The eighth episode of Sound/Stage, the LA Phil’s series of concert films, will feature L.A.’s own genre-defying Chicano Batman in their Hollywood Bowl debut on Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m.
The sound of Chicano Batman has never fit into a particular box – the band is often described through their influences, which range from 1960s Brazilian Tropicália and Delfonics-style soul to Afro-Cuban rumbas and the funk-jazz of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters period. Their Sound/Stage performance will include a set of six songs drawing from their new album “Invisible People” that demonstrates their eclectic and expansive range.
Featured on the virtual platform is an online conversation with the band in which they talk about their cross-cultural influences, the beauty of art and how songwriting is a way of creating your own reality. The band also provides a playlist highlighting their favorite Hollywood Bowl performances, further illustrating the eclecticism of their own interests and the Bowl’s programming.
Also featured on the site is a guest essay by Walter Thompson-Hernández accompanied by art created by Thompson-Hernández’ friend Lila Ash, an illustrator for The New Yorker.
All Sound/Stage performances are filmed outdoors at the Hollywood Bowl under strict adherence to public health guidelines, with all performers maintaining social distance.
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