Events, KCRW Music Announcement

TOKiMONSTA Added to KCRW’s Halloween Party Masquerade

Tickets are Moving Fast for KCRW’s Halloween Fundraiser Masquerade

A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party
benefiting the public radio station 

Saturday, October 25 – 9p to 2a
At the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel

Just added: TOKiMONSTA!!!

FEATURING

DJ Sets by
BONOBO
LES SINS
TOKiMONSTA
CHRIS MALINCHAK
+13 KCRW DJs,
including Music Director Jason Bentley

Live Performances by:

TOM VEK
HOLLIE COOK 

FOOL’S GOLD
NOAH AND THE MEGAFAUNA

+ Harlow Gold’s vintage burlesque revue Blind Tiger
+ Avant-garde circus performers Lucent Dossier
+ The Bella-Donnas
+ Food Trucks
+ Costume Contest

Tickets on Sale Now at
http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

Limited Press Tickets Available for Coverage
 
http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 25, 2014) Los Angeles native TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) has joined the lineup for KCRW’s annual Halloween fundraiser Masquerade. Having previously released records on the influential electronic labels Brainfeeder and Ultra, she recently released her latest mini-album “DESIDERIUM”, via her own Young Art Records and began her North American tour with a sold-out show at the El Rey.

The party returns to The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, October 25 with an array of artists, include 13 KCRW DJs.

They’ll be joined by UK DJ Bonobo, Les Sins, which is the dance music alter-ego of Chaz Bundick (Toro y Moi), and up and coming NYC house star Chris Malinchak.

We’ll host a live performance from one of London’s most enigmatic and exciting musicians, Tom Vek, as well as LA’s own world music mashup Fool’s Gold who have a new album on the way. Hollie Cook will bring her reggae-infused sound to the Haunted Dancehall.

Gypsy jazz collective Noah and the Megafauna will roam the halls as our traveling band.

A spectacular feast for all the sense, there is absolutely no party like it in town. From stilt walkers, aerialists, and burlesque dancers to ghost stories, food trucks, and some of the most creative costumes you’ve ever seen thanks to our imaginative attendees themselves, Masquerade goes far beyond a traditional dance party.

It all takes place at The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel inside five themed rooms and around the property.

Advance tickets  are now available for $100. They include a one-year KCRW membership (with eligibility to win ticket giveaways and a Fringe Benefits card) for non-members. Proceeds for the event support the public radio station’s programming.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event for $125.

Masquerade is 21 and over and all tickets are general admission.

WHAT: Masquerade: A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party for KCRW
WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014
WHERE: The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Downtown LA– 607 South Park View Street
TIME: 9pm to 2am
DETAILS: http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

About KCRW: KCRW-FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio’s flagship station for Southern California. The station serves Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties and the greater Palm Springs area. Check here for our coverage area: http://www.kcrw.com/about/coverage-map

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
KCRW 89.9FM
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org
http://twitter.com/RachelRkcrw
http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW in NYC: Mikky Ekko and Flight Facilities on Oct 1 at Sonos Studio

KCRW at Sonos Studio NYC

The LA public radio station will host an evening with Mikky Ekko and Flight Facilities on October 1

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 23, 2014) Public radio station KCRW has partnered with Sonos on a series of live events in Los Angeles and will host an event featuring Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko and the Aussie production duo Flight Facilities as part of a week-long series of programs at Sonos Studio NYC.

It will take place on Wednesday, October 1 at NeueHouse in the Flatiron District.

There are limited press tickets available (please reply to this email), however it is not open to the public.

The show will be hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley and recorded for future broadcast on Morning Becomes Eclectic and his Saturday night dance showcase Metropolis.

Soulful pop singer Mikky Ekko seems destined for stardom. He first hit the charts when he sang on Rihanna’s 2013 track “Stay” and is forging his own path as a solo artist with his new single “Smile”.

KCRW has been a longtime supporter of Flight Facilities and recently premiered the new single from the band’s highly-anticipated forthcoming full length. They also performed on the station’s SXSW showcase in 2013.

KCRW
last visited the East Coast to host a sold-out show with Cut Copy, in collaboration with NPR Music, celebrating the relaunch of Metropolis.

In Los Angeles, KCRW has hosted performances from everyone from Little Dragon to Pretty Lights at Sonos Studio.  Recent sessions with Jose James and Banks will be airing on Morning Becomes Eclectic on October 3 and October 13, respectively.

