Latin music features heavily in LA’s Sunset Concerts series

By 10 July, 2011

A summer of world music, including a few inspired Latin choices, is sure to be hat in Los Angeles this year thanks to the new line-up for Sunset Concerts. Set in Skirball this outdoor event will bring a number of quality world music acts to LA every Thursday from now until August 25th, including the Latin-tinged flavours of Maria de Barros, Nuriya and Mr Vallenato.

Our picks from the series are:

Maria de Barros
Thursday July 21st, 8pm

Kicking off the season will be singing sensation Maria de Barros, whose famed godmother, Cesaria Evora, first put Cape Verde on the musical map. Adding French, Spanish, and Caribbean touches, de Barros sings the African and Brazilian–inflected coladeiras and bluesy mornas of her native land. Come be intoxicated by her songs of love and life, which are simultaneously poetic, danceable, and joyful.

Thursday August 11th, 8pm

This lively mix of rumba flamenco, Latin, and Middle Eastern musical traditions is not to be missed! Backed by a multinational ten-piece ensemble of expert musicians, rising Jewish Middle Eastern/Mexican star Nuriya brings a touch of Gypsy rhythms to her celebratory music.

Mr Vallenato
Thursday August 25th, 8pm

Mexican American accordion virtuoso Jorge Villarreal (a.k.a. Mr. Vallenato) will conclude 2011’s series of Sunset Concerts, showing off his deep love of Colombian music with a set of cumbia and vallenato. Joined by his six-piece band, Mr. Vallenato will surely deliver a live performance that will have you dancing the night away!

The full line-up can be viewed at

Sunset Concerts
Thursdays, July 21st – August 25th, 8pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500

Doors open at 7pm
FREE; no reservations
Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis
Parking: $10 per car (cash only)

Street parking strictly prohibited
Or take Metro Rapid 761
Carpooling encouraged!

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