Events, KCRW Music Announcement

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.

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd. (NE corner of Westwood and Wilshire)

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

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

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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 or call 310-443-7000.


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.

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

Events, Station Announcement

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


 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 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

Station Announcement

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  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. 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 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.” 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’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.

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


Events, KCRW Music Announcement

KCRW is Proud to Announce COUNTRY IN THE CITY



Sturgill Simpson



Jamestown Revival



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 is required for every show. (link to 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

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.