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.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
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Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

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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.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
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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.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
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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
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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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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.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw
Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

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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KCRW Celebrates Latin Music from Coast to Coast

KCRW Returns as the Radio Sponsor for the 15th Year of the
Latin Alternative Music Conference
July 8-12 in NYC

KCRW DJ Raul Campos is the official host of LAMC for the 7th year in a row and will broadcast his show live from the fest on July 12 and 13

Today’s Top Tune, the station’s free download program, will feature a full week of songs from LAMC artists.

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 18, 2014) — This summer, the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) is celebrating its Quinceañera – 15 years of sharing the best in Latin music from across the globe over four days (July 8-12) in New York City.

Public radio station KCRW returns as the official radio sponsor and will feature special programming in Los Angeles while the event is underway in New York City July 8 – 12th.

KCRW DJ Raul Campos serves as the official LAMC host for his 7th year and will broadcast from New York on July 12 and 13, from 3 – 6pm PT.  The last hour of each show will be dedicated to LAMC and his Latin music discoveries.

He’ll also MC major events like Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, featuring artists like ChocQuibTown, and the annual set of LAMC Central Park SummerStage free concerts with Ana Tijoux, Juana Molina, La Santa Cecilia and more.

“The vibrancy and energy of NYC is like no other, and with fantastic showcases and concerts at beautiful outdoor venues like Central Park and Prospect Park, you simply can’t go wrong. This year’s conference is already shaping up to being extra special. Last year’s “Discovery” honors went to the Chilean band Astro and I’m really excited to see how they’ve progressed and matured. Being a native Angeleno, I’m also thrilled (and proud) that LA darlings La Santa Cecilia will be performing on the big stage at Central Park,” said Campos.

Back in Los Angeles, KCRW will spotlight new Latin music by offering free daily song downloads of LAMC artists as part of Today’s Top Tune from July 7-11, including Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina and Uruguayan band Sante Les Amis. Also, Colombian-based music mastermind Quantic will perform songs from his latest solo effort “Magnetica” on Morning Becomes Eclectic on July 7. A Latin flavor always pervades his music, which is a seductive mix of many genres and global sounds.

KCRW blogger Jose Galvan will also feature some of his favorite bands from the wide-reaching genre as part of the Pan Caliente series.

Past conferences averaged more than 1,250 attendees and 25,000 concert fans and the 15th LAMC promises to be yet another exciting year. Registration is available here. http://www.latinalternative.com/

See the full lineup of artists below:

Wednesday July 9th

6:00pm – 9:00pm

LAMC Presents: Bang Data @ El Museo del Barrio

6:00pm – 10:00pm

LAMC/Central Park SummerStage Show @ Rumsey Playfield
Performances by The Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch

8:30pm – 1:30am

LAMC Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge
Performances by (me llamo) Sebastian, Caloncho, El Mato a Un Policia Motorizado,
Sante Les Amis, Danay Suarez, and Los Crema Paraíso

Thursday July 10th

6:00pm – 10:00pm:

LAMC Celebrate Brooklyn Showcase @ Prospect Park Bandshell
9th St. and Prospect Park West Entrance
Performances by Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, ChocQuibTown and RVSB

6:00 pm – 8:30pm

LAMC Acoustic Showcase @ SOB’s – 204 Varick St.
Performances by Esteman, Ana Tijoux, AJ Davila, Diana Fuentes,
El Mato a Un Policia Motorizado, Caloncho and Sante Les Amis

Friday July 11th

8:30pm – 2:00am:

LAMC Showcase @ The Gramercy Theatre – 127 E. 23rd Street
Performances by Diana Fuentes, Esteman, The Wookies, AJ Davila and Los Macuanos.

Saturday July 12th

3:00pm – 7:00pm:

LAMC/Central Park SummerStage Show @ Rumsey Playfield
Performances by Juana Molina, Babasonicos and La Santa Cecilia

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KCRW Breaks Ground on New 35,000-Square-Foot State-of-the-Art Media Center, Milestone in $48 Million Capital Campaign

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 KCRW “Will Emerge From the Basement,” After Over 30 Years of Operating Beneath Santa Monica College Campus

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 12, 2014)—Yesterday, KCRW broke ground on a new 35,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Media Center, to be located on Santa Monica College’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology Campus.  A momentous occasion, KCRW President and General Manager Jennifer Ferro and Santa Monica College (SMC) Superintendent and President Dr. Chui L. Tsang led the ceremony, and were joined by KCRW Foundation Board Chairman Michael Fleming, special guest and performer Ben Harper, and KCRW’s closest supporters and staff.  The groundbreaking also marked a milestone in the first major capital campaign of KCRW’s 75-year history to raise $48 million for the Media Center design and construction, new programming, and technology investments.

“This is an incredibly important moment in KCRW’s history – we couldn’t be more thankful to our licensee and partner Santa Monica College, Santa Monica voters, and our generous supporters for their vital contributions in bringing the KCRW Media Center to life,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW President and General Manager.  “For the first time in our 75-year history we will be able to bring the community into our home and share the incredible performances and discussions that take place on a daily basis.”

