SUMMER 2023 LATINX EVENTS
AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL AND THE FORD
ESTANCIA, GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, GRUPO CORPO WITH THE LA PHIL, July 18
CAFÉ TACVBA WITH THE LA PHIL, July 21-22
JORGE DREXLER AT THE FORD, July 29
7th ANNUAL BOLEROS DE NOCHE AT THE FORD, August 5
CHICANO BATMAN August 6
COMEDY UNDER THE STARS – MARCELLA ARGUELLO AT THE FORD, August 9
RUBÉN BLADES, ROBERTO DELGADO BIG BAND, August 11
CARLA MORRISON, DAVENDRA BANHART, August 12
¡AZUCAR! BY CONTRA-TIEMPO AT THE FORD, August 18
NOCHE DE CUMBIA AT THE FORD, September 1
OS MUTANTES AT THE FORD, September 3
VIVA LA TRADICION PALOMAS NEGRAS AT THE FORD, September 8
LA SOUNDSCAPES: VIVER BRASIL AT THE FORD, September 17
"SELENA” SCREENING AT THE FORD, September 23
LOS FABULOUS CADILLACS AND LOS AUTÉNTICOS DECADENTES, September 24
HERMANOS Gutiérrez AT THE FORD, September 28
CANCIONES DE MI MADRE AT THE FORD, September 30
AL SUR DE LA FRONTERA AT THE FORD, October 6
20 AÑOS DE GRANDEZA MEXICANA AT THE FORD, October 14
LA SOUNDSCAPES: UN VIAJE POR BUENOS AIRES AT THE FORD, October 15
ESTANCIA, GUSTAVO DUDAMEL AND GRUPO CORPO WITH THE LA PHIL
Pan-American Music Initiative
TUESDAY, JULY 18 AT 8PM
Dance company Grupo Corpo—internationally renowned for combining classical technique with a modern take on popular Brazilian dance—joins Dudamel and the orchestra for this rare full performance of Ginastera’s ballet. Set against the landscape of disappearing Argentine gaucho culture, Ginastera’s Estancia tells the tale of a city boy who tries to win the heart of a rancher’s daughter by showing off his skills as a horseman and dancer. Composer Arturo Márquez describes the trumpet as “the queen in the soul of Mexico…a cry of joy and sadness.” In his autumn-inspired concerto for trumpet, Márquez evokes those emotions and more with the help of the technical and musical showmanship of soloist Pacho Flores.
CAFÉ TACVBA, WITH THE LA PHIL
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 21-22 AT 8PM
The legendary band reprises their electrifying collaboration with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, showcasing the catalog that led The New York Times to call them “the greatest rock band in Mexico” and “possibly even the world.”
SATURDAY, JULY 29 AT 8PM
A hushed voice and a knack for lovely melodies have made singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler a legend in his native Uruguay. He sings softly, evoking vulnerability, hope, and wistfulness, with one eye trained on the cosmos as he contemplates the ways of the world. His latest album, 2022’s Tinta y Tiempo, explores love as a survival mechanism—“driving energy, life’s dynamo,” as he puts it, and features appearances from Rubén Blades, C. Tangana, Noga Erez, and Martín Buscaglia. The winner of seven awards at the 2022 Latin Grammys (and 13 overall), he won an Oscar in 2005 for his song “Al Otro Lado Del Río,” from The Motorcycle Diaries. He brings songs of wonder and wisdom from across his three-decade career in his Ford debut.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN, CHICANO BATMAN, SAY SHE SHE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 at 7PM
Portugal. The Man started off playing hardcore in Wasilla, Alaska. Now they’re a chart-topping, Grammy-winning, festival-headlining rock band whose song “Feel It Still” seemed to top every radio chart on Earth. They may be on top of the world, but they’ve still got their feet on the ground, playing a sharp and catchy form of modern rock touched up with influences from electronic music, R&B, and whatever else they can get their hands on.
Chicano Batman are LA’s house band. The East LA group has an incredible knack for bringing together the sounds of LA County’s Latinx communities: Delfonics-style soul, Afro-Cuban rumbas, wobbling funk-jazz. It’s all held together by the socially conscious lyrics of Bardo Martinez, who sings with the sweet soulfulness of Curtis Mayfield.
Say She She’s discodelic soul takes inspiration from the defiant hitmaking of Nile Rodgers & CHIC—the name is a nod to the group’s “Freak Out”—and their up-tempo grooves, sticky hooks, and dreamy harmonies are a natural fit to kick off a big night at the Bowl.
