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Line-Up Announced for 2019 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR
2019 KCRW’S WORLD FESTIVAL
AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Groundbreaking Concert Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Santa Monica, CA (February 5, 2019) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced today the line-up for the 2019 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The successful collaboration between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association celebrates its 20th anniversary, and launches Sunday, June 16, at 7PM.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl embodies the eclectic musical spirit of both organizations by featuring artists from a wide array of genres. Hundreds of artists have performed at the iconic venue since the inaugural season including, A.R. Rahman, Adele, Arcade Fire, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Hot Chip, Hugh Masekela, Janelle Monae, Kraftwerk, Lauryn Hill, M83, Massive Attack, Miriam Makeba, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Os Mutantes, Ray LaMontagne, Robyn, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sade, Santigold, Solange, Spoon, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Underworld, Willie Nelson, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma, Yoko Ono, Zero 7 with Sia, Ziggy Marley, and many more. The 20th Anniversary season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl continues this tradition.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl 20th Anniversary Season

Sunday, June 16, at 7PM

CHROMEO
TORO Y MOI
NONAME
IAN ISIAH
Jason Bentley, host

Since making their debut in 2004, Chromeo have turned festivals around the world into gigantic outdoor dance parties. Taking cues from Prince and Daft Punk, the Montreal duo have forged a brand of electro-funk that’s equal parts vintage groove and futurist fantasy. Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear has followed his own omnivorous taste throughout a fascinating career that encompasses collagist sampling, laid-back funk, smooth rock, and existential R&B, all of it set to a club-ready dance beat. Chicago-born rapper and poet Noname, known for her thought-provoking message and freestyle skills, garnered national notoriety from her collaboration with Chance the Rapper, and her star has been rising ever since. She’s released two universally acclaimed records which led Rolling Stone to declare her as “one of the best rappers alive.” Brooklyn-born Ian Isiah (aka Big Shugga) was raised on gospel music, and has infused his heart and soul into a new brand of modern R&B and radio rap. The Blood Orange collaborator is also a key player in NY’s underground DJ club culture and the LGBTQ movement, having found the sweet spot where music meets lifestyle.

Sunday, July 7, at 7PM

REGGAE NIGHT XVIII
DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY
THIRD WORLD
KABAKA PYRAMID
Garth Trinidad, host

Four-time Grammy® winner Damian Marley has established himself as a unique and influential presence in reggae, combining the roots sound of his father’s legendary music with the fast flow and spirit of dancehall and hip-hop. Third World are no strangers to fusion, setting their blend of soul, R&B, rock, and disco to a reggae beat since 1973. Socially conscious Kabaka Pyramid opens with a fiery, beat-based reggae sound built around messages of love, unity, and justice.

Sunday, July 21, at 7PM

NATALIA LAFOURCADE AND GUSTAVO DUDAMEL
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Madeleine Brand, host

A stellar pairing of two passionate artists. New to the Bowl but no stranger to the stage, premier Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade is joined by the dynamic maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and the LA Phil. Expect an evening filled with melodic magic showcasing the beautiful lyricism of Lafourcade’s voice and their shared reverence for music and its vast capacity to change lives.

Sunday, August 4, at 7PM

LORD HURON
SHAKEY GRAVES
YOLA
Anne Litt, host

Framed by the beautiful Hollywood Bowl shell and twinkling skyline, this is a perfect setting for Lord Huron’s distinct vocals and sweepingly intricate noir-pop textures. Shakey Graves has evolved from a campfire storyteller into a songwriter armed with a full band, and the rich instrumentation clouds around his lyrics like Broadway set designs. Yola’s new Dan Auerbach-produced album – her debut – showcases her electrified country and roots music.

Sunday, September 15, at 7PM

CAFÉ TACVBA
Additional artist to be announced
Raul Campos, host

It’s impossible to limit what this Mexico City group does to just one genre. The innovative quartet emerged from the rock en español scene of the ’90s to explore indie rock, electronic music, musique concrète, cumbia, norteña, and more. It all amounts to a thoroughly modern portrait of Mexican music – and an adventurous and viscerally exciting live concert experience that’s Made them a sell-out favorite around the world.

Sunday, September 29, at 7PM

GARY CLARK JR.
MICHAEL KIWANUKA
Aaron Byrd, host

Grammy® Award-winning maverick Gary Clark Jr. channels his signature sound from the crossroads of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and punk. Clark’s new album This Land – his most accomplished to date – is a socially relevant and musically ambitious declaration that’s as unapologetic, undeniable, and unique as he is. It’s an embodiment of an ever-evolving sound that’s made him into a live music powerhouse and artistic force anointed by everyone from President Obama to Prince. A UK native of Ugandan heritage, Michael Kiwanuka was raised in north London and has risen to the top of the British charts with his blend of vintage soul, folk, and stone-cold grooves. With influences including Jimi Hendrix and Bill Withers, Michael will be celebrating the release of a new record, his first since 2016’s critically acclaimed Love & Hate.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2019 summer season will be available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

  • Subscriptions currently on sale.
  • “Five or More” packages will be available March 12, 2019.
  • The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens for single ticket sales May 5, 2019.