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Ben Harper

“It is our great pleasure to welcome KCRW to the Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment & Technology Campus,” said Dr. Chui L. Tsang, Santa Monica College Superintendent and President.  “We share a unique synergy with KCRW, and look forward to creating a dynamic learning environment for our students who are passionate about journalism, media, and radio.”

To-date, KCRW has secured $33 million of the total $48 million capital campaign goal, including a $28 million contribution from Santa Monica College, licensee of KCRW, with funding from 2008 Bond Measure AA.  KCRW graciously thanked other major donors at the groundbreaking ceremony, including The Annenberg Foundation, Norris and Debi Bishton, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Tom and Ellie Wertheimer, Borzi Family Foundation, Kayne Foundation (Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree), The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, Monica J. Shilling, and Jay and Susan Markowitz, among others.

“KCRW’s innovative programs and live events inspire the imagination and bring communities together,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of The Annenberg Foundation, KCRW’s largest private donor.  “They provide an invaluable public service to Southern Californians and listeners worldwide. We are thrilled to be a part of this illustrious endeavor.”

Over the past 30 years, KCRW’s staff has grown from 14 to 110 in extremely cramped offices and studios beneath Santa Monica College campus.  The new KCRW Media Center is designed to preserve the station’s collaborative culture, while creating community gathering spaces, integrating state-of-the-art production facilities, and allowing for future growth.  Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, a global leader in workplace innovation, the new building will also meet LEED Silver Certification standards, maximizing energy and water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality.

With a history of bringing unique live experiences to Southern California and around the country, KCRW will for the first time in its history be able to host the community at its own 1,400 square-foot Performance Studio and Viewing Gallery.  KCRW will also have the opportunity to program events at the 18,000-square-foot Wallis Annenberg Plaza Courtyard and Outdoor Stage and a 180-seat auditorium.

SMC’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology Campus is located in the middle of Santa Monica’s creative business district, and the forthcoming Expo Line.  The campus will include a newly-remodeled 50,000 square-foot teaching facility, a new 30,000 square-foot addition with TV and production studios, a cafe, and a new 430-space parking garage.  Construction is projected for completion by 2015, with both the KCRW Media Center and SMC Academy of Entertainment & Technology Campus operating from the new buildings by early 2016.

To learn more about KCRW’s Capital Campaign, visit kcrw.com/campaign.

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.

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KCRW is Proud to Announce COUNTRY IN THE CITY

JULY 19

GREGG ALLMAN

Sturgill Simpson

JULY 26

SHELBY LYNNE

Jamestown Revival

AUGUST 2

WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE

Nikki Lane

Free concerts inspired by the Annenberg Space for Photography’s latest exhibit, Country: Portraits of an American Sound

KCRW is pleased to announce the lineup for Country in the City, a free, all ages concert series inspired by Country: Portraits of an American Sound, held at Century Park in Century City.

RSVP is required for entry. No tickets are needed. However, registered guests must collect wristbands upon arrival at check in to gain access to concerts.  Admission is free. Advance registration at KCRW.com is required for every show. (link to kcrw.com/country once live. Screenshot of website attached)

Gregg Allman, who is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, headlines the first evening on July 19. Named one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, Allman recently released “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman,” a live album that include guest performances by many of his contemporaries such as Trace Adkins, Jackson Browne, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, John Hiatt, Widespread Panic and many more.

Opening the evening will be Nashville’s latest buzz-worthy artist, Sturgill Simpson. A throwback to the honky-tonk days of love ballads and outlaw life, Simpson’s latest release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music has seen high praise from major outlets and is headed for a big year.

Alabama native, Grammy winner and longtime KCRW favorite Shelby Lynne brings a full band on July 26.  Lynne has been making music since she was 7 years old, inspired by the songs of George Jones, Dottie West and Waylon Jennings. She’s a candid songwriter and heart-wrenching performer who always shines on stage.

Jamestown Revival opens the July 26 show. They are one of the most promising bands in Los Angeles and their debut, dedicated to their move west from Texas, has been an Americana favorite this year.  Expect impeccable harmonies with a good dose of “back porch-style” storytelling.

Wynonna is one of the biggest names in modern country music, whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path. The five-time Grammy winner has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, charted 20 #1 hits and received over 60 industry awards. The iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”  We’re thrilled Wynonna & The Big Noise will perform on August 2.

Opening this show is Nikki Lane, whose sophomore album “All Or Nothin – produced by The Black Keyssinger/guitarist Dan Auerbach — is out now on New West Records. She’s widely considered one of the most compelling talents emerging from country music at the moment. With a fearless attitude and Southern swagger, she’ll present a rousing collection of songs that spans genres and eras.

The concerts will take place in the 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 the 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 gardens 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 the outdoor park adjacent to the Photography Space to accompany the Who Shot Rock & Roll, 1955 to the 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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