The young woman with glitter on her eyes is performing songs of death and betrayal before a nearly full house at the John Anson Ford Theatre. It's Sunday night, and Mandi Perkins is at the ancient Hollywood venue with her band Of Verona to perform four acoustic songs on the outdoor stage, as part of a full evening of local singer-songwriters and bands. "Nothing left to lose, nowhere else to move," Perkins sings, as a thick forest of trees and brush rise up to the sky on the hillside behind her.
|All this can be yours: The John Anson Ford Theatre|
"It's a beautiful atmosphere," Perkins says of the amphitheater after their set. "It's an awesome experience to get onstage and just sing for pure love and touch people like that."
What brought her band and others to the 1,200-seat space is an annual event called "Koffeehouse Music: An Evening of Independence," which is made possible by a unique summer program to bring local culture to the Ford stage. Just days earlier, singer k.d. lang headlined this same venue for 90 minutes of epic torch and twang, one of the many nationally known acts to pass through the amphitheater each year. But unlike other big stages in the city, the Ford is a major venue with a grass-roots mission. Since 1992, its Summer Partnership Program has opened the Ford to local artists and producers by providing the venue rent-free, plus box office staff, ushers, facility management and more.More »