What’s On Tap for This Season at The Ford?

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TAIKOPROJECT at The Ford. Photographed by Gennia Cui for the LA County Arts Commission

It’s been five years since the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association took the reins over programming at The Ford. A half decade later, the LA Phil’s 2024 stewardship promises exactly what we’ve come to expect: A fresh (and jam-packed) lineup of music, dance, film, theater, poetry and spoken word events, all taking place from July to October.

With an open-air amphitheater that seats just a hair under 1,200 souls, The Ford strikes the perfect balance between intimacy and awe. It can feel big, but at the same time everyone who is seated is less than 100 feet from the stage. Plus, there’s nothing quite like watching the magic hour light cast over the stage as a concert unfolds.

If you want to experience it yourself this year, single event tickets are now on sale, and there are dozens of dates to choose from. Below are just a few of the highlights for the season to come:

  • Performances from Airborne Toxic Event, Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro, José Feliciano and Tres Souls, Guster with the LA Phil, Prateek Kuhad, Meridian Brothers, Jeff Rosenstock, Devendra Banhart, Leith Ross, and more.
  • A three-concert residency curated by Jazz Is Dead record label spotlights inventive music by the Mizell Brothers, Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Azymuth and Marcos Valle.
  • Natural World of Studio Ghibli explores the themes of nature and our place in it through three films by legendary Japanese studio.
  • The Motherboard Suite, featuring Saul Williams and directed by Bill T. Jones, explores intersection of race and technology tinted in Afrofuturism 
  • A new project from contemporary Indian dance company Blue13 called 100 Seconds to Midnight, which draws inspiration from the “Doomsday Clock”
  • The Second annual Noche de Cumbia at The Ford with performances from Reyna Tropical and Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto
  • The Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents a new program highlighting the Mexican Revolution, with a special lens on women who fought for freedom in the war.

Remember you can scope out the complete calendar and purchase single event tickets here. It’s going to be a great season!

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