Latin Sounds Series Arrives at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Just in time for summer, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is turning up the heat with the second season of the popular Latin Sounds series. These concerts showcase some of the finest Latin musicians and spice up Saturday evenings for the Los Angeles community with an eclectic mix of performers from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba as well as some of Southern California’s most prominent Latin artists. Concerts are free every Saturday at 5 pm beginning May 5-September 1, 2007.

Latin Sounds features music legends, including Son Mayor, voted Best Salsa Band by the LA Weekly, playing a mixture of vintage Latin and contemporary Cuban styles, as well as a multitude of Grammy-nominated artists like dynamic trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez, world renowned Dori Caymmi, and award-winning musical duo Anthony Wilson and Chico Pinheiro. Latin Sounds continues the tradition of hosting the greatest artists from across Latin America in the unique park setting of the museum’s outdoor amphitheater. So bring your blanket, picnic basket, and enjoy the music with friends and family, says Mitch Glickman, LACMA Music Director.

This summer, LACMA will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to become completely immersed in the rich cultural heritage of Latin America by combining free Saturday evening access to both Grammy award winning Latin music and vibrant Latin art. The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1829 opens on August 5, 2007 and includes more than 200 works of colonial Latin American art. Latin Sounds audiences are invited to explore this exhibition for free after each concert, as it will be open to the public from 5-8 pm.

In addition to The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1829 special exhibition, all Latin Sounds concert-goers can also visit LACMA’s galleries for free after 5 pm. This season features a variety of shows, including: The Modern West: American Landscapes, 1890-1950 (on view now), Dan Flavin: A Retrospective (May 13-August 12, 2007), SoCal: Southern California Arts of the 1960s and 70s from LACMA’s Collection (August 19, 2007-March 30, 2008).