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Published June 7, 2023

Grand Performances are Back in DTLA This Summer

Everything you need to know about the free concert series at California Plaza. 

by Los Angeles Bucket List

 

It's here: summer in Los Angeles. And with it comes beach days, boat parties, street fests, and outdoor concerts. Grand Performances' 37th Summer Season of Free Concerts in Downtown Los Angeles kicks off in June and has a full lineup of performances perfect for soaking up every last bit of daylight this summer. You'll be immersed in a vibrant fusion of musical genres from around the globe, spanning Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Plus, stay tuned for the exciting collaboration between Grand Performances and KCRW Summer Nights, featuring live bands and DJs.

We rounded up everything you need to know about this year's Grand Performance series, So gather your friends and family, pack a picnic, and head over to California Plaza for an unforgettable summer of music, community, and celebration.

When are the Free Concerts at California Plaza in DTLA?

Concerts will take place every Saturday from June to August at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Grand Performances will also host a series of poetry nights on the fourth Friday of each month, featuring influential LA-based voices. Note: No concert will take place Saturday, July 1. 

 

Who is performing?

Grand Performances has pulled out all the stops for its 37th Summer Season of free concerts. From rising stars to iconic legends, they've curated a diverse array of musical talent that will captivate audiences of all ages. See the full lineup below:

  • June 3: Son Rompe Pera

  • June 10: COLA Artist Fellows

  • June 17: Shahin Najafi 

  • June 24: Sona Jobarteh

  • July 8: Viver Brasil 

  • 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

Grand Performances will also present a series of poetry nights curated by award-winning, local poets and educators: 

  • June 23: Poetry of Pride with West Hollywood Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace 

  • July 28: LA Stories with 3rd generation LA Native Mike the Poet 

  • August 25: Black Voices with award-winning author, poet, and educator Shonda Buchanan 

 

How much does it cost to attend?

The concerts are free! That's right, these concerts won't cost you a dime! Thanks to support from the LA City Department of Cultural Affairs and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, Grand Performances is able to offer this incredible lineup of performances free of charge.

 

What should I expect?

Expect an incredible fusion of musical genres and generations that will transport you to different corners of the globe. But it's not just about the music; it's about the whole experience.

Note that seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bringing a picnic blanket or low-back chairs can enhance your comfort during the concerts. Disabled seating is available on the Lower Plaza, and reserved seats in the VIP Balcony are available for Grand Performances members.

Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, so feel free to pack your favorite snacks and drinks to enjoy during the performances. Soft drinks and light snacks will be available for sale, and an on-site bar will be set up on select evenings.

California Plaza is easily accessible by bus and rail, and underground parking will be offered at the California Plaza Parking Structure. A special parking rate of $10 cash or $15 credit card is offered 60 minutes prior to scheduled show times.

Finally, while service dogs are welcome at California Plaza, Grand Performances asks that you keep any other furry friends at home.

 

Find out more about the Free Concerts at California Plaza in DTLA here.

 

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