02/13/2023 12:00 AM


For Immediate Release
Feb. 13, 2023

LAX Public Relations 
(424) 646-5430




Upstream (top), Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini (middle), and Gong Gaada (bottom) will appear as part of the 2023 LAX Presents Spring series. 


(Los Angeles) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Rum & Humble are proud to announce the Spring 2023 season of LAX Presents, a cultural performance series staged in locations across domestic and international terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This season's program runs from February through June and kicks-off in the Tom Bradley International Terminal with Upstream, a live Reggae, Soca and Caribbean band.

“Los Angeles is home to many talented artists and we are proud to showcase an array of different musical genres to enhance our passenger experience at the airport,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “It is wonderful to hear the music fill our terminals and to see our guests take a moment to relax and listen before their flight, or to see children dancing along to the beat of these lively performances.”

This is LAWA's sixth season of LAX Presents, and the fourth season presented in collaboration with Rum & Humble, a Los Angeles-based concert production company. The Spring 2023 series presents 10 live performances that will feature an eclectic array of genres, including a musical duo who blend jazz and Brazilian influences, a contemporary electronic band inspired by the traditional music of Indonesia, an opera company dedicated to making opera accessible, and an artist who combines her classical Persian musical style with modern influences.

The series begins with Upstream, led by singer/guitarist Haile Blackman who is originally from The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The band is known for their message of love and positivity through Reggae, Calypso, Soca and Steel Drum music. Upstream will perform in the Tom Bradley International Terminal on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and Wednesday Feb. 15 at noon and 1 p.m. each day.

The performance schedule for LAX Presents Spring 2023, including links to each artist or group's official website or social media page, is below. Media who would like to attend the first performance should RSVP using the information below. Additional advisories will be sent in advance of each performance.


  • Tuesday, Feb. 14 and Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 (Noon and 1 p.m.)
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal, Great Hall, Departures level
  • Media RSVP to by 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 for performances on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and by 3 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 14 for performances on Wednesday Feb. 15, 2023.

Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

  • Wednesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 2, 2023 (Noon and 1 p.m.)
  • Terminal 1, Departures level

Gong Gaada

  • Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, 2023 (Noon and 1 p.m.)
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal, Great Hall, Departures level

Pacific Opera Project

  • Tuesday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 17, 2023 (Noon and 1 p.m.)
  • Terminal 7, Departures level

Mamak Khadem

  • Tuesday, June 20, and June 21, 2023 (Noon and 1 p.m.)
  • Terminal 1, Departures level


The Pacific Opera Project (top) and Mamak Khadem (bottom) will perform at LAX as part of the LAX Presents Spring 2023 performance series.  



All attending media must RSVP with LAX Public Relations staff by emailing All attending media must bring a current, government-issued ID to be escorted through TSA screening. All attending media will be escorted and supervised by Public Relations staff for the duration of their stay within the terminal.

Your email must specify the date and time of your preferred performance. Please arrive 40 minutes prior to event start to allow sufficient time to proceed through security screening and travel to event site.


About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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