COMEDY UNDER THE STARS: WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAYS
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 AT 8PM
Marcella Arguello has built her comedy around her willingness to explore any topic—from wild anecdotes to race and gender to dating guys shorter than her 6’2” stature—and she is always able to find the humor in it all. Latin Media said her recent debut special on HBO “manages to ruffle feathers while delivering a routine that feels absolutely joyous.” After years of performing rooms all over town, she grew tired of being one of the only women on the schedule and created Women Crush Wednesdays. With a fresh and diverse line up every month, which includes national headliners as well as bright up-and-comers, Marcella mercilessly hosts the best curated show in all of Los Angeles. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience some of the funniest women in the business at The Ford.
RUBÉN BLADES & ROBERTO DELGADO BIG BAND
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 AT 8PM
Panamanian singer Rubén Blades helped shape the New York salsa scene in the 1970s, and he’s been keeping people dancing ever since. The 12-time Grammy and 10-time Latin Grammy winner brings a political conscience and sense of connection to his music, combining nueva cancion and Son Cubano with rock and jazz and music from around the world in a grooving mix that still gets people moving—just ask the rock, reggaeton, hip-hop, and salsa artists who call him an inspiration today. Rubén Blades arrives at the Hollywood Bowl with the Roberto Delgado Big Band, twenty incredible Panamanian musicians who have accompanied him around the world for 13 years.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 8PM
Grammy-nominated and three-time Latin Grammy-winning artist Carla Morrison has had an explosive year following the release of her highly anticipated album El Renacimiento. While her style is still rooted in her beloved acoustic-heavy sound, she showcases her ability to effortlessly venture into a larger pop realm with versatility and depth. Over the course of ten studio albums, singer and songwriter Devendra Banhart has forged an idiosyncratic—but instantly recognizable—sound that seems to have been informed by nearly every kind of music being made just outside of the mainstream. Psychedelic folk, chamber pop, tropicália, merengue—they all come together through their guitar.
¡AZUCAR! BY CONTRA-TIEMPO
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 at 8PM
CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based activist dance theater company. Their multi-year project ¡Azúcar! is shaped by a creative team of twenty brilliant artists from across the country and explores how the sugar trade has left a lasting impact on the history of Latin America. Created in collaboration with Afro-Cuban artist and educator Kati Hernandez, ¡Azúcar! is rooted and inspired by the sacred feminine, the vibrations of Celia Cruz, personal narratives about sugar, Afro-Latine ancestral technologies, and healing as a community practice.
NOCHE DE CUMBIA
Yeison Landero, Mariposas del Alma, Discos Resaca, Yosimar Reyes
Produced in partnership with Cumbiatón LA
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 at 8PM
Noche de Cumbia brings Los Angeles based music and art collective, Cumbiaton, Bay Area sisters Mariposas del Alma, Discos Resaca, and Yeison Landero, grandson of the legendary Andrés Landero, to showcase the diversity, beauty, and resilience of Cumbia throughout Latin America. Audiences can expect a safe, intergenerational space with the various styles, dances and rhythms from the heart of Colombia, Central America, Mexico, and U.S.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 7:30PM
Os Mutantes formed in the heady days of the late 1960s Brazil, at a time when political protest and psychedelic music were both expanding minds and busting norms in the South American country. As integral members of the tropicália movement, Os Mutantes combined all-out guitar squalls, traditional Brazilian rhythms, a soulful outlook on the future, and a sense of melody so chipper it earned them numerous comparisons to the Beatles. They’d go on to influence everyone from Beck to Flea to David Byrne, and they keep their torch burning brightly in their Ford debut.
¡VIVA LA TRADICIÓN!
Palomas Negras: Chavela, Selena, and More
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT 8PM
For centuries, the voices of women like Chavela Vargas, Lola Beltran, Lucha Villa, Rocio Durcal, and Selena have led the way in Mexican music, breaking barriers, gender roles, borders, and cultural expectations. This night of female power and passion will pay homage to these women featuring LA’s favorite all-female string mariachi ensemble Las Colibrí, the explosive artistry of San Cha alongside celebrated LA poet Yesika Salgado, the Chicana voice of ranchera music Marisa Ronstadt and the acclaimed dance troupe Ballet Folklorico Ollin.
