Multicultural Summer Sounds


Los Angeles has terrific concert series for kids which offer enriching and diverse performances with fun extra-curricular programming. This year, all three have a multicultural theme with music from different countries as well as from different communities around Los Angeles.


The Hollywood Bowl‘s Summer Sounds series provides a musical trip to a new country every week in a fun-filled, four-week series of lively concerts combined with art workshops. Situated in the intimate setting of the Hollywood Bowl Museum patio, SummerSounds features four different programs, each highlighting a distinct music tradition – a new show every week! Two performances daily.

First up is true Americana culture with some folk and bluegrass performances from July 11-15. Next, head to France for some jazz, cabaret, and retro swing from July 18-22. Next stop is Japan for the pulsating beats of taiko drumming and other traditional instruments from July 25-29. Complete your journey in Mexico with some mariachi music that has a contemporary pop twist from August 1-5.

Summer Sounds: Weekday mornings from July 11- August 5. Select the 10:00 am Music Performance with 11:15am Art Workshop or 11:15am Music Performance with 10:00 am Art Workshop.


Descanso Gardens is also providing an eight week series of World Rhythms concerts. Treat yourself and your kids with some indigenous Filipino music (June 7), Bulgarian Folk music (June 14), Armenian dances (June 21), traditional Korean songs and dances (June 28), La Chamba dances that are native to Los Angeles (July 5), Adaawe, a high-octane musical kaleidoscope with musicians from 5 different countries (July 12), Eduardo Martinez y Su Palo Cuero an Afro-Columbian drumming and gaita (July 19), and the popular Southern California dance forró by MôForró (July 26).

All World Rhythms concerts are on Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.


The Skirball Center presents Sounds of Our City as part of their family amphitheater series to honor the diverse cultural communities of Los Angeles through music. The events are Buyepongo (June 25), Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando (June 26), Motherland Drummers (July 2), Kayageum Story (July 3), Mostly Kosher (July 9), Conjunto Tenocelomeh (July 10), The Mudbug Brass Band (July 16), Santa Monica Youth Orchestraa (July 17), Artichoke (July 23), MôForró (July 24), Big Bang Television (July 30), Las Colibrí (July 31), Leftover Cuties (August 6), Deep Cut (August 7), Los Angeles Chinese Music Ensemble (August 13), Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (August 14), Nicholas LaGesse (August 20), String Harmonies (August 21),Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble (August 27), Nathalia Palis (August 28), On Ensemble(September 3), El Haru Kuroi (September 4).

The Sounds of our City concerts are always varied and lively – all concerts are shown twice a day at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.