Summer Music in Special Places


It's time to listen to music in the great outdoors. Summer 2015 has some great musical acts cued up for your family's enjoyment.


Sounds in Focus

The Annenberg Foundation announced a summer series today in partnership with KCRW for a series of four free concerts called Sound in Focus with headliners TV on the Radio, De La Soul, Dwight Yoakum and Cold War Kids.  The concerts will take place in the park adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography and the galleries will stay open late on these evenings (until 11:00 PM) so that the concertgoers may enjoy both the concerts and the exhibition. Advance registration is available at and is required for every show. 

The Sound in Focus concert series builds on the success of KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation’s two previous concert series collaborations Country in the City and Who Shot Rock & Roll Live. The popularity of those shows proved that an outdoor concert series at the Photo Space in Century City was a unique and exciting weekend destination for live music and we're thrilled to return with more of our favorite artists for another round.

The Hollywood Bowl


The Hollywood Bowl has an exciting line-up of concerts this summer for everyone in your gang. Our top picks include the following Ed Sheeran (June 24-25), the Fourth of July with Fireworks and Smokey Robinson (July 2-4), Monty Python's SPAMALOT (Aug 1-4), Sheryl Crow (Aug 7-8), Warner Bros presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony  – 25th Anniversary (Aug 14-15), and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial with John WIlliams (Sept 4-5). Tickets range from the coveted boxes where you can dine at a table before the show to stadium seating up on the hillside. 

Get your tickets now, but don't miss Sing-A-Long Sound of Music Celebrating The Film’s 50th Anniversary  – Friday, June 26

The Hollywood hills are alive with The Sound of Music! Everyone’s favorite sing-along returns to the giant screen at the Bowl. Bring your costume (for the pre-show parade) and warm up your vocal cords for this beloved and always sold-out event. The beloved film in its 50th anniversary year, interactive fun-packs, costumes and thousands of fans, all make this one of the most enjoyable nights of the summer.

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center


The nineteenth season of the Skirball’s annual Sunset Concerts, a series dedicated to inspiring the diverse populations of greater Los Angeles through innovative music, will once again showcase exceptional global talents, both legendary and emerging. This year, music fans will especially enjoy complimentary admission to the Skirball’s major summer exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock Roll Revolution, which pays tribute to the legendary concert promoter who launched the careers of countless iconic acts in the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium and transformed the way audiences experience music as a force for fostering community.

The line-up for 2015 is as follows:

July 23: La Chiva Gantiva (L.A. debut!)—Afro-Colombian funk tinged with rock, rap, and Latin music

July 30: Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba—Master of the ngoni plays traditional Malian folk with rock elements

August 6: Hurray for the Riff Raff—A blend of gritty Delta blues, rootsy Appalachian folk, country, rock, and pop

August 13: Aurelio—Caribbean roots music from Honduras with West African and Latin flavors

August 20: Yuval Ron Ensemble—New and upbeat musical arrangements of Sephardic-Jewish tunes, accompanied by a sacred dance performance

August 27: Novalima—Afro-Peruvian soul and dub with electronic elements

Others of Note

Jazz at LACMA features the art of jazz as practiced by leading Southern California artists. Celebrating over twenty years at LACMA, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable offerings. Jazz at LACMA is a celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians and has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project, and Ernie Watts. 

Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier  has a diverse, fun line-up this year and kicks off with Morris Day (July 7).

The Getty's Saturdays Off the 405 is already underway and feature up and coming bands for free in a hillstop setting.