MAR 5 – APR 11, 2020
Power to the People!
The Power to the People! festival celebrates the role artists have played and continue to play in advancing social change, civil rights, and humanitarian causes. Musicians of every genre help us to see the world as it is and imagine the world as it could be. They bring injustices to light and inspire people to act. The artists, musicians, and activists who make up the Power to the People! festival have something to say, and we invite you to join the conversation.
In addition to traditional concerts, the Power to the People! festival includes free and low-cost humanities activities taking place at Walt Disney Concert Hall and venues across the city. Curated in collaboration with Tyree Boyd-Pates, these events feature some of our country’s leading public intellectuals, provocative conceptual artists, and socially engaged educators who aim to inspire your own sense of creativity and community.
Power to the People! is generously supported in part by Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa, GRoW @ Annenberg, the Frank Gehry Fund for Creativity, and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The festival is presented in collaboration with the California African American Museum. Additional presenting partners include American Cinematheque, A Noise Within, and Power California.
THU / MAR 5 – 8PM • CONCERT
Herbie Hancock with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil
A collaboration between both groups to highlight music of inspiration – including Hancock’s tributes to Dr. Angela Davis, “Ostinato (Suite for Angela),” and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.”
This performance is made possible by the Frank Gehry Fund for Creativity.
FRI / MAR 6 – 8PM • CONCERT
Patti Smith and Her Band
The poet laureate of punk rock celebrates the power of humanity at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
SAT / MAR 7 – 8PM • CONCERT
Residente with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil
One of the most highly decorated Latin artists of all time reckons with broken systems and gives voice to social concerns.
TUE / MAR 10 – 8PM • CONCERT
Conrad Tao in Recital
Be knocked out by a 20th-century solo masterpiece.
WED / MAR 11 – 7PM • FREE EVENT
Sweat the Technique
The Politics and Poetics of Hip-Hop
Panel discussion on hip-hop and social activism featuring legendary rapper Rakim.
THU / MAR 12 – 7PM • FREE EVENT
The jazz legend discusses his career and collaborations.
SAT / MAR 14 – 8PM • CONCERT
The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard
The lush, emotional music at the heart of Spike Lee’s classic films comes to life at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
SUN / MAR 15 – 8PM • CONCERT
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Ogresse
The remarkable jazz singer presents her most ambitious project yet.
WED / MAR 18 – 8PM • $5 TICKETS
Dr. Angela Davis
Power to the Imagination: The Role of Art and Creativity in Social Change
The scholar and icon on creativity’s role in social change.