June 1, 2018 – Higher! The Psychedelic Soul and Genius of Sly and The Family Stone, 1966 – 1983 – Grand Performances, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music-directs and co-produces Higher! The Psychedelic Soul and Genius of Sly and The Family Stone on Friday, June 1 at Grand Performances. The tribute features a who’s who of talent celebrating the timeless music classics from the expansive mind of Sylvester Stewart.

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Commentary: Thank you to everyone who attended this show on June 1. I appreciate you very much. Sly’s songs are the most intensely beautiful I’ve ever arranged. They play themselves but are not to be underestimated. This is gospel, funk, blues, rock, soul, and folk at its finest. I am grateful.

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December 31, 2017 – Grand Park and The Music Center Present Dexter Story All-Star Band Live @ #NYELA – Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music directs an all-star band for the New Year’s Eve festivities at Grand Park on Sunday, December 31.

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What’s up Los Angeles? Dance your heart out and into 2018 with best friends, sweeties, friendly neighbors, and those cousins from out-of-town at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to dream together and welcome new beginnings with a countdown on City Hall, live musicfood, and photo booths in one big, beautiful, colorful Angeleno experience to remember! #NYELA

When

The event begins at 8pm on December 31, 2017 and ends at 1am on January 1, 2018.

Where

Grand Park + The Music Center:
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

Cost

This is a free event. There’s no cost to attend.

Watch Live!

Can’t make it to N.Y.E.L.A.? Watch the biggest New Years Eve celebration on the West Coast on Facebook Live starting at 8pm on New Years Eve. A six man camera crew 🎥 will be capturing the whole night leading up to the big countdown to 2018.

Watch the live countdown to 2018.

Commentary: I am grateful to Grand Park and The Music Center for allowing me to bring an all-star band to Grand Park for their New Year’s Eve festivities this year.

September 2, 2017 – 6th Annual South LA Power Fest – Martin Luther King, Jr. Park – Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story teams with Rocio Contreras, Tafarai Bayne and Community Coalition staff to co-produce the 6th Annual South LA Power Fest on Saturday, September 2 at Martin Luther King Jr. park.
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Join us for the 6th Annual South LA Power Fest on September 2, 2017. Power Fest is the premier political music festival in South LA that attracts thousands of families in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education.

Come enjoy great music, art installations, good food, health resources, and special activities for kids! You’re not going to want to miss this amazing, FREE event.

This year’s Power Fest will bring South LA communities together to reclaim space, celebrate our successes, and build momentum for upcoming campaigns.

RSVP at our website: http://SouthLAPowerfest.com/

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Ro James
Ill Camille
La Chamba
Rae Khalil
Subsuelo
Changui Majadero
Al Jackson
DJ WORDAMOUPH
SPECIAL GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!

FEATURING INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING starting at 12PM in our Together We Rise LA and Empowerment Tents and our Kids Zone!

RSVP at our website: http://SouthLAPowerfest.com/

Offical Hashtags:
#SouthLAPowerFest
#ReImagineJustice

July 29, 2017 – Mothership Landing: Funk and The Afrofuturist Universe of 1977 – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story co-produces and music directs “Mothership Landing,” a concert celebrating 1977 cosmic funk album releases by Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Sun Ra on Saturday, July 29.


Join us for FREE summer concerts in DTLA!
40 years ago, funk music hit critical mass with the release of groundbreaking Afrofurist-themed albums like Live P-Funk Earth Tour, Funkentelechy and All ‘N All that would ignite dance floors and shape R&B and hip-hop culture forever. Join us to celebrate the cosmic genius of George Clinton, Maurice White, William “Bootsy” Collins, Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison, Sun Ra and more…

More info:
http://grandperformances.org/mothership

Directions:
www.grandperformances.org/directions

Keep up with us on Twitter + Instagram
@grandperfs #grandperformances

April 29, 2017 – Future Fest March, Rally and Festival – Florence & Normandie and 81st & Vermont, South Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story co-produces and co-programs “South LA is The Future / A29 Future Fest” march, rally and community festival on Saturday, April 29. The event commemorates the 1992 Los Angeles uprising after the Rodney King verdicts. Featured performers include Los Rakas, Medusa, Cuicani, Josef Leimberg, Mariachi Arcoiris along with DJs Sloe Poke, Al Jackson and Phatrick. Story is working with Revolve Impact, The California Endowment, Community Coalition and over 30 other community partners.


