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Finding Inspiration in the Fierce and Fantastical

This summer, Go As If returns to the Ford Theatres' family concert series entitled "Big World Fun". These shows, for kids ages 4-12 and their families, give LA residents an opportunity to travel the world without leaving the city.

First up, on June 30th, Le Ballet Dembaya will take you on journey to the country of Guinea on the western coast of Africa through their uplifting and energetic percussion and dance. Le Ballet Dembaya's Guinean rhythms and dance will put a smile on your face and will leave you with a feeling of joy the whole day long.

Presented by Go As If, the pre-show art activity - making fashionable bows and bowties using traditional African wax fabric - is inspired by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's concept of AfroBubbleGum. "We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation", says TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu. "Where's the fun? AfroBubbleGum is African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a political agenda." Wanuri urges us to rethink the value of all that is unserious and the need for art that captures the full range of human experiences to tell the stories of Africa.

Big congratulations to Wanuri on the recent premiere of her new film Rafiki at Cannes Film Festival! 

Anna Wise + The Cuntinuity

GRAMMY® Award–winning singer, songwriter and performer Anna Wise did not disappoint as she made her Ford Theatres debut, performing her signature mix of dream-pop and electro-soul. Anna became known for her multiple collaborations with rapper Kendrick Lamar and won a GRAMMY® with Lamar for “These Walls.” Making her own beats and building improvisational soundscapes live, Anna and her all-woman band, "The Cuntinuity," performed music from her debut EPs The Feminine: Act 1 and Act 2, which boldly present the experience of the everyday woman. Special guest Durand Bernarr joined Anna on several songs with ethereal harmonies and dancer, Tess Hewlett, emerged from the canyon with otherworldly movement.

Vocals: Anna Wise  |  Keys: Joy Morales  |  Bass: Taja Cheek  |  Drums: Sarah Galdes  |  Dancer: Tess Hewlett  |  Special guest: Durand Bernarr  |  Opening set by Mndsgn.  |  Preshow performance by Peter Jacobson aka hellacello

Produced by Andrea Miller  |  Production Supervision: Alberto Lopez  |  Production Manager: Arthur Trowbridge  |  Stage Manager: Simon Knowles  |  Cinematographer: Shahrooz Mahmoodi  |  Marketing Intern: Scott Tom  

A special thanks to our partners and sponsors including Ford Theatres, Freehand LA, Modern Woodmen, The Model Behavior, Get Lit and Happy Period.

The Model Behavior

Last year, I commissioned photographer Jaimie Milner to capture portraits of the audience at 2017's Astral Progressions concert featuring the afrofuturistic sounds of jazz trumpeter Josef Leimberg. At some point in the hour before the show, I glanced over and saw a woman SERVING looks in front of Jaimie's camera and it gave me pause. What a treat to meet her and her beautiful family and learn that among many wonderful and creative endeavors, she is the founder of a non-profit called The Model Behavior. 

The Model Behavior is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of powerful and concerned women across the country who are compelled by a deep desire to have a positive impact on the world and their respective communities. They believe the greatest aspiration is the desire to help others and the greatest strength one can have is the gift of service. 

They've put together A Night Out at the Ford to come together under the stars to celebrate community by attending June 10th's concert featuring Grammy-award winning Anna Wise. Each ticket purchased doubles in impact with a generous corporate matching grant that makes it possible to gift free tickets and bus transportation to deserving individuals from our local non-profit partners. 

Heartfelt thanks to Chandra Anderson and all involved! 

Anna Wise. June 10th. Ford Theatres

I fell in love with Anna Wise in 2012 when a friend handed me a self-titled album by Sonnymoon. There were no photos, only artwork and that voice. By the time I hit Track 5 Watersboiled, I was all the way in. Since then, Anna Wise has continued to bloom as an artist with spectacular collaborations, her own solo work and a penchant for depth in her lyrics, sound and themes.

As a staunch supporter of independent artists in the entertainment industry, Anna is hands on with other mediums as well, creating works of video, photo and other various design to accompany her music. Anna also performs alongside her band, Sonnymoon, with whom she has released three albums, Golden Age, Sonnymoon, and The Courage of Present Times. Anna has shared the stage with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kimbra, The Roots and Flying Lotus.

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This year will mark my 3rd time returning to the Ford Theatres to produce a concert and I am THRILLED to feature GRAMMY-award winning Anna Wise. She'll bring her all-woman band from Brooklyn along with an opening set by Los Angeles producer and beatmaker, MNDSGN (Stones Throw Records), and special guests including Durand Bernarr.  Peter Jacobson aka hellacello (Alpha Pup Records) will perform a special set before the show on the Ford's plaza.

Go As If will donate tickets and bus transportation to local LA non-profits as a way to remove obstacles (real and perceived) to high quality art experiences for underserved communities.

A generous matching grant from Modern Woodmen doubles your impact when you give >> bit.ly/GIVEMUSIC.

Pay it forward when you give the gift of music and an unforgettable night to someone deserving.

Shhhh....

From March 28th until April 3rd, click the photo for super special private pre-sale details for this year's show at the historic Ford Theatres in Hollywood and pick from the best seats in the house!