One of our favorite things about live music is its ability to draw audiences together through shared experience. Over the weekend, we witnessed this in full force. The artists that opened the Ford’s summer season – TAIKOPROJECT, Quetzal, Aloe Blacc and guests – did what artists do best. They took what is happening in their world, which also happens to be happening in our world, and incorporated it into their performances. Their soulful melodies, timely lyrics and thoughtful words created a space where we could connect with each other as we struggled to process the violence of the week.
It was an amazing way to initiate our beautiful new stage. We hope to continue to create a welcoming space for all to connect with each other and the art on our stage this summer. Coming up this week, we are crushing over Outfest, which makes its return to the Ford with four films. Check out the full line-up here.
And, on the horizon is Big World Fun, our free-for-kids family series, making its return debut on July 23. These one-hour events feature music and dance styles from across the globe, created by artists here in our backyard. The Ford’s shaded amphitheatre is the perfect space for squirmy little ones, as are the preshow activities – turtles and owls courtesy of the County’s Department of Parks & Recreation and crafts by Mama Earth.
Last, but certainly not least, we want to share with you the first in a new series – the Ford Theatres Pop Up Production. Without giving too much away, think of them as a little two-minute break from your day. Enjoy!