Punch Brothers

The New Yorker calls Punch Brothers “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative.” Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by mandolinist/singer Chris Thile with four other virtuosic musicians: fiddler Gabe Witcher, banjo player Noam Pikelny, bassist Paul Kowert, and guitarist Chris Eldridge. Their first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests, including indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and classical music. In 2009, they began a regular, standing-room-only residency in New York City; these shows ultimately spawned 2010’s Grammy-nominated Antifomatic, which was produced by Jon Brion. Their new album Who’s Feeling Young Now? was released to critical acclaim.



Hailed as the “flamenco queen” by the New York Post, Latin Grammy-nominated artist Concha Buika makes her triumphant return to the U.S. Spanish songstress Buika is the daughter of political refugees from Equatorial Guinea and grew up in a Gypsy neighborhood on the Spanish island of Mallorca. For Buika, flamenco was an open door: “It’s not just about music, it’s a way of life. It’s about not running away from yourself. Some people sing about what they would like to happen or would like to be, but in the copla and el cante, we confront who we are, with all our fears and all our defects. In the United States there’s also a great tradition like this: it’s called the blues.” Creating a fusion with flamenco, jazz, soul, and dance rhythms, Buika has become an international sensation. “Her voice has an intensity and a power that’s hard to define,” says NPR. Buika’s voice is piercingly unique and echoes the rich and passionate influences of her upbringing. The New York Times calls her “luminous…magnificent…superb!


Chucho Valdés

The New York Times proclaims Chucho Valdés as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists.” Valdés makes his highly anticipated return to the Luckman Theatre with the Chucho Valdés Quintet. A multi-Grammy Award winner, he has recorded over eighty albums during his illustrious career and has become a true legend in his realm. Founder of the rhythmically innovative Latin jazz band Irakere, Valdés has appeared on the distinguished stages of Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. The Chucho Valdés Quintet make a rare Los Angeles appearance in what is certain to be a monumental evening.


LJO: Dorham Tribute ft Barbara Morrison

The Luckman Jazz Orchestra joins jazz and blues icon Barabara Morrison in a tribute to the legendary Kenny Dorham. Universally admired and respected by his peers, Dorham worked with every major figure of the modern jazz movement. Barbara Morrison, internationally revered as an incomparable vocalist, is best known for her collaborations with Buddy Guy, Santana, and Ray Charles. Under the direction of Charles Owens, the LJO is hailed by the LA Times as “one of the country’s finest musical organizations.”


Lila Downs

Known for her striking voice and magnetic performances, Mexican singer and composer Lila Downs has created one of the most singular explorations of Mexican roots music on both sides of the border and in the process has become one of the most internationally renowned world music artists. By studying Mexican folk rhythms, native dialects and blending them with blues and rock, Downs has composed a unique body of work. A Latin Grammy Award-winner, Lila Downs’ vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her. The Los Angeles Times praises Downs as “one of the most interesting and compelling artists from Mexico.”


CocoRosie featuring Tez

CocoRosie was formed in Paris, France by American sisters Bianca Casady (Coco) and Sierra Casady (Rosie). Definition eludes these artists as CocoRosie blends and manipulates what critics have described as indie, hip-hop, pop, blues, opera, and electronic music. They find duality between their unique vocal stylings, expanding those differences and playing music that expresses the inner and outer world of the characters in their songs. CocoRosie continues to develop an avant-garde and evolving musical journey.


LJO: Tribute to Charlie Parker

Miles Davis summarized the history of jazz with two names: “Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker.” Charlie Parker is widely praised as one of the most important and influential saxophonists with an uncompromising artistic direction. Parker gained wide recognition for his brilliant solos and innovative improvisations that propelled him to iconic status for the Beat Generation. The Luckman Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to this iconic jazz master.


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