Los Angeles - The Skirball Cultural Center begins its 17th Annual Free Sunset Concerts series on July 25th. The 2013 season features an eclectic mix of indie, folk, and world music - from uplifting tunes arising from Sierra Leone’s civil unrest, to Israeli poetry set to Indian devotional sounds, to richly textured pop-folk.
The Sunset Concert series opens with The Belle Brigade, blending classic Americana influences, breezy California melodies, and infectious harmonies. The Belle Brigade consists of siblings Ethan and Barbara Gruska, children of musician Jay Gruska and grandchildren of legendary film composer John Williams. Joined by bassist Keith Karman, the trio exemplifies familial chemistry and innate songwriting gifts. Inspired by a love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, the band’s artfully arranged, freewheeling songs combine catchy, folky pop-rock with thoughtful lyrics and driving rhythms.
The Skirball’s Sunset Concerts continues with the West Coast premiere and debut U.S. tour of Shye Ben-Tzur (August 1); Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (August 8); Mamak Khadem and Ensemble (August 15); a collaboration between Maria Muldaur and The Campbell Brothers in its world premiere (August 22); and Dendê and Band (August 29).
This year, the Skirball turns its eye to the local indie scene while staying true to its world music roots. Jordan Peimer, Vice President of Programs, explains, “This is part of a new, multiyear plan to integrate popular music rooted in world traditions into our programming and reframe our exploration of what is truly global.”
The six Thursday night concerts are presented free to the public in the Skirball’s central courtyard. All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Attendees can arrive early to dine under the stars, visit the museum galleries and explore the Skirball’s stunning architecture.
“Year after year, the Sunset Concerts are a perfect summertime happening,” continues Peimer. “We invite our loyal following as well as new audiences to come celebrate our diverse cultural heritages.”
For more information on the Skirball Cultural Center’s 17th Annual Sunset Concerts visit www.skirball.org.