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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.”

KCRW Family Photo

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 Unveils All-New Website, Bringing 100+ Weekly Hours of Original, Award-Winning Programming and 20 Years of Archives to Worldwide Community

New Website Comes As KCRW Makes $10 Million Investment in Technology and New Programming

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 9, 2014) — Today, KCRW launched its all-new Website at KCRW.com.  Strikingly modern, the new Website’s streamlined design features an “always on top” smart  media player and allows users to easily explore KCRW’s award-winning content with over 100 hours of new weekly programming, HD video, and 20 years of archives.  Driven by the spirit of Los Angeles, KCRW’s unique mix of content centers around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs.  The Website launches as KCRW makes an additional $10 million investment in technology and new programming, as part of its broader $20 million capital campaign.

“In our rapidly changing media landscape, we are constantly exploring new ways to connect with our audience, whether through mobile devices, apps, social media, or live performances.  KCRW.com is the most important tool we have to reach our global community,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW President and General Manager.  “The new website focuses on what we do best—our programming.  It brings audio and video to the forefront, delivered to people at home, in their car, at work, and at play.”

Originally founded in 1945, KCRW became Los Angeles’ first NPR affiliate in 1969.  Over the past 30 years, KCRW has organically attracted a national and international audience.  Today, over 70 percent of KCRW.com visitors come from outside of Los Angeles, 2.1 million hours are digitally streamed monthly, and 1.6 million programs are listened to on-demand.

“The new website is a giant leap forward for KCRW, bringing all our content to mobile devices through responsive design, and focusing our listeners on rich media experiences,” said Nathan Lubeck, Digital Director for KCRW.  “The homepage is no longer a catch-all—a big priority is allowing users the ability easily find content, no matter what page they arrive on.  With the reimagined navigation and user interface, we are providing a valuable portal into KCRW’s rich cultural history.  It’s an exciting time.”

KCRW.com features now include:

  • “Always on top” media player that allows users to browse while listening to audio.  Media player will recommend programs based on previously selected “favorites,” fostering discovery of new programs that speak to specific listeners’ interests.
  • “Mobile first” and responsive design with the screen scaling to a user’s smartphone, tablet, or computer, and allowing listeners to take KCRW with them everywhere.
  • Ability to listen to and easily share individual segments from show pages.
  • Contextual HD video of Morning Becomes Eclectic live in-studio performances from emerging and established artists and bands, and cultural events.
  • Optimized search with streamlined user interface, filtering options and faster search results.
  • Ability to easily share content via social media or email, as well as view popular content.

Access to 20 years of archives featuring hundreds of original in-studio performances, and hundreds of interviews with leading thinkers and creators, including such musical talent as Jake Bugg, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros,  Moby, Jim James, Lorde, The National, Phoenix, Tame Impala, Ben Harper, Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, The XX, Hot Chip, Jimmy Cliff, M. Ward, Alabama Shakes, Future Islands, Death Cab for Cutie, White Denim, Cut Copy, St. Vincent, among hundreds of others.

World-renowned for its music programming, KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.”  Many artists made their U.S. live performance debut on flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic, currently hosted by music director Jason Bentley, including Beck, Adele, Massive Attack, Gotye, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Fitz and Tantrums, Franz Ferdinand, Mayer Hawthorne, Sigur Ros, The Naked and Famous, Two Door Cinema Club among dozens of others.  Now, all Morning Becomes Eclectic and other music show archives will be easily accessible on KCRW.com.

KCRW’s 100 weekly hours of original programming also feature nationally syndicated news and culture shows To The Point with Warren Olney, The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt, Left, Right & Center, and The Business hosted by Kim Masters and John Horn, among many others that continue to uniquely capture the essence of Los Angeles.

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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KCRW Launches Summer Nights Series in Old Pasadena with WATERS on June 7

With an undeniable ear for a pop hook and high energy performances, WATERS (a new project from Port O’Brien’s Van Pierszalowski) is poised to be one of the West Coast’s big break out bands this year.

The first single “Got to My Head” is already a KCRW favorite and we’re thrilled to announce the band will be kicking off the public radio station’s Summer Nights series with a performance at One Colorado in Old  Pasadena on Saturday, June 7.

The evening begins at 7:30pm with a DJ set from Dan Wilcox.

(Previously scheduled artist Lo-Fang cancelled due to other tour date conflicts.)

One Colorado spans a city block in Old Pasadena, between Colorado Boulevard, Union, Delacey and Fair Oaks. Make Music Pasadena (presented by KCRW) will be taking place down the street, so early arrival is encouraged!

KCRW returns to One Colorado on June 21 with a performance from orchestral pop outfit Kan Wakan and DJ Marion Hodges on the decks.

KCRW was an early supporter of Kan Wakan – so early, they went by a different name at the time – and we’re thrilled to present their lush, artfully created, noir-kissed sound.

