A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Gilberto Gil / Photo courtesy of LA Phil

The godfather of the Tropicália movement, Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil makes his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Tuesday, Oct. 23, with a concert of the danceable, funky, folkloric rhythms from northeastern Brazil known as forró. With more than 50 albums, awards ranging from seven Grammys to the Polar Prize, and a strong social commitment in his lyrics, Gil was a natural choice to be Brazil’s Minister of Culture for five years.

Whether you’re a longtime fan or want to try some new music, Disney Hall is an exceptional venue to hear Gil perform. Culture Spot readers can win a pair of free tickets by emailing editor@culturespotla.com. The winner will be notified immediately.

Before the concert, hear a new interview with Gil this Sunday, Oct. 21. Tune in to the Brazilian Consulate’s long-running cultural radio show, the Brazilian Hour, heard locally on KXLU 88.9FM from 9 to 10 a.m. The Brazilian Hour is a hugely loved and respected export from the Consulate heard around the world and on numerous NPR stations around the country. Learn more at https://www.brazilianhour.org.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. KCRW 89.9FM is the Media Sponsor for the Phil’s Program Series. Disney Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., LA 90012. For more information, call (323) 850-2000 or visit www.laphil.com.