Enjoy summer concerts on the plaza!
Every Friday from June through August visitors to Brand Park climb up the hill to hear our summer concerts on the Brand Library Plaza, supported by the City of Glendale and the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, with funding from the Urban Art Program and the Brand Associates.
2019 Plaza Series Schedule
All concerts are Friday nights at 7pm. Admission is free.
Seating is limited and first come first served, no reserved seating. The Plaza seats 75 - 90 people for a performance. Visitors are welcome to bring a chair or blanket and sit on the grassy hillsides in Brand Park. Performances run between 60 and 90 minutes without intermission.
June 7 - Opium Moon
Grammy Award-winning Opium Moon kicks off the 2019 Plaza Series!
June 14 - Iridas
Iridas was formed in 2015 by composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Smith in an effort to explore the possibilities of his demanding musical style. Matt met violinist Megan Shung while they were in school together at the Cleveland Institute of Music receiving classical training. In 2017, Mikala Schmitz joined the band, and in 2018, the group was joined by Dmitri Yevstifeev, a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays viola, mandolin, and guitar. The new line-up shares a passion for jazz, and hip-hop, which has had a profound impact on the band’s already unique voice.
June 21 - Samba de Duas
June 21 - Samba de Duas
Come dance, sing, and have a good time with Samba de Duas! The rich rhythm from Brazil mixed with a jazz flavor will charm you.
Samba de Duas is:
Aline Sardão, Guitar
Caroline Campos, Violin
Christina Linhardt, Voice / Flute
June 28 - Drivin' Mama Crazy
June 28 - Drivin' Mama Crazy
Drivin' Mama Crazy is a mixture of bluegrass, country and rock. The band members have performed together since 1983. Brothers John and Evan Marshall invited Arshag Chookoorian to become a member of their band Smokewood. A short time later, banjo player, Andy Rau was asked to join the band for a tour of county and state fairs throughout the western United States. That was the beginning of professional collaborations and personal friendships that have lasted over 30 years.
July 5 - Zetz Klezmer Ensemble
Zetz, which means to jab or poke (physically or verbally) in Yiddish, is an energetic, entertaining ensemble that charms audiences across all age groups. Their music is firmly based in the classic klezmer traditions of Eastern European Jews, but they also take colors from across the musical spectrum. These creative musicians weave the intimacy of European chamber music together with the infectious fun and entertainment of a dance band. They perform music ranging from originals composed by their own band members to Arabic and Turkish folk songs from the 15th century, to Jewish wedding standards, to popular Yiddish vaudeville music of the 1920s and ‘30s.
July 12 - Kim Project
Honoring the music of Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell, Kim Project intertwines the artistry of these two luminaries with original arrangements of their songs. Herbie and Joni worked together at an extensive level, both being on several of each others’ recording projects, but their careers have coincided in many ways.
July 19 - Salsa Caliente
Salsa Caliente features musicians from around the world and is one of the hottest salsa bands performing in today’s Latin Jazz and Salsa scene. The band leader and vocalist, Alberto Gonzalez has had the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of Salsa’s all-time greats, such as: Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, the great Cachao, El Gran Combo and many others, and continues to treat audiences across the country to his own unique style of Salsa. The band has been featured on ABC’s hit TV Show, “Dancing with the Stars.”
July 26 - Detweiler New Orleans Jazz Funksemble
Scott Detweiler is an American artist, born and raised in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the course of his 30 year career, his catalog of albums has chronicled his evolution from a folk singer-songwriter, into a highly unique composer/performer, blending the styles of funk, jazz, blues, gospel & soul. His lyrics tell imaginatively woven stories that follow in the grand writing tradition of southern writers. He is a true son of the rich musical climate and one-of-a-kind culture that is the Crescent City. It is these influences that are in the soul of his creations and evident in his live performances, whether solo, in chamber group or backed by his New Orleans Jazz Funksemble.
August 2 - Fish to Birds
Fish to Birds is the outgrowth of a series of Los Angeles workshops given by jazz singer, teacher and master vocal improviser Rhiannon. Performing since 2012 at LA venues the Blue Whale, Catalina Jazz Club, the E Spot at Vitello's, Alva's Showroom, WitZend, Curve Line Space and many more, Fish to Birds blends their individual abilities as singers and musicians to create varied group improvisations, incorporating jazz, body percussion, storytelling, on-the-spot harmonizing and lyric-writing, African music and any other inspirations that occur in the moment. The result is a creative, free-flowing, often humorous and always unexpected musical adventure.
August 9 - The Vignes Rooftop Revival
The Vignes Rooftop Revival plays high-energy acoustic Gypsy jazz, swing, and international folk music.
August 16 - Anadis
Anadis Music performs classical and folkloric music of India, Asia and original compositions reflecting 40 years of performances.
August 23 - Izela
Izela is a mix of folk, jazz, and progressive rock music. The group has a virtuosic repertoire that combines thousands of years of traditional music and unique instrumentation with contemporary jazz and Zappa-esque experimental rock.
August 30 - Bridge to Everywhere
Los Angeles-based collective Bridge to Everywhere performs a cross-cultural program of contemporary music that reflects our interconnected world, featuring works by Poovalur Srinivasan, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Juan Pablo Contreras and others. The program explores connections found across diverse musical traditions, including Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, traditional West African music, Mexican folk music, Arabic music, Western classical music, and jazz.