This month presents several opportunities to see live concerts and classic photos of historic ones.
Adventurous music fans should be aware of the Aratani World Series. This collaboration between Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) and the Foundation for World Arts (World Festival of Sacred Music) offers a lineup of unique concerts between now and June 3 at the JACCC (244 S. San Pedro St., L.A.; www.festivalofsacredmusic.org). On March 11, the series hosts the African Guitar Summit, a quintet of acclaimed musicians featuring Guinean guitarist Alpha YaYa Diallo and bass and balafon player Naby Camara, Ghanaian drummer Kofi Ackah and Malagasy guitarists Donné Roberts and Madagascar Slim.
Other Aratani shows include a night of Myanmar music April 1 with the world-renowned Kyaw Kyaw Naing playing the intricate Pat Waing drums, an Indian dance concert from the Shakti Dance Company April 15, the Mansaku-No-Kai Kyogen Company’s classic Japanese theater performance May 6-7 and “Cambalache,” a unique collaboration between East L.A. and Veracruz artists June 3. Admission is $15-$35, and all shows start at 7 p.m. except the May 7 performance, which starts at 4 p.m.
African music can also be enjoyed at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium (332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena; www.caltech.edu/calendar/public-events). At 8 p.m. March 10, Noura Mint Seymali, who has been called the best female artist in North Africa, plays music of Moorish griot. Admission is $25 adults, $10 children.
The Grammy Museum (800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A.; www.grammymuseum.org), meanwhile, offers a look back at the Summer of Love with its new exhibit “Jim Marshall’s 1967.” Marshall, one of rock’s preeminent photographers, lived in San Francisco during 1967 and captured that landmark year through his camera lens. This exhibit features his photos of such legendary musical acts as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. This show, which runs from March 10-May 17, is a rockin’ way for parents and children to explore that extraordinary time in American cultural history. Admission: $12.95 adults, $10.85 ages 6-17.