“There is a community of artists and musicians creating new work that is evoking a genuine reflection of what Los Angeles is. That’s where we were going with Concrete Saplings.” – Bryan Yamami, TAIKOPROJECT
It’s this community of LA-based artists that we at the Ford Theatres work so passionately to support and which Angelenos will be able to see aplenty this summer at the Ford. It’s so important to us, in fact, that we redesigned the stage, expanded the dressing rooms and upgraded the lights in order to provide this community of artists with a state-of-the-art facility to call home. And now here we are – almost two years later – welcoming you back as our nature meets culture transformation nears completion.
As we wrote about last week, TAIKOPROJECT will be kicking-off the opening weekend of our reopening season tonight with Concrete Saplings, created and performed in collaboration with Quetzal. The two in our one-two punch for our opening weekend is Aloe Blacc, who will be performing songs by such icons of American social movements as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell and more. Accompanying Aloe is an only-in-LA slate of musicians, including Brazilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento, son jarocho group Cambalache and soul/rock fusion group The Brothers Band, just to name a few.
To get a taste of what a night like this might sound like/feel like, check out this short clip of Aloe and Fabiano rehearsing Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free.”
And, because you can’t hit it out of the park with just a one-two punch, our opening weekend closes with a sold-out 35 year anniversary celebration of the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls with none other than its original stars Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday gracing our stage.
If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t fret. There’s a whole season full of amazing shows coming up – plenty of chances to sit out under the stars and soak up the freshest sounds of LA.