Friday
Nov212014

We Are The Greek 

As we finish up one season, and begin to plan another at our home venue California Plaza, I wanted to tell you about another opportunity on the horizon - one that will give us the opportunity to program at the historic Greek Theatre in Griffith Park. Recognizing Grand Performances' deep roots in the community and our commitment to promoting L.A.-based artists, the Nederlander Family asked us to program their (free) community stage. We're excited about the possibility to expand our programming. As you may know, the Greek Theatre is under review for new management (read more about it here), and the Nederlanders are at risk of losing the right to the venue they've managed for nearly four decades. We are proud that the Nederlanders asked Grand Performances to collaborate with them and they have asked our fans to sign the petition here.

- Michael Alexander, Executive Director

You can also learn more about the Nederlander's position at http://wearethegreek.com/

Thursday
Nov202014

Shop, Swipe and Support

Support Grand Performances while you shop! Here are a few fun and easy ways you can help Grand Performances continue to reach more than 55,000 people each summer.

AmazonSmile

When you choose Grand Performances as the organization of your choice, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases made on smile.amazon.com. This supports over 40+ events each summer. Click here to learn more.

 

Ebates

More of an Ebates shopper? Well you can help too! You can support Grand Performances by donating your cash back rewards. It’s easy, and your support makes it possible for every Angelenos to share the experience of Grand Performances regardless of financial ability. Just follow these quick and easy steps:

 

  1. Click the "My Ebates" tab, located in the green bar at the top of the main page
  2. Then, on the left hand side of the page, click "Big Fat Payment Settings" for payment and address information

Don’t have any Ebates account? No problem. Create an account here and start shopping hundreds of products at discounted prices.

 

Ralphs

Add us to your shopping list. Support Grand Performances while you shop and re-register for Ralphs Community Contribution Program.

It's easy – click here to log in and search for "Grand Performances" to register. Even if you registered as recently as June, July or August 2014, you will need to register again to continue supporting Grand Performances. Thanks for giving back.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct292014

WOMEX 2014 picks

3 days, 5 stages and some tired feet later, we're back in L.A.! Now, in no particular order, here are our five standouts from WOMEX

Ethiocolor

Shoulder shaking was in full effect with Ethiocolor. Like their name says, they're a traditional Ethiopian band with dancers, costume changes and enough energy to power the city of Santiago.

Lula Pena

We love a bumping dance beat just as much as the next guy, but  Portugal's Lula Pena's smokey voice was the perfect pallet cleanser.

Batida

The Angolan/Portuguese group, Batida mixed electronic rhythms with classic Congolese beats for a major dance party with cool visuals to back them up. For their last song they handed out whistles to the audience. If that doesn't say party, we don't know what does.

Guayo Cedeno & Coco Bar

If you need a soundtrack to a Latin spaghetti psychedelic western, it'd be Hondorus' Guayo Cedeno. His trio was tight, but it got even better when Garifuna (Afro-Caribbean roots, with West African rhythms, a Latin lilt and flavors of reggae and calypso) musician, Aurelio Martinez joined. 

Mariza

Fado (Portugese singing, renowed for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character) singer, Mariza gave a vocally stunning performance after accepting the WOMEX 14 Artist Award.



And no surprise, we also saw some of our Grand Performances alums Baloji, Troker (we ran into them in the conferene hall), the El Gusto Orchestra and Nortec Colletive's Bostich + Fussible turn in killer sets.

Thursday
Oct232014

WOMEX 2014

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Hola from Santiago de Compostela!  Some Grand Performances' staffers are here to soak in the sights and sounds of the annual WOMEX (World Music Expo). Every year, WOMEX is held in a different European city; this time around, it's in north west Spain right above Portugal. 

WOMEX is made up of presenters (like us), artists, agents, managers, media, and more. For the next week, we'll wander the conference trade floor during the day and dance through some of the best world music showcases at night. What makes them the best? Well, more than 800+ bands apply to showcase but only a select few get asked - so we know we're going to hear the good stuff! 

The showcase concerts are where we get to discover new music to maybe bring to Grand Performances (DakhaBrakha was Leigh Ann's WOMEX find in 2011). It's also a great opportunity to see some of our old favorites presenting new music. We'll make sure to say 'hi' to Baloji, Bostich + Fussible and the El Gusto Orchestra for you. 

Stay tuned for more! You can follow our journey on Instagram @grandperfs #gptravels 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep102014

A weekend of dance

It's our last weekend of shows and we're going out dancing.

Friday, September 12 @ 8:00pm // India Jazz Suites: Fastest Feet in Rhythm

Kathak and tap dance meet and battle on the dance floor.

Saturday, September 13 @ 8:00pm // Rosanna Gamson, WIFE, Sheetal Gandhi

Modern dance from three of L.A.'s leading lady choreographers.