Grand Performances unveils a full summer season of free music and more

From left: Black Nile; Aditya Prakash (Photo by Sushma Soma); Melissa Polinar (By Charles Michael Photography)

Grand Performances returns for a full season of eclectic, free summer performances this year beginning June 4 and running through Sept. 24.

Scheduled for every Saturday at 6 p.m. at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. (except for June 18th’s earlier start on Father’s Day weekend at 2 p.m. and the Aug. 21 Sunday bonus program at Plummer Park), this year’s season includes tributes to bolero great Agustín Lara and spiritual jazz innovator Alice Coltrane, multi-cultured jazz fusion from the likes of the Aditya Prakash Ensemble and Extra Ancestral, experimental synth with Linafornia and Black Nile, performance art from Jibz Cameron AKA Dynasty Handbag, acoustic pop from Melissa Polinar and Renee Goust, funk from Scary Pockets, dance from Cumbiatón and sounds from throughout the world that have also made their home in Los Angeles. 

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“This summer feels like a homecoming celebration, a new renaissance of live music in downtown Los Angeles,” said Stewart Irel, Grand Performances’ creative and artistic director. “After going through all the pandemic closures, this is our chance to come together again and reconnect through the joy of music, dance and the performing arts.”

California Plaza is located at 300 S. Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles, near the Pershing Square Metro Station (Red and Purple Line stops) and adjacent to the Angels Flight trolley. There will also be parking at the California Plaza Parking Structure for $10 beginning 90 minutes prior to show times.

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June 4: COLA 2022 Artist Fellows (percussionist Najite Agindotan of Najita & Olokun Prophecy AKA N.O.P., actor Jibz Cameron AKA Dynasty Handbag, poet Shonda Buchanan and choreographer Suchi Branfman)
June 11: Aditya Prakash Ensemble and Nick Smith
June 18: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band + KG Superstar (2 – 6 p.m.)
June 25: Boleros De Noche: A Tribute to Agustín Lara


July 2: A Midsummer Live Stream (online only)
July 9: Scary Pockets and Rozzi Crane
July 16: World Stage presents Black Nile and Linafornia
July 23: Pakistan Arts Council presents Ali Sethi
July 30: KCRW Summer Nights


August 6: Melissa Polinar
August 13: Extra Ancestral
August 20: Farhang Foundation
August 21: M&M Afro-Persian Experience (West Hollywood’s Plummer Park)
August 27: dublab presents Alice Coltrane: An Expansive Spirit


September 3: KCRW Summer Nights
September 10: Citizen: An American Lyric
September 17: Cumbiatón
September 24: Renee Goust