KCRW Music Announcement

KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley to Host Inaugural EDMbiz Conference

KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley to Host Inaugural EDMbiz Conference

 The event will unite industry leaders and businesses to discuss the growth and impact of Electronic Dance Music

Las Vegas – June 5-7

www.edmbiz.com

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 29, 2012 KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley will serve as host of the inaugural EDMbiz conference at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas June 5-7 prior to the 16th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which takes place the following weekend. In addition to hosting, he will assist with programming and curation for the Insomniac event, which aims to unite industry leaders and pioneers with businesses to focus on moving Electronic Dance Music forward at a time when it is dramatically impacting mainstream culture and commerce.

Confirmed attendees include keynote speaker Perry Farrell, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman, Kaskade, William Morris Head of Music Marc Geiger, Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, Beatport CEO Matt Adell and more.

“As electronic dance music reaches new heights of popularity and influence in 2012, EDMbiz has been conceived as a key forum for business development in the community,” said Bentley. “The EDM lifestyle touches all corners of pop culture today and it is definitely in the interest of this music scene to create a place for music professionals to get inspired, network, and have fun,” said Bentley.

Bentley, who has hosted KCRW’s signature music show Morning Becomes Eclectic since 2008, ushered the electronic movement into LA with his nighttime radio show Metropolis, coupled with his work as a promoter and a globally respected club DJ himself.

His involvement and dedication to the genre has always extended beyond his role as a DJ, both on air and behind the decks, including an instrumental role in the representation of electronic music at the Grammy Awards.

“I’m not sure that any of the early rave pioneers in America expected career paths to be revealed in the haze of laser lights and disco fog, but staying focused on the history and integrity of the music is paramount at this time. Also, creating forums to discuss the challenges that lie ahead, and asking ourselves the difficult questions, will ultimately help protect the promise of the dance music revolution.”

The conference will touch on topics and issues specific to the scene including:  best practices, social media, technology platforms, festivals, direct-to-fan relationships, licensing, branding, sponsorships, and sustaining community, humanity and credibility during a period of massive growth.

Registration for the event is open now.

About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

About Insomniac Events

Insomniac produces innovative concerts and music festivals enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting design, large-scale art installations, interactive circus and theatrical performances, and audience participation.  Fan safety and the quality of our fans’ experience are the company’s top priorities.  Insomniac’s premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival, is one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. Insomniac has produced more than 250 music events for more than 2 million concertgoers in California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.  Founded by Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac has been based in Los Angeles since it started in 1993.

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Contact:
Rachel Reynolds
(310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.com

Media Assets:

Jason Bentley by Brian Lowe

 

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KCRW’s Free Concert Series Summer Nights Is Back

KCRW’s Free Concert Series Summer Nights Is Back!

 The public radio station’s all ages, outdoor

live music series kicks off in June.

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 24, 2012 KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is bringing back its signature free, all ages, outdoor concert series Summer Nights, with live shows across Southern California, starting in June.

As a public radio station devoted to serving the community and LA’s premiere music tastemaker, KCRW is pleased to present a wide range of artists out in the sun and under the stars from June until September.

The series kicks off on Saturday, June 9 at One Colorado in Old Pasadena with an evening set of simple, sublime, melodic pop from Bahamas, the musical pseudonym of former Feist touring guitarist Afie Jurvanen. Next, from the deep woods of North Carolina, 6-piece buzz band Delta Rae will deliver a powerhouse set of gospel, country, folk and rock on June 23.

KCRW has also partnered with a number of distinguished cultural organizations, including the Hammer Museum and the Annenberg Space for Photography.

The Hammer Museum shines a spotlight on emerging and under-recognized LA artists in their upcoming Made in L.A. 2012 biennial exhibition and KCRW DJs will spin sets in the museum’s outdoor courtyard with that theme in mind on Thursdays for seven consecutive weeks starting June 28.

KCRW will present three Saturday nights of live music in the heart of Century City at the Annenberg Space for Photography on July 14, July 21 and August 4 to coincide with the exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present. Raphael Saadiq, Moby, Portugal. The Man, and Band of Skulls are among the featured artists.  (These shows require an RSVP)

Also, KCRW will be making stops at the pier in Santa Monica for 10 Thursday night concerts as part of the Twilight Concert Series, providing the soundtrack to two late night dance parties in the center of Chinatown on August 11 and 25, and heading Downtown for the popular Grand Performances concert series, which will include the North American debut of Nitin Sawhney (with a full band), electronic Middle Eastern sounds from Niyaz and Chilean hip hop artist Ana Tijoux.

All KCRWSummer Nights” events are free and all ages.

See the full lineup of shows as well as additional details online here.