Sonos Studio is an acoustically designed gallery that explores the intersection of music, art and technology. During their weeklong stint in NYC (September 30-October 5), they will also feature sound installations, creative workshops, film screenings, engaging discussions, and listening parties.

DETAILS:

WHAT: KCRW at Sonos Studio NYC feat. Mikky Ekko and Flight Facilities
WHEN: Wednesday, October 1
WHERE: NeueHouse (110 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010)
TICKETS/RSVP: The series is invite-only and RSVP is required to attend.
**Press can request review tickets by replying to this email.

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
KCRW 89.9FM
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org
http://twitter.com/RachelRkcrw
http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Names Kevin Systrom to Board of Directors

Co-Founder and CEO of Instagram brings expertise in technology to innovative content distribution platform

KCRW today announced that Kevin Systrom has joined its Board of Directors. Systrom, the co-founder and CEO of Instagram, will join the board effective immediately, bringing the total number of members to 25.

“Kevin is an industry leader and it is our great honor to welcome him to the board,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW General Manager and KCRW Foundation President. “KCRW’s goal is to inspire, inform and engage people no matter where they live and Kevin’s reputation and experience in the digital space is exactly what KCRW is looking for to take us beyond the radio dial. Kevin will help us as we explore new ways to connect with our audience in the rapidly changing media landscape and prepare to build and unveil our new facilities in 2016.”

“I’ve been listening online to KCRW for years, and I’m thrilled to join the Board and have the opportunity to work to further its mission,” said Systrom, 30. “KCRW was built around a community of creative and passionate people, and I’m excited to help them explore new ways to reach more listeners.”

In 2010 Systrom co-founded Instagram, a community of more than 200 million who capture and share the world’s moments. He is responsible for the company’s overall vision and strategy as well as day-to-day operations. Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012, has become the home for visual storytelling for those with a creative passion. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

In addition to Ferro, Systrom joins current KCRW board members Michael Fleming, Stu Bloomberg, Tom Donner, Norris Bishton Jr., Scott Brittingham, Jay Borzi, Shawn Colo, Donald de Brier, Shahram Delijani, Donald Girard, Paul Haas, Matt Kline, Jay Markowitz, Rod Perth, Rob Rader, Deborah S. Ramo, Lee Rierson, Victoria Riskin, Christine M. Robert, Monica Shilling, Tom Wertheimer, Karyn L Williams and Adele Yellin.

ABOUT KCRW 
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at KCRW.com.

To learn more, visit http://www.kcrw.com/about

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KCRW Announces First ALL MUSIC Broadcast Station

KCRW Announces First ALL MUSIC Broadcast Station

Starting today, KCRW’s all-music stream Eclectic24 will broadcast on 106.9FM in Santa Barbara

Total listener hours for Eclectic24 have quadrupled since it launched five years ago. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 15, 2014) Starting today, KCRW’s famed music programming will take center stage in Santa Barbara on 106.9FM, which will air the LA public radio station’s 24-hour music stream, Eclectic24.

This is the station’s first all music terrestrial broadcast.

Launched almost exactly five years ago, KCRW’s online music destination, Eclectic24, has been a huge success, with total listener hours quadrupling in that time.

The popularity of the stream extends worldwide, with steady online listenership in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Mexico, Australia and more. Expanding the stream to a larger audience in the station’s own backyard was a natural evolution.

Curated by former Music Director and current DJ Chris Douridas, Eclectic24 shares an eclectic menu of artists drawn from the playlists of the station’s talented stable of deejays – as well as exclusive live performances recorded in our studio – 24 hours a day. You can view real-time playlists here.

Eclectic24 presents the best music on the planet – from all styles, past and present, including rare demos, unsigned artists, and exclusive live on air performances,” said Douridas.

“It has grown steadily and swiftly and its expansion onto the airwaves in Southern California satisfies a real demand for unique programming with a personal touch, all day, every day.”

KCRW’s on-air offerings can now be heard on a new frequency in Santa Barbara, 88.7FM, with local news programming.

Eclectic24 can be found online here and is also available to HD Radio users.
To best satisfy the growing demand for KCRW’s music programming, the station has actively pursued expansion on multiple platforms and with numerous partners, including a notable presence on services like Spotify and YouTube, as well as app development for mobile and much more.

