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Getty Center Brings Free Outdoor Music To Summer Audiences

The Summer Sessions in July Features World Music, Jazz, Electronica, and Hip Hop

Youngsters Will Enjoy Garden Concerts for Kids in August

June 26, 2003

Los Angeles—The Getty Center plans a music-filled outdoor season this summer, with its popular The Summer Sessions concert series in July and Garden Concerts for Kids in August. All performances are free, and no reservations are required. 

This summer, the Getty expands The Summer Sessions to four concerts over two weekends in July, featuring an eclectic selection of sounds ranging from Afro-Latin jazz to nuevo jarocho rhythms, from digital Indian trance jams to funk and soul electronica. The series proved to be immensely popular in its debut season last year, with crowds of music fans packing the Museum courtyard to listen and dance to the beats of top jazz, urban, and world-music performers.   

Children are also included in the mix: in August, the afternoon Garden Concerts for Kids get underway, with cool tunes for fidgety feet in the Getty’s beautiful Central Garden. This year’s offerings feature a celebrated bilingual quintet and a Grammy-nominated duo, both delivering high-energy shows aimed at families and packed with audience participation. 

The J. Paul Getty Museum is open until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Summer Sessions and Garden Concerts for Kids provide a great opportunity to enjoy a pleasant afternoon or sultry summer evening, explore the Museum’s art galleries, dine indoors or outside, and experience the spectacular hilltop views of L.A. There is a $5 charge for parking, and advance parking reservations are not required on weekends.

The popular free concert series returns for its second year, as four of L.A.’s sonic visionaries curate and host free outdoor performances in the Getty Museum Courtyard and on the Garden Terrace Stage. Music-lovers can purchase food and refreshment at an outdoor taco station, two full-service outdoor bars, and inside the Garden Terrace Cafe.

Saturday, July 19, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Fandango sin Fronteras: Alt Chicano Roots Music with Los Cojolites, Burning Star and Quetzal

Chicano groove pioneer Quetzal Flores opens the Summer Sessions, curating and hosting an evening that spotlights one of the most electrifying young son jarocho groups from Veracruz, Los Cojolites (heard on the soundtrack of the motion picture Frida). Also on the program: two of the fiercest bands from “East Los” – Burning Star and Quetzal – plus Robert Mora, host of KPFK/90.7 FM’s “The Root.” It all adds up to an extraordinary performance of roots music, verse, and dance. 

Sunday, July 20, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Enciendete Candela: Afro-Latin Music with Very Be Careful and Los Hijos del Sol, featuring Alex Acuña and Eva Ayllón
Independent producer Betto Arcos, host and curator of this show, asked Grammy-nominated percussionist Alex Acuña to gather the best Latin jazz musicians in the city.  Acuña did him one better, not only assembling his all-star Peruvian ensemble Los Hijos del Sol, but also inviting vocalist Eva Ayllón, “la voz dorada del Perú” (“Peru’s golden voice”) to travel from Lima for an evening of contemporary Afro-Peruvian jazz. The Afro-Colombian vallenato quintet Very Be Careful opens the show.

Saturday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
No Laws Except Nature: Modern Bhajans and Blissful Beats from dj Cheb i Sabbah

Spinning ragas and electronica with equal grace, Algerian-born dj Cheb i Sabbah* is a pilgrim of the spirit, creating peaceful meditations that give new meaning to “trance music.” Elemental Media’s Veronica Gonzalez has curated a night of enlightened dance music that also features drummer Mitch Hyare and bharat natyam dance company Tal. Welcoming the setting sun are evening ragas from acclaimed santoor master Pandit Ulhas Bapat and Uttam Chakraborty on tabla
(* NOTE TO EDITORS: “dj” is part of the artist’s name and is lowercase.)

Sunday, July 27, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
The Trickster's Inheritance:  Ambient Incursions from DJ Spooky and The Soul of John Black

Sabrina Motley, series producer of The Summer Sessions and Tuesday host of KPFK/90.7 FM’s “Global Village,” curates a grand finale featuring electro-modern funk by New York-based musician and conceptual artist DJ Spooky (That Subliminal Kid). He shares the bill with local rising stars The Soul of John Black, who produce a seamless fusion of soul, rock, blues, and hip-hop. The evening begins with soulinkproduction’s Planet Poetry, featuring poet-singer Nichelle Holliday.

This free, fun-filled family program for children and families returns for its second straight year at the Getty, with live concerts held in the spectacular Central Garden.

Saturday–Sunday, August 9–10 at 4:00 p.m.
Sol y Canto

Sol y Canto is sure to turn the Central Garden into a toe-tapping party. Fresh from the success of their first bilingual children’s CD, El Doble de Amigos/Twice As Many Friends, the quintet will share original songs as well as cherished favorites from throughout Latin America. Both English- and Spanish-speaking children will enjoy this performance!

Saturday–Sunday, August 23–24 at 4:00 p.m.
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Together, singer-musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer have been entertaining families with their folksy sound for more than 20 years, and are two of the most sought-after children’s performers in the nation. The five-time Grammy-nominated duo is famed for its ability to present children’s music that is both complex and accessible, thought-provoking and fun. 

Note to Editors: Images available on request.
For more information about the event or exhibition, the public can call 310-440-7300.

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