LAX Presents 2018 Line-Up is Announced

LAWA & Grand Performances partnership features 18 performances by L.A. artists at LAX

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Grand Performances have announced the 2018 LAX Presents line-up, which will feature six classical performances, a DJ with dancers and a percussionist, a puppet show, and an Indian dance troupe.

"LAX is proud to show the traveling public that Los Angeles has some of the best music and cultural acts in the world," said Airport Art Manager Sarah Cifarelli. "These performances help make LAX feel less like a place to pass through, and more like a memorable experience in its own right."

LAX Presents brings together artists from across Los Angeles to perform in the unique spaces of an international airport. The 2018 lineup includes 18 performances across nine months.

Last year, the LAX Presents program included performances in four different terminals. This year, it will expand to six terminals, including one location that is pre-TSA Security, at the Terminal 2 baggage claim area. The other performance sites will all be beyond security, in Terminals 1, 4, 5, 7 and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

In December 2016, the Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved funding for the three-year pilot program in partnership with Grand Performances, one of L.A.'s premier presenters of free, outdoor performing arts programs. In addition to showcasing some of L.A.’s finest musical talent, LAX Presents will enliven the airport’s public spaces and deliver distinctive cultural encounters to travelers.

“Grand Performances is excited to continue showcasing our city’s amazing artists through this partnership with LAX," said Grand Performances Executive Director, Mari Riddle. "We hope travelers, Angelenos and visitors alike, have an opportunity to learn about new artists and cultures through this unique program.”

March 6 & 7: Evgeny Tonkha Quartet - Terminal 4

Considered among the most talented Russian cellists, Evgeny Tonkha has performed to international audiences since the age of 10, touring in Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and the USA. Evgeny has lived in Los Angeles since 2013.

April 4 & 5: Mark de Clive-Lowe - Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

Musical maverick Mark de Clive-Lowe seems an impossibility at first sight - juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making all on-the-fly, brought to life with a mind-boggling casual ease.

May 1 & 2: Emily Elbert - Terminal 1

Emily Elbert weaves together a soul-folk blend of introspection and celebration. With a global, D.I.Y. spirit, she has carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine. For her LAX Presents performances Emily will be accompanied by Noriko Terada on percussion.

June 5 & 6: MôForró - Terminal 7

MôForró plays triangle-driven, hip-swiveling dance music in the traditional, rootsy, “pé de serra” style of forró. A music that was born out of the countryside of the dry Northeast, forró is now one of the most popular rhythms to come from Brazil.

July 10 & 11: Bob Baker Marionette Theater - Terminal 4

Bob Baker Marionette Theater outdoor stage
Bob Baker Marionette Theater outdoor stage | Instagram by @bobbakermarionettes

Founded in 1963, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been part of the Los Angeles community - since then, imagination and fantasy continue to thrive in Los Angeles. The theater produces more than 200 performances a year, utilizing over 2,000 handcrafted puppets.

Aug. 7 & 8: Jacaranda - Terminal 5

Jacaranda Music produces a series of classical music adventures designed to awaken curiosity and discovery. Based in Santa Monica since 2003, Jacaranda was immediately hailed by the LA Weekly as “the right music in the right place at the right time.”

Sept. 4 & 5: Oscar Hernández Quintet - TBIT

Three-time Grammy Award winner Oscar Hernández has long been considered one of the most gifted and prominent pianist/ arrangers on the contemporary Latin, Latin-jazz and salsa music scene. Oscar Hernandez is the leader of the world-renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Oct. 2 & 3: Colburn Conservatory of Music - Terminal 2 (Baggage Claim Area Pre-TSA Screening)

These performances will showcase students from the L.A.-based Colburn Conservatory of Music, one of the world's preeminent training grounds for classical musicians.

Nov. 6 & 7: Blue13 Dance Company - TBIT

Blue13 Dance Company is a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles, with a mission to connect diverse audiences through the power of live, aesthetically and culturally daring dance.

For information on the performers, or for media RSVPs to attend any of the performances, contact, as all performances except at Terminal 2 (October) are beyond TSA-screening and security.

*Schedules and locations subject to change.