CONTACT:
Rachel Reynolds – KCRW
(310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

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“The Business” Wins Coveted Gracie Award

“THE BUSINESS” RECIEVES COVETED 2012 GRACIE AWARD

KCRW Program Wins Award for “Outstanding Talk Show

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 23, 2012 – KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) radio program The Business has received a 2012 Gracie Award for “Outstanding Talk Show” in the entertainment and information categories among the local, public, online and student winners. The weekly show was recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for its excellence in programming for, by and about women. Winners were recognized at the Annual Gracies Luncheon, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Led by a dynamic female duo, The Business explores “the business of show business” going beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to reveal the inner workings of the entertainment industry. Host Kim Masters, who also serves as Editor-at-Large of the Hollywood Reporter, was awarded Entertainment Journalist of the Year by the LA Press Club in June 2011 for her work on The Business. Darby Maloney, a producer of the show since 2007, has received both a Golden Mike Award and a National Entertainment Journalism Award for work on the program.

“Congratulations to both Host Kim Masters and Producer Darby Maloney on their much-deserved Gracie award,” says Jennifer Ferro, general manager at KCRW. “The Business is an excellent show that looks at this incredibly powerful industry that reaches across the globe.  It’s the one place that goes beyond the box office numbers and celebrities and focuses on what makes Hollywood tick.”

Launched in June 2004, The Business has become a KCRW mainstay. Highly regarded in the entertainment industry, The Business features an analysis of top Hollywood news with John Horn of the Los Angeles Times, in-depth interviews and the occasional feature story. A variety of notable guests have appeared on the show including, Matt Damon, Morgan Spurlock, Werner Herzog, Randy Newman and Jimmy Kimmel to name a few.

The Business airs on KCRW Monday afternoons from 2:30-3:00pm PST. It can also be heard on public radio stations across the country, and worldwide, including WNYC, New York and WDET, Detroit.

For more information on The Business please visit www.kcrw.com/thebusiness.

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CONTACT:

Alyssa King – KCRW

(310) 314-4627

alyssa.king@kcrw.org

MEDIA ASSETS:

 

KCRW Celebrates the Gracie Award for "The Business"

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KCRW Announces Who Shot Rock & Roll Live

KCRW and the Annenberg Space for Photography

Announce
WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL
LIVE

with
Raphael Saadiq, Moby, Band of Skulls, Portugal. The Man
and More

 Free Summer Concert Series
at the Annenberg Space for Photography
July 14, July 21, August 4

RSVP HERE

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 16, 2012 Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is proud to announce a series of free live summer concerts at the Annenberg Space for Photography to accompany the Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present exhibit.

Staged on the outdoor plaza adjacent to the Photography Space, these shows present an opportunity to experience live music in a unique location and enjoy the metropolis, with a vista of architectural delight.  The Photography Space will stay open late on these evenings and feature KCRW DJ sets and more in addition to incredible performances.

SATURDAY, JULY 14

MOBY Live Acoustic Performance + DJ Set with KCRW DJ Jason Bentley

Moby is a perfect choice for the series as he is both a renowned performer and photographer, having released an album with an accompanying book of photographs called “Destroyed” just last year. His work has appeared in galleries across the world and captures his “behind the scenes” view of the world of rock & roll. He will perform a live, acoustic set and spin some records as well.


SATURDAY, JULY 21

T. REX’s “THE SLIDER” 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION featuring PORTUGAL. THE MAN
and
KCRW VS. T. REX SOUNDCLASH Remix EP Release Party with
KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox & Gary Calamar

T. Rex is one of the most influential bands of the early 70’s. Prior to the tragic demise of front man Marc Bolan in 1977, T. Rex released music that has influenced countless other bands, including Portugal. The Man who will be performing live to celebrate the 40th anniversary of T. Rex’s seminal album “The Slider”.

The evening will also serve as a release party for the “KCRW vs T. Rex Soundclash” EP, where five KCRW DJs – including Dan Wilcox and Gary Calamar — remix songs from the band’s catalogue,

First 500 people to arrive at check-in will receive a free copy of the EP, which was produced in conjunction with Spirit Music Group.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

A night of music celebrating
“CHIMES OF FREEDOM: THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN”
featuring RAPHAEL SAADIQ, BAND OF SKULLS with KCRW DJ Anne Litt

Released in honor of Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary, “Chimes of Freedom” celebrates the songs of one of rock’s most revered musicians, Bob Dylan, whose images appear in the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit.  More than 80 artists covered Dylan tracks for this benefit album, including Raphael Saadiq and Band of Skulls.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq puts on an electrifying live show, bringing to life a catalogue of songs full of sexy swagger, timeless grooves, epic melodies, thoughtful reflections and a good dose of soul.

Band of Skulls is a powerhouse UK trio defined by bombastic riffs and an unrelenting garage-blues sound that have earned them bookings at major festivals including Bonnaroo and Coachella.

All performances will begin at 7pm and are free with advanced registration at KCRW.com. Those who sign up are automatically entered to win a deluxe gift bag at the end of the series.
WHAT: KCRW’s Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live
WHERE:   Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, CA 90067

WHEN: July 14 + July 21+ August 4
TIME: 7pm
PARKING:
Self-parking in the underground garage at Century Park is a flat rate of $1 with validation.

