Cesaria Evora and Minnie Riperton 

This weekend we're all about remixing and reinterpreting the powerful sounds of two incomperable female icons. Quantic will take on the music of the Cape Verdean Barefoot Diva, Cesaria Evora, and The Decoders will reimagine the soulful sounds of Minnie Riperton.

Here's the down and dirty versions of why you should join us for this girl power-fueled weekend. 

Friday, July 11 @ 8:00pm

Who: Magnetica Sodade
Song Sample: Youtube / Spotify 
Street cred: It's the multi-talented Quantic along with Thalma de Freitas, Maria de Barros and more
Why you won't want to miss out: You'll get a little bit of Cesaria Evora and a little bit of music from Quantic's new release- the best of both worlds. Quantic will also perform a 20 minute mix of hand chosen Cape Verdean vinyls during the intermission, something he's never done before!

Saturday, July 12 @ 8:00pm

Who: Adventures from Paradise: A Tribute to Minnie Riperton 
Song Sample: Youtube / Spotify 
Street cred: It's L.A.'s own, The Decoders plus an awesome lineup of guest artists including Kimbra, Moses Sumney, Coco O, Amber Coffman and more (we could go on... and on)
Why you won't want to miss out: Did you read above guest artists names we dropped?! This is just going to be a magical evening of Minnie Riperton's music. 


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, July 12. 

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


Grand Performances Tote Bag

Our Artist Relations Intern, Lindon. Who wouldn't want to buy a bag from him?

This year we are excited to be selling our first very-own Grand Performances tote bag. The word “transport” adorns one side of the bag to suggest its practical uses (transport your groceries, your computer, your wine and picnic supplies) and signify our performances’ ability to transport our audience to another realm. On the other side, each performance from this season’s programming is neatly listed so you can show off who you’ve seen or will see this summer! Our durable and dashing tote bags are available at the artist sales table at our concerts for $15, of which 100% of the proceeds goes back to support our programming. 


Stones Throw Picnic

Get your 4th of July fireworks fix, but rest up becuase we're keeping the party going on July 5th. Here's the Stones Throw Picnic run down for Saturday.

Update: We regret to inform you that Madlib will not be performing at Stones Throw Picnic due to a family illness. This was a matter that could not be foreseen, and our support and understanding go out to him and his family.

From Stones Throw Picnic curator Wyatt Closs: "As his broader family of fans, Stones Throw Picnic will miss Madlib's presence and talent tremendously. Our time together will honor him, as it will be one filled with good people and great music. With their sets, The Lions, DaM-FunK and Peanut Butter Wolf of the Stones Throw Records label will bring to life an ambitious, chocked-full day. And don't rule out a special guest or two."

5:00- 9:30PM

- Beat Swap Meet
A traveling swap meet featuring specially selected vinyl record collectors and dealers

- Stones Throw merch for sale

- Voter registration
The good folks of Headcount.org and other civic engagement volunteers will be getting people registerd to vote.

- Complimentary bike valet available on the Upper Plaza


- Kids breakdance contest in the Marina Pavilion
Sign Beat Swap Meet organizes it. Stones Throw Records talent will judge it. Local kids get to show us what they got. Prizes are given to the winners, and bragging rights forever.


- The Lions


- Dâm-Funk


- Peanut Butter Wolf

but wait, there's more...

It wouldn't be a Stones Throw Picnic without something to nosh on.

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, July 5. 

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

Some things you need to know before coming to Stones Throw Picnic:

  • Bring cash to buy goodies from Big Man Bakes, Artesana Pops, the Omni Grill, and all our California Plaza vendors
  • Jarritos will be giving away free samples on the Lower Plaza
  • Enter to win prizes from our friends at Curacao and the Hollywood Bowl by following us on Instagram @grandperfs and tagging your photos with #grandperformances

And a couple housekeeping items:

  • Protip: Come early to get your seat and beat the crowd; this will be a popular night! 
  • Parking and directions can be found here
  • Sadly, your furry friends are not invited to the party (aka no dogs allowed)
  • Due to increased vigilance surrounding the 4th of July holiday, the LAPD has informed us that our audience is not allowed to BYOB, but you will be able to purchase beer and wine from our onsite bar.



Double G on the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra 

This year we're asking our musically and culturally inclined friends to write our evening programs. Instead of a guest writer for the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, we thought we'd go right to the source, Double G, daKONDUCTOR and daKOMPOSER.

The best gift a composer can be given is an ensemble full of loving and capable musicians to turn dots on a page into music for our souls.  The other best gift a composer can receive is a great venue to host those musicians.  Over the years, Grand Performances has given me and my different ensembles opportunities to experiment, investigate, succeed, and sometimes even tank in front of thousands of people.  The consistent factor has always been a welcoming spirit that many artists around the world have come to love about Grand Performances. 

This particular ensemble, The daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, has now entered its adolescence, and, based on the rehearsals leading to this concert, is starting to grow into its feet.  Before 2001, we were a ragtag pirate ship that would crash into nightclubs and set up an orchestra.  When we first came to Grand Performances in 2001, it was a great chance for a crew of young L.A. cats to bring something from the underground to a concert stage, which is very rare.  Now, in 2014, the musicians of the orchestra, both past & present, see this venue as our home turf.  Since we haven’t played L.A. in a long while, I’m very happy that we get to do it here.

We’re bringing a lot of new music to the stage.  There’s a lot of rap in the show.  Getting back to the root of what a “hip hop orchestra” is supposed to sound like.  However, the songs that feature the singers, are a special kind of song. 

There’s an underground genre of lowrider soul music, that often gets overlooked.  It doesn’t get much play on the radio.  Personally, it’s my favorite music to listen to while behind the wheel.  Chilled out.  Sophisticated orchestrations.  Gorgeous singing.  Anti-road rage, anger management.  The perfect soundtrack for cruising in a car you don’t want to scratch.

My Great-Uncle was deep in the lowrider culture here in L.A., and in NorCal.  He expressed his love for the positivity found among the people in the car clubs, and how the outlet of creativity is so healthy for the soul.  And, it can even get you across town if you need.

That’s kind of the vibe in our daKAH show this year.  All about the love.  L.A. can sometimes be a tense place.  Sometimes stuff just explodes out of nowhere.  It helps to have an antidote, and a musical massage.  For this moment in our summer, we’re trying to slip in some love, and take us out on a Natural High.


Leigh Ann on KCRW's MBE (June 26)


You can sometimes find us toting artists to KCRW for an instudio performance, but this time it was our very own Director of Programming, Leigh Ann Hahn, taking to the ariwaves. Did we mention she has the best radio voice ever? So relaxing!

Leigh Ann was on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic at the top of the 10 o'clock hour chatting it up with Jason Bentley today. They did a quick run down of some of our upcoming concerts, announced the July 11 replacement concert (Quantic), and even played a couple tracks.

You can listen to the entire conversation HERE.