Events, KCRW Music Announcement

KCRW Presents 7th Season of Summer Nights

KCRW Presents 7th Season of Summer Nights
Dozens of Free, All-Ages, Outdoor Shows to Take Place Throughout Southern California

Series Begins at Pasadena’s One Colorado
with Sofi Tukker & DJ Gary Calamar (June 4)
and The Palms & DJ Valida (June 11)

Public Radio Station’s Signature Event Series Expands
to Santa Barbara and Orange County

KCRW Continues Partnerships with the Annenberg Foundation, Hammer Museum, Chinatown and Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA (May 17, 2016) – KCRW presents the 7th season of its signature event series, Summer Nights, which brings dozens of free, all-ages, outdoor shows to communities throughout the greater Los Angeles Area and beyond. The series launches on June 4 with a live performance by New York duo Sofi Tukker and a DJ set from Gary Calamar in the courtyard amidst the historic buildings of One Colorado in Old Pasadena.

This year, the public radio station will expand its Summer Nights series to Santa Barbara and Orange County, and will continue partnerships with the Annenberg Foundation, Hammer Museum, Chinatown, and Santa Monica Pier.

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One Colorado:

KCRW’s Summer Nights kicks-off on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 at Old Pasadena’s One Colorado featuring New York duo Sofi Tukker. Their weirdly wonderful pop single “Drinkee” has been a favorite on KCRW’s airwaves for many months and the duo will be on Morning Becomes Eclectic on June 7. Sofi Tukker recently finished their debut EP titled, Soft Animals, having created a truly unique sound blending global instrumentation with modern technology. KCRW DJ Valida opens with a DJ set and closes the night spinning some of her favorite tracks.

On Saturday, June 11th, One Colorado continues with local duo, The Palms. Born and raised in L.A., The Palms bridge the gap between Laurel Canyon folk and West Coast beats to create a modern day “LA sound.” DJ Gary Calamar opens the show, and closes out the night with a DJ set.

One Colorado is a collection of 17 historic buildings housing a curated mix of nationally acclaimed retailers and designers, unique local merchants, inventive restaurants, and a boutique cinema. It’s the retail centerpiece and favorite casual gathering place for the Pasadena community, with public events hosted year-round in its central courtyard.

Saturday, June 4th, 7:30pm
Featuring Sofi Tukker + KCRW DJ Valida

Saturday, June 11th, 7:30pm
Featuring The Palms + KCRW DJ Gary Calamar


Anaheim Packing District and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara:

KCRW’s Summer Nights expands into Orange County and Santa Barbara forging new partnerships with the Anaheim Packing District and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

Anaheim residents and visitors alike are enjoying a new communal gathering place in the heart of Anaheim, complete with refurbished historic structures and the Packing House which hosts over twenty artisan eateries and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The adjacent Farmers Park, an idyllic two-acre park featuring a grassy knoll, redwood boardwalk, community gardens and olive grove, was designed by award-winning landscape architect, Ken Smith and will be the stomping grounds for KCRW’s first Summer Night in Orange County.

Enjoy the beauty of warm summer nights, art, and music with live sets from KCRW DJs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on the beautiful Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace in the heart of Santa Barbara. Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW, feature unique themes inspired by the current exhibitions, after hours museum access, signature cocktails, and interactive art making. Special thanks to The Goodland Hotel, The Outpost, and Telegraph Brewery.

Anaheim Packing District:

Saturday, June 11th, 5:30-10p
Featuring KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole and Karene Daniel

Saturday, September 17th, 5:30-10p
Featuring KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Marion Hodges

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara:
Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW

Thursday, June 2nd, 7-9pm
Featuring KCRW DJ Anne Litt

Thursday, July 7th, 7-9pm
Featuring KCRW DJ Chris Douridas

Thursday, September 1st, 7-9pm
Featuring KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe


Part food event / part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on craft brews and dance in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s DJ’s!

Saturday, June 18th, 8pm
Featuring KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez (8p) & Raul Campos (10p)

Saturday, July 16th, 8pm
Featuring KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole (8p) & Garth Trinidad (10p)

Saturday, August 20th, 8pm
Featuring KCRW DJs Mathieu Schreyer (8p) & Jason Bentley (10p)


Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier:

Now in its 32nd year, KCRW is the official media partner for the Twilight Concert Series at the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Free concerts are scheduled every Thursday, July 7 through September 8 featuring live performances by Mayer Hawthorne, Psychedelic Furs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Save Ferris, and more.

For a full line-up, visit


Annenberg Foundation and Hammer Museum:

KCRW’s collaborations will also continue with the Annenberg Foundation for Sound in Focus, a series of three blockbuster Saturday night concerts held to coincide with the REFUGEE exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century Park, July 9, July 16, and July 23, and with the Hammer Museum for Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A., featuring a diverse array of Los Angeles musicians in the Hammer’s courtyard every Thursday night in July. Talent for both series to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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