*Los Angeles, CA — On Sunday, August 11, 2019, Academy Award-winning actor Don Cheadle will take a step away from his prolific role as an actor and activist to host [UP]Rising: An Afro-Future Her-Story, an incredible night of international jazz at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood.
Two of South Africa’s top women in jazz, Siya Makuzeni, a world-renowned trombonist and vocalist and Thandi Ntuli, a multi-talented keyboardist and singer-songwriter, will perform in commemoration of South Africa’s National Women’s Day.
These powerful, creative women will be flanked on the Ford stage with some of Los Angeles’ own creative treasures, including Georgia Anne Muldrow, who will perform music from an ongoing underground project with Thandi and The Katalyst Collective, a local ensemble comprised of nine of the most talented and fast-rising jazz musicians in Los Angeles.
“South Africa’s National Women’s Day seems a perfect opportunity to cheer… for freedom, for the motherland, for mothers, sisters, daughters and for all women,” said event host Don Cheadle.
As co-founder and vice-chair of THE NONSEMBLE, a Los Angeles-based organization formed to continue the growth and the rich legacy of jazz, America’s indigenous music, Don Cheadle and his partners have organized an event meant to celebrate the next generation of jazz talent.
Tickets are on sale now online and at the Ford Theaters Box Office with limited VIP tickets available. Ticket prices start at $35; reserved seating. Tickets are available at FordTheatres.org or 323-461-3673 (for non-visual media 323-GO-1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please visit FordTheatres.org.
What: [UP]Rising: An Afro-Future Her-Story presented by The Nonsemble and hosted by Don Cheadle and Garth Trinidad
When: Sunday, August 11, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(just off the 101, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass)
Parking: On site, stacked – $12 per vehicle. Carpool and save: three or more people per vehicle save $5 on parking. A FREE shuttle to the Ford services the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The Ford shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 20 minutes. Non-stacked parking is available off-site for only $8, with free shuttle service to the Ford, please check the website for details.
Cost: $30, $40, $50
Tickets: Online: FordTheatres.org
Phone: (323) 461-3673
Box Office: Hours Noon – 5:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, for phone and window sales, and two hours before evening shows for walk-up sales and Will Call.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Siya Makuzeni is a world-renowned trombonist, vocalist and producer, who has also been a creative force with several of her own genre-defying bands. Siya’s music is laced with urban soul, rock and electronic underground influences following a through-line of traditional Xhosa melody and rhythm, with each element soaked in passion.
Thandi Ntuli is a dynamic band leader in her own right. The multi-talented keyboardist and singer-songwriter exploded onto the jazz scene with instant recognition and acclaim with her layered melodies revealing both vulnerability and deep, abiding strength. Her second release helped to reinforce her position as one of South Africa’s contemporary musical powerhouses.
Georgia Anne Muldrow
The Katalyst Collective
ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
National Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on August 9th. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanization, and manage migrant labor during the apartheid era. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on August 9, 1994. (Wikipedia)
ABOUT THE FORD THEATERS
The John Anson Ford Theatres are owned by the County of Los Angeles and operated in partnership with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. Situated in a 32-acre regional park in the Cahuenga Pass, the Ford Theatres complex is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use. This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2019 Season, an eclectic series of music, dance, theatre, film and family events that represent the diversity of the region. Ford programs nurture artists, arts organizations and audiences through initiatives designed to encourage participation in the arts.
The Ford is located off the 101 Hollywood Freeway at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass. Grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. In addition to a variety of food and beverages available on site, patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink (wine and beer are allowed). The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. The Ford Theatres is a smoke-free facility.
Onsite parking at the Ford is limited and stacked. $12 per vehicle, cash only. Carpool and save: three or more people per vehicle pay only $7 for parking for evening shows. A FREE shuttle to the Ford services the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga (excluding Big World Fun and JAM Sessions). The Ford shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 20 minutes. Non-stacked parking is available off-site for only $8, with free shuttle service to the Ford, please check the website for details.
A complete season schedule, onsite dining options, directions, and parking information can be found at FordTheatres.org.
Jason Sugars, The Nonsemble