This lineup of top CalArts grads and guest artists is sure to move body and soul with an up-tempo, rousing revue of American, African and Balkan dance musics. The party starts with The Sogo TakeOver, the inventive Afrobeat orchestra that fuses group improvisation with irresistible dance rhythms—as big as a Mack truck and almost as loud. Following Sogo is the distinctively modern R&B and funk of John Macy & The Heavy Hand, kicking out the heavy grooves in sizzling original songs and revamped classics from Hitsville USA and Stax Records. Last up is the delightful Balkan brass band Orkestar MÉZÉ, whose trademark peasant funk is a mix of American soul and jazz with the musical traditions of Bulgaria and its neighbors.
The concert concludes the third annual CalArts Weekend. Dinner will available for purchase from some of L.A.'s favorite food trucks — including In-N-Out Burger and Kogi Truck.
The Wild Beast Music Pavilion and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355 
This outdoor music series—free to the community—offers afternoon/evening concerts on the lawn, spotlighting several genres within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.
In May 2010, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts officially dedicated its new indoor/outdoor music venue, The Wild Beast and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard. The pavilion opened with a festive evening under the stars that celebrated CalArts' 40th anniversary, and brought more than 500 people from across the Santa Clarita Valley together for dynamic performances by the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble and CalArts Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Building on the momentum created on that magical evening, CalArts has established The Wild Beast Concert Series.
For more information about sponsorship of The Wild Beast Concert Series, please call Claudia Bloom at 661.253.7705 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
This exhilarating musical journey through the seasons also takes listeners around the globe as CalArts musicmakers offer performances that are by turns finely evocative and boldly visceral. The jaunt begins in Baroque-era Italy with a fresh interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi's landmark, The Four Seasons. Next are the Americas, first with Astor Piazzolla's famous tangos from Buenos Aires, then with Malcolm Goldstein's The Seasons, in which the composer layers musical textures onto the natural soundscapes of Vermont. The concert concludes by recalling Paris in 1913, when scandalized audiences rioted at the avant-garde innovations of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Marking the centennial of this epochal work, CalArts' virtuosos reconfigure the orchestral suite for wind quintet, piano and percussion.