Their full-length debut, “Moving On”, comes out on Verve on June 3.

Summer Nights
 returns for a fifth year, with more than 30 free, outdoor, all ages concerts that are open to the public.

Find the full lineup of shows here.


About KCRW:

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

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Lineup Announced for Twilight Concert Series

Lineup Announced for Twilight Concert Series

The free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier are part of KCRW’s Summer Nights Series

Public radio station KCRW returns as the media partner for the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier this summer and is pleased to announce an incredible lineup of musical guests, from Cults, Cayucas and Charles Bradley to Jagwar Ma, Omar Souleyman,Yuna and many more.

The concerts are part of KCRW’s free, all ages Summer Nights series and the station’s DJs will serve as hosts for each of the evenings.

The Twilight Concert Series is now in its 30th year and better than ever.

The shows start on July 10 and take place every Thursday until September 11, with all shows starting at 7pm.

Full Lineup Below:

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES 2014 LINEUP

July 10 – Indie Pop: CULTS w/ James Supercave
July 17 – Heavenly Voices: YUNA w/ King

(Hosted by DJ Anthony Valadez)

July 24 – PCH Top Down Sounds: CAYUCAS w/ PAPA
(Hosted by KCRW DJ Chris Muckley)
July 31 – Syrian Electro Style: OMAR SOULEYMAN

(Hosted by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd)
Aug 07 – Australia Rocks the Pier: JAGWAR MA
(Hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley)
Aug 14 – Latin Waves: LA SANTA CECILIA w/ Sergio Mendoza
(Hosted by KCRW DJ Raul Campos)
Aug 21 – THE ZOMBIES w/ Mystic Braves
(Hosted by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox)
Aug 28 – Deep Reggae: LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY w/ Mexico 68
(Hosted by KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole)
Sep 04 – TBA
Sep 11 – 100% Soul: CHARLES BRADLEY w/ King James & The Special Men

See the full Summer Nights lineup here.

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
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About the Santa Monica Pier Corporation:
The Santa Monica Pier Corporation (SMPC) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Santa Monica Pier experience for all visitors.  For more information, visit http://www.santamonicapier.org

About RH&S Concerts:
RH&S Concerts is a joint venture between independent Los Angeles-based concert promotion firms Rum & Humble and Spaceland Presents, both of whom have played a key role in bringing a wide variety of cutting edge and heritage talent to venues throughout the Los Angeles area.

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KCRW Hires Micah Greenberg as Director of Business Development

MicahGreenberg Brings Over 13 Years of Media Experience, Including National Public Media, NPR and Atlantic Media

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 20, 2014) — KCRW announced today it has hired Micah Greenberg to serve as Director of Business Development, where he will oversee the strategy and implementation of expanding KCRW’s audience and revenue streams across partnerships, underwriting, membership, and event sponsorship.  In addition, Greenberg will work with KCRW President Jennifer Ferro—as well as the programming, marketing, and underwriting teams—to explore new areas of growth, as the station continues to increase its revenue, reach and impact.

“It is our great pleasure to welcome Micah Greenberg to the senior leadership team.  His extensive experience in public media will be invaluable as we continue to diversify KCRW’s offerings and grow our audience in this rapidly changing media landscape,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW General Manager and KCRW Foundation President.

Greenberg served as Director of Marketing for National Public Media, the sponsorship sales team for NPR and PBS.  Prior to this role, Greenberg headed up marketing for NPR Sponsorship, the network’s then in-house team, before National Public Media was created in 2007.  In his eight-year tenure with National Public Media and NPR, Greenberg developed his role and department from scratch, and oversaw sales strategy, brand management and business development.  Greenberg also served as Associate Director of Marketing for Atlantic Media, the parent company of The Atlantic, National Journal, and Government Executive.  Greenberg holds a Bachelors degree in media studies from Brown University.

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

To learn more, visit kcrw.com/about.

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KCRW Announces Lineup for the 5th Season of Summer Nights!

The 5th Season of KCRW’s Free Concert Series
Summer Nights
Begins on June 7 in Old Pasadena

The public radio station’s signature outdoor event series has already brought over 100 shows to all ages audiences across the city.

View the full lineup + details here
www.kcrw.com/summernights

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 19, 2014) — KCRW is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its free, all ages, outdoor concert series, Summer Nights, starting June 7 at One Colorado in Old Pasadena with classically-trained electro pop musician Lo-Fang, an LA artist whose been getting national attention since Lorde hand-selected him to open her first US headlining tour.

Once again, KCRW is partnering with a number of distinguished cultural organizations we love – The Hammer Museum, The Annenberg Space for Photography, and Grand Performances – and reaching neighborhoods across Southern California, including Pasadena, Chinatown, and Santa Monica.

