and prolific bands, paired with a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and pan-African styles from Los-Angeles based Lemvo.
Sat Jul 29 @ 8:00pm | MOTHERSHIP LANDING: Funk and the Afrofuturist Universe of ‘77
40 years ago, the legendary P-Funk released an album that would shape R&B and Hip Hop forever. Join us to celebrate the cosmic genius of George Clinton, William “Bootsy” Collins, Bernie Worrell, Maurice White, Junie Morrison, Sun Ra and more.
Sat Aug 19 @ 8:00pm | Daedelus Grooves for COLA20
Daedelus and friends entertain as we celebrate 20 years of COLA (City of LA) grants for master visual and performing artists with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles.
Sat Aug 26 @ 8:00pm | 未来の歴史 – MIRAI NO REKISHI – Mark De Clive-Lowe
A Japanese-New Zealander who now calls LA home, this forward-thinking voice in jazz and electronic music premieres a new work drawn from his Japanese roots, fusing the traditional with the sounds of tomorrow. Featuring Shing02, Kaoru Watanabe, Yumi Kurosawa and more.
350 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90071
Secure, underground parking is available in the California Plaza parking garage. Enter off Olive Street between 1st and 4th Streets. A special event rate of $8 (cash only) is available 90 minutes before listed show times.
Food and Drink
Choose to dine in or carry out from several on-site restaurants or pack a picnic with as much food and drink as you can carry! An on-site bar will be set up on selected evenings. Check our website for details. Restrooms available.
Seating is first come, first served. In addition to a small amphitheater, additional chairs and benches are available throughout the plaza. Blankets and low-backed chairs are welcome (just avoid setting up in designated walkways).