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Jul
14
Fri
Summer Yoga 2 @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Registration opens Thursday, June 15 at 10am

Join us for an eight-week yoga class with Joyce Shuman in the Rose Pavilion every Friday from July 14–September 1 from 8:30–10am.  

Yoga at Descanso Gardens is based on Hatha Yoga, which includes stretches, strengthening poses, breathing exercises, and mindful movement. The practice adapts to individual needs. Each class includes a 25-minute fitness walk and 60-minute yoga practice.

This class is open to all levels. Students should bring their own yoga mat and water bottle. Students are invited to bring the following props if they have them: 2 yoga blocks 4”x6”x9”, yoga strap with metal buckle 10’, yoga blanket.

Members only. $136 per participant, advance registration required, registration opens Thursday, June 15 at 10am.


About the instructor:

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Joyce Shuman: Joyce Shuman teaches yoga for all bodies; to support you with mindful breath and movement that benefits your individual yoga practice. Joyce is a RYT 500 @ Certified Yoga Therapist through Loyola Marymount University.  www.joyceshumanyoga.com

MEMBERS ONLY

Cultivate: Wildlife Corridors @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 14 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come see what happens in the garden during extended hours. Take a tour, dance to music amongst the flowers, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink. Grab some friends and enjoy the gardens in a new way.

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required. Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.


Cultivate: Wildlife Corridors

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Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy

  • Guided Tours of Living in a Wildlife Corridor
  • Location: Boddy House
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Cougar Conservancy: Living with Wildlife

  • Presentation on the Main Lawn
  • Time: 5:30–6:30pm
  • Location: Main Lawn
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Leslie Gray Art Walk and Talk

  • Take a walk with artist Leslie Gray to learn more about her “Wild Sighting” installation in the garden
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Flashdance DJs

  • Have a drink in the Rose Garden bar and enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs
  • Time: 4:30–7pm
  • Location: Rose Garden
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Activity: Make-your-own Animal Track

  • Create a paw-some animal track with air dry clay
  • Time: 4:30–7pm

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Image: Mother of Lions © Robert Martinez, courtesy of Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy

 

 

 

Camellia Lounge @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 14 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Meander through the Japanese Garden with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series.

The Camellia Lounge is open from 4:45–6:30pm, Fridays through Sundays from June 2- August 27*.

Entry to the Camellia Lounge is included with admission, no reservations required.

*Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4, 5, 6, and 11.


See the full schedule here:
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Friday–Sunday: June 2–4 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

 

Saturday–Sunday: June 10–11 *No Friday | Tina Lenert- Harp

Tina has provided music both solo and with the California Shakespeare Ensemble shows at Descanso for years, with her harp as a perfect complement to a walk through the gardens. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 16–18 | Rachel Rudich and Kozue Matsumoto– Shakuhachi and Koto

This fusion of traditional, modern, and improvisational music creates an incredibly vibrant and exciting showcase for Japanese culture through music. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 23–25 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: June 30–July 2 | Angelo SalazarGuitar

A native of Peru, Angelo is a leader in Afro Peruvian Music and works in large and small ensembles blending styles from Cuban Latin jazz, boleros, salsa, chachacha, bossa nova, rumba, to flamenca. 

 

Friday–Sunday: July 7–9 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Saturday–Sunday: July 15–16 *No Friday | Kale Stiles- Pedal steel

Born on the big island of Hawaii, Kale grew up immersed in the local native sounds and upon living in LA, has dived deep into Jazz Manouche and modern-retro country scenes while never losing the nostalgic sounds of the Pacific.

 

Friday–Saturday: July 21–22 | Christopher Garcia– Percussion of MesoAmerica and India

A native of East Los Angeles, Christopher is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who entertains and educates with indigenous sounds from around the world.

 

Sunday: July 23 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Friday–Sunday: July 28–30 | Tadaima– Taiko Jazz Ensemble

This unique ensemble comprised of Russel Baba, Gary Fitzgerald, and Leon Abner performs original music influenced by the traditions of jazz improvisation, world cultures, and modern music through a captivating combination of taiko, flute, saxophone, bass, and percussion instruments.

