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.
Behind the Scenes
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.
On Sunday, August 11, Ford Theatres will be ground zero for a deep dive into musical retro-Afro-futurism as The Nonsemble presents [UP]Rising: An Afro-Future Jazz Her-Story.
“It started almost 20 years ago as an electronic project,” Kinky singer Gil Cerezo tells me. “People didn’t know if we were DJs or what!” Over the years, the powerhouse group from Mexico evolved from what Cerezo calls a “bedroom electronic sound” to a full five-piece band that composes and plays live. Cerezo describes what the audience will see onstage as “an instrument army.”
From the mind-blowing moment she made her explosive debut with Plantation Lullabies (1993), Meshell Ndegeocello's bracing jazz-inflected funk music, deeply penetrating lyrics, bold LGBTQ stance and sensual boudoir swagger have made her that best kept secret that folks like to keep on the top shelf of their musical spice rack.