The station continues to explore every opportunity to reach our fans and new listeners worldwide.

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
KCRW 89.9FM
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org
http://twitter.com/RachelRkcrw
http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

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Talent Announced for Masquerade: A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party Benefiting KCRW

Talent Announced for Masquerade:
A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party
Benefiting KCRW

Saturday, October 25 – 9p to 2a
At the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel

FEATURING

DJ Sets by
BONOBO
LES SINS
CHRIS MALINCHAK
+13 KCRW DJs,
including Music Director Jason Bentley

Live Performances by:

TOM VEK
HOLLIE COOK
FOOL’S GOLD
NOAH AND THE MEGAFAUNA

+ Harlow Gold’s vintage burlesque revue Blind Tiger
+ Avant-garde circus performers Lucent Dossier
+ The Bella-Donnas
+ Food Trucks
+ Costume Contest

Tickets on Sale Now

Limited Press Tickets Available
Photos Available for Preview Coverage
*Please email rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org *

http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 9, 2014) —KCRW’s annual Halloween fundraiser Masquerade returns on Saturday, October 25 and the public radio station is thrilled to announce the talented artists providing the soundtrack for this wildly popular event.

KCRW DJs like Jason Bentley, Valida, and Jeremy Sole spin at some of the biggest venues and most exclusive events in town – from Coachella to underground clubs – and having them all in one place is a truly special experience.

They’re joined by UK DJ Bonobo, Les Sins, which is the dance music alter-ego of Chaz Bundick (Toro y Moi), and up and coming NYC house star Chris Malinchak.

See more on this artists, including exclusive remixes, song debuts and more on the KCRW Music Blog.

We’ll host a live performance from one of London’s most enigmatic and exciting musicians, Tom Vek, as well as LA’s own world music mashup Fool’s Gold, who have a new album on the way. Hollie Cook will bring her reggae-infused sound to the Haunted Dancehall.

Gypsy jazz collective Noah and the Megafauna will roam the halls as our traveling band.

A spectacular feast for all the sense, there is absolutely no party like it in town. From stilt walkers, aerialists, and burlesque dancers to ghost stories, food trucks, and some of the most creative costumes you’ve ever seen thanks to our imaginative attendees themselves, Masquerade goes far beyond a traditional dance party.

It all takes place at The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel inside five themed rooms and around the property.

A members-only pre-sale recently ended and advance tickets are now available for $100.

They include a one-year KCRW membership (with eligibility to win ticket giveaways and a Fringe Benefits card) for non-members. Proceeds for the event support the public radio station’s programming.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event for $125.

Masquerade is 21 and over and all tickets are general admission.

WHAT: Masquerade: A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party for KCRW
WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014
WHERE: The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Downtown LA– 607 South Park View Street
TIME: 9pm to 2am
DETAILS: http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
KCRW 89.9FM
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org
http://twitter.com/RachelRkcrw
http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Strengthens Santa Barbara Area Signal With New Broadcast From 88.7 FM

KCRW Strengthens Santa Barbara Area Signal With New Broadcast From 88.7 FM

KCRW Announces New Board Members,
Santa Barbara Residents Dr. Victoria Riskin and Scott Brittingham

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 8, 2014) — Today, KCRW begins local programming on its new frequency in Santa Barbara at 88.7 FM. The new frequency, which greatly increases KCRW’s signal strength in the region, launched as a simulcast on August 28th.

The launch follows KCRW’s successful bid to acquire KDB from the Santa Barbara Foundation, which was approved by the FCC and finalized in June

Along with the acquisition, KCRW welcomes Dr. Victoria Riskin and Scott Brittingham, both Santa Barbara residents, to the Foundation Board to provide guidance in the visioning of KCRW’s expansion in Santa Barbara.

“Since announcing our interest to increase KCRW’s presence in Santa Barbara, we have been met with the warmest welcome by area listeners, arts and culture institutions, philanthropists, and the business community,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW President and General Manager. “We look forward to working closely with Victoria and Scott, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and other trusted partners, as we expand our coverage of Santa Barbara public affairs, culture and arts.”

