January 16, 2013

Getty's Sounds of L.A. Returns with Lively Music Reflecting Los Angeles' Rich Cultural Landscape

2013 line-up includes performances by Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, The Holmes Brothers, and a special evening in collaboration with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts

Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


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The Holmes Brothers

LOS ANGELES—Sounds of L.A., the free weekend concert series at the Getty Center, kicks off its sixteenth season on January 19 with exhilarating music performed by master and emerging artists from around Los Angeles and the globe. This season features ensembles lauded for their energizing and meticulously crafted performances.

Sounds of L.A. has long been a reflection of the cultural diversity found throughout the City of Angels,” explains Laurel Kishi, performing arts manager for the J. Paul Getty Museum. “In doing so, the series continues to celebrate extraordinary resident musicians as well as those from other parts of the globe who have connections to local communities. We’re proud to be able to present these truly world-class events free of charge.”

The season kicks off on January 19 and 20 with local favorites Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, who never fail to delight with their signature mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms, Angolan semba, and Congolese soukous. Lemvo, a Congo-born artist of Angolan ancestry, is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin diaspora which connects back to Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, raising his joyous voice with strength, singing songs that celebrate life, and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries. Ricardo and Makina Loca will help you shake off the winter blues at this high-octane concert featuring new music from their latest release.

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

On February16 and 17, The Holmes Brothers bring their moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country. Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone, brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, perfectly complimenting Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. The band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service.

Sounds of L.A. 2013 closes on
March 2 and 3 with a concert celebrating the richness of California’s folk and traditional arts. In collaboration with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, which just opened a new office in Los Angeles, the performance features some of the finest tradition-bearers the Golden State has to offer.

“Sounds of L.A. continues to surprise and delight, both in terms of the remarkable caliber of artists who grace the Getty’s stage as well as the genuine affection shown to them by our audiences,” said Sabrina Lynn Motley, longtime series curator. “Although each concert is unique, in so many beautiful ways they share an ability to illuminate the region’s fascinating cultural landscape.”


All events are free, unless otherwise noted; reservations required. Limit of four seats per reservation. For tickets and information, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Date: Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Saturday) and 3:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium , Getty Center
Admission: Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit for reservations. Limit of four seats per reservation.

The Holmes Brothers
Date: Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Saturday) and 3:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium , Getty Center
Admission: Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Thursday January 17, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit Limit of four seats per reservation.

Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Saturday) and 3:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium , Getty Center
Admission: Free; reservations required. Reservations available beginning Tuesday February 21, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit Limit of four seats per reservation.

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