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, San Luis Obispo, and Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Announces Line-Up for 2018 Masquerade

 

KCRW ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR

2018 MASQUERADE

Santigold (DJ Set), White Denim, Wajatta, DāM-FunK, Cherry Glazerr, Shannon Shaw, Brothers Griiin,

Lucent Dossier, KCRW DJs, and more!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
The Los Angeles Theatre

Tickets On-Sale Today at kcrw.com/masquerade

Santa Monica, CA (September 12, 2018) – KCRW announced today the line-up for the 2018 Masquerade, L.A.’s iconic Halloween extravaganza, featuring Santigold (DJ Set), White Denim, Wajatta, DāM-FunK, Cherry Glazerr, Shannon Shaw, Brothers Griiin, Lucent Dossier, as well as KCRW DJs Raul Campos, Chris Douridas, Jose Galvan, Marion Hodges, Travis Holcombe, Liza Richardson, Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, and Dan Wilcox, on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., at the historic Los Angeles Theatre. KCRW’s Masquerade, dubbed “legendary” by Time Out, and “the best costume party in town” by Edge is a feast for the senses, a glamorous and gritty mash-up of eccentricity, featuring DJs, bands, special musical guests, performance artists, and much more.

Tickets are on sale now for $89.9. For more details visit: http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

More about the artists:

Santigold:

In the decade since her classic eponymous debut, Santi has revealed herself to be the most eclectic artist of her generation with a broad influence. She has collaborated with Jay Z, Kanye West, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O & Nick Zinner, Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Amadou & Mariam, Q Tip, MIA, Mark Ronson, Pharrell, Julian Casablancas, Lykke Li, Basement Jaxx, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, Asap Rocky, Diplo, Lil Yachty, Devo, and The Lonely Island. Her songs have been sampled by Drake & Lil Wayne and Future among others. She’s written for Gza of Wu-Tang Clan, Lily Allen, and Christina Aguilera. Santi has been handpicked for tours by Bjork, Kanye West, Jay Z, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys. She’s a singular artist beloved by her peers across genres. On July 27th through Downtown Records, Santigold released I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions – a summer-inspired spontaneous mixtape-style project recorded with Mixpak Records producer Dre Skull.

White Denim:

In his 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus wrote that “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.” 15 years later Richard Wayne Penniman wrote “Wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom”, an undeniably powerful vocalization that on any given Wednesday in any given situation, civilized or otherwise, is still fully capable of setting somebody’s stuff aflame. Over ten years and seven long players into their career, White Denim are still in the relentless pursuit of a thread- in other words, a wick. The Austin, Texas band have carefully and continuously studied the greatest records ever made, but they write songs just dumb enough to drink, dance, and fight to. Theirs is a music that aims for the whole body, while equally satisfying the mind. While it has morphed, expanded, and even burst apart, White Denim’s sincere and human drive and ability to spark true exhilaration have been unerring constants of the band’s 10-year existence.

Wajatta:

Wajatta – the new group formed by beat-boxer/comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer John Tejada recently released its debut album, Casual High Technology. Presented as a cosmic collection of funk-infused techno, Casual High Technology is the culmination of decades’ worth of Watts and Tejada’s favorite electronic music shaped to fit a new dance sensibility. Wajatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta), as the name suggests, is a mash-up of the artist’s last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of urban, electronic music. Exploring the intersection between influences and innovation, the two describe Wajatta’s music as “electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop.” Tejada’s deep, melodic production makes the perfect backing for Watt’s wide vocal range and live looping skills.

DāM-FunK:

Damon “Dām-Funk” Riddick grew up in the Los Angeles city/suburb of Pasadena. A ’70s baby, he came of age in the era of the Uncle Jamm’s Army parties, of electro-pharaoh Egyptian Lover, of Prince’s purple reign. His parents nurtured his musical talents as a child and by his teens, he mastered the drums, then the drum machine. A chance encounter led to an apprenticeship under funk songwriter/producer Leon Sylvers III (SOLAR Records) and by the mid-90s G-Funk era in hip-hop, Dām found his musical skills in high demand by rappers such as Mack 10 and MC Eiht. In 2006, Dām-Funk and a few friends launched the popular Funkmosphere party in L.A., bringing the boogie back. It’s around then that Dām drew the attention of Stones Throw. Dām’s partnership with the label has seen the release of his debut Toeachizown (2009) and Invite the Light (2015), as well as an anthology of early productions, Adolescent Funk (2010), to Higher (2013) with Steve Arrington and 7 Days of Funk (2013) with Snoop Dogg.

Cherry Glazerr:

Clem, a 19 year old teen Queen with a headstrong resolve like her hero Patti Smith dreamed up Cherry Glazerr in her LA bedroom. Bolstering Clem’s vision is the loud-in every-way-possible drummer Tabor Allen and the level-headed but bad-ass, multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth who plays synths and notably French Horn (Clem is still scheming on how to incorporate that into Cherry Glazerr’s sound).The band’s newfound self-discipline and motivation has evolved Cherry Glazerr into a wildly complex, hugely guitar heavy, and unapologetically loud machine. When it comes to sweating the major shit, Cherry Glazerr live like they want to see others live. They don’t want to preach certain politics, they’d rather hold court for an open discourse. The subject of equality among the sexes, however, holds a special, unavoidable place for Clem, torchbearer for feminism in its raddest forms.

Shannon Shaw:

Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, released her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville in June, 2018. A nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty In Memphis, Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South to collaborate with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and a congregation of revered old-school session musicians. Evoking the tear-jerking intonations of Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline, Shaw’s mastery of the instrument she was born to use leaves no doubt that she belongs squarely on the throne of whatever she cares to belt out. The record’s lush orchestration seamlessly melds the Nashville Sound with the Motown Sound—both known for crossing a type of roots music over into pop—and provides the wings for Shaw’s naturally anguished, torchy voice to soar. Shaw truly arrives in Nashville sounding like a woman who has learned to embrace who she is and where she came from.

