This weekend marks the last of our 30th Anniversary season and we’re thrilled to have brought you over forty free concerts, workshops, screenings, and educational exchanges!

We’re not quite ready to reflect on our favorite events this season because we’re still looking forward to some of our biggest concerts yet including Iranian rock group Kiosk with Special Guest Ardeshir Farah (Saturday, August 20) and more.

Kiosk, the best known Iranian rock band in the U.S., creates a fusion of Iranian folk, gypsy jazz, and rock all while incorporating wry lyrics and sociopolitical satire.

With the support of the Farhang Foundation Grand Performances is able and proud to present dynamic artists and music from Iranian culture exemplifying the diverse cultural landscape of our city.

You can learn more about the Farhang Foundation and Iranian art and culture in this video.

If you haven’t been out to California Plaza this summer, don’t miss your chance to see some of the most influential shows of the season!


The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live (Friday,  August 19 @ 8pm)

Grand Performances teams up with the Alliance for Women Film Composers to celebrate the music of women composers in film, television, video games and interactive media. A 55-piece orchestra will be joined by some of the industry’s most prolific songwriters and performers.


Kiosk with Special Guest Ardeshir Farah (Saturday, August 20 @ 8pm)

One of the most influential underground rock bands to emerge since the Iranian Revolution is joined by the Grammy-winning guitarist for an evening of stinging political satire hidden within a blues and folksy sound.

Sponsored  by The Farhang Foundation with additional support from CarbonLITE Industries LLC and Macy’s.
Artist travel provided by United Airlines.


Fuzon & Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal (Sunday, August 21 @ 7pm)

Pakistani Sufi rock pairs with Qawwali legends of traditional devotional music in a transcendent evening of South Asian vibrations.

Supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Consulate General of Pakistan and the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s Pakistan Arts Council celebrating 25 years.

Re:ARRANGED – Muslim Cultures Illuminated: This two year series showcases Southeast and Central Asian Muslim artists, from mainstream pop stars to revered traditional masters, which includes immersive and educational exchanges with L.A. musicians, students and community members.


See you here!


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