There could not be a more fitting finale for the IGNITE @ the FORD! series than Michael Keegan-Dolan’s version of Swan Lake, or Loch na hEala, a co-presentation with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.
Behind the Scenes
Another season has come and gone, yet here we are still dreaming about those summer nights at the Ford. From TAIKOPROJECT’s awe-inspiring Japanese taiko drumming to a sold-out two-day Día de los Muertos concert with Lila Downs, there are so many shows worth reminiscing about. So, we asked our staff to share their faves with us (and you).
For the past several years, We Are KING have been building a fan base with their loving homage to rich vocal harmony, vintage keyboards, synthesizers and rhythm machines via inspired original material and choice covers. The Minneapolis-born ladies are performing at the Ford Theatres on Saturday, October 12, with a show that blends their love of synthesizers with live strings. It’s a once in a lifetime experience that the sisters are proud to have happen at the Ford due to their deep abiding affection for the venue.
It’s early Tuesday morning, and Lila Downs is in her kitchen in Oaxaca with bandmates. She’s making ginger tea with honey and a friend is cutting up tasajo for a soup. They cook together a lot, to the background rhythms and bright horns of music. Downs is preparing for a three-month tour that spans both sides of the border.
In My Rockstars Experimental - Live, Hassan Hajjaj will bring this visual flare to a live performance format. Hassan will not be onstage himself - rather, true to his work as a portrait photographer and filmmaker, he will curate the playing musicians and style them, as well as the stage, creating a sumptuous visual experience to match the eclectic soundscape.
There is nothing like a great poem to get your brain buzzing and Jail Guitar Doors-USA is pleased to present Luis J. Rodriguez who will open the Rock Out 5! show with his magical words. This year’s concert features a rare headlining performance by Moby.
Flamenco is bursting with vitality—a new generation has contemporized the centuries-old form. So it’s fitting that the “new world” setting of the Ford Theatres should welcome into its midst a foremost practitioner of "nuevo flamenco."
Imagine…the night sky above, your favorite person by your side, and the dreamy sounds of bolero music - Latin America’s most romantic musical style that originated out of Cuba. Sounds like the perfect date night, right?
As a dancer and woman of color, watching Urban Bush Women take up space and beam pure light from the Ford Theatres stage left me mesmerized and ignited my love for jazz music and Afro-diasporic movement in one mind-blowing evening. - by Leanna Bremmond
Deborah Brockus' feminism finds firm footing at the Ford Theatres on Friday, August 16, when she’ll present Women Rising: Choreography from the Female Perspective.