Grand Performances, the longest-running presenter of free live performances in downtown LA announce its 32ndAnnual Summer Series line-up at California Plaza from June 1stto August 18th, 2018.  The “Shine with Us” series includes performances ranging from funk to family fun, from rock opera and spoken word to sing-alongs. The stage will spotlight diverse voices, world music, innovative programming, and more.

“We have a dazzling array of artists and spectacular performances that will shine on the diverse range of audiences that embody Los Angeles,” said Mari Riddle, Executive Director, Grand Performances.

Major sponsors include the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, LA County Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Metabolic Studio, CBS/KCAL, KCET, United Airlines, CityNational2Cal, Rising Realty, and Omni Hotels and Resorts.

The complete Grand Performances 2018 season schedule is below, also available at

Location:California Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071


The 2018 “Shine with Us” Free Summer Live Performances Line-up:


Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m.

Higher! The Psychedelic Soul and Genius of Sly and the Family Stone (1966-1983)

Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m.

Kristina Wong, Peter J. Harris, d. Sabela grimes C.O.L.A. Night

Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m.

The Secret City: Shine & Shimmer Show

w/ Astrid Hadad, Garfield High Marching Band, Addi Somekh & more

Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.


Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Good Things Happen When We…Speak Up! Stories from the Frontline

Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m.

Secret Life of Muslims

Wednesday, June 6 at 9 p.m.

L.A. Dance Party USA

Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m.

Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 | The Delirians

Saturday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.


Friday, June 30th at 8:00 p.m.

The Love Uninhibited Orchestra



Sunday July 1stat 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

First Nations Now: Rhymes and Storytelling for Families

Friday, July 20 and Saturday July 21 at 8 p.m.  Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance


*With a Preview Performance for Media & VIP Only

on Thursday, July 19.  Not open to the public.


Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m.

Ginkgoa | The Vignes Rooftop Revival


Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater

Tale of the Mouth

Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m.

Bootsy Collins


Sunday, July 22 at 8 p.m.

HanHan | Gingee


Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.

Now More Than Ever: Protest Song Sing-along


Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m.
Roger Guenveur Smith’s Frederick Douglass Now | Lula Washington


Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Urban Badlands: Gemma Castro | The Altons | The Steady 45s

Saturday, July 28 at 8 p.m.

Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCé: The Grand Concourse with Special Guest Candi Sosa

Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m.

Alphabet Soup: LGBTTQQIAAP*

Storytelling for *lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual families and allies.

Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m.  and 4:30 p.m.
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band     Goldilocks & Nom, Nom, Nom



Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m.

When Moons Become Stars

Sunday August 12 at 8 p.m.

Supernova | LACO String Quartet

Saturday, August 4 at 8 p.m.

Fuzön | Disco Fuzön


Friday, August 17 at 8 p.m.

La Marisoul curates: The California Feetwarmers & Hermanos Herrera


Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m.

Hip Hop/Electronic: Indigenous Music & Dance


Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m.



Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m.

El Vez & Phranc



ABOUT GRAND PERFORMANCES:Celebrating its 32nd year, Grand Performances aims to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts. Hailed as the “Best Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series” by Los Angeles Magazine and called “a grand gift to the public… democracy in musical action” by the Los Angeles Times, Grand Performances presents high-quality music, dance, theater, and more during the summer at the breathtaking California Plaza in the heart of Downtown as well as at other venues throughout the year including the Los Angeles State Historic Park and Los Angeles World Airport. Follow @GrandPerformances on Facebook, @GrandPerfs on Twitter and Instagram and our YouTube Channel at For more information visit