#SouthLAistheFuture

10am – 5pm

Rally and March: Florence & Normandie

Festival: 81st and Vermont

https://www.facebook.com/events/274831009640853/?active_tab=discussion

July 23, 2016 – Liberty Hill Foundation Presents Our Nation Awakens – Grand Performances, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story music directs, conducts and co-produces Liberty Hill Foundation’s Our Nation Awakens live concert at Grand Performances on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Guest vocalists include Cody Chestnutt, Maya Jupiter, Abraham McDonald, Joey Dosik, Barbara Morrison, Rachel Fannan, Cary Brothers and Jimetta Rose.
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The beating heart of progressive Los Angeles, Liberty Hill is L.A.’s social justice foundation and has been advancing movements for social change through a strategic combination of grants, leadership training and alliance building since 1976.  When Liberty Hill began, it was a daring new foundation that turned philanthropy on its head. Today it is a national leader in social justice. Organizing and advocacy powered by Liberty Hill has changed national policies, launched movements, transformed neighborhoods, and nurtured hundreds of community leaders who respond to the experience of injustice by fighting for their rights. https://www.libertyhill.org/

Grand Performances and the Liberty Hill Foundation share values and priorities for the communities of which we are a part.  The LHF celebrates 40 years of activism in 2016 and GP celebrates 30. To that end, the LHF “Our Nation Awakens” show will feature a stellar repertoire of songs that speak to this awareness.

CONFIRMED BAND:

Bass / Co-MD: Jon Flaugher
Keys: Kenneth Crouch
Guitar: Brett Farkus
Drums: Randy Cooke
Percussion: Alberto Lopez
Tenor Saxophone: Matthew DeMerritt
Trumpet: Matt Rubin
Trombone: Justin Kirk
Background Vocal: Rosalyn Moody
Background Vocal: Rachel Fannan
MD / Conductor / Producer: Dexter Story
Co-Producer: Rocio Wyldeflower Contreras

Liberty Hill Presents Our Nation Awakens
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Location: Grand Performances, DTLA
Showtime: 8pm
Set Length: 2 – 50 minute sets

http://grandperformances.org/

June 20, 2015 – Grand Performances Presents Wattstax Revisited – Grand Performances, California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Co-producing and music-directing Wattstax: Revisited on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Grand Performances.

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WATTSTAX: REVISTED
presented by grand performances

Produced by Dexter StoryJonathan Rudnick and Rocío Wyldeflower Contreras
(producers of Minnie Riperton, People Get Ready, Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron tributes)

Music Director: Dexter Story | Vocalists: Jimetta Rose, Nia Andrews, Kahdja Bonet, Anderson .Paak, N’Dambi, John Bigham, Godfrey at Large, Loren Oden and Chris Pierce | Percussion: Allakoi Peete | Drums: Ronald Bruner | Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens | Guitar: John Bigham | Keys: Brandon Coleman | Hammond B3 Organ: Kenneth Crouch | Tenor Saxophone: Kamasi Washington | Trombone: Elizabeth Lea | Trumpet: Christopher Gray | DJ: Jeremy Sole (KCRW) | Visuals: Steve Nalepa | MC: Jimetta Rose | Music Consultant & Guest of Honor: Mr. Reggie Andrews

Taking place on the 50th Anniversary of the historic South Central protest events which inspired the original festival, WATTSTAX ‘REVISITED’ revives the funk, soul, dancing, and comedic fun of the 1972 concert and 1973 documentary with a signature array of dynamic performers, musicians, striking visuals and very special guests.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 / 8pm / Free

-RSVP on Facebook

Grand Performances / California Plaza
350 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071

grandperformances.org