The station’s signature series has reached hundreds of thousands of music fans over the years and given KCRW DJs a chance to bring their eclectic musical tastes out of our basement studios and into the community.

“We’re committed to serving the community throughout the year with exciting music programs that are open to the public. Summer Nights continues to be a way to thank our listeners for their support. See you there,” said Music Director Jason Bentley.  

We kick off the series with two courtyard concerts amidst the historic buildings of One Colorado in Old Pasadena. DJ Dan Wilcox will spin a set of tunes and host Lo-Fang on Saturday, June 7 during Make Music Pasadena, while DJ Marion Hodges welcomes the cinematic orchestral pop sounds of Kan Wakan on Saturday, June 21. Both evenings begin at 7:30pm.

We bring the party straight to the center of Chinatown for three Saturdays (June 14, July 12, August 9), with KCRW DJs like Raul Campos, Anthony Valadez, Jason Bentley and Travis Holcombe rockin’ the dancefloor for thousands of revelers underneath showers of confetti. It’s a true celebration of one of LA’s most unique neighborhoods.

We join Grand Performances for nine events in one of the city’s most breathtaking outdoor venues, California Plaza, in the heart of Downtown LA, featuring Angelique Kidjo, Yuna, Carmen Rizzo, DJ Numark & Mark de Clive-Lowe, and more.

We team up with the Hammer Museum for the “Made in L.A.” music series, with a 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) to the multi-cultural celebration of Afro Funke and local label Community Records, with special guest Alex Ebert. KCRW shines a spotlight on these corners of the LA music community for four Thursdays with live band performances and DJ sets in the Hammer courtyard.

Last but not least – and closest to our home base – KCRW will present the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier, with shows every Thursday from July 10 to September 11.  Talent announcement coming soon.

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

About KCRW:

KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is one of the nation’s leading National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates, also featuring an eclectic mix of originally-produced and nationally-distributed news, music, talk and arts programming.  The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area.KCRW’s programming is available worldwide, both live and on-demand, at KCRW.com, and through its smartphone apps(iPhone, Android, and Blackberry).

Visit KCRW.com and follow below for updates and exclusive content:

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw
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Save the Date: Country in the City This Summer

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SAVE * THE * DATE

KCRW is Proud to Announce
Country in the City

Free concerts brought to you
by the Annenberg Foundation and KCRW

July 26 *August 2
at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City

www.KCRW.com/country


LOS ANGELES, CA (May 13, 2014) —KCRW
returns to Century Park in Century City this summer for FREE all-ages outdoor concerts inspired by the Annenberg Space for Photography’s newest exhibit, Country: Portraits of an American Sound.

On the grassy lawn beneath the two shimmering Century Plaza towers designed by Minoru Yamasaki, take in a vista of architectural delight and some incredible live music this summer.

Talent will be announced soon.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for July 26 and August 2.

RSVP will be required. Details to follow once talent is announced. Find out more here.

The Photography Space will stay open late on these evenings so that the public may enjoy both the concerts and the exhibit, which features images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music.

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 in 2012. The packed shows proved the outdoor park  was a unique and exciting weekend destination for live music and we’re thrilled to bring back more of our favorite artists for another round!

View photos from the shows in 2012 here
to see what you can look forward to.

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About KCRW:

KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is one of the nation’s leading National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates, also featuring an eclectic mix of originally-produced and nationally-distributed news, music, talk and arts programming.  The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is available worldwide, both live and on-demand, at KCRW.com, and through its smartphone apps(iPhone, Android, and Blackberry).

Visit KCRW.com and follow below for updates and exclusive content:

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

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KCRW Foundation Hires Jill Smayo as Development Director

Smayo Joins With Over 13 Years Development Experience

IMG_2059 - Version 2LOS ANGELES, CA (May 6, 2014) — KCRW Foundation announced today it has brought aboard Jill Smayo to serve as Development Director.  Smayo will oversee efforts to expand KCRW’s 50,000-donor base and $15 million annual operating budget, while leading and growing the development team.  Smayo joins KCRW in the midst of the station’s first major capital campaign in its 75-year history to raise $48 million for the construction of a new facility, and new programming and technology investments.  Alongside KCRW Foundation President Jennifer Ferro, Smayo will lead the capital campaign as KCRW positions for a period of substantial growth.

“We are excited to bring Jill Smayo aboard.  This is a very important time in KCRW’s history — with Jill’s proven track record and tenacious attitude, she will be a valuable addition to the leadership team,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW General Manager and KCRW Foundation President.

Smayo brings more than 13 years of development experience, most recently as Director of Development for Invisible Children where she created a Major Gifts Program and built a development department from the ground up.  Prior to Invisible Children, Smayo served in various roles for the San Diego Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Smayo earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Northwestern University.

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