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The Getty Launches The Summer Sessions—A Free Outdoor Concert Series

Soulful Urban Rhythms, Latin Funk, and Mexican Cabaret Music on Saturday Nights in July

June 27, 2002

Los Angeles--The Summer Sessions, a free, new outdoor music series at the Getty, kicks off Saturday nights on July 13, 20, and 27 with a mix of border-crossing, genre-bending concerts planned by three of L.A.’s sonic visionaries.

The series opens on Saturday, July 13 with Deep Fried Live, an evening with artists selected by Garth Trinidad of KCRW’s Chocolate City music program on 89.9 FM radio. Trinidad is offering a night filled with R&B, soul, and urban grooves by hip-hop icon Spinderella and DJ Dusk at the turntables. The event will end with a screening of the short, hip-hop documentary Keepintime: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl. A live performance with musicians featured in the film, including legendary drummers Paul Humphrey and James Gadson, will follow.

The Summer Sessions continues on Saturday, July 20 with independent producer Rubén Guevara’s Surcos Alternativos: Alternative Grooves from Mexamérica. Guevara’s program is a mix of Latin boogaloo, rock, and funk by groups including Slowrider, East L.A. Sabor Factory, and Nortec Collective’s Fussible. The series culminates on Saturday, July 27 with ¡Oh! Noche, a program by KPFK’s Betto Arcos, a Global Village host on 90.7 FM radio. The evening features Eugenia León, the legendary diva of the contemporary Mexican cabaret scene, in her West Coast debut. León shares the stage with The Aanderud/Bernal/Puentes Trio, one of Mexico’s most innovative jazz ensembles.

The Summer Sessions are free. No reservations are needed. Limited on-site parking is available for $5. Parking in the surrounding neighborhoods is prohibited. The performances take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the J. Paul Getty Museum Courtyard at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Call 310-440-7300 or visit for additional information.

The Getty is open until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Summer Sessions series provides a great opportunity to enjoy a sultry summer evening, explore the Museum’s art galleries, dine indoors or outside, and experience the spectacular hilltop views of L.A. at night. No parking reservations are required on weekends or after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.


Saturday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Deep Fried Live—Garth Trinidad, host of KCRW’s Chocolate City, an eclectic world-groove music program, opens the series with an evening of danceable soul and R & B featuring hip-hop icon Spinderella and L.A.’s own DJ Dusk at the turntables, vocalist Sheree Brown, and poet Saul Williams. The concert ends with a screening of Brian Cross’s (aka B+) transgenerational, hip-hop documentary short film Keepintime: Talking Drums and Whispering Vinyl. An exclusive live performance by musicians featured in the film will follow. The line-up includes renowned drummers Paul Humphrey and James Gadson, Derf Reklaw on percussion and vocals, and Cut Chemist and DJ Numark on turntables.

Saturday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Surcos Alternativos: Alternative Grooves from MexaméricaLa Raza rocks the Getty as Rubén Guevara, celebrated producer, writer/poet, cultural activist, and former Frank Zappa collaborator offers una pachanga con conciencia or a “party with conscience.” Known for his CD compilations of defiant Spanish-language anthems from both sides of the border, Guevara has planned an evening filled with Latin boogaloo, rock, funk, and hip-hop. Performers include East L.A. Sabor Factory, Nortec Collective’s Fussible, and Slowrider, DJ Josh Kun, and Cuauhtemoc Danza Azteca, the powerful Mexican warrior dancers.

Saturday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
¡Oh! Noche—Betto Arcos, independent producer and irrepressible host of KPFK’s Global Village Monday show, closes the series with an evocative program starring Eugenia León. This legendary diva of the contemporary Mexican cabaret scene will be making her West Coast debut. The evening also includes special performances by The Aanderud/Bernal/Puentes Trio, an inventive, young, jazz ensemble that is blazing a trail for a new generation of Mexican jazz enthusiasts; and Domingosiete, L.A. favorites who perform classic songs from 1950s Mexico and Cuba.

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