RSVP:  No tickets are needed for these events. Concerts are FREE, however RSVP is required. Guests must check-in for credentials upon arrival to gain access to concerts.

RSVP to each show separately here. Those who sign up are automatically entered to win a deluxe gift bag at the end of the series.

About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The venue is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.

WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL EXHIBIT INFORMATION
Open to the public June 23 – October 7 at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, organized  by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator and author Gail Buckland, is the first major museum exhibit on rock and roll to spotlight the creative and collaborative role that photographers played in the history of rock music.

The exhibit includes an original documentary and features 166 prints from photographers such as Amy Arbus, Diane Arbus, Roberta Bayley, Danny Clinch, Ed Colver, Anton Corbijn, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Paul Goude, Bob Gruen, Dennis Hopper, David LaChapelle, Michael Lavine, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Linda McCartney, Ryan McGinley, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Pennie Smith, Storm Thorgerson, Albert Watson and Guy Webster.

CONTACT:
Rachel Reynolds – KCRW
(310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

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KCRW Returns to Pasadena for TWO Free Concerts

 KCRW Returns to Pasadena for TWO Free Concerts

Bahamas + Delta Rae

June 9 and June 23

7:30pm 

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 10, 2012 Tastemaking public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is bringing two of our favorite new bands — Bahamas and Delta Rae — to the One Colorado Courtyard in Old Pasadena to kick off a season of summer concerts. The shows, on Saturday, June 9 and Saturday, June 23, are free and open to the public.

Bahamas is the musical pseudonym of Toronto-based songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who first gained attention as Feist’s touring guitarist. His songs are a laid-back excursion into tropical pop that have earned him both a devoted fan base and a significant amount of critical acclaim. Simple, sublime, and sweetly melancholic, his music will make for a perfect Saturday evening in this outdoor setting on June 9.

From the deep woods of North Carolina, 6-piece buzz band Delta Rae will deliver a powerhouse set of music. Founded by three siblings, the band’s fusion of gospel, country, folk and rock is built around mesmerizing four-part harmonies that made them an instant KCRW favorite.  We’ll hear songs from their forthcoming album “Carry the Fire”, on June 23, just days after the album’s release.

Both shows begin at 7:30pm in the One Colorado Courtyard, amidst 17 historic buildings with numerous bars and restaurants nearby. One Colorado spans one city block in Old Pasadena, between Colorado Boulevard, Union, Delacey and Fair Oaks.

Stay tuned for more info.

About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’ s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com.  KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

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CONTACT:
Rachel Reynolds – KCRW
(310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

MEDIA ASSETS:

Bahamas and Delta Rae

 


Bahamas by Dave Gillespie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Rae

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WHIST RESTAURANT DEBUTS NEW SPRING MENU FOR KCRW DINNER DATE

WHIST RESTAURANT DEBUTS NEW SPRING MENU FOR KCRW DINNER DATE
Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo and KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole Entertain Guests in Sold Out Evening

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 1, 2012 – KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com), in partnership with dineLA, last night joined forces with Whist Restaurant as part of the ongoing KCRW Dinner Date series. Seventy-five diners were made privy to the debut of Whist’s new cuisine concept – a globally-influenced menu sourced from local Santa Monica markets and farms. The new spring menu debuts at the restaurant today. The ongoing, pop-up supperclub melts together KCRW listeners, food lovers, radio talent and master chefs in an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience.

Each Dinner Date crafts a unique dining adventure, showcasing a different KCRW Fringe Benefits restaurant at each event. Last night featured special, live DJ sets by KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole, whose rhythmic beats set the ambient tone early in the evening and closed out the sold-out event. A delicious meal inspired by Whist Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo, prepared with help by Chef de Cuisine and Season 11 Top Chef “Fan Favorite” Chris Crary, took diners on a culinary journey of vivid flavor combinations and inventive pairings.

“Just like we have ‘KCRW Presents’ for music, Dinner Date has become ‘KCRW Presents’ for food,” says Fringe Benefits and Drive Director Laura Shumate. “When you attend a ‘KCRW Presents’ music event you can be sure you’ll like what you hear while enjoying the company of likeminded strangers. Dinner Date is the same only now we’re enjoying delicious food!”

KCRW is pleased to join Executive Chef and Owner Joseph Miller at the highly regarded, Abbott Kinney staple Joe’s for the next installment of KCRW Dinner Date on May 22nd. Tickets to the event are $30 and go on sale within a week, with all proceeds supporting KCRW.

KCRW Dinner Date events are publicized through KCRW social media outlets, including the KCRW website, Facebook and Twitter. For more information on KCRW Dinner Date series, please visit www.kcrw.com/dinnerdate. For pictures from last night’s Dinner Date at Whist, please visit the KCRW Member’s Blog.

 

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CONTACT:
Alyssa King – KCRW
(310) 314-4627
alyssa.king@kcrw.org

 

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