blogdowntown 89.3 KPCC | Southern California Public Radio

Stay Connected

@blogdowntown on Twitter
blogdowntown on Facebook


Grand Performances

Coverage of the yearly music and performance series that takes place on the California Plaza Watercourt.

Lal Meri

By Eric Richardson — July 19, 2008

Friday night saw The Real Tuesday Weld and Lal Meri on the watercourt for Grand Performances, in a show that KCRW's Chris Douridas told you to come out and enjoy...

Chris Douridas

By Eric Richardson — July 17, 2008

The 2008 season of Grand Performances is in full gear, a month and a half into a schedule that runs into October. On Friday evening KCRW sponsors a show featuring...

Concert Goers

By Ed Fuentes — July 08, 2008 — 2 Comments

Chuck Grub, 80, and his girlfriend of fifteen years, Trinidad Ventura (who proudly states she is 100) are regulars at Pershing Square's Summer Lunchtime series....

Traveling Horns

By Ed Fuentes — June 01, 2008 — 3 Comments

The 2008 Grand Performances lineup kicks off tonight, with little of the bang that accompanied last year's start. While the names may be more obscure, the series...

Mango Blue @ Grand Performances

By Ed Fuentes — September 17, 2007 — 2 Comments

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...

By Ed Fuentes — June 30, 2007

We covered Grand Performances first weekend of concerts to encourage and support an idea that's been working for 20 years, and enhances the experience of living...


By Ed Fuentes — June 24, 2007

Just as Saturday night's Grand Performance was about to begin, a retired couple from the City of Camarillo wandered in and asked those waiting what the crowd was...


By Ed Fuentes — June 23, 2007 — 4 Comments

Straight out of Barcelona, Ojos de Brujo made their U.S. debut at Grand Performances Friday evening with their mix of hip-hop, flamenco guitar and congos; world...

Mango Blue @ Grand Performances

By Eric Richardson — June 23, 2007

New York-based Afro-Latin group Mango Blue opened up the lunchtime track of Grand Performances yesterday. The noon hour saw the lower bowl of the Watercourt nicely...

Grand Performances

By Eric Richardson — June 21, 2007 — 2 Comments

Grand Performances moves back to the Watercourt tonight for the first event in a full weekend. Tonight sees Tom Schnabel host an evening of World Music Appreciation...

By Eric Richardson — June 11, 2007 — 2 Comments

As I mentioned in the brief note Sunday, Grand Performances kicked off Sunday with an amazing show that featured Dengue Fever, the Yohimbe Brothers, and Ozomatli...

Dengue Fever

By Eric Richardson — June 10, 2007 — 7 Comments

If you missed tonight's kick-off of this year's Grand Performances, you seriously missed out. The crowd arrived earlier for a 3pm set by Dengue Fever, stayed for...