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Exclusive: Levitt Pavilions Announce Summer Lineups

Maria del Pilar performs Aug. 4 at MacArthur Park
Maria del Pilar performs Aug. 4 at MacArthur Park
Kevin Scanlon

In an exclusive to West Coast Sound, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena and MacArthur Park have revealed the lineups to their massive, free summer concert series -- almost 100 shows between the two venues.

This year features everything from Latin alternative to folk, indie and world music. Highlights include former Los Abandoned frontwoman Maria del Pilar (aka Pilar Diaz), noisy garage rocker Hanni El Khatib, cacophonic big band Killsonic, Sara Watkins of contemporary folk trio Nickel Creek and Mexico City-based electronic outfit Mexican Institute of Sound. The full list is below.

Mexican Institute of Sound performs June 17 in Pasadena
Mexican Institute of Sound performs June 17 in Pasadena

JUNE in Pasadena

16 - Dam Funk

17 - BMI Summer Nights presents: Mexican Institute of Sound and Mr. Vallenato

20 - Kids show: Bob Baker Marionettes

21 - Dustbowl Revival

22 - Fishtank Ensemble

23 - Yuna

24 - Barbara Morrison

27 - Kids show: Birdie's Playhouse

28 - The Watson Twins

29 - Locos Por Juana

30 - Fools Gold

JULY in Pasadena

Allah-Las perform July 14 at MacArthur Park
Allah-Las perform July 14 at MacArthur Park
Jennie Warren

1 - Van Hunt

5 - Red Baraat

6 - Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek

7 - Sergent Garcia

8 - Kamasi Washington

11 - Kids show: Kiddle Karoo's Silly Monsters

12 - Allensworth

13 - M.A.K.U. SoundSystem

14 - Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

15 - Dublab presents: Tribe Records 40th Anniversary Celebration with Phil Ranelin and special guests, with DJ set by Carlos Nino

18 - Kids show: Jose-Luis Orozco

19 - Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto

20 - Border Radio

21 - Sola Rosa

22 - USC Jazz Quintet

25 - Kids show: Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band

26 - Wake Up Madagascar

27 - Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

28 - Mariachi Divas

29 - Luisa Maita

JULY in MacArthur Park

5 - Rumbankete

6 - Ethio-Cali

7 - BMI Summer Nights presents: Il Abanico and Enjambre

8 - Kids show: Ballet Folklorico ASOSOL

8 - ON Ensemble

12 - M.A.K.U. SoundSystem

13 - String Theory

14 - Spaceland presents: Allah-Las and Sony and the Sunsets

15 - Pupusa Power Music and Food Festival feat. Grupo Briza

19 - Criolo

20 - Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto

21 - DOIN' IT IN THE PARK: Pick-Up Basketball NYC, a film by Bobbito Garcia & Kevin Couliau, with guest DJ Anthony Valadez of KCRW

22 - Kids show: Kiddle Karoo's Silly Monsters

22 - Sola Rosa

26 - Nosaj Thing

27 - The Expanders

28 - Dublab presents: Arabian Prince, Egyptian Lover, and Javelin, with DJ set by Frosty

29 - Kids show: Cesar Castro and Cambalache

29 - uKanDanZ

August schedule below

Gustavo Galindo performs August 11 at MacArthur Park
Gustavo Galindo performs August 11 at MacArthur Park
Ivan Fernandez

AUGUST in Pasadena

1 - Kids show: Rhythm Child

2 - MELA featuring Aalok Mehta & Colin Johnson

3 - La Chamba

4 - Vaud and the Villains

5 - Ernie Watts Quartet

8 - Kids show: Party Animals Live

9 - Hanni El Khatib

10 - The Decoders

11 - Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars

12 - Tia Fuller

15 - Kids show: Funky Punks

16 - The Dunwells

17 - David Wax Museum

18 - Mark Clive de Lowe

19 - BMI Summer Nights presents: Diego Garcia and David Garza

22 - Kids show: Zak Morgan

23 - Sony Holland

24 - Bei Ru with live band and visuals

25 - Chico Trujillo

26 - FUNK & SOUL CLASSICS with DJ Renato, DJ Frane, and DJ Greg Belson, end of summer celebration

AUGUST in MacArthur Park

2 - Dublab presents: Rainbow Arabia and Puro Instinct, and DJ set by Ale

3 - SMOD

4 - Jubilee presents: Tristen and Maria Del Pilar

5 - Kids show: Bob Baker Marionettes

5 - Aurelio Martinez

9 - Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn

10 - Bomba Estereo

11 - Gustavo Galindo, Sol Pereyra, and Fernanda Ulibarri

12 - Kids show: Funky Punks

16 - Bobby Matos

17 - Quetzal Guerrero

18 - Fools Gold

19 - Youth Talent Night

23 - Viernes 13, La Resistencia, and The Delirians

24 - Masanga Marimba Ensemble

26 - Kids show: Antics Performance

26 - Chico Trujillo

30 - Don Carlos

31 - Buyepongo

September schedule below

SEPTEMBER in MacArthur Park

Killsonic performs September 6 at MacArthur Park
Killsonic performs September 6 at MacArthur Park
Timothy Norris

1 - Vagabond Opera

2 - Kids show: Silk Road

2 - Dehli 2 Dublin

6 - Killsonic

7 - SCORED & JUMP N FUNK present The AfroBeatles feat. Rich Medina, Mark Hines, and special guests

8 - BMI Summer Nights presents: Palenke Soultribe and Monsieur Perine

9 - Interdependence Day Festival, various artists

LevittLA is at MacArthur Park, 2230 West 6th Street at the corner of Park View and 6th. Levitt Pavilion Pasadena is at 85 East Holly Street in Pasadena.

See also:

*Crate-Digging with Dam-Funk ... at Best Buy

*Hanni El Khatib Makes an Album With Dan Auerbach, Gets Drunk

*Pilar Díaz: Let There Be Latin Rock

*Lewis Pesacov: Don't Hate Him Because His Life Is Amazing

*Ska Still Rules in L.A.! Just Ask Viernes 13

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