Through a partnership with Antioch University, KCRW’s Santa Barbara studio will be located on campus starting Fall 2014, and will provide opportunities for students to gain insight into storytelling and broadcasting through internships.
KCRW has also partnered with The Santa Barbara Independent in the launching of local editions of NPR’s popular morning newsmagazine Morning Edition and afternoon news show All Things Considered.

The on-air schedule will also include over 100 weekly hours of KCRW’s originally produced, award-winning content, ranging from flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic with music director Jason Bentley to news and culture show Press Play with Madeleine Brand, nationally-syndicated To The Point with Warren Olney, and cultural programming on art, film, architecture, food, literature, and politics.  The schedule is available online at www.kcrw.com/schedule.

As a result of KCRW’s acquisition, Santa Barbara listeners will benefit from an increase in programming across the spectrums of news, culture, and a variety of music genres. KCRW broadcasts from 88.7 FM, while KUSC will combined its broadcast (previously at 88.7 FM) with KDB to preserve 93.7 FM as a high quality source for classical music with Santa Barbara-focused programming.  KCRW’s previous Santa Barbara frequency at 106.9 FM will soon broadcast KCRW’s all-music station Eclectic24.

Committed to supporting local cultural institutions, KCRW is building on its already established partnerships with the Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and other organizations. In addition, KCRW has formed a Santa Barbara Advisory Board, including philanthropic, arts and culture, and academic leaders from the community.

KCRW is also expanding its Fringe Benefits program to Santa Barbara, bringing a curated collection of discounts from local businesses to residents, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (15% off specialty ticketed events), Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (two-for-one tickets), Lobero Theatre (20% off tickets), Municipal Winemakers (10% off), American Apparel (15% off), Italian Pottery Outlet (10% off), Santa Barbara Sailing Center (two-for-one tickets), and Santa Barbara Zoo (15% off), among dozens of others.

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
KCRW 89.9FM
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org
http://twitter.com/RachelRkcrw
http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
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Country in the City Comes to a Close with Nikki Lane and Wynonna & The Big Noise

Country in the City Comes to a Close with
Nikki Lane and Wynonna & The Big Noise

Saturday, August 2 at Century Park, Century City

*Free with RSVP*

**REPLY TO THIS EMAIL FOR
EXPRESS PRESS CHECK IN**

SANTA MONICA, CA (August 1, 2014)The final concert in the Country in the City series takes place THIS Saturday, August 2 with one of the biggest names in modern country music, Wynonna Judd.

Performing as Wynonna & The Big Noise, the five-time Grammy winner closes the trio of free, all ages shows brought to you by KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation to celebrate their 25th anniversary and the Annenberg Space for Photography’s “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” exhibit. She’ll follow the show with an appearance at Dodger Stadium singing the national anthem on Sunday.

Opening the show is rising Nashville chanteuse Nikki Lane. Her recent album “All Or Nothin’” was produced by The Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach and has garnered critical acclaim.

In describing her sound, Rolling Stone said…“If Kris Kristofferson and Loretta Lynn had a baby; raised her on Motown, Lesley Gore, and The Clash; then let her join an all-girl hotrod gang at 15 (not that she would have asked permission.)…”

She also performs live on Morning Becomes Eclectic this Thursday, July 31, followed by her television debut on Conan two days after the concert.

Doors open at 5pm with a DJ set from Gary Calamar and live music begins at 7pm. Early arrival is encouraged to ensure entry as the event is free with RSVP.

The shows feature an array of food selections, including eight popular food trucks and local cafes, multiple beer gardens, late night museum hours, a photo booth and even some lessons in lassoing!

Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of music under the stars.

See photos from previous Country in the City shows with Sturgill Simpson and Gregg Allman as well as Jamestown Revival and Shelby Lynne.

Media Contact:
Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

About the Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting photography.  The Space serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors.  The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by both world-renowned and emerging photographers. Annenbergspaceforphotography.org

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Country in the City Continues with Shelby Lynne and Jamestown Revival THIS Saturday

 Country in the City Continues with
Shelby Lynne and Jamestown Revival
Saturday, July 26
at Century Park, Century City

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 23, 2014)Country in the City kicked off this weekend with stellar sets from soon-to-be star Sturgill Simpson and legend Gregg Allman. The series, brought to you by the Annenberg Foundation and KCRW, continues this coming Saturday with two station favorites based here on the West Coast: Shelby Lynne and Jamestown Revival.

