Vibrant Three-Part Television Series to Feature Live Cultural Performances,
Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Interviews from Los Angeles County's Historic Ford Amphitheatre
Los Angeles- August 30, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, is pleased to present the second season of Live @ the Ford, the successful television series featuring three diverse performances at Los Angeles County's historic Ford Amphitheatre. The new season will air on KCET and be available online spring 2013. Live @ the Ford is a KCET co-production with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in association with CDK Productions.
Reprising its collaboration with the Ford Theatres, KCET will capture three live stage performances in September that include: ¡Viva LA Tradición! A Tribute to Nati Cano y Los Camperos presented by Colibri Entertainment; AlohaFest! Kanikapila! presented by PAE Live!; and VARIEDADES: The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magón presented by Rubén Martínez. Each show will be edited into a one-hour program. Concert footage will be interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, offering viewers a cultural and artistic context to the performances.
Last year marked the first time KCET and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission collaborated to offer viewers a multi-episode series of live cultural performances from the Ford Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre is part of the John Anson Ford Theatres, a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This past June, two of the four shows from last season, "Rhythm & Passion of Korea" and "The Angel City Jazz Festival," were nominated for Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards.
For nearly half a century, KCET has partnered with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to broadcast the annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, a three-hour live show featuring community and professional choirs, music ensembles and dance companies representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of LA County. The Live @ the Ford partnership comes in support of KCET's current initiative to develop local programming that contributes to the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California.
"We are pleased to once again be sharing the excellence and diversity of the groups who perform at the Ford Theatres with a larger Southern California audience through our partnership with KCET," said Adam Davis, Managing Director of the Ford Theatres.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with the Ford Amphitheatre and offer KCET viewers a culturally rich performance arts series for the second year in a row," said Juan Devis, Director of Production & Program Development at KCET. "This successful collaboration is a great example of our ongoing commitment to the arts community in Los Angeles and we look forward to finding new interesting ways to collaborate for visually dynamic initiatives with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in the future."
The public is invited to attend the Live @ the Ford performances; KCET members will receive 20% off adult tickets. To purchase tickets or to watch past performance footage, please visit [ http://www.kcet.org/liveattheford ]www.kcet.org/liveattheford.
The Live @ the Ford series includes the following performances:
¡Viva LA Tradición! A Tribute to Nati Cano y Los Camperos
Presented by: Colibri Entertainment
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Now that mariachi music is heard everywhere, it's hard to imagine a time when it was next to unknown in the U.S. Nati Cano and his Camperos played a major role in its mushrooming popularity. This story is told from his beginning in Mexico through his establishment of L.A.'s La Fonda Restaurant, collaboration with Linda Ronstadt and massively popular touring show Fiesta Navidad. Mariachi Las Colibri, Folklor Pasión Mexicana, Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando and, of course, Los Camperos, portray the life of this charismatic musician.
Presented by: PAE Live!
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Kanikapila is Hawaiian for jam session, a free-flowing, unstructured sudden outburst of dancing and singing just for the fun of it. This kanikapila features Southern California talent from two Pacific island cultures. The indigenous Maori warrior traditions of New Zealand come to life with poi balls, sticks and the ever-popular haka or war chant. Audiences are invited to join along as dancers perform traditional Samoan dances to live music, including the sasa or slap dance. An appearance by Halau Hula Na Meakanu O Laka O Hawaii performing the kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) forms of hula and the Ford debut of the Kalama Brothers - the newest rising stars from Hawaii whose acoustic sound is a blend of rhythm and blues, rock and Hawaiian - round out the evening.
VARIEDADES: The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magón
Presented by: Rubén Martínez
Friday, Sept. 28 at 8:00 p.m.
VARIEDADES: The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magón presents this story as the deep roots of the Occupy movement. The performance is inspired by the Mexican vaudeville shows in 1920 Los Angeles in which Martínez's grandparents were regular performers. The theatrical narrative - Flores Magón's story - is performed by hosts Rubén Martínez and Raquel Gutiérrez, who in turn present the show's interdisciplinary guests - music, theater, visual and spoken word artists.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.
About the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
The Ford Amphitheatre season is a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is produced in partnership with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. The partners for the summer season, chosen through a competitive application process, receive significant production and marketing support, while keeping the lion's share of the box office proceeds.
Tickets for the Ford Amphitheatre 2012 Summer Season are now on sale at www.FordTheatres.org or by calling the Ford box office, 323-461-3673 (GO 1-FORD).
About the Los Angeles County Arts Commission
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to programming the Ford Theatres and producing L.A. County Holiday Celebration, the Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to support the County-wide collaboration for arts education, Arts for All; administers a grants program that funds almost 350 nonprofit arts organizations annually; oversees the County's Civic Art Program for capital projects; funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation; and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com and SpacefinderLA.org, Creative Spaces for Creative People. The Arts Commission also produces a year-round music program that funds more than 120 free concerts and participatory arts events each year in public sites. The 2012-13 President of the Arts Commission is Mattie McFadden-Lawson. For more information please consult the Arts Commission online press kit: http://lacountyarts.org/page/pubnewspress