Hello GP Friends!
Here at Grand Performances, we not only love presenting free global performing arts but we love our sports teams so Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Lakers for winning the 2020 World Series and the 2020 NBA Championship!
We feel we’ve also hit it out of the ball park in terms of pivoting during the pandemic and continuing to offer our great city and audience a diverse roster of global performing arts during COVID-19. As we get ready to fall back this Sunday with Daylight Savings time and head into Election Tuesday, we’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone that has supported GP during our current Fall Membership Drive. Your contributions are what make Grand Performances possible! If you’ve enjoyed our shows and would like to help us continue to provide free access to global performing arts, please join us and become a member today.
Now that we’ve completed our 2020 season, we want to take a moment to look back and celebrate all the amazing performers who shared their art, music, poetry and dance with the GP community. If you missed any of the 29 shows from Grand Performances this season, you can always go back to enjoy them in our archives below.
We plan to continue our online presentations. Once it’s safe to gather again, we look forward to welcoming you back to the new Cal Plaza and GP Amplified events in the community in 2021.
We started the season off with an inspiring spoken word poetry workshop from Mayda del Valle, and continued with a special performance from Grammy Award winner Raul Pacheco from Ozomatli. Our first #WellnessWednesday of the season was a guided yoga session with live violin featuring QVLN and Sunshine. GP wrapped the month of May with an intimate performance from singer-songwriter Sahara Grim and a DJ session live from NYC featuring Oveous.
Grand Performances glided into June with Artist TAKEOVERS from Maya Jupiter (with a special guest appearance from global superstar, and husband, Aloe Blacc), multi-talented Los Angeles rapper and instrumentalist Elyzr, Persian spoken word poet Azin Mafi, and a funky four-piece band led by the illustrious Jimetta Rose.
June 8 – Maya Jupiter
June 15 – Elyzr
June 24 – Azin Mafi
June 29 – Jimetta Rose
Our first two Feature Presentations of the season debuted in July, with singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd and LGBTQ activist poet Steven Reigns, presented in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.
In addition to these two Feature Presentations, GP welcomed Artist TAKEOVERS from poet Natalie Patterson, performance dancer Pia Love, producer and electronic music educator Atropolis, and belly dancer instructor Alia Mohamed.
July 9 – Natalie Patterson
July 11 – Mia Doi Todd (Feature Presentation)
July 13 – Pia Love
July 18 – Steven Reigns (Feature Presentation)
July 22 – Atropolis
July 29 – Alia Mohamed
Our third Feature Presentation of the season premiered in partnership with LA TACO featuring a kinetic, percussive performance by 10-piece tropical funk collective Jungle Fire. This month also featured Artist TAKEOVERS from experimental electronic pioneer King Britt, evocative singer-songwriter Dahlia, funkmaster general Brandon Coleman, and classical Spanish and flamenco guitarist G Morales.
August 3 – King Britt
August 10 – Dahlia
August 19 – Jungle Fire (Feature Presentation)
August 24 – Brandon Coleman
August 31 – G Morales
Grand Performances’s 2020 season culminated with a busy September, featuring not only three Feature Presentations in the Heritage Square Series, but a trilogy of shows broadcasted live from the historic Lodge Room. But first, the month started with our final Artist TAKEOVER of the year, featuring brother/sister Dominican dembow duo Joelli + Jenn Morel.
For many, the highlights of the season were the three Feature Presentations filmed on location at the majestic Heritage Square Museum. The series began with a vibrational healing sound bath led by Grace Oh, continued with a mind-blowing solo performance from experimental harpist, producer, and singer Low Leaf, and concluded with an uplifting performance by 13-member soul/jazz choir Voices of Creation.
GP celebrated Mexican Independence Day with blind musician Julio Y Su Teclado Mágico, and returned to the Lodge Room for our final shows of the season, featuring Puerto Rican Bomba collective Taller Bula commemorating el Grito de Lares and Armenian-American producer Bei Ru.
September 7 – Joelli and Jenn Morel
September 13 – Grace Oh (Feature Presentation)
September 16 – Julio y su Teclado Mágico
September 20 – Low Leaf (Feature Presentation)
September 23 – Taller Bula
September 27 – Voices of Creation (Feature Presentation)
September 30 – Bei Ru
Grand Performances’ mission is to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts. While all our programming is free, producing it is not. Please support our mission today with a tax-deductible gift or membership ensuring access to GP’s performing arts experiences for the people of Los Angeles.