 

Saturday–Sunday: August 12–13 *No Friday |  Abe Lagrimas Jr.- Ukulele

A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) recipient who has released multiple albums and headlined many ukulele festivals, Abe brings his expert sound of this beloved instrument to audiences across the globe. 

 

Friday–Sunday: August 18–20 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from the USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: August 25–27 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

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Jul
15
Sat
Camellia Lounge @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 15 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Meander through the Japanese Garden with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series.

The Camellia Lounge is open from 4:45–6:30pm, Fridays through Sundays from June 2- August 27*.

Entry to the Camellia Lounge is included with admission, no reservations required.

*Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4, 5, 6, and 11.


See the full schedule here:
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Friday–Sunday: June 2–4 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

 

Saturday–Sunday: June 10–11 *No Friday | Tina Lenert- Harp

Tina has provided music both solo and with the California Shakespeare Ensemble shows at Descanso for years, with her harp as a perfect complement to a walk through the gardens. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 16–18 | Rachel Rudich and Kozue Matsumoto– Shakuhachi and Koto

This fusion of traditional, modern, and improvisational music creates an incredibly vibrant and exciting showcase for Japanese culture through music. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 23–25 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: June 30–July 2 | Angelo SalazarGuitar

A native of Peru, Angelo is a leader in Afro Peruvian Music and works in large and small ensembles blending styles from Cuban Latin jazz, boleros, salsa, chachacha, bossa nova, rumba, to flamenca. 

 

Friday–Sunday: July 7–9 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Saturday–Sunday: July 15–16 *No Friday | Kale Stiles- Pedal steel

Born on the big island of Hawaii, Kale grew up immersed in the local native sounds and upon living in LA, has dived deep into Jazz Manouche and modern-retro country scenes while never losing the nostalgic sounds of the Pacific.

 

Friday–Saturday: July 21–22 | Christopher Garcia– Percussion of MesoAmerica and India

A native of East Los Angeles, Christopher is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who entertains and educates with indigenous sounds from around the world.

 

Sunday: July 23 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Friday–Sunday: July 28–30 | Tadaima– Taiko Jazz Ensemble

This unique ensemble comprised of Russel Baba, Gary Fitzgerald, and Leon Abner performs original music influenced by the traditions of jazz improvisation, world cultures, and modern music through a captivating combination of taiko, flute, saxophone, bass, and percussion instruments.

 

Saturday–Sunday: August 12–13 *No Friday |  Abe Lagrimas Jr.- Ukulele

A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) recipient who has released multiple albums and headlined many ukulele festivals, Abe brings his expert sound of this beloved instrument to audiences across the globe. 

 

Friday–Sunday: August 18–20 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from the USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: August 25–27 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

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Jul
16
Sun
Camellia Lounge @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 16 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Meander through the Japanese Garden with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series.

The Camellia Lounge is open from 4:45–6:30pm, Fridays through Sundays from June 2- August 27*.

Entry to the Camellia Lounge is included with admission, no reservations required.

*Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4, 5, 6, and 11.


See the full schedule here:
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Friday–Sunday: June 2–4 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

 

Saturday–Sunday: June 10–11 *No Friday | Tina Lenert- Harp

Tina has provided music both solo and with the California Shakespeare Ensemble shows at Descanso for years, with her harp as a perfect complement to a walk through the gardens. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 16–18 | Rachel Rudich and Kozue Matsumoto– Shakuhachi and Koto

This fusion of traditional, modern, and improvisational music creates an incredibly vibrant and exciting showcase for Japanese culture through music. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 23–25 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: June 30–July 2 | Angelo SalazarGuitar

A native of Peru, Angelo is a leader in Afro Peruvian Music and works in large and small ensembles blending styles from Cuban Latin jazz, boleros, salsa, chachacha, bossa nova, rumba, to flamenca. 

 

Friday–Sunday: July 7–9 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Saturday–Sunday: July 15–16 *No Friday | Kale Stiles- Pedal steel

Born on the big island of Hawaii, Kale grew up immersed in the local native sounds and upon living in LA, has dived deep into Jazz Manouche and modern-retro country scenes while never losing the nostalgic sounds of the Pacific.

