It's been said before, but it bears repeating: Few cities on the planet offer as many free concerts as our town does during the summer. The bigger events like the 25 years of legendary Thursday nights on Santa Monica Pier, the Skirball Center's carefully curated "Sunset Concerts," and the world-exposing, culture-mixing Grand Performances series downtown get their props, but those programs just scratch the sonic-freebie surface. The Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena and MacArthur Park present sounds five nights a week, Culver City's music fest has been kickin' it for 15 years, and Tuesdays at Hollywood & Highland and Fridays at LACMA keep jazz alive. Want a sampler this week? Try Ghanaian world-reggae rock outfit Rocky Dawuni and the Revelation Project and North African fusionist MC Rai at Grand Performances on Friday, and Malian electro-rootsman Issa Bagayogo at the Skirball next Thursday. This summertime, when the recessionary living may or may not be easy, at least a whole lot of live music won't cost you a cent.
Fri., July 10, noon, 2009