Let the Skirball’s eclectic Sunset Concerts transport you around the globe—Thursday nights, this summer. Dedicated to inspiring the diverse populations of greater Los Angeles through innovative music, the nineteenth season of this series once again showcases exceptional global talents, both legendary and emerging.

As always, the six Thursday night concerts are presented free of charge in the Skirball’s spectacular yet intimate central courtyard, where audiences sing, dance, and gather at the foot of the stage to engage with the performers. This season’s line-up features an array of genre-defying music—from Afro-Colombian funk and psychedelic Malian music to imaginative Americana and pan–Middle Eastern grooves.

All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.
FREE; no reservations

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis

Parking: $10 per car (cash only); street parking strictly prohibited.
Or take Metro Rapid 734. Carpooling is encouraged!
Helpful tips: Concertgoers must show a parking stub in order to get entry tickets to the concert. Please remember to bring the stub with you after you park. Taking a taxi or car service? Ask the driver to drop you off at the front steps so a Skirball staff member can provide you with a ticket.

View the exhibitions—All Skirball galleries except Noah’s Ark are free open until 10:00 p.m. Be sure to check out the exhibitions Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book.

Dine—Enjoy Zeidler Café’s delicious dinner buffet, starting at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required and start two weeks prior to the Thursday evening of your choice. Call (310) 440-4575. Or pick up grab-and-go light fare, as well as full bar service, at Zeidler’s Cart.

Shop—For great gifts, ceremonial objects, jewelry, books, and more, visit Audrey’s Museum Store. The store remains open until 8:00 p.m. on Sunset Concerts nights.

Note: No outside alcoholic beverages or chairs permitted.

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  • 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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