The Ford Wednesday announced its return to live music on July 30 with two weeks of free open-air performances featuring music ranging from pop to classical, and improvisational theater to taiko drumming, it was announced Wednesday.

The historic amphitheater, which recently underwent an $80 million renovation, will offer a diverse array of international and local music and performing arts, featuring partnerships with LA-based arts communities such as the American Cinematheque, Colibrí Entertainment, Long Beach Opera, LXV Enterprises, Mixed Feelings, Boleros De Noche, and Pacific Opera Project.

The re-opening marks the return to live performances at the historic venue after the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic.

The upcoming season, from July 30 through Oct. 31, is the venue’s first under the stewardship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

The 2021 Ford season will feature Patti Smith and Friends on Sept. 3 for an evening of music, poetry and readings, as well as Los Angeles soul-rock band Vintage Trouble on Sept. 16.

Singer-songwriter Father John Misty is set to play two free-of-charge shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Sept. 22 and 23.

As part of Gustavo Dudamel’s Pan-American Music Initiative, which will be presented at multiple venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford over the next five years, the Ford will feature “Pan-American Hoy!” on Oct. 15, a one-day showcase highlighting the music of the Americas.

In partnership with LXV Enterprises, “A Night of `Pinoy’-tainment!” on Aug. 29 brings artists from the Filipino American worlds of music, hip hop and comedy.

Opera performances will include a co-production with Long Beach Opera on Aug. 14 and 15 presenting a double bill featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” and Kate Soper’s “Voices from the Killing Jar,” an evening of stories written a century apart in a production that allows female characters to take control of their own narratives.

In partnership with the American Cinematheque, the Ford will present two family-friendly movie nights the week before Halloween, including “The Muppet Movie” on Oct. 23 and an additional evening to be announced scheduled on Oct. 24.

The Ford’s centennial season, which would have been commemorated in 2020, will be celebrated in 2022.

Tickets to the free concerts will be distributed via invitation to essential workers, fans and community organizations across the county, and through the Ford’s website. To register for a chance to attend, visit the site between now and July 5 to sign up to receive an email about free tickets.

For all others, tickets will go on sale June 15. Further ticketing information is available at the Ford’s website:

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