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THE GETTY CENTER'S FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES RETURNS WITH ECLECTIC MUSICAL TOUR OF THE WORLD

SUMMER SESSIONS 2005
Mexico Mixed Saturday, July 9, 2005; 6:00 p.m.
Balkan Beats Saturday, July 16, 2005; 6:00 p.m.
Contemporáneo Sudamericano Saturday, July 23, 2005; 6:00 p.m.

June 16, 2005

LOS ANGELES-It's time for Summer Sessions again! The popular free outdoor concert series returns to the Getty Center with an eclectic musical tour of the world. The series will take place over three Saturday evenings, beginning July 9, 2005, in the Museum Courtyard and the Garden Terrace. This year's lineup offers a melting pot of sounds, from urban-infused Mexican musical traditions to the unpredictable flair of gypsy rock. Among the highlights are a reunion of the popular Latin rock band Aterciopelados, a dramatic performance by virtuosic indie-rockers DeVotchKa, a double bill of multicultural, multi-hyphenated with Los Mocosos and the B-Side Players.

Since its debut in 2002, the Summer Sessions free concert series has grown into one of the most popular events at the Getty Center. Each year, it showcases a wildly diverse lineup of musical talents, many of whom perform an intriguing mix of musical traditions and genres, from soul, hip-hop, blues, and rock to Latin boogaloo, Afro-Peruvian jazz, Mexican cabaret, polka, merengue, electronic beats, Indian rhythms, and even Algerian trance music.

For 2005, Summer Sessions opens on July 9 with "Mexico Mixed," leading with Los Mocosos and the B-Side Players. The hard-driving party music of Los Mocosos, a band from San Francisco’s Mission District, sounds both exotic and somehow familiar, taking Latin-flavored rock and mixing it with reggae, funk, hip-hop, and ska. The B-Side Players, a San Diego group known for their fresh and dynamic performances, combine socially conscious lyrics with an infectious blend of Latin, funk, rock, reggae, and soul. On July 16, Summer Sessions explores "Balkan Beats," with DeVotchKa heading the bill, blending an Eastern European brand of indie-rock infused with a wild gypsy spirit that exudes theatricality. "Contemporáneo Sudamericano" on July 23 reunites Colombian singer Andrea Echeverri with the wildly popular Latin rock band Aterciopelados.

The Summer Sessions also provide a great opportunity to explore the Museum's art galleries, dine indoors or outside, and experience the spectacular hilltop views of L.A. at night. The Getty Center is open until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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2005 SUMMER SESSIONS AT THE GETTY CENTER

Mexico Mixed
Saturday, July 9, 2005; 6:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard & Garden Terrace
Free; no reservations needed
San Francisco band Los Mocosos crosses cultural and musical borders, from low-rider crusin' to Latin love songs, celebrating their roots and American upbringing by mixing funk, soul, and hip hop with the traditions of salsa, cumbia and merengue to epitomize the musical melting pot. Hailing from San Diego, the B-Side Players blend Latin, funk, rock, reggae, and soul into hypnotic grooves. Also appearing is Domingo Siete, with distinctly L.A. expressions of Latin American traditions. Look out for DJ Sloe Poke, who will be spinning a wide variety of Latin music from traditional merengue and cumbias to contemporary reggaetone.

Balkan Beats
Saturday, July 16, 2005; 6:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard & Garden Terrace
Free; no reservations needed
With violin, accordion, sousaphone, theremin, drums, trumpet, piano, upright bass, guitars, and soaring vocals, the four-piece DeVotchKacreates a beguiling mix of Eastern European, South American, and American folk and punk influences unlike anything you've ever heard. Joining them are The Toids, with music influenced by the traditions of Bulgaria, Greece, and the Middle East as well as improv and electronica. Also appearing are Estas and Russ'ia Tonne, whose Abalonee' Gypsy Project blends Western and Eastern classical, modern, and folkloric music, voice, and dance. DJ Eddie Ruscha will spin both traditional and nontraditional gypsy folk music from the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.

Contemporáneo Sudamericano
Saturday, July 23, 2005; 6:00 p.m.
Museum Courtyard & Garden Terrace
Free; no reservations needed
This concert reunites Colombian singer Andrea Echeverri with Aterciopelados, the extraordinarily popular Latin rock band she spent 10 years fronting. They are joined by Argentinian transplants Los Pinguos, whose infectious acoustic sound was born in Buenos Aires but is coming of age in Los Angeles. Also performing are Los Super Elegantes, adopting '60s pop, performance art, and Latin American ballads to create a playful groove. And don't miss the musical stylings of Alex Garcia, also known as DJ Dark Alley, who will be spinning '60s Brazilian pop, sambas, and Tropicalia.

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Mike Winder
Getty Communications Department
310-440-6471
mwinder@getty.edu  

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