Brothers Griiin:

You may recognize the Brothers Griiin as the fearless drumming duo behind The Flaming Lips, but after the show these international DJ destroyers bring the party to the people. Matt Duckworth (Stardeath and White Dwarfs) and Nicholas Ley (Colourmusic) got the call to join the Flaming Lips in early 2014. The plan was to alternate drumming duties for the Lips in between their other tours at first, but after a few shows with both drummers it was decided that the Lips would only play with the “Brothers.” When you catch the Brothers Griiin live, they have no genre or playlist, they just spin what the party needs, all night long. Mixing funk, hip hop, pop, indie and dance, these gladiators of style and taste keep the drinks full and the dance floor packed.  Go party with them, you’re all invited. ​It will be loud. It will be wild. It will be Griiin.

Lucent Dossier

This world-renowned, pioneering performance collective combines spellbinding performances, interactive service stations, haute couture costumes, and avant-garde concepts to welcome their audience into an other-wordly experience. Lucent Dossier has been recognized as the pioneers of an artistic revolution, with a strong focus on performances of the heart and a completely innovative fashion style that can now be seen woven into the hip cultural landscape that is enchanting the mainstream of America and the world. Prepare for a transformative experience as you’re staggered and spellbound by the cirque stylings of this ancient-futuristic creative revolution, Lucent Dossier Experience.

Editors please note:
KCRW’s Masquerade 2018
Saturday, October 27
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Theatre
615 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA  90014

Tickets currently on sale at kcrw.com/masquerade
Ticket price: $89.9

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, San Luis Obispo, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW Presents the First-Ever Summer Nights’ Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ

KCRW Presents the First-Ever Summer Nights’
Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ

Featuring The Midnight Hour, Jim James, Henry Rollins, and KCRW DJs

This brand-new, three-concert series is free, all-ages, and outdoors, and takes place in the backyard of KCRW’s new home at Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus

Saturdays: August 4, 11, and 18, at 7PM

Santa Monica, CA (July 16, 2018) – KCRW announces today, details for a brand-new Summer Nights series the first-ever Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ, free, outdoors, and all-ages at KCRW’s new home on Santa Monica College’s state-of-the-art CMD Campus. This three-concert series launches with The Midnight Hour – the project from Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) and composer Adrian Younge – performing with an 18-piece band on August 4. On August 11, Jim James will treat everyone to a luscious solo acoustic performance. The series will close with a blistering DJ set by Henry Rollins. KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad, Travis Holcombe, Liza Richardson, Chris Douridas, Dan Wilcox, and Eric J. Lawrence will also be delivering killer DJ sets throughout the series.

Backyard Party @ KCRW also features Good Food’s Evan Kleiman’s favorite food trucks, record collectors and dealers hand-selected by Beats Swap Meet, a bar, and plenty of summer fun.

For more information, please visit: http://www.kcrw.com/summernights

More about the Artists:

When two of hip-hop’s most accomplished composers get together to make an album, you know the results are going to be special. Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) & Adrian Younge began their work together in 2013 on the critically acclaimed album There Is Only Now. Their partnership cemented on the score work for Marvel’s Luke Cage. The duo’s long awaited album as The Midnight Hour is carefully constructed and masterful, and showcases their songwriting ability like never before. The 20-track double album, was recently released June 8, on Linear Labs, and distributed digitally by INgrooves with vinyl distributed by Traffic Entertainment. The lead track and first single “Questions” features CeeLo Green and perfectly captures the album’s underlying roots in hip-hop’s origins.

Flipping through the pages of The Last Whole Earth Catalogue, a resource that was, in 1971, basically the internet before the internet, Jim James stumbled upon a distorted photo of “The Illuminated Man” by Duane Michals. Immediately moved by the photo, he asked for permission to use the image as the album cover of his third solo album Uniform Distortion. The first request to Michals was rejected. In hopes of changing his mind, James wrote a letter to Michals, personally, and was ultimately allowed to use the image. In the letter James wrote “the name of my new record is ‘UNIFORM DISTORTION’ because i feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information…and more and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth…and finding hope in places like the desert where i write this email to you now…finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love.”

In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says The Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk Rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full. Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran.

DETAILS:
Backyard Party @ KCRW HQ
1660 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA  90404

Free, outdoors and all-ages

Saturday, August 4, at 7pm
The Midnight Hour + KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Travis Holcombe

Saturday, August 11, at 7pm
Jim James + KCRW DJs Liza Richardson + Chris Douridas

Saturday, August 18, at 7pm
Henry Rollins + KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox + Eric J. Lawrence

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, San Luis Obispo, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW and The Hammer Museum Announce Line-Up for 2018 Summer Nights

KCRW AND THE HAMMER MUSEUM ANNOUNCE LINE-UP FOR 2018 SUMMER NIGHTS

Featuring Cut Chemist, Kauf, Still Woozy, Sam Evian, Neil Frances, and KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole, Valida, and Anthony Valadez

Free, Outdoors, and All-Ages

Thursdays, July 12, 19 & 26

Los Angeles, CA (May 31, 2018) – KCRW and the Hammer Museum team up once again to present three nights of live music and DJ sets as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights series, Thursdays, July 12, 19, and 26. This year’s series features Cut Chemist, Kauf, Still Woozy, Sam Evian, Neil Frances, and KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole, Valida, and Anthony Valadez. All concerts are free, open to the public, all-ages, and held outdoors in the Hammer’s lively courtyard. The museum’s galleries will be open late so guests can enjoy the Hammer’s acclaimed biennial exhibition Made in L.A. 2018.

