Tunes – Full Moon, Picnic, and (Free) Music At Grand Performances

(The California Plaza is a beautiful setting for the concerts)

It was my first time catching a free concert at Grand Performances, located at 300- 350 South Grand at Downtown’s California Plaza, a beautiful enclave in the concrete jungle with water fountains and elaborate flower beds. Grand is celebrating its 25th year in existence, so they’re definitely a staple here in the city. Flocks of people were picnicking. I saw a lot of Trader Joe’s bags, but with Famima and Starbucks right there as well as some other grab-and-go joints, even the unprepared can enjoy a nice dinner while listening to artists from all over the world. (The stage, the dancing, and the calendar, after the jump).

(There was a beautiful mood that night)

(This girl enchanted us all with her dancing!)

The night I went Sussan Deyhim was performing, a well-known Iranian singer who brought with her a selection of incredible musicians to team up with her for selective songs throughout her concert. I’m a novice when it comes to the World Music genre, so I wasn’t quite sure how I would like it but Deyhim’s incredible vocals and harmonious melodies completely took me in. One of my favorite aspects of the evening was the dance-willing crowd, headed up by a little girl who was first and last on the dance floor. So cute!

(This woman was an incredible dancer and motivated the rest of the crowd to join her, see below)

There are only a few concerts left this season (check out the calendar here). I recommend taking the subway to Pershing Square and walking up the hill to the Plaza, it takes away the Saturday night parking hassle. Also: bring warm clothes and a blanket, part of the seats are on stone benches (think Hollywood Bowl) and the nights always get chilly.

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