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KCRW and The Hammer Museum Announce Line-Up for Summer of Soul


KCRW and the Hammer Museum once again partner this July to present four nights of live bands and DJ sets as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights series. Free and open to the public, Summer of Soul shines a light on the timeless power of soul music with live band performances and sets from KCRW DJs in the Hammer’s courtyard.

The series kicks off on Thursday, July 9, with Breakestra who put the “FUN” in “FUNK.” Get ready for dancing to Breakestra’s non-stop throw-down with eight live musicians, led by Funky Sole Party founder/DJ Miles Tackett, getting loose on stage with some serious funk and soul grooves. KCRW’s Jeremy Sole launches the evening with his own DJ set.

On Thursday, July 16, LA-based electro-R&B singer Sam Sparro will bring his distinct, scale-defying vocals and epic live show to the Hammer. The evening also features The Rebirth, a seven-member outfit known for their spontaneous live performances infusing new life into classic soul music. Concertgoers will be treated to two DJ sets from KCRW’s Aaron Byrd and Chris Douridas.

Dam-Funk, known as Los Angeles’ “Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” will perform on Thursday, July 23, with a live band mixing the musical stylings of boogie, modern soul and electro-funk to get everyone groovin’. The talented singer/songwriter Martin Luther, will bring his authentic brand of rebel soul music to ears thirsting for truth, funk, rock and hip hop. The jam-packed evening also features DJ sets from Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos.

The series closes on Thursday, July 30, with Jungle Fire, who are sure to live up to their name by fusing the highly infectious and explosive sounds of Cumbia, Afrobeat, and traditional funk. The evening also features The Suffers, a ten-piece band from Houston, TX, who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast soul. The electrifying evening starts off with a DJ set by Garth Trinidad.

Happy hour, with a cash bar, starts at 6:30 pm along with KCRW DJ sets. Live music begins at 7:30 pm and the museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9:00 pm so guests can enjoy the Hammer Museum exhibitions including, Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth which presents all new works by the Los Angeles based artist in his first solo museum show in his hometown; Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition which features fifty-three works by twenty-four contemporary photographers; and two Hammer Project exhibitions highlighting the work of Los Angeles artists Mary Reid Kelley and Joseph Holtzman.

SUMMER OF SOUL at Hammer Museum
Happy hour and DJ sets begin at 6:30 pm, live music from 7:30 – 10:30 pm, and galleries open until 9:00 pm

Thursday, July 9
Breakestra + KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole

Thursday, July 16
Sam Sparro + The Rebirth + KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Chris Douridas

Thursday, July 23
Dam-Funk (w/ live band) + Martin Luther + KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos

Thursday, July 30
The Suffers + Jungle Fire + KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad

KCRW’s Summer Nights is now in its 6th year and the Hammer Museum has always been an important cultural partner in bringing great music out into the community.

Summer of Soul is sponsored by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Additional support is provided by IKEA Burbank and media sponsor L.A. Weekly.

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd. (NE corner of Westwood and Wilshire)
Westwood, CA 90024

Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early and take advantage of $3 parking under the museum available after 6pm (maximum 3 hours).

Metro buses and trains stop within easy walking distance of all KCRW Summer Nights venues. Find the bus or rail line that can take you there using the trip planner at

About KCRW:
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About The Hammer Museum:
The Hammer Museum at UCLA offers collections, exhibitions, and programs that span the classic to the contemporary in art, architecture, and design. The Hammer’s international exhibition program focuses on wide-ranging thematic and monographic exhibitions, highlighting contemporary art since the 1960s and the work of emerging artists through Hammer Projects and the Hammer’s biennial, Made in L.A. As a cultural center, the Hammer Museum offers nearly 300 free public programs a year, including lectures, readings, symposia, film screenings, and music performances at the Billy Wilder Theater which also houses the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The Hammer is home of the Armand Hammer Collection of American and European paintings, as well as the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection and the Hammer Contemporary Collection. The Hammer Contemporary Collection focuses on art of all media since 1960 with an emphasis on works of the last ten years, works on paper, and art made in Los Angeles. The museum also houses the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts—comprising more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books from the Renaissance to the present—and oversees the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA. Free admission to the Hammer Museum is made possible through the generosity of benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Visit for current exhibition and program information and call (310) 443-7041 for tours. The Hammer is located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, Los Angeles, and is open Tuesday–Friday 11am–8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am–5pm, and closed Mondays.

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