The series launches on Thursday, July 12, with a headlining set from producer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Still Woozy. Mixing acoustic sounds with electronic elements, Still Woozy is the solo project of Sven Gamsky who writes, records, and produces from his Oakland, CA, garage. KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole kicks off the evening, followed by a set from the Los Angeles-based electronic duo Neil Frances.

On Thursday, July 19, the series continues with a headlining performance by electronic producer Kauf, whose dance music is informed by a songwriter structure and propelled by disco rhythms. Kauf’s debut album Regrowth was released last October. KCRW DJ Valida opens the evening, followed by a live set from Sam Evian, the solo project of New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer, Sam Owens.

The series closes on Thursday, July 26, with trailblazing DJ/producer Cut Chemist. A founding member of both Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, Cut Chemist recently released his long-awaited second full-length solo album Die Cut. KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez launches the evening.

Happy hour with food trucks and cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7:30 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9:00 p.m. so guests can take in Made in L.A. 2018, a major exhibition that takes over the entire museum, showcasing artists from the greater Los Angeles area. Through drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, performance, video photography, and installations – many newly commissioned for Made in L.A. 2018 – these 33 artists exemplify the diverse and creative landscape of Los Angeles today.

For more information, click here.

Details:  

KCRW and the Hammer Museum present Summer Nights at the Hammer Museum, three free nights of live concerts featuring emerging artists and powerhouse DJs. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9:00 p.m. so guests can enjoy the Hammer’s summer exhibition, Made in L.A 2018.

Happy hour at 6:30 p.m., Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 12
Still Woozy + Neil Frances + KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole

Thursday, July 19
Kauf + Sam Evian + KCRW DJ Valida

Thursday, July 26
Cut Chemist + KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

LOCATION
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Event parking is available at 11020 Kinross Ave (UCLA Parking Lot 36)  with a flat rate of $5 payable by credit card or cell phone through the Park Mobile App. Enter Lot 36 from Kinross Avenue between Gayley and Veteran Avenues. The Hammer Museum is located one block east.

It’s also easy to reach the Hammer by public transportation. The 20/720 buses and Santa Monica and Culver City Bus Lines all stop within one block of the museum. You can also take the Metro Expo Line to Westwood/Rancho Park and transfer to the northbound 8 bus, which stops just outside the museum.

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs, driven by the spirit of LA and delivered 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, San Luis Obispo, and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
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About the Hammer Museum:
The Hammer Museum at UCLA offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public.

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KCRW Presents the 9th Season of Summer Nights

KCRW Presents the 9th Season of Summer Nights
Free, All-Ages, Outdoor Shows Featuring the Best Emerging Bands and KCRW’s stellar DJs

Summer Nights Begin at One Colorado Old Pasadena with
Pinky Pinky + KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox (Saturday, June 2)
shey baba + KCRW DJ Chris Douridas (Saturday, June 16)

First-Ever KCRW HQ Summer Nights Launches
at the Station’s New Building Saturday, August 4

KCRW Continues Partnerships with the Hammer Museum, Chinatown, California African American Museum, Metro Arts at Union Station, and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

kcrw.com/summernights

Santa Monica, CA (May 15, 2018) – KCRW presents the 9th season of its signature event series, Summer Nights, featuring free, all-ages, outdoor shows throughout the summer to communities in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, featuring the best emerging artists and KCRW’s stellar DJs.

KCRW’s 2018 Summer Nights officially launch on June 2 with a live performance from proto-prog 3-piece Pinky Pinky, and a DJ set from KCRW’s Dan Wilcox. The concert takes place in the courtyard amidst the historic buildings of One Colorado Old Pasadena.

New to 2018 is the first-ever KCRW HQ Summer Nights series taking place at KCRW’s brand-new home on Santa Monica College’s state-of-the-art CMD Campus. Three nights of exceptional music, delicious drink and food, dancing, and a chance to check out KCRW’s new digs, will take place on three Saturdays – August 4, August 11, and August 18. Talent to be announced.

KCRW’s partnerships with organizations across SoCal continue with the second season of concerts at the California African American Museum and Metro Arts Presents at Union Station. KCRW will also continue longstanding partnerships with the Hammer Museum, Chinatown and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara.

For more information, please visit: kcrw.com/summernights

One Colorado Old Pasadena

KCRW’s Summer Nights kick-off on Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m., at One Colorado Old Pasadena featuring a live performance from Pinky Pinky – a 3-piece proto-prog-inspired L.A. trio featuring teenagers Isabelle Fields (17, guitar), Eva Chambers (17, bass), and Anastasia Sanchez (19, vocals/drums). The band preach nothing but good, clean, fun – with a nod to the greats of yesteryear, and a commitment toward the future. KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox opens and closes the evening.

On Saturday, June 16, One Colorado continues with shey baba. The Los Angeles-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, spent two years in relative isolation patiently making what would become his stunning debut album, Requiem. With an incredible body of work now complete, shey baba is ready to share something very special. KCRW DJ Chris Douridas opens and closes the evening.

