• Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

    Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba

    Thursday, July 30, 8:00 p.m.

    FREE; no reservations

    Experience one of Africa’s premier global artists, Malian musician Bassekou Kouyaté, accompanied by his wife, Amy Sacko, and his band, Ngoni Ba. A master of the ngoni—an ancient “spike lute” and precursor to the banjo—Kouyaté combines traditional Malian folk music with propulsive rock rhythms, distortion, and wah pedal.

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  • Hurray for the Riff Raff

    Hurray for the Riff Raff

    Thursday, August 6, 8:00 p.m.

    FREE; no reservations

    Celebrate American roots music with Hurray for the Riff Raff, whose album Small Town Heroes was named one of the fifty best of 2014 by Rolling Stone. Bronx-born, Puerto Rican frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra delivers husky, powerhouse vocals and beautifully crafted songs.

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  • Aurelio

    Aurelio

    Thursday, August 13, 8:00 p.m.

    FREE; no reservations

    Travel to the Caribbean coast of Honduras immersed in the joyous, seductive, beautiful, and bittersweet music of Aurelio. Praised by the Guardian for its “easy swaying rhythms” and “impassion vocals,” Aurelio’s music is steeped in the Garifuna tradition, weaving together West African and Caribbean polyrhythms.

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  • Yuval Ron Ensemble

    Yuval Ron Ensemble

    Thursday, August 20, 8:00 p.m.

    FREE; no reservations

    Performing the concert program “My Heart Is in the East: Mystical Music and Dance of the Hebrew Tribes,” Israeli Angeleno Yuval Ron and an ensemble featuring Moroccan-Israeli vocalist Elinor Sitrish and sacred dance artist Mayaya take the stage with their intensely moving and adventurous pan–Middle Eastern music.

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  • Novalima

    Novalima

    Thursday, August 27, 8:00 p.m.

    FREE; no reservations

    This year’s season concludes with the cutting-edge music of Peru’s Novalima. Fusing folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms with reggae, dub, salsa, hip-hop, Afrobeat, electronica, and Cuban son, Novalima is a musical force praised worldwide for uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations.

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  • Gregg Allman and Eric Church

    Celebrating Gregg Allman: Storytelling and Special Performances, Featuring Eric Church

    Thursday, September 24, 8:00 p.m.

    $35 General; $30 Members

    In a special program presented by the Skirball Cultural Center and the GRAMMY Foundation®, GRAMMY® winner Gregg Allman, renowned founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, discusses the impact of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham on his career with GRAMMY-nominated country star Eric Church, who counts Allman among his biggest influences. Moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares®, the evening concludes with live acoustic performances by both Allman and Church, which will be recorded as part of the GRAMMY Foundation Living Histories program. The Living Histories program preserves on visual media the life stories of key recording industry professionals and visionaries who helped create the history of recorded sound. To date, the Foundation has completed more than 200 interviews with artists, producers, executives, and technology pioneers.

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