Recession is a Fairytale? (Free Summer Concerts Around Los Angeles)
Even though most of us understand
and endorse the necessity of art’s capability of making money, in the
times of recession we do have a tendency to search a little deeper for
the entertainment that would help us forget about unpaid bill or two,
not breaking into our thin wallets at the same time. FREE is the solution
and it looks like Los Angeles has a lot to offer on that ground. In LA,
summer means free outdoor concerts are in full force, beckoning visitors
to get outside and enjoy LA’s epic music scene. Below, just few of the
city’s offers for upcoming months.
Heritage Square, the, living history museum dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Los Angeles architectural and cultural heritage will hold the series of music events throughout July, to honor ten persons of merit to northeastern community of the city. on July 16, July 23 and July 30 we’ll have an opportunity to hear , respectively: Mariachi Divas – the all-female mariachi band, American Grammy award winners for Regional Mexican Album for their latest CD, Canciones De Amor; Pasadena City College Swing Band led by Dennis Kay and consisting of extraordinary students, faculty and professionals who’ll perform the big-band and swing standards; Susie-Hansen Latin Band, the long time LA’s favorite electric violinist Susie will play fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa. All patrons are very much encouraged to take the public transportation to the nearest Metro station (Heritage Square) and arrive early to enjoy the meeting with Los Angeles past through viewing eight architectural structures moved to the Square from different locations and providing the glimpse of what LA looked like 100 years ago. Visitors will have a chance to try local food and drink and shop in the museum store.
Grand Performances will present more than fourty free performing arts events — music, dance and theater — as multicultural as their audience, giving local talent a chance to shine and bringing global stars to California Plaza. This unique outdoor venue is the only one of its kind in Southern California. First-time evening attendees are often mesmerized by this extraordinary location - cradled between two high-rise towers, with water features (including the Watercourt) and the night time sky as a beautiful, natural canopy.
The Pershing Square Downtown Stage will offer six weeks of free entertainment five days a week. Wednesday through Sunday a variety of live music, films, events and youth programs will be available to the public at no charge. Lunchtime concerts and sizzling Salsa Sundays. On Wednesday nights, the stage will host a variety of bands.
KJAZZ 88.1 and Hollywood & Highland Center present our 6th annual Wine, Jazz and Moonlight series all summer long. Free concerts by some of the country's top jazz performers (Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble, Ernie Watts Quartet, Karl Denson Trio, to name only few that will entertain us in July) every Tuesday from 7 to 9pm in the central courtyard at Hollywood and Highland Center. The event is free to the public and donations for a wine and cheese tasting benefit Project Angel Food.
Just about it’s centennial anniversary Santa Monica Pier presents Twilight Dance & Music Series of free exotic music concerts. Concerts are on Thursdays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Santa Monica Pier, and will concentrate mostly on foreign music accompanied by the ocean’s hum under the stars.
The Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park returns for the summer with concerts Wednesday through Sunday night. Wednesday is Musica Latina, Thursday is World Music, Friday is Night Rhythms, Saturday is American Roots and Sunday is Target Children's Night. Wednesday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 6:30 p.m. The Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park is located in the northwest corner of the park near the intersection of West 6th Street and S. Park View Street (just west of downtown Los Angeles).
Los Angeles Farmers Market - This year the Los Angeles Farmers Market celebrates its 75th Anniversary. There will be special events and activities throughout the week of the Anniversary Celebration. Also, Thursday Night Jazz Series and Friday Night Music take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on the West Patio of the Los Angeles Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd at Fairfax.
Drum Downtown is a unique outdoor group drumming experience on the Music Center Plaza. A fun experience for all ages creating improvised rhythms with hand drums, shakers, tambourines and other percussion instruments. Instruments provided. The event is from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Music Center Plaza (Grand between First and Temple).
Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art will provide us with various free of charge musical concert series this summer.
Friday Night Jazz at LACMA - Concerts are from 6 - 8 p.m. in the BP Grand Entrance of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wishire Boulevard. Admission to the museum's regular (non-ticketed) exhibits is also on a pay-as-you-wish basis after 5 p.m.
The Latin Sounds series presents eclectic performances of music from various regions throughout Latin America. The outdoor concerts are from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Hancock Park area of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics.
And there’s much more, so forget about the recession and dance, listen and dance.