The newly renovated John Anson Ford Theatre reopened last night with performances by two LA-based musical groups: Japanese drumming troupe Taiko Project and Chicano rock band Quetzal. It was the first show held at the historic amphitheatre since 2014, when work began on a $66 million overhaul.
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The two musical acts performed on a brand new stage with freshly installed lighting and a new sound barrier to mitigate traffic noise from the nearby Hollywood Freeway. A picnic area and food stand should be complete by the end of the summer, when the theatre will hold a full dedication ceremony.
@taikoproject + Quetzal uplifting our spirits w/that vibrant & healing energy that is so needed this week. thank you for a beautiful night under the stars ✨ @fordtheatres @quetzalmusic @marthafromquetzal @joseramirezart #taikoproject #quetzal #community
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Often overshadowed by its neighbor to the west, the Hollywood Bowl (along with the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park), the Ford has a rich history and a truly impressive design based on the gates of Jerusalem. With its new overhaul nearly complete, the Ford looks ready to regain its reputation as one of LA’s greatest outdoor venues.
The first half of the show focused on @taikoproject and @quetzalmusic coming together and learning each other’s style of music. The second half is all about the fusion of their two distinctly different art forms and creating a new sound that’s uniquely LA. #LAsFreshest .
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