Ford Amphitheatre 2004 Season World & Folk Music Events May 29 Through October 16 Featuring The Music Of Brazil, Ireland, Peru, Mexico, The U.S., Middle East & More!

Flora Purim

The historic Ford Amphitheatre hosts an eclectic bill of world and folk music from an array of cultures this season in L.A.'s most intimate outdoor concert venue.  Season highlights include: Brazil's Elba Ramalho  and Grammy Nominee Flora Purim (BRAZIL, WOMEN SING FOR LIFE, May 29), the Ford's first Celtic music evening with SOLAS (Sept 10), Israeli-Iraqi artist Yair Dalal (June 13); a festival devoted to the various cultures of Peru - Fiesta Peru (Aug 20); Orquesta La Moderna Tradición (Aug 29) playing the classic music of Cuba; as well as music and culture festivals of Brazil (Sept 5) and Mexico (Sept 26) and a Day Of The Dead Celebration (Oct 16).  Complete 2004 season information and tickets are available at the bilingual (English/Spanish) Ford web site, www.fordamphitheatre.org or the Ford box office, 323 GO 1-FORD (461-3673).

WORLD AND FOLK MUSIC LISTINGS:

SAT. MAY 29 AT 7:30 P.M.
BRAZIL, WOMEN SING FOR LIFE

Top Brazilian talents come together for the first time in this benefit for battered women in Brazil. Featuring directly from Brazil, electrifying diva Elba Ramalho, influential leader of Brazil's Northeastern music. Also Grammy Nominee Flora Purim, Katia Moraes, Sonia Santos, Ana Gazzola, Flora's daughter Diana and special guests Krishna Booker and percussionist Airto Moreira. Master of Ceremonies is Talaya Trigueros, Mid-day Air Personality at Smooth Jazz 94.7 KTWV "The Wave."Presented by Brazilian Nites Productions

SUN. JUNE 13 AT 8:00 P.M.
AL-ANDALUS TO JERUSALEM: LEVANTINE FESTIVAL

Spiritual and mystical musical traditions, stretching from southern Spain to Jerusalem, bridge Jewish and Arab cultures. Tarik and Julie Banzi of Al-Andalus, Israeli-Iraqi artist Yair Dalal and Yuval Ron Ensemble, with special guests, unite East and West. Presented by Levantine Cultural Center.

SAT. JULY 3 AT 8:00 P.M.
BLUEGRASS AT THE FORD

Laurie Lewis, twice voted bluegrass's "Female Vocalist of the Year " and one of the flat-out best "breakdown" fiddlers around, headlines with Tom Rozum and the Guest House Band. Master guitarist Dan Crary opens. Presented by Bluegrass Association of Southern California.

FRI. AUG 20 AT 8:00 P.M.    
FIESTA PERU

Experience all of Peru - the Andes mountains as well as the Pacific coast and jungles of the interior - through the music and dance of INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble. Linger in the African-influenced port cities with the musicians and dancers of Cambalache Negro.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradici

SUN. AUG 29 AT 8:00 P.M.    
TO HAVANA WITH LOVE
    
Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, a 14 member orchestra from the California Bay Area,  performs the classic music of Cuba: the Danzon, Sones, Songo and Cha-cha-cha in a classic style directed by Cuban born Roberto Borrell. Produced & Presented by Rodri Entertainment.

SUN. SEPT 5 AT 7:00 P.M. 
BRAZILIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL 2004

Celebrate Brazil's Independence Day at the 11th edition of the annual festival featuring the mesmerizing beauty of the country's music and dance. Artists to be announced. Presented by Brazilian Nites Productions.

FRI. SEPT 10 AT 8:00 P.M.
CELTIC ARTS CENTER CONCERT SERIES
SOLAS

Led by multi-instrumentalist Seamus Eagan (heard in The Brothers McMullen and Dead Man Walking), the five musicians of Solas expand the musical possibilities of the Celtic tradition they've mastered. Folksinger-songwriter Ken O'Malley (Patriot Games) and The Twilight Lords open.

Los Panchos

FRI-SAT, SEPT 24 & 25 AT 8:00 P.M.
BOLEROS UNDER THE STARS

The rhythms of Boleros envelop the incurable romantic on these two nights of pure romance. Friday: Trio Los Panchos, Guicho Cisneros y sus Dandys, Saturday: Trio Los Panchos, Arturo y Jose Luis. Presented by Rodri Entertainment.

SUN. SEPT 26 AT 7:00 P.M    
FIESTA MEXICANA

A spectacular panorama of sound, color, movement and rhythm. Ballet Folklórico Ollin, Mariachi Monumental de América and more embody the spirit of Mexico. Presented by CSUN Association of Latino Alumni.

SAT. OCT 16 AT 8:00 P.M.
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION

This tradition is kicked up a notch with the world's largest Day of the Dead Altar. Featuring El Chicano with special guest Quetzal Guerrero, Mark Guerrero y Radio Aztlan and Mi Tierra Dance Company. Produced & Presented by Rodri Entertainment 

Ticket prices for world and folk music events range from $20 to $50 with discounts for students and children for some performances. Those who purchase tickets to 3 or more evening events receive a 20% discount. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are also available.
The Ford Amphitheatre season is a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is produced in collaboration with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. TeleFutura KFTR Channel 46 is television sponsor for the 2004 season.
The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Picnicking is encouraged.
On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $3 per vehicle for morning family shows. Satellite parking serviced by FREE shuttles to the Ford is available at
- Universal City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga in the "kiss and ride" area. Parking is free in the Metro Station lot.
- Cherokee parking structure at 1718 North Cherokee, just north of Hollywood Blvd., 1.3 miles from the Ford. Parking costs $3 with validation available at the Ford.

 
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All. The Arts Commission, in addition to its grants program that funds more than 250 nonprofit arts organizations annually, funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Trust and programs the John Anson Ford Theatres. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration broadcast nationally and a year-round music program that funds mores than 60 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2003-2004 President of the Arts Commission is Laurel Karabian.

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