The Ford Blog

Bang on a Can All-Stars: Road Trip

Bang on a Can Takes a Road Trip Across America to The Soundtrack of The Thrilling Unknown

September 06, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
Bang on a Can is not a band, it’s a movement – one dedicated to the creation, proliferation and preservation of mindsets bent on unfettered musical imagination. 
Patti Austin

Patti Austin & Friends Swing, Shine & Scat in “100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella’s 100th Birthday”

August 30, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
If there is any singer optimally suited to saluting the extraordinary Ella Fitzgerald, it is Patti Austin.
Viver Brasil performing on Ford stage

A living bridge for social and artistic exchange

August 24, 2017
Viver Brasil has centered and celebrated Brazil’s African legacy through bold, soulful and thought-provoking Afro-Brazilian dance theatre for close to two decades. On Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8:30pm, the Ford is proud to host this vibrant company of dancers and musicians as they celebrate their 20th anniversary on our newly renovated stage. 
Jesús Carmona

Hungry to Live

August 16, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
Despite an eight-hour time difference and a language barrier, I connect with Jesús Carmona, one of Spain’s most celebrated flamenco dancers, as he’s winding down his day after rehearsal, though in LA the sun is still climbing. “Es un espectáculo,” Carmona tells me, filling in a gap in my Spanish. 
Bellamy Young and Sterling K. Brown

Stars and Star Stuff

August 09, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
“We are made of star stuff – the nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies.”  Astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous words echoed in my head long after my lunch with WordTheatre® founder Cedering Fox. 
Dayren Santamaria

Synthesis and Transformation

August 02, 2017
Dayren Santamaria’s voice is warm, spilling over the phone and flowing easily between nostalgia and passion. The Cuban-born, LA-based violin player summed up the message of her music like this: “It’s about transformation. In the midst of anything, you can make beauty.”  
Aszure Barton's Awáa

Celebrating dance and mothers with Aszure Barton's Awáa

July 26, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
The sound of water gushing forms an infectious beat, as a group of male dancers sways their hips. The dancers seem to encompass all and no genders, evoking both an ancient ritual and the sass of 90s vogueing culture. This is the delicious world of renowned choreographer and dancer Aszure Barton. Her show Awáa will make its Los Angeles (and outdoor) debut at the Ford on August 18, presented in partnership with The Music Center On Location.
Youssou NDOUR

Youssou NDOUR Sings of a United Africa, an Enlightened Earth and Love

July 19, 2017
Senegalese singer/songwriter Youssou NDOUR seeks nothing less than to unite the continent of Africa, while linking it with the rest of a united and enlightened Earth via the blended harmonies of his music and his messages.