Enjoy the remaining weeks of balmy summer evenings here in Southern California at these upcoming events at the Skirball, The Ford, and the Levitt Pavilion.
Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center – The Delirians
Thursday, August 19. Doors at 6:30pm, concert at 8:00pm
Skirball Cultural Center
Founded in the East Los Angeles neighborhoods that produced Lalo Guerrero, Los Lobos and Quinto Sol, The Delirians (pictured above) are among the forerunners of a new generation of bands paying tribute to (and putting a modern spin on) the sounds of 1960s Jamaican ska and reggae. With elements of soul, jazz, mambo, and boleros as well as lyrics in both English and Spanish, The Delirians create an irresistible sound featuring rich vocal harmonies, warm brass tones, and feel-good rhythms that Billboard describes as both “infectious” and “solidly Californian.” El Remedio (The Remedy), The Delirians’ third album, is a mix of sweet love songs, party anthems with a political message and instrumental dancefloor cookers. “We want to be able to spread our message of love, unity, and the power of music,” frontman Angel Salgado says. “[Reggae] makes people feel good, no matter what color of skin or language they speak.”
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – With Love from LA featuring Raashan Ahmad & Mark de Clive-Lowe
Friday, August 20, at 7:00pm
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at Macarthur Park
Raashan Ahmad is an MC/Poet with a thriving career. While front man for the Bay Area collective Crown City Rockers, the group won multiple “best of” awards, toured nationally and released two highly acclaimed albums. Raashan would go on to release several solo albums, which helped him garner worldwide attention and earn the admiration of fans throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. Electronic jazz pioneer and pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe blends acoustic, electronic and world music exploring themes of belonging and identity. The Japanese-New Zealander artist has called LA home since 2008, following his decade at the epicenter of London’s boundary-breaking broken beat scene. Equal parts pianist, composer, jazz musician, live-remixer and club music producer, he melds his love for improvisation-heavy jazz with electronica and sample culture, taking us from the jazz club to the dancefloor, and at times into deeper layers of his Japanese ancestry. Extraordinarily prolific, de Clive-Lowe has released twenty albums, hundreds of collaborations and remixes, and co-created with artists from all over the planet exploring jazz, roots, experimental and club music.
Boleros De Noche – Gaby Moreno and Tres Souls
Saturday, August 21. Doors at 6:30pm, concert at 8:00pm
Captivating audiences for the past five years, the 5th annual concert series Bolero De Noche returns to the Ford for an evening that highlights Mexico’s golden era of Boleros. Gaby Moreno crafts expertly written songs in genres from blues, jazz, soul, and R&B all sung in four different languages. Her recent, critically acclaimed album ¡Spangled! brought her together with legendary musician and arranger Van Dyke Parks to celebrate the migration of songs, like the bolero, across the Americas, and she offers her soulful voice to singing classic boleros at The Ford. Local favorite trio Tres Souls, led by vocalist Rocio Libertad, will open the night singing classics like “Sabor A Mi,” “Piel Canela,” “Historia De Un Amor,” and more.