 

Friday–Saturday: July 21–22 | Christopher Garcia– Percussion of MesoAmerica and India

A native of East Los Angeles, Christopher is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who entertains and educates with indigenous sounds from around the world.

 

Sunday: July 23 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Friday–Sunday: July 28–30 | Tadaima– Taiko Jazz Ensemble

This unique ensemble comprised of Russel Baba, Gary Fitzgerald, and Leon Abner performs original music influenced by the traditions of jazz improvisation, world cultures, and modern music through a captivating combination of taiko, flute, saxophone, bass, and percussion instruments.

 

Saturday–Sunday: August 12–13 *No Friday |  Abe Lagrimas Jr.- Ukulele

A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) recipient who has released multiple albums and headlined many ukulele festivals, Abe brings his expert sound of this beloved instrument to audiences across the globe. 

 

Friday–Sunday: August 18–20 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from the USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: August 25–27 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

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Jul
20
Thu
Summer Music Series @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Get in the groove this summer! Enjoy our summer line up of world music performances on two stages the third Thursday of the month from June–August. Included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.


Thursday, July 20

4–7pm
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Rose Garden: 4–4:45pm & 5:15–6pm

MusiKaravan bring the energy of a concert hall into the intimacy of a special musical bonding experience. Violinists Etienne Gara and YuEun Kim along with Ryan Baird on double bass have a passion for sharing stories through music and an ability to create magical and intimate musical moments with all audiences. These artists are founding members of DELIRIUM MUSICUM a self-conducted chamber orchestra.
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Amphitheater: 5–5:45pm & 6:15–7pm

Hermanos Herrera is a family group consisting of five brothers and a sister. The group plays various styles of traditional Mexican music including Son Huasteco, Jarocho, and musica Norteña. They perform with an aggressive and energetic style that is both passionate and exhilarating. Capturing various traditional musical styles with remarkable authenticity, Hermanos Herrera are true representatives of Mexico’s rich musical landscape.
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Jul
21
Fri
Camellia Lounge @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 21 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Meander through the Japanese Garden with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series.

The Camellia Lounge is open from 4:45–6:30pm, Fridays through Sundays from June 2- August 27*.

Entry to the Camellia Lounge is included with admission, no reservations required.

*Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4, 5, 6, and 11.


See the full schedule here:
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Friday–Sunday: June 2–4 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

 

Saturday–Sunday: June 10–11 *No Friday | Tina Lenert- Harp

Tina has provided music both solo and with the California Shakespeare Ensemble shows at Descanso for years, with her harp as a perfect complement to a walk through the gardens. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 16–18 | Rachel Rudich and Kozue Matsumoto– Shakuhachi and Koto

This fusion of traditional, modern, and improvisational music creates an incredibly vibrant and exciting showcase for Japanese culture through music. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 23–25 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: June 30–July 2 | Angelo SalazarGuitar

A native of Peru, Angelo is a leader in Afro Peruvian Music and works in large and small ensembles blending styles from Cuban Latin jazz, boleros, salsa, chachacha, bossa nova, rumba, to flamenca. 

 

Friday–Sunday: July 7–9 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Saturday–Sunday: July 15–16 *No Friday | Kale Stiles- Pedal steel

Born on the big island of Hawaii, Kale grew up immersed in the local native sounds and upon living in LA, has dived deep into Jazz Manouche and modern-retro country scenes while never losing the nostalgic sounds of the Pacific.

 

Friday–Saturday: July 21–22 | Christopher Garcia– Percussion of MesoAmerica and India

A native of East Los Angeles, Christopher is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who entertains and educates with indigenous sounds from around the world.

 

Sunday: July 23 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Friday–Sunday: July 28–30 | Tadaima– Taiko Jazz Ensemble

This unique ensemble comprised of Russel Baba, Gary Fitzgerald, and Leon Abner performs original music influenced by the traditions of jazz improvisation, world cultures, and modern music through a captivating combination of taiko, flute, saxophone, bass, and percussion instruments.

 

Saturday–Sunday: August 12–13 *No Friday |  Abe Lagrimas Jr.- Ukulele

A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) recipient who has released multiple albums and headlined many ukulele festivals, Abe brings his expert sound of this beloved instrument to audiences across the globe. 