One Colorado Old Pasadena 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 2, 7:30 p.m.
Pinky Pinky + KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

Saturday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
shey baba + KCRW DJ Chris Douridas

California African American Museum

KCRW returns to the California African American Museum (CAAM) for a very special show featuring KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Garth Trinidad, on Saturday, July 14, at 6:00 p.m. This back-by-popular demand CAAM edition of Summer Nights offers food trucks, a beer garden, and after-hours museum access to all of their summer exhibitions including the acclaimed How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles.

The California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the West. In addition to presenting a dynamic slate of exhibitions and public programs, CAAM houses a permanent collection of more than four thousand works of art, artifacts, and historical documents, and a publicly accessible research library containing more than twenty thousand volumes. Admission is always free.

Saturday, July 14, 6:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd + Garth Trinidad

Metro Arts Presents at Union Station

KCRW expands its partnership with Metro Art Presents, this year for three Summer Nights, at the historic Union Station in Downtown L.A. Dancing, games, food and drink will flow at one of the city’s most iconic landmarks offering a chance to explore the architectural treasure. While you’re there, you can check out one of the many artworks at the station, including one that sings to you called “A-Train.” If you whisper certain words into a spot in the wall the artwork will sing songs by the likes of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, and The Beatles. Learn about this and other artworks at the station, on a free tour offered by Metro Art, at metro.net/art.


Friday, July 27, 5:30 p.m.
KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + Jason Bentley

Friday, August 3, 5:30 p.m.
KCRW DJs Anne Litt + Dan Wilcox

Friday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Anthony Valadez

Chinatown

Part summer party, part food festival, Chinatown Summer Nights offer an exciting hot spot for Angelenos. Dance in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs, sip on craft brews; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; shop small business merchants and a craft and vintage market; taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and L.A.’s gourmet food trucks; watch local chefs perform cooking demonstrations and take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activity workshops!

Saturday, June 30, 8:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Liza Richardson + Garth Trinidad

Saturday, July 28, 8:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Mathieu Schreyer + Anthony Valadez

Saturday, August 25, 8:00 p.m.
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Jason Bentley

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Savor warm summer nights with art, cocktails, and live music from KCRW DJs at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, on the beautiful Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace. Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW feature unique themes inspired by current exhibitions from Barry McGee and Andy Coolquitt, after-hours museum access, signature cocktails, and interactive art-making. The events take place on the first Thursdays in July, August, and September as part of Downtown Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursdays.

Thursday, July 5, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd

Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW DJ Marion Hodges

Thursday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.
KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe

Hammer Museum

KCRW also continues its longstanding collaboration with the Hammer Museum featuring a diverse array of musicians in their idyllic courtyard, as well as late-night gallery hours, on Thursday, July 12, July 19, and July 26. Talent to be announced shortly.

CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF 2018 KCRW’s SUMMER NIGHTS SERIES:
All concerts are free and all-ages

GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA:

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
One Colorado Old Pasadena
Pinky Pinky + KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

Saturday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
One Colorado Old Pasadena
shey baba + KCRW DJ Chris Douridas

Saturday, June 30, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Liza Richardson + Garth Trinidad

Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Hammer Museum
Talent TBA

Saturday, July 14, 6:00 p.m.
California African American Museum
KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd + Garth Trinidad

Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m.
Hammer Museum
Talent TBA

Thursday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.
Hammer Museum
Talent TBA

Friday, July 27, 5:30 p.m.
Metro Arts Presents at Union Station
KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe + Jason Bentley

Saturday, July 28, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Mathieu Schreyer + Anthony Valadez

Saturday, August 4, time TBA
KCRW HQ @ Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus
Talent TBA

Friday, August 3, 5:30 p.m.
Metro Arts Presents at Union Station
KCRW DJs Anne Litt + Dan Wilcox

Saturday, August 11, time TBA
KCRW HQ @ Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus
Talent TBA

Friday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.
Metro Arts Presents at Union Station
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Anthony Valadez

Saturday, August 18, time TBA
KCRW HQ @ Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus
Talent TBA

Saturday, August 25, 8:00 p.m.
Chinatown
KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Jason Bentley

SANTA BARBARA:

Thursday, July 5, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd

Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
KCRW DJ Marion Hodges

Thursday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe

For all media inquiries, please contact:
Laura Cohen, LC Media, lcmediapr@gmail.com

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, San Luis Obispo, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW 2018 SXSW Showcases

Tuesday, March 13
Cut Chemist, Now Now, Nilüfer Yanya, Jade Bird,
Jordan Rakei and Hovvdy
Elysium
705 Red River Street
8:00 pm – 2:00 am

Wednesday, March 14
Marlon Williams, Sudan Archives, and Wye Oak
Radio Day Stage
Ballroom D, 4th floor, Austin Convention Center
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For those of you heading to SXSW, be sure to check out KCRW’s two official showcases – Tuesday, March 13, at Elysium, and Wednesday, March 14, at the Radio Day Stage. Both showcases are open to anyone with a festival badge or wristband (no RSVP required).

The night showcase at Elysium perfectly reflects the eclectic nature of KCRW’s programming, and features trailblazing DJ/producer Cut Chemist, the return of indie rock duo Now Now, the gorgeous and complex voice of Nilüfer Yanya, country music’s emerging songstress Jade Bird, the soulful, jazzy, and hip-hop driven sound of Jordan Rakei, and the rhythmic down-tempo, yet hopeful pop songs of Hovvdy.

KCRW’s Radio Day Stage features three artists in differing stages of their careers: venerable indie-rock duo, Wye Oak, are readying the release of their biggest and boldest album to date; Stones Throw artist Sudan Archives debuts tracks from her forthcoming album; and Marlon Williams returns to Austin behind his excellent sophomore release.

During the festival, tune in to Morning Becomes Eclectic as KCRW’s on-site crew – Jason Bentley, Anne Litt and José Galván – share their favorite musical discoveries and interviews from the scene. In addition, Litt will bring the spirit of SXSW onto the airwaves for both of her weekend shows (noon – 3pm).

The KCRW Music Blog will have preview coverage of bands to keep an eye on, as well as photos, videos and more throughout the fest. Stay up to the minute on Instagram @kcrw for more exclusive SXSW content.  For more information, please visit: kcrw.com/sxsw

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Line-up Announced for 2018 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles, CA (February 21, 2018) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced today the initial line-up for the 2018 KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The successful collaboration between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association continues, starting Sunday, June 17.

KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl:

Sunday, June 17, at 7 PM
FLYING LOTUS
LITTLE DRAGON
Additional artist TBA
Flying Lotus, GRAMMY®-nominated music producer and mastermind of the exploding L.A. beat scene, will take the Bowl on a 3D space-age voyage. GRAMMY®-nominated Swedish electro-pop group Little Dragon turn on a dime from funk and R&B to soul and ‘80s inspired jams.

Sunday, June 24, at 7 PM
FATHER JOHN MISTY
GILLIAN WELCH
Additional artist TBA
Father John Misty sings with the richness and command of a classic balladeer, but his sophisticated folk sound finds him devilishly examining the modern world, love, and himself, including cuts from the GRAMMY®-winning album Pure Comedy. Gillian Welch and her longtime musical partner David Rawlings, pillars of the modern acoustic music world, will perform an intimate set.

Sunday, July 1, at 7 PM
REGGAE NIGHT XVII
BERES HAMMOND
ALPHA BLONDY
PROTOJE
Master of lover’s rock Beres Hammond, the “African Bob Marley,” Alpha Blondy, and fresh roots lyricist Protoje, converge on the Bowl for the Hollywood Bowl’s 17th annual reggae festival.

Sunday, August 5, at 7 PM
BON IVER & TU DANCE
In the West Coast premiere of this unprecedented collaboration, Bon Iver and the electrifying contemporary dance company TU Dance come together with choreography by Uri Sands and new music by Justin Vernon. Bon Iver’s “rustic chamber pop with an experimental edge” (Pitchfork) and “hyper-modern balladeering” (The Guardian) has garnered GRAMMY® Awards and significant international acclaim, and Saint Paul, Minnesota’s nine-member TU Dance navigates complex themes of social change, drawing together modern dance and classical ballet with African-based and urban vernacular movements.

Sunday, September 16, at 7 PM
Artist to be announced

Sunday, September 23, at 7 PM
GRIZZLY BEAR
TV ON THE RADIO
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH
The beloved Brooklyn – now L.A. based – band, Grizzly Bear, return with their textural, paradoxically intimate anthems and a praised fifth album, Painted Ruins. TV on the Radio returns with new music for a high-powered set of rhythmically charging, soulfully spangled art rock. Smith’s ethereal electronic compositions open.

Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2018 summer season will be available online at HollywoodBowl.com or via phone at 323.850.2000 on the following dates:

  • New subscriptions on sale today.
  • Single tickets on sale Wednesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. for Reggae Night XVII (July 24).
  • Single tickets on sale Friday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m., for Flying Lotus / Little Dragon (June 17) and Father John Misty / Gillian Welch (June 24).
  • “Five or More” packages will be available on Tuesday, March 20.
  • The Hollywood Bowl box office opens for single ticket sales on Sunday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m.

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, San Luis Obispo, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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The Black Madonna and Moon Boots on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic features The Black Madonna and Moon Boots in advance of their appearances at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball

KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, will feature an interview with The Black Madonna on Tuesday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m., and a live on-air performance from Moon Boots on Friday, October 27, at 11:15 a.m., in advance of their appearances at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 28.

Dubbed LA’s best Halloween dance party, KCRW’s Masquerade Ball returns to the stunningly beautiful MacArthur (formerly the Park Plaza). The event is truly a feast for the senses featuring world-renowned DJs, performance artists, high-flying luchadores and other-worldly creatures, as well as a bevy of buzzy food trucks like Border Grill, LocoL, Peaches BBQ, Mandoline and more. The night’s musical line-up also includes Matthew Dear, Tensnake, Gemini Rising, Yolanda Be Cool and KCRW DJs. Performers include Lucent Dossier, Lucha VaVOOM, Les Petites BonBons, and Axon Orchestra. More information and tickets at http://www.kcrw.com/masquerade

The Black Madonna
Tuesday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m.
The Black Madonna (aka Marea Stamper) is a dance music veteran who built her career in Chicago’s renowned house music scene. She is now one of the most in demand DJs in the world and she and Jason Bentley will discuss her incredible career trajectory, her current residency on Metropolis, as well as her appearance at KCRW’s Masquerade Ball.

Moon Boots
Friday, October 27, at 11:15 a.m.
Moon Boots has developed a cult following for his super catchy, disco-infused dance music. The Brooklyn-born artist (birth name: Pete Dougherty) is part of the beloved Anjunadeep crew. He stops by the KCRW studio for a special live performance

Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 AM – Noon) featuring new releases from emerging and established artists, underappreciated gems, live performances and interviews.

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, San Luis Obispo, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW’s Masquerade Ball Is Back From the Dead

KCRW’S MASQUERADE BALL, L.A.’s ICONIC HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY, IS BACK FROM THE DEAD

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
The MacArthur
(formerly known as The Park Plaza)

Pre-sale, discounted tickets for KCRW Members On-Sale Today at
http://masquerade.kcrw.com/

Public On-Sale Thursday, September 7

KCRW’s Masquerade Ball, L.A.’s iconic Halloween dance party is back from the dead! The event returns after a three-year hiatus on Saturday, October 28, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., to the newly-renovated MacArthur (formerly known as The Park Plaza). Dubbed “one of the biggest and best Halloween bashes in town,” by LA Weekly, KCRW’s Masquerade Ball is a feast for the senses, a glamorous and gritty mash-up of eccentricity.

The event spans five ballrooms featuring KCRW DJs, special musical guests, performance artists, dancers and much more. Talent to be announced in the coming weeks.

Discounted pre-sale tickets for KCRW members are on-sale today, Tuesday, August 22nd. Not a member? Become one and instantly get a discount code.  

For more details visit: http://masquerade.kcrw.com/

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, San Luis Obispo, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation Announce Sound in Focus

KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation Announce

SOUND IN FOCUS
FREE, Outdoor, All-ages Summer Concerts
At the Annenberg Space for Photography

SATURDAY, JULY 15
MIGUEL
Gabriel Garzón-Montano
DJ Stretch Armstrong
Hosted by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez

SATURDAY, JULY 22
PAUL OAKENFOLD
Mondo Cozmo
Lo Moon
DJ sets by KCRW’s Jason Bentley

SATURDAY, JULY 29
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
Natalia Lafourcade
DJ sets by KCRW’s José Galván

Santa Monica, CA (June 13, 2017) — KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 SOUND IN FOCUS series — three, free, all-ages concerts held at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City.

The series kicks-off on Saturday, July 15 with a headlining performance from Grammy-winning R&B artist Miguel, an opening set by Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano, and DJ sets by Stretch Armstrong. The evening will be hosted by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez. The series continues on Saturday, July 22 with a headlining performance from the legendary Paul Oakenfold, opening sets by East L.A.-based troubadour Mondo Cozmo and L.A.’s Lo Moon, and DJ sets by KCRW’s Jason Bentley. The series concludes on Saturday, July 29 with the guitar-slinging duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, seven-time Latin Grammy winner Natalia Lafourcade, and DJ sets by KCRW’s José Galván.

“We are proud to partner with the Annenberg Foundation to build an exciting summer music series. My creative direction for the series is to represent a broad spectrum of tastes, reflecting the interests of the LA community at large,” said KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley. “Each concert has a different story and musical identity, yet the series as a whole resonates as a unified and thoughtful program.”

“Now in its fifth year, our partnership with KCRW has given the Foundation an incredible opportunity to celebrate art and music with the community at the Annenberg Space for Photography,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “We’re thrilled to share this stunning lineup with Los Angeles and look forward to three unforgettable nights of inspired creative expression.”

Admission to the SOUND IN FOCUS series is free; however, RSVP is required for entry but does not guarantee admission which will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered guests must collect wristbands upon arrival at check-in to gain access to the concerts. Advance registration is available at KCRW.com/soundinfocus and is required for every show.

There will also be refreshments available for purchase from a wide variety of cafés and food trucks, and beer gardens for those 21 and over.

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The 2017 SOUND IN FOCUS series launches on Saturday, July 15 with Miguel who first hit the mainstream in 2010 with the infectious single “All I Want Is You,” from the debut album of the same name. The song, which blended a stark hip-hop beat with Miguel’s creamy vocals to form a sound that was absent from the radio, established Miguel as one of the most unique and soulful voices in modern R&B. The album also featured “‘Sure Thing,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Miguel then released the critically-acclaimed, four-time Grammy-nominated, sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream. The album featured his third US #1 hit single “Adorn,” and garnered him his first Grammy win for “Best R&B Song.” “Adorn” resided at #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks, becoming the longest running #1 single in the history of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Miguel’s critically acclaimed third studio album Wildheart claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Wildheart garnered Miguel two more Grammy nominations and topped a number of 2015 year-end lists including the #1 spot on Time’s Top 10 Best Albums, The New York Times’ Best Albums of 2015, Entertainment Weekly’s 40 Best Albums of 2015, and SPIN Magazine’s Top 50 Best Albums of 2015. New music from Miguel’s highly anticipated fourth studio album is coming soon.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano, dubbed “one of the most promising artists of 2017” by NPR delivers the evening’s opening live set. The Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released his critically lauded debut album Jardín via Stones Throw Records. His track “6 8” was sampled by Drake on “Jungle” from If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. Garzón-Montano has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan – including supporting Lenny Kravitz on his 2014 European tour.

NYC native Adrian Bartos p/k/a Stretch Armstrong is an internationally recognized DJ and cultural pioneer with an incomparable career. The 1990s hip-hop legend created and programmed the “Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show” on WKCR 89.9, which The Source magazine later named “The Greatest Hip-Hop Radio Show of All Time.” Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to Jay Z, Biggie, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Eminem, and dozens of other seminal figures in hip-hop. Starting in the Summer of 2017 Stretch and Bobbito will bring their decades of experience as cultural influencers and tastemakers to the “Stretch & Bob”  NPR podcast series, shifting gears from their hip-hop radio format to instead engage cultural movers and shakers in art, music, politics, comedy, and sports.