Doors open at 5pm with a DJ set from Chris Douridas and live music begins at 7pm. Early arrival is encouraged to ensure entry as the event is free with RSVP.

Born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, Shelby took up residence in Palm Springs some years ago, but has lost none of her Southern charm or the raw and honest songwriting that made her famous.  She’s currently in the studio working on new songs and will take a break from recording to bring her fantastic live show to us, with a full band.

The duo behind Jamestown RevivalJonathan Clay and Zach Chance –grew up together in Texas before landing in LA.  They made their U.S. radio debut on KCRW this year and have been a consistent favorite on our airwaves ever since, thanks to their impeccable harmonies and inspired storytelling.

With a couple major festivals (Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest) and a national headlining tour under their belt, the band returns triumphant and ready to rock Century Park.

These FREE (with RSVP!) all-ages outdoor concerts are inspired by the Annenberg Space for Photography’s newest exhibit, Country: Portraits of an American Sound, which features images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music.

Aside from great music, Country in the City also features an array of food selections, including eight popular food trucks and local cafes, multiple beer gardens, late night museum hours, photo booths and even some lessons in lassoing!

Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy an
evening of music under the stars.

Also, mark your calendars for Saturday, August 2, when Wynonna & The Big Noise and Nikki Lane take the stage.

KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation first united in 2012 for a string of hugely successful summer music events staged in Century Park to accompany the “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 – Presentexhibit.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Annenberg Foundation has planned community events throughout 2014, including Country in the City.

Media Contact:
Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

About the Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting photography.  The Space serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors.  The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by both world-renowned and emerging photographers. Annenbergspaceforphotography.org

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See the Rising Stars of Country in LA — Sturgill Simpson, Nikki Lane, Jamestown Revival

KCRW is Proud to Announce
COUNTRY IN THE CITY

Featuring three of the hottest up and comers in the genre
alongside headliners Gregg Allman, Shelby Lynne and Wynonna & The Big Noise

 Saturdays
July 19 * July 26 * August 2

SANTA MONICA, CA (July 10, 2014) This summer, KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation are bringing country to the city, with a series of three, free concerts at Century Park in Century City.

With headliners that need no introduction, each show is defined by its opening act; three unique artists that represent the most compelling talents emerging from country music at the moment.

The Country in the City series, created in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, seeks to shine a light on new voices in the genre carrying the torch for a true American sound.

The concerts, inspired by the exhibit Country: Portraits of an American Sound, are free with RSVP and all details can be found here.

JULY 19
GREGG ALLMAN
Sturgill Simpson


Sturgill Simpson
specializes in traditional outlaw country music. Often compared to Waylon Jennings for his conversational singing style and genuine approach, and counting his son Shooter among his fans, Sturgill is a rising star and critic’s favorite.

The Washington Post says he’s released the best album of 2014 (“Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”) so far and he’s on Rolling Stone’s list of 25 Must-See Acts in 2014. He will be making his network television debut on The Late Show With David Letterman just days before joins Gregg Allman to kick off the Country in the City series on July 19.

JULY 26
SHELBY LYNNE
Jamestown Revival

LA’s Jamestown Revival made their U.S. radio debut on KCRW this year and have been a consistent favorite on our airwaves ever since. On their debut full length, Texas natives Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance caught our ear with impeccable harmonies. They merge the sounds of the South with classic American, and Western rock, and draw inspiration from artists like Neil Young. With a couple major festivals under their belt (Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest), the band will return to LA triumphant after a national headlining tour.

AUGUST 2
WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE
Nikki Lane

Nashville’s Nikki Lane has a fiery spirit, and an unmistakeable sense of style. She’s feisty and unafraid to assert herself in music or life, fitting in well with the strong women in the country canon who have come before her, from rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson to Loretta Lynn.

Earlier this year, we named Nikki as an artist to watch, before we knew that she was recording her sophomore album with Black Key’s Dan Auerbach on board as producer. It’s a rousing collection of song, presented with a fearless attitude and Southern swagger.

The concerts will take place at Century Park, adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography. The Photography Space will stay open late on these evenings (until 10pm) so that the public may enjoy both the concerts and the exhibit, which features images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music.

There will also be food and refreshments available for purchase from a wide variety of cafes and food trucks that can be enjoyed on the grassy lawn beneath the two shimmering Century Plaza Towers designed by Minoru Yamasaki. There will also be a beer garden for those 21 and over to enjoy.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Annenberg Foundation has planned community events throughout 2014, including Country in the City.