 

Friday–Sunday: August 18–20 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from the USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: August 25–27 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

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Jul
22
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Get hands-on gardening experience by mulching in the garden and help care for Descanso at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided.

  • All experience levels are welcome.

  • Ages 16 or older.

  • Must be able to lift, bend and stand for long periods of time. Moderate to heavy lifting involved.

  • Bring gardening gloves and water.

  • Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.

  • Limited space available, RSVP required

RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Saturday, July 15, 2023. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.

Horticulture Workshop: Cycads
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Registration opens Thursday, June 15 at 10am

Learn about Descanso’s collection of cycads in the Ancient Forest during their most active time of year. Cycads were one of the first seed bearing plants and predate all the flowering plants that dominate our world today. 

On Saturday, July 22, students will learn how these ancient plants evolved through history and gain an appreciation for the diversity we see today. 

Students are encouraged to bring pens and sketching paper. This class includes use of microscopes and other botany lab-style materials. Class takes place indoors and outdoors.

Meets on July 22. $20 members, $25 non-members. Advance registration required, registration opens Thursday, June 15 at 10am.

 

Camellia Lounge @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 22 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Meander through the Japanese Garden with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series.

The Camellia Lounge is open from 4:45–6:30pm, Fridays through Sundays from June 2- August 27*.

Entry to the Camellia Lounge is included with admission, no reservations required.

*Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4, 5, 6, and 11.


See the full schedule here:
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Friday–Sunday: June 2–4 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

 

Saturday–Sunday: June 10–11 *No Friday | Tina Lenert- Harp

Tina has provided music both solo and with the California Shakespeare Ensemble shows at Descanso for years, with her harp as a perfect complement to a walk through the gardens. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 16–18 | Rachel Rudich and Kozue Matsumoto– Shakuhachi and Koto

This fusion of traditional, modern, and improvisational music creates an incredibly vibrant and exciting showcase for Japanese culture through music. 

 

Friday–Sunday: June 23–25 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: June 30–July 2 | Angelo SalazarGuitar

A native of Peru, Angelo is a leader in Afro Peruvian Music and works in large and small ensembles blending styles from Cuban Latin jazz, boleros, salsa, chachacha, bossa nova, rumba, to flamenca. 

 

Friday–Sunday: July 7–9 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Saturday–Sunday: July 15–16 *No Friday | Kale Stiles- Pedal steel

Born on the big island of Hawaii, Kale grew up immersed in the local native sounds and upon living in LA, has dived deep into Jazz Manouche and modern-retro country scenes while never losing the nostalgic sounds of the Pacific.

 

Friday–Saturday: July 21–22 | Christopher Garcia– Percussion of MesoAmerica and India

A native of East Los Angeles, Christopher is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who entertains and educates with indigenous sounds from around the world.

 

Sunday: July 23 | Marc GaswaySlack Key

A multi-instrumentalist and music director, Marc’s guitar playing infuses slack key tunings with elements of traditional American forms such as ragtime, Piedmont, Delta blues, and indie rock.

 

Friday–Sunday: July 28–30 | Tadaima– Taiko Jazz Ensemble

This unique ensemble comprised of Russel Baba, Gary Fitzgerald, and Leon Abner performs original music influenced by the traditions of jazz improvisation, world cultures, and modern music through a captivating combination of taiko, flute, saxophone, bass, and percussion instruments.

 

Saturday–Sunday: August 12–13 *No Friday |  Abe Lagrimas Jr.- Ukulele

A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) recipient who has released multiple albums and headlined many ukulele festivals, Abe brings his expert sound of this beloved instrument to audiences across the globe. 

 

Friday–Sunday: August 18–20 | Fang Fang Xu- Cello

A doctorate in cello performance from the USC and having performed with Pacific Symphony, USC Thornton Symphony, LA Phil, and LA Chamber Orchestra, Fang Fang’s cello playing is a favorite at Descanso.

 

Friday–Sunday: August 25–27 | Philip Graulty– Guitar

Philip Graulty is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer whose unique approach to the guitar is informed by myriad styles including classical guitar, contemporary jazz, and country blues.

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