Events, KCRW Music Announcement

First Fridays is Back in 2013! Presented by KCRW

KCRW Presents First Fridays at the
Natural History Museum

For the 4th year in a row, KCRW partners with NHM for LA’s most unique, all ages, monthly music series

The 2013 series kicks off Friday, January 4 with breakout LA bands Lord Huron and Wildcat! Wildcat!

Tickets on sale on November 30 (NHM Members) and December 3 (Public) at 10am.

Public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and will be presenting the First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum for the 4th year in a row in 2013.

The museum is celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year and the after-hours music and educational events series is one of the highlights of their programming.

Starting in January, the museum doors stay open until 10pm once a month and it’s packed with music lovers of all ages eager to see some of today’s best up and coming buzz bands. There are also discussions from scientists on the cutting edge of their fields and curatorial tours starting at 5pm.

Advance tickets go on sale on November 30 (Natural History Museum members) and December 3 (Public) at 10am. There are always a limited number of tickets available at the door. (details below).

Lord Huron will kick off the series on January 4, 2013. They are one of Jason Bentley’s favorite bands of the moment and have been getting regular spins on Morning Becomes Eclectic. He says Lord Huron’s captivating debut “Lonesome Dreams”, full of gorgeous harmonies, lush melodies and evocative lyrics, “takes you on an imaginary road trip down PCH.” Local trio Wildcat! Wildcat! will open the show with a set of indie electro pop.

Justin Gage, the celebrated blogger behind Aquarium Drunkard and the Autumn Tone record label, will DJ in the African Mammal Hall.

Of course, it’s not all about the music. The festivities begin at 5 pm, with curatorial tours and a discussion.

First Fridays 2013 celebrates the NHM’s 100-year birthday bash with the theme “100 Back, 100 Forward”, taking a look at the greatest discoveries of the past 100 years in physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, medicine, and technology – and what we can expect in the next 100.


DJ: Aquarium Drunkard
8:00pm Wildcat! Wildcat!
9:15pm: Lord Huron

5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm- “Tools of the Trade”

6:30pm — Dr. Kirk Johnson

Panelist Bio: Dr. Johnson is a paleobotanist who specializes in the study of the geology and fossil plants of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains from 34 to 145 million years ago. He also studies the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary extinction event and the origin of major ecological communities known as biomes. With his broad interests and expertise in the evolution of life on Earth, he has worked on all continents and has discovered more than 1,400 new fossil localities.

Stay tuned for future lineup updates and news about the Natural History Museum’s First Friday series presented by KCRW.

Mark your calendar for the dates below.


January 4, 2013 – Lord Huron & Wildcat! Wildcat!
February 1, 2013
March 1, 2013
April 5, 2013
May 3, 2013
June 9, 2013 (SUNDAY)


WHEN: Friday, January 4, 2013. Extended Museum hours until 10:00 PM.

WHERE: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007.

ADMISSION: Concert Ticket + Museum Admission ($18) / Museum Admission ($12)

Guided tours and discussions are available on a first come, first served basis to all ticket-holders.

It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity for the evening is limited and often sells out early. There will be a limited number of tickets sold on-site the evening of the event; however, once on-site tickets are sold out, admission to the Museum and/or Concert may not be available.

For more information, visit or call (213) 763-DINO. Also email

About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio’s flagship station for Southern California. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide via, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.

About the Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County serves nearly one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM (Exposition Park), the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California). For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call (213) 763-DINO.

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT