On sultry summer nights LA’s scene queens might choose to catch their chorales at the historic Hollywood Bowl, but for culture vultures that want their soundscape to be more of an escape there is another, more intimate, alfresco option.
Throughout July and August, the Westside’s Skirball Cultural Center transforms its water lily-dotted circular courtyard into the setting for a series of sunset concerts where world music-lovers can move and groove to a curated line-up of local and international acts.
Even if you’re all about the beats it’s worth swinging over to the museum and educational institution early to check out the ever-changing exhibitions, which currently include an eponymous retrospective of rock revolutionary Bill Graham, plus arty installation The Singing Posters.
After art hour it’s time to refuel with a full dinner buffet at onsite Zeidler Café (you don’t get that at the picnic-only Bowl bashes) before the tunes kick off at 8pm.
For its 19th rendition, the soulful showcase has assembled a melange of global talent ranging from Middle Eastern instrumentalist group the Yuval Ron Ensemble, to rootsy Hurray for the Riff Raff, to Malian psychedelic folk duo Bassekou Kouyaté and Amy Sacko. And best of all, apart from your eats, it won’t cost you a song. Encore!
Sunset Concerts every Thu until 27 Aug, 2015.
Skirball Cultural Center / 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd / +1 310 440 4500 / noon-5pm Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun, till 10pm on Sunset Concert nights / skirball.org