LA SOUNDSCAPES: CELEBRATING SAMBA WITH VIVER BRASIL
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 10:30AM
Celebrating Samba takes audiences on a cultural journey to Salvador, Bahia with electrifying Afro-Brazilian dance and music to experience a jolt of joyful color, thrilling rhythms, and communal celebration. This year’s show will present the royal ORIXAS of the water and the forest, joyful samba, the Bahian Carnaval Bloco afro Motumbaxé, and an interactive dance experience for all.
LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS
LOS AUTÉNTICOS DECADENTES
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 AT 7PM
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are a force in Latin American music. Over nearly four decades, they’ve constantly evolved, moving through and incorporating sounds from the worlds of ska, reggae, rock, rap, and salsa. There is, quite simply, nobody who sounds like them, and they’ve collaborated with everyone from Celia Cruz and Rubén Blades to Mick Jones of The Clash. On their El León del Ritmo tour, they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their mega-hit “Matador,” a barreling anthem that blew the doors off of MTV Latino when it debuted.
Rockers Los Auténticos Decadentes became one of the Americas' greatest bands by forging a wide-open style that encompasses ska, cumbia, reggae, bolero, and more. That open-mindedness has made them one of Latin America’s most influential groups and won them a multi-generational fanbase that’s drawn to their high-energy, joyful cathartic sounds.
Produced in Partnership with Street Food Cinema
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 AT 8PM
Witness the iconic Tejano singer’s rise to stardom and the top of the Latin Music charts, on the big screen! Join us during Hispanic Heritage Month for a night of celebration featuring Selena-inspired musical performances that will get you moving!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 8PM
The children of a Swiss father and Ecuadorian mother, Alejandro and Estevan Gutiérrez play guitar with the kind of intricate, unspoken intuition you’d expect from a pair of brothers. Their instrumental guitar music is informed by expansive plains and rough wildernesses, saguaros and surf, the spaghetti western drama of Ennio Morricone and the surreal psychodrama of David Lynch. On their latest album, El Bueno Y El Malo, produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, they show off the depths of their bond—all without saying a word.
CANCIONES DE MI MADRE
Produced in partnership with Solidarity for Sanctuary
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT 8PM
The iconic songs of Linda Ronstadt’s Canciones de Mi Padre album led to a renaissance of Mariachi music in the United States. This concert reimagines Linda’s contributions to the genre and American music in general, calling on a new generation to preserve and present the Mariachi tradition to established and new audiences. Leading the new generation in Ranchera music is Grammy Award-nominee Lupita Infante, granddaughter of beloved artist Pedro Infante. She will be joined by Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, up and coming El Gallo Dez, and SFS founder-singer songwriter Doris Anahí in an evening of powerful rancheras loved through generations.
AL SUR DE LA FRONTERA
Produced in partnership with Boss Witch Productions
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 AT 8PM
20 AÑOS DE GRANDEZA MEXICANA
Produced in Partnership with Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 AT 8PM
Founded by Jose Vences in September 2003, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company commemorates its 20th anniversary by celebrating the splendor of Mexican folk dance. The program will feature a variety of works like La Marimba del Sureste–a collage of pieces from the regions of Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Tabasco–as well as the Los Angeles premiere of the Dia de Muertos suite. Come and be part of the festivities as they return to The Ford for an incredible night filled with fan favorites from the last 20 years and the debut of new pieces, showcasing Mexico's grandeur, La Grandeza Mexicana.
LA SOUNDSCAPES: UN VIAJE POR BUENOS AIRES WITH GD TANGO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 10:30AM
Time travel through the different eras of Argentine Tango from its origins to the present. In this stunning new production by Fabrizio Mocata and GD Tango (directed by Guillermo De Fazio and Giovanna Dan), Tango music and dance are mixed with humor, parodies, and heartfelt performances from a multidisciplinary cast. Audiences will be thrilled at the charm and charisma of the ensemble’s movements and the intensity of its music.
Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2023 summer season are available online at hollywoodbowl.com and for The Ford at theford.com or via phone at 323 850 2000 for both venues. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. Programs, artists, prices and dates subject to change. Ticket limits may apply.
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About the Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2023 the venue was named the Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year at the 34th Annual Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 15 previous times. The Hollywood Bowl was also named Amphitheater of the Decade at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards as well as Top Amphitheater at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. hollywoodbowl.com
About The Ford
The Ford is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles, with an outdoor 1,200-seat amphitheater and a rich history dating back to 1920. Situated in a 32-acre park and under the stewardship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Ford presents an eclectic summer season of music, dance, film, and family events that are reflective of the communities of Los Angeles.
About the LA Phil
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.
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