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez hosts the evening.

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The SOUND IN FOCUS series continues on Saturday, July 22 with one of the true legends of electronic music Paul Oakenfold. 2017 marks the 30-year anniversary of Oakenfold’s famed trip to the white island of Ibiza. What followed that storied week was the birth of the dance and festival culture we know today and the emergence of one of the greatest DJs of our time.

Join Paul Oakenfold in his truest form, on two turntables and two CDJs, taking you on an extended journey through three GENERATIONS of dance music with an all new visual experience.

Drawing on influences ranging from The Verve, Primal Scream, Beck, Beastie Boys and Bob Dylan in a contemporary fusion of beats, guitars and attitude, the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based Mohawk-ed and tattooed troubadour Mondo Cozmo has the attitude of the Manchester bands of the 90s…working class, honest, inspirational, cautiously hopeful, and socially observational. He hasn’t wasted any time positioning himself as one of 2017’s most promising new artists. Recently, he finished a run of sold out shows across the country and is performing at some of the biggest festivals including: Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Boston Calling, Sasquatch, Firefly, Hangout Festival, and more.

Lo Moon are a three-piece band based in LA who’s debut song, a 7-minute sprawling anthem

called “Loveless,” is fast-becoming a radio favorite. The song has already had over two million streams since it was released. The band is currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, and will be releasing a music video by Warren Fu (Daft Punk, Strokes, Killers) for “Loveless” shortly.

KCRW DJ Jason Bentley hosts the evening and spins sets prior to, and in-between the live performances.

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The SOUND IN FOCUS series closes on Saturday, July 29 with a headlining set from international guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela bringing to the stage their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music. Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have been playing together for more than fifteen years. First as young thrash metal fans in their native Mexico City, then as street musicians in Dublin, Ireland at the turn of the millennium, and finally as the globe-straddling, film-scoring, record-breaking artists they are today. Known for exhilarating live shows, Rodrigo y Gabriela have won the hearts of music lovers from the haciendas of Cuba to the Hollywood Bowl and festival fields of Europe, as they continue to weave their unique six-string magic. The extraordinary interplay between Sanchez’s fiery lead lines and Quintero’s phenomenal rhythmic battery is truly universal. Their most recent release 9 Dead Alive (2014), the duo’s first studio album in five years, features intimate songs and intuitive performances with spectacular results, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention. The album captures the warmth and spontaneity of two great musicians riffing and jamming together, perfectly distilled and teeming with desire, elegance and gusto. The duo also recently released a 10-year anniversary deluxe edition of their debut album on ATO Records which features a 2-LP set including both a re-mastered version of the original album, and a 2006 performance, live from Olympia Theatre in Dublin. With career sales in excess of 1.5 million albums, blockbuster movie scores, and sold-out tours worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have certainly made their mark. Their appeal is boundless, their scope limitless, and the music timeless.

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade delivers the evening’s opening live set. Her music weaves sounds from her native Mexico with elements of jazz, rock, bossa nova and folk. At seventeen, she released her first, eponymous album of original songs to critical acclaim. Since then, her 15-year career discography includes the award-winning Casa (2005), Mujer Divina (2012), Homenaje a Agustín Lara (2013), and Hasta la Raíz (2015), which garnered a Grammy for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album” and four Latin Grammys. A charismatic performer, Lafourcade has toured extensively throughout the globe. For her latest project, she pays tribute to Latin American folk music in Musas, un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de Los Macorinos (2017), through organic recordings and videos that exemplify her mastery and maturity as a collaborative artist.

KCRW DJ José Galván hosts and spins sets prior to and in-between the live performances.

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The 2017 SOUND IN FOCUS concert series takes place at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. The Annenberg Space for Photography will stay open until 11:00 p.m. on these evenings so that the concertgoers may enjoy both the concerts and GENERATION WEALTH by Lauren Greenfield, the current exhibition. The exhibition examines the influence of affluence over the last 25 years, illustrating the globalization of materialism, celebrity culture and social status. This timely, thought-provoking collection explores how “keeping up with the Joneses” has become Keeping Up with the Kardashians, magnifying the aspirational gap between what we want and what we can afford. The exhibit is not about the rich, but the pervasive desire for more. Lauren Greenfield is an internationally acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker and photographer who is considered a preeminent chronicler of consumerism, youth culture and gender identity. Her third collaboration with the Annenberg Space for Photography and first solo show, this exhibit is a revelatory cultural exploration that presents 195 color-saturated prints, 42 riveting first-person interviews and the accompanying multimedia projections and short films.

KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation first united in 2012 for a string of hugely successful summer music events to accompany the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit. 2014’s Country in the City series not only spotlighted emerging and established artists in the genre, but was part of the Annenberg Foundation’s 25th anniversary festivities. Last year’s series, which highlighted the acclaimed REFUGEE exhibition, saw thousands of concertgoers enjoy headlining performances by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Baaba Maal, and Nas.

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, San Luis Obispo, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.

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About the Annenberg Foundation:
The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with innovative projects that further its mission of advancing a better tomorrow through visionary leadership today. Among them are Annenberg Alchemy, Annenberg Learner, Annenberg Space for Photography, explore, GRoW @ Annenberg and the Metabolic Studio. The Foundation encourages the development of effective ways to communicate by sharing ideas and knowledge.

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