I’ve always wondered how places such as the Levitt Pavilions in MacArthur Park and Pasadena are able to put together such great summer festivals. But now I’ve figured it out. They team up with Performing Rights Organization, BMI to make it happen. In this case, a handful of the Levitt Pavilion shows in the companies summer series are also part of BMI’s Summer Nights series. It’s a musical two-for-one.
It all begins this Sunday night in Pasadena with Camilo Lara’s Mexican Institute of Sound (or, if you prefer, El Instituto Mexicano del Sonido) — who has a new album out in August — sharing the stage with accordion master Mr. Vallenato. The music continues on July 7th in MacArthur Park with Enjambre (a.k.a. José José fronting The Strokes) with Colombia-via-Brooklyn, experimental duo Il Abanico and back to Pasadena on August 19th for a romantic, acoustic set with Diego García and David Garza. Closing night falls on Sept. 8th in MacArthur Park with Palenke Soultribe and Monsieur Periné!