2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068
Best known for his 2013 #1 single with Avicii "Wake Me Up," singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc brings his signature soulful artistry to the Ford stage for the first time with an intimate, acoustic concert under the stars. Aloe will perform his own arrangements of songs by Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell and other music icons of the American social movements of the 1960s and '70s. Local Brazilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento and rock chamber ensemble The CoNcEnTr8s will get this one-of-a-kind evening started right.
About Aloe Blacc: Aloe Blacc is an American hip-hop artist, vocalist, songwriter, actor, record producer, businessman and musician. He is best known for his singles "I Need a Dollar," UK No. 1 single "The Man" and for writing and performing vocals on Avicii's "Wake Me Up," which charted at #1 in 22 countries. He is also a founder of the group Artivist Entertainment, an independent entertainment company dedicated to representing artists whose art and music inspire positive change. His most recent projects include a modern reinterpretation of Sammy Davis Jr's 1972 classic "The Candy Man," created in collaboration with Zedd, which is being used
The passionate Cecilia Noël returns with her newest album, Havana Rocks, a Latin-infused collection of American classics recorded in Havana Cuba, with special permission from the US Government, with an all Cuban cast of musicians and singers. Together, Noël and crew combine elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and afro-cuban music to deliver an infectious Latin takes on 80’s classic rock ‘n roll hits. The album includes covers of Devo’s “Whip It,” Gary Numan’s “Cars” and ACDC’s “You Shook Me,” all propelled by deep percussive grooves and Noël’s rich and appealing alto vocals. Says Noël of her style, “I call what I do ‘hardcore salsa’ because nowadays there is a lot of romantic salsa but I’m more of a punk salsa singer.”
Originally from Lima, Perú, Noël was discovered by Stan Getz and moved to New York City, briefly performing as a dancer with Jo Jo’s Dance Factory and Menudo. In 1989, she relocated to Los Angeles and became involved in the local music scene. She formed Cecilia Noël and The Wild Clams, a James Brown meets Pérez Prado type band, which received instant acclaim for their explosive live shows and frequent bookings at the House of Blues and the Playboy Jazz Festival. In 2009 Noël released A Gozár! (Compass Records), an infectious set of playful ‘salsoul’ grooves for which Noël is known and which earned Noël a spot on Putumayo’s critically-acclaimed Latin Party release in 2010. In addition to her band, Noël also performs and records with husband and former Men At Work front man Colin Hay.