The Listening Room // 02

Friday, August 15 @ 8:00pm

Who: Vikesh Kapoor
Song Sample: Spotify / Youtube
Street cred: Vikesh performed at Howard Zinn’s memorial service. Inspired by Zinn’s lifelong battle against class/race injustice, Kapoor wrote The Ballad Of Willy Robbins.
Why you won't want to miss out: Vikesh is a 21st century folk singer/songwriter and he's easy on the eyes.

Who: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate
Song Sample: Spotify / Youtube
Why you won't want to miss out: They're hot off a European tour and on their first US tour- you get to see them first!


Saturday, August 16 @ 8:00pm

Who: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
Song Sample: Spotify / Youtube
Why you won't want to miss out: They're reviving the spirit of gospel music in a new and cool way 

Who: Miner
Song Sample: Spotify / Youtube
Street cred: Their music has been featured on the tv show, Hart of Dixie
Why you won't want to miss out: Their harmonies are sweet and Justin and Kate Miner are too cute not to like


This summer, we're proud to partner with our down-the-hill neighobors, Grand Central Market to offer you pre-made picnics. We've made it easy: simply order online, and pick up at Grand Central Market on Saturday! Orders must be placed by 4pm on Saturday, August 16. 

Click here to check out the delicious offereings from Roast to Go, Horse Thief BBQ and Valerie Confections.


Parking update

GPeeps, please read about our the new Cal Plaza parking payment system for our Marina Pavilion shows. Basically, credit cards will now be accepted, and you no longer have to pay upon entering!

Here's the new procedure:

Enter our parking garage at the 351 S Olive gate like normal. An attendant will hand you two tickets: the standard parking ticket, and a follow up ticket that gives you the discounted $7.50 rate.

BRING BOTH TICKETS UPSTAIRS WITH YOU TO THE CONCERT - and don't forget to pay for parking before leaving the plaza (you can do this anytime during the concert)! Here's how:

1. Go to an automated pay station. Pay stations are located:

  • near the elevators on Plaza level (across from Famima)
  • on P1, accessible from the elevators across from Starbucks

2. Insert your entry ticket. Wait for screen to prompt payment
3. Insert you validation ticket to reduce the rate to $7.50
4. Use cash or credit card to pay.


The Listening Room // 01

It's already August and we're halfway through our summer season. All of the remaining concerts will be happening on our Marina Pavilion stage, the smaller ampitheater.

The Listening Room is ment to give you an intimate look at new (and sometimes more well known) music coming out of L.A. and internationally. We have a total of six concerts in the Listening Room series, and we hope you'll join us for all of them - starting with this weekend!

Friday, August 8 @ 8:00pm

Who: Los Dos Marks (aka DJ Nu-Mark and Mark de Clive-Lowe)
Song Sample: Youtube / Youtube
Street cred: DJ Nu-Mark is a member of Jurassic 5 and Mark de Clive-Lowe has been called,
"an underground phenom" by Okayplayer.
Why you won't want to miss out: Both Marks are going to kill it on the turn tables: Nu-Mark is bringing his toy set and we don't call Mark de Clive-Lowe Mashibeats for nothing. Mark de Clive-Lowe is up first, followed by DJ Nu-Mark.


Saturday, August 9 @ 8:00pm

Song Sample: Listen here
Street cred: This project comes to us from Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli and Reyes Rodriguez of Tropical de Nopal
Why you won't want to miss out: To be honest, we're not exactly sure what Raul and Reyes are doing (they might not either, see video below), but we do know that it's going to be a sonic and visual adventure. And how can you not be intrigued by this headpiece?!




No one likes them, but we have to have them. Here's the quick version of what you can and cannot bring to the plaza. For a more detailed version of our policies, vist our website


People Get Ready inspiration from the Dexter Story 

Pieces of inspiration from Dexter Story, the Musical Director of People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement.

Music directing and co-producing People Get Ready: A Live Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement at Grand Performances is without question the most humbling experience of my life. Until now, I avoided dealing with 'freedom songs' because I didn't really want to relive the pain of inequality and oppression in America. I didn't even have the wherewithal until now to acknowledge the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. I had taken for granted and outright ignored how brave, resilient and triumphant my parents were, and how singing was their and others' saving grace through uncanny adversity. People Get Ready has been much more than simply arranging a song or learning a lyric. Being of African American descent, this show has required me to confront my extraordinary heritage and discover the same light and inspiration in music that carried us through the struggle for equality in this country and in the world. It is my intention to have People Get Ready honor the courageous and vital spirit of all who fight for human rights worldwide.