KCRW
and the Annenberg Foundation first united in 2012 for a string of hugely successful summer music events staged in Century Park to accompany the Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 – Present exhibit.

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

About the Annenberg Space for Photography
The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting photography.  The Space serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors.  The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by both world-renowned and emerging photographers. Annenbergspaceforphotography.org

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Events, KCRW Music Announcement

Made in L.A. Music at the Hammer Museum — Thursdays in July!

MADE IN L.A. MUSIC
at the HAMMER MUSEUM
THURSDAYS IN JULY

KCRW partners with the Hammer for four free summer shows starting JULY 10, with live band performances and DJ sets celebrating some of LA’s most enduring club nights, residences and music scenes 

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 26, 2014) — KCRW’s free outdoor concert series Summer Nights is in full swing and July brings the return of Made in L.A. Music at the Hammer Museum, a celebration of the wide array of music created in our city.

This year’s collaboration will focus on some of LA’s most enduring club nights, residences and music scenes, from the House sounds of DEEP (with guests Marques Wyatt and Doc Martin) and the multi-cultural celebration of Afro Funke to local labels Community Records and Innovative Leisure.

These events, which are free and open to the public, are inspired by Made in L.A. 2014, the Hammer’s biennial exhibition featuring emerging and under-recognized LA artists.

Happy hour, with a cash bar, starts at 6:30pm. Music begins at 7:30pm and the museum will have extended hours during the series for guests to enjoy art in the galleries and music in the courtyard.

“I picked four distinct LA music stories to reflect our thriving metropolis and, with the backdrop of the spectacular Hammer Museum courtyard, this will be an unforgettable event series as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights,” said KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley.

Kicking off the series on July 10, one of LA’s most beloved weekend daytime dance parties, the Do-Over, heads to the Hammer with a roster of mystery DJs that are sure to rock the dance floor. KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer will be on the decks to start the evening and station favorite De Lux will do a live set.  (Fun fact: the Do-Over recently traveled to Brazil for a party during the World Cup!)

DJ Liza Richardson kicks off a night with local label Community Music on July 17. The label launched the giant success of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and frontman Alex Ebert will host a night of local artists signed to the label, including a project from actress Jena Malone called The Shoe, crash, and surprise guests.

“It is an honor to present our local Community Music artists with KCRW.  I grew up in LA with KCRW as a daily nutrition.  Their legendary support of local artists has long been a vital conduit to the culture of music in Los Angeles,” said Ebert.

See the full lineup below and find details here.

MADE IN L.A. MUSIC at Hammer Museum
Happy Hour Begins: 6:30PM, Music: 7:30PM

Thursday, July 10
The Do-Over & Innovative Leisure Present
De Lux (Live) + The Do-Over Mystery Guest DJs + KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer

Thursday, July 17
A Night of Community Music: Feat. crash,
The Shoe, My Hawaii & some surprise performances – hosted
by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic
Zeros + KCRW DJ Liza Richardson

Thursday, July 24
Afro Funke’ featuring Rocky Dawuni
+ KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole & Afro Funke’ resident DJ Glenn Red

Thursday, July 31
DEEP featuring:
Marques Wyatt
Doc Martin
+ KCRW DJ Raul Campos

Summer Nights is now in its 5th year and the Hammer Museum has always been an important cultural partner in bringing great music out into the community.

Made in L.A. Music is sponsored by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and IKEA Burbank.

To see the full lineup of free shows, go here.

Location:
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd. (NE corner of Westwood and Wilshire)
Westwood

Parking:
Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early and take advantage of $3 parking under the museum available after 6pm.

Media Contact:
Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

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ABOUT THE HAMMER MUSEUM
The Hammer Museum, a public arts unit of the University of California, Los Angeles, is dedicated to exploring the diversity of artistic expression through the ages. Its collections, exhibitions, and programs span the classic to the cutting-edge in art, architecture, and design, recognizing that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of culture and society. The Hammer presents major single-artist and thematic exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. As a cultural center, the Hammer offers a diverse array of free public programs throughout the year, including lectures, readings, symposia, film screenings, and music performances.

For current program and exhibition information visit www.hammer.ucla.edu or call 310-443-7000.

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