The Ford Blog
August 03, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
“The music is what gets people in,” John Hensley says of his show, a mix of spoken word and musical acts. “My base always comes but people who have never experienced Flypoet - they come for the music and discover the poetry.”
July 27, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
Jose Vences, director of folklorico dance company Grandeza Mexicana, reflects on the impact that self-described "ranchera and jazz singer" Lila Downs has had on him and his choreography in anticipation of their collaborative performances at the Ford in August.
July 20, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
In 1965, immediately before locking himself in his home for 18 months to beat writer’s block and compose One Thousand Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez wrote a movie called Tiempo de morir. Though the film is cited by the likes of Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu as an inspiration, and is considered a classic in Mexico, it is nearly impossible to see in the US.
July 13, 2016 | Announcements
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.
June 29, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
Their upcoming show – which opens the Ford’s 2016 Summer Season – has the mark of a true collaboration: a drummer starts a beat, or a guitarist lays down a riff, and together the groups write a song. This process was common for Quetzal, as a rock group, but something new for TAIKOPROJECT.
June 16, 2016 | Behind the Scenes
If you were tooling around Downtown LA last Friday, you might have seen a few of us. With our space in the final stages of construction, we needed a place to play. So we packed up our artists (well, three of the groups in our summer season anyway) and headed on over. Our new friends at The Broad Museum, Grand Central Market and Angel City Brewery welcomed us with open arms.
May 20, 2016 | History
This isn’t the first time the Ford’s amphitheatre stage has undergone a major transformation… In 1938, four years after his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl, film director Max Reinhardt chose the Ford as the venue for his staging of Goethe’s Faust.