“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.”
Behind the Scenes
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.
With the largest population of Armenians in the world outside of Armenia, it comes as no surprise that Element Band, a group dedicated to continuing the tradition of Armenian music, should call Los Angeles their home.
On Saturday, April 27, jazz super group The Spring Quartet will kick off the Ford Theatres 2019 Season. This quartet consists of drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, and pianist/keyboardist Leo Genovese. This evening promises to be cutting edge, invigorating, and dynamic, with detours into spaces unknown, sweet surprises, and interludes of heart-melting romance and beauty.
Micaela Taylor is no stranger to the Los Angeles dance scene. Her time dancing with renowned companies such as Ate9 Dance Company, BODYTRAFFIC and Heidi Duckler Dance and her fluidity of movement styles, moving effortlessly from contemporary to hip-hop, has landed her on Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2019.
Heidi Duckler Dance is known for staging dance in unusual places and their show at the Ford is no exception. “In my first conversation with the Ford, they said, ‘I assume you’re not interested in the stage,’” choreographer Heidi Duckler laughs as she tells me. The space she settled on? The loading dock. “We had to carve out time for rehearsals because the space is in constant use!” Duckler says.
Brick by brick, Bronx-born Louie Vega has built up an epic reputation as a global master of the music that makes people groove. As a club DJ, track producer, record remixer, radio personality, recording artist and house music legend, Vega has spent the last four decades with his ear to the ground and his hands on the pulse of the very best in dance music.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, LA’s Angel City Jazz Festival is known for focusing on the future of jazz, while nurturing a deep respect for its history. This year, Angel City has a special evening planned for the Ford, with singer/multi-instrumentalist Xenia Rubinos and composer/band leader Lauren Baba’s theBABAorchestra.
Wayne Kramer – one of Rolling Stone’s greatest guitarists of all time and co-founder of what many rock historians consider to be one of the very first punk bands, Detroit’s legendary MC5 -- is a true soul survivor. He’s conquered a serious drug addiction, served time for selling cocaine, sadly outlived three of his four MC5 bandmates and, after an against-all-odds comeback in the 1990s, is living his best life at age 70. He regularly composes music for film and television, pays it forward with his tireless activism, and continues to spread his revolutionary former band’s message.