The Getty Center’s free outdoor concert series returns with eclectic music from all over the world, starting with the fiesta “Mexico Mixed.” Los Mocosos amalgamate funk, soul and hip hop with the traditions of salsa, cumbia and meringue that acts as a metaphor for (check the Book of Lists, The ’90s Edition for confirmation on this) El Puebla de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciúncula (“Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion”). This July 9 concert promises low-rider cruisin’ and Latin love songs, which to me are really one in the same.
And how’s this for coincidence – just last week I was telling a friend of mine that while Los Angeles has offered me a smorgasbord of music, I was disappointed with the dearth of Bulgarian beats. Well, now it seems I have to retract my critique of El Pueblo de… because on July 16, DeVotchKa – the self-proclaimed “Eastern-Bloc indie-rock” band brings its theatrical blend of polka and mariachi for the Getty’s “Balkan Beats.” Joining them will be the Abalonee’ Gypsy Project that will “demonstrate the indomitable spirit and flair of the gypsy musical tradition.” Didn’t Enya already do this?
“Contemporáneo Sudamericano” commences the set July 23 with the Latino Eagles reunion. That’s right. Colombian singer Andrea Echeverri will once again lead Aterciopelados, the extraordinarily popular Latin rock band she fronted for 10 years. Sardonicism (sic) aside, with Argentinean transplants Los Pinguos and Los Super Elegantes, this final show, like the rest of the series, is like a BJ for your ears. Summer Sessions also provides a great opportunity to explore the Getty’s art galleries, dine indoors or outdoors and take in amazing hilltop views of Los Angeles at night.
So what are you waiting for? GET UP AND GET OUT! The series will take place in the Getty Center’s Museum Courtyard & Garden Terrace. Price: Free. Parking: $7. The Getty is open until 9 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. For more information or to see a complete calendar of summer events, visit www.getty.edu.