Little Tokyo Concert Series
Get your festival fix this summer at the Little Tokyo Concert Series, which showcases gifted up and coming artists that may have slipped under your radar, four Sundays throughout July. This gem of a series is located at the James Irvine Japanese Garden, a truly tranquil urban oasis in the heart of bustling Downtown LA. The natural venue is intimate enough that concertgoers can experience each performance in full view, yet airy enough that everyone can enjoy their personal space with plenty of elbow room. The bubbling creek and lantern-lit pebbled patio make for a truly blissful space to enjoy great summer vibes and even better music. Make sure not to miss what will be a delightfully engaging experience when the series’ first performer, Sheila Govindarajan, shares her therapeutic melodies on July 10th. Sheila is a native Angeleno, and fuses her experiences out west with her deep Indian roots to create truly unique and idyllic multi-lingual folk tunes. Her debut record “Lady of the Lake” is a fan favorite, and was recorded by Lynne Earls, a graduate of Paul McCartney’s LIPA Arts School (she was also awarded honors by Sir Paul himself). The concert’s distinctive location functions as a truly perfect setting to witness Sheila in all her glory.
Come back the following three Sundays for velvety East African soul from Wondem, spiritual improvisations from Dwight Trible’s Alternate Angles, contemporary indie music from Carlos Nino & Friends, and romantic lullabies from The Long Lost. Whether it be indulging in sake and soba, listening to a collage of delectable music, or simply strolling through a soothing garden, it’s safe to say that at the Little Tokyo Concert Series, there’s definitely something for everyone.
Written by Lucy Rogers-Ciaffa
Photographed by JACCC