KCET's Original Performance Arts Series, 'Live @ The Ford' Returns for Season 2 Beginning April 18 at 9 p.m.

Series Showcases Culturally Diverse Performances, Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Artist Interviews at the Historic Ford Theatres

Burbank, Calif. - April 10, 2013 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, a service of KCETLink, is pleased to expand its nearly 50-year collaboration with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, in association with CDK Productions, to air the second season of Live @ the Ford, an upbeat performance series, taped exclusively for KCET at the historic Ford Theatres in Hollywood. The series will premiere on KCET on April 18, 2013 at 9 p.m.

Each episode is a one-hour concert performance interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Special Web exclusives include additional dance and music performances and artist interviews available online at kcet.org/liveattheford.  

The first episode, ¡Viva La Tradición! pays special tribute to the Grammy Award®-winning ensemble Nati Cano and his Camperos, who transformed Mariachi music worldwide. The series will also showcase The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magón, inspired by the Mexican variety shows of 1920 in Los Angeles and written by author Rubén Martínez, featuring musical performances by Chicano luminaries and Grammy Award® winners Quetzal, Marisoul Hernandez and Ceci Bastida. In the final new episode of the series, AlohaFest! Kanikapila! pays tribute to Polynesian dance and culture with special performances by the Kamala Brothers.

The series will also revisit some of last season's lively performances from acclaimed groups such as L.A.'s premier folklorico dance company, Grandeza Mexicana performing Ruta del Norte: Northern Route; Rhythm and Passion of Korea, featuring Haegaum Plus, a fusion musical ensemble that uses traditional Korean instruments in original ways; and The Angel City Jazz Festival, featuring cutting-edge jazz from around the world. 

"We are excited to offer our viewers a second season of this dynamic, culturally-rich series," said Juan Devis, Co-executive Producer of Live @ The Ford and Vice President of Arts and Culture Programming, KCETLink. "Live @ The Ford is a true testament to our commitment to diverse, local arts in Southern California and we're pleased to showcase the wealth of talent in this region."   

"Our mission is to foster the excellence, diversity, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County," said Adam Davis, Managing Director of the Ford Theatres. "We're pleased that through our partnership with KCET, L.A. County residents have easier access to the culturally diverse performing arts that are a part of our summer amphitheatre season."

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 live multi-hour performing arts event featuring dozens of culturally and artistically diverse performance groups from all corners of Los Angeles County. The Live @ the Ford partnership supports KCET's current initiative to develop local programming that contributes to the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. 

Live @ the Ford will air every third Thursday each month at 9 p.m. until September on KCET. Performance airdates are as follows:

April 18, 2013

¡Viva La Tradición! A Tribute to Nati Cano y Los Camperos


May 16, 2013

Variedades: The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magón


June 13, 2013

La Ruta del Norte: Northern Route


July 18, 2013

AlohaFest! Kanikapila!


August 15, 2013

Rhythm & Passion of Korea


Sept. 19, 2013

Angel City Jazz Festival



On-air, online and in the community, KCET, a service of KCETLink, 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 nightly 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.



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. 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; programs the John Anson Ford Theatres and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com and SpacefinderLA.org, Creative Places for Creative People. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. County Holiday Celebration and a year-round music program that funds 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.




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