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Summer Concert Series Goes Quietly Into the Night

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, September 17, 2007, at 01:07PM
Mango Blue @ Grand Performances Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Friday at noon Charangoa closes out the 2007 season of Grand Performances, and while I'm looking forward to seeing the L.A. based Cuban group, I thought back on how GP on Grand opened the season with a bang, and the late add of El Vez opened the 2nd act of the season with flair and glitter.

As solid as they are, Charangoa is a rather quiet finale for a successful season. If Grand Performances extended one week and had any of the three local acts that performed during 2007 do smaller sets as part of the Grand Ave Festival being held Sunday, September 30, it could have raise some visibility for the 2008 season.

Nonetheless, in an eventful summer that saw further transition for Downtown L.A., the free outdoor concert series continued its role as a 20 year anchor that preceded developers vision of Downtown as an urban experience. In some ways, the rest of Downtown has finally caught up with Grand Performances.

A similar hat tip goes to Pershing Square's smaller summer concert series, also closing out in September.

Pictured, Mango Blue playing a lunchtime set earlier this summer.

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