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Summertime in L.A. means plenty of opportunities to experience live music outdoors. Tickets are on sale now for concerts happening at the Hollywood Bowl,Hammer Museum,Skirball Cultural Center, Annenberg Space For Photography,Chinatowneven theSanta Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art.

So get out there and have fun!

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July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Chicago

Saturday, July 2, Sunday, July 3, & Monday July 4, at 7:30 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Celebrate Independence Day with the Grammy Award winning rock ‘n’ roll band with horns: Chicago! Appearing on three evenings featuring patriotic music, and fireworks, The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be backed by Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra featuring the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/july-4th-fireworks-spectacular-chicago/2016-07-02

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – In Concert

Wednesday, July 6, at 8:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

The Harry Potter film series is a cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ score.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/harry-potter-and-sorcerers-stone-concert/2016-07-06

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Poolside / Carlos Nio & Friends / KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd

Disappear Here: Music Made in LA – KCRW’s Summer Nights

Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 PM

Hammer Museum

KCRW and the Hammer Museum present Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A., four free nights of live concerts by Los Angeles musicians in the Hammer’s courtyard. A happy hour with food and cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m., KCRW DJ sets start at 7:30 p.m., and live music starts at 8:15 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9 p.m. so guests can enjoy Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, the third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition of emerging art from Los Angeles.

http://events.kcrw.com/events/disappear-here-music-made-in-l-a/

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Star Trek – The Concert

Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, at 8:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Director J.J. Abrams re-exhilarated the iconic Star Trek franchise (now 50!) with Star Trek (2009). Experience it as never before, shown in HD on the Bowl’s big screen, and reach warp speed as Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score is performed live-to-picture.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/star-trek-concert/2016-07-08

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KCRW DJ Chris Douridas

KCRW Summer Nights

Thursday, July 7, at 7:00 PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art

Enjoy the beauty of warm summer nights, art, and music with a live set from KCRW DJ Chris Douridas at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Located on the beautiful Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace in the heart of Santa Barbara, Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW, feature unique themes inspired by the current exhibitions, after hours museum access, signature cocktails, and interactive art making.

http://events.kcrw.com/events/kcrw-dj-chris-douridas/

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Into the Night: Summer SOULstice

Friday, July 08, at 8:00PM

Skirball Cultural Center

Party into the night at this “block party” featuring outdoor music by a lineup of critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based soul acts. Catch pop-disco phenomenon Gavin Turek and indie rapper Open Mike Eagle live on stage, plus an all-vinyl soul set from Southern Soul Spinners. Also enjoy rare late-night gallery hours for the summer exhibitions, throwback games, a taste of soul food, and signature cocktails.

http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/into-the-night

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros / Imarhan / KCRW DJ Jason Bentley

Sound In Focus – Presented by KCRW & the Annenberg Foundation

Saturday, July 9, at 5:00 PM

Annenberg Space For Photography

KCRW returns to Century City this summer for three FREE all-ages outdoor concerts. The concerts will take place in the park adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the photography space will stay open late on these evenings (until 11pm) so that the concertgoers may enjoy both the concerts and the exhibit. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from a wide variety of cafes and food trucks and can be enjoyed on the grassy lawn beneath the two shimmering Century Plaza Towers at Century Park. There will also be beer gardens for those 21 and over to enjoy.

http://soundinfocus.kcrw.com/

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Peanut Butter Wolf / Mndsgn / KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer

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Disappear Here: Music Made in LA – KCRW’s Summer Nights

Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 PM

Hammer Museum

KCRW and the Hammer Museum present Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A., four free nights of live concerts by Los Angeles musicians in the Hammer’s courtyard. A happy hour with food and cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m., KCRW DJ sets start at 7:30 p.m., and live music starts at 8:15 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9 p.m. so guests can enjoy Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, the third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition of emerging art from Los Angeles.

http://events.kcrw.com/events/disappear-here-music-made-in-l-a-2/

Baaba Maal / Classixx / Brazilian Girls / KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd

Sound In Focus – Presented by KCRW & the Annenberg Foundation

Saturday, July 16, at 5:00 PM

Annenberg Space For Photography

KCRW returns to Century City this summer for three FREE all-ages outdoor concerts. The concerts will take place in the park adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the photography space will stay open late on these evenings (until 11pm) so that the concertgoers may enjoy both the concerts and the exhibit. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from a wide variety of cafes and food trucks and can be enjoyed on the grassy lawn beneath the two shimmering Century Plaza Towers at Century Park. There will also be beer gardens for those 21 and over to enjoy.

http://soundinfocus.kcrw.com/

KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole & Garth Trinidad

KCRW Summer Nights: Chinatown

Saturday, July 16, at 8:00 PM

Chinatown

Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this summer. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on craft brews and dance in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad and Jeremy Sole!

http://events.kcrw.com/events/kcrw-djs-jeremy-sole-garth-trinidad/

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Ceci Bastida / KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

Disappear Here: Music Made in LA – KCRW’s Summer Nights

Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 PM

Hammer Museum

KCRW and the Hammer Museum present Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A., four free nights of live concerts by Los Angeles musicians in the Hammer’s courtyard. A happy hour with food and cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m., KCRW DJ sets start at 7:30 p.m., and live music starts at 8:15 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9 p.m. so guests can enjoy Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, the third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition of emerging art from Los Angeles.

http://events.kcrw.com/events/disappear-here-music-made-in-l-a-3/

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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Thursday, July 21, at 8:00PM

Sunset Concerts – Skirball Cultural Center

San Francisco’s Thao Nguyen is the expressive front woman for the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. Nguyen’s eclectic sound, ranging from folk and bluegrass to rock and chamber pop, recently landed her band performance opportunities at Outside Lands and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival as well as national tours supporting Andrew Bird and the Portland Cello Project. Her band’s newly released fourth album, A Man Alive, was produced by Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), and blends hip-hop, electronic, and funk influences with Nguyen’s direct and personal songwriting style.

http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/sunset-concerts

Weird Al Takes The Bowl

Friday, June 22, and Saturday, July 23, at 8:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

When the hilariously irreverent “Weird Al” Yankovic takes over the Bowl, with the backing of a full orchestra, all bets are off. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for his Mandatory World Tour, a wild ride through 30 years of pop culture parodies and original satire by the four-time Grammy-winning artist who turns mockery into witty modern art.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/weird-al-takes-bowl/2016-07-22

Nas / Wild Belle / KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad

Sound In Focus – Presented by KCRW & the Annenberg Foundation

Saturday, July 23, at 5:00 PM

Annenberg Space For Photography

KCRW returns to Century City this summer for three FREE all-ages outdoor concerts. The concerts will take place in the park adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the photography space will stay open late on these evenings (until 11pm) so that the concertgoers may enjoy both the concerts and the exhibit. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from a wide variety of cafes and food trucks and can be enjoyed on the grassy lawn beneath the two shimmering Century Plaza Towers at Century Park. There will also be beer gardens for those 21 and over to enjoy.

http://soundinfocus.kcrw.com/

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Young Art Presents: TOKiMONSTA with Ambr and special guests + KCRW Travis Holcombe

Disappear Here: Music Made in LA – KCRW’s Summer Nights

Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 PM

Hammer Museum

KCRW and the Hammer Museum present Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A., four free nights of live concerts by Los Angeles musicians in the Hammer’s courtyard. A happy hour with food and cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m., KCRW DJ sets start at 7:30 p.m., and live music starts at 8:15 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9 p.m. so guests can enjoy Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, the third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition of emerging art from Los Angeles.

http://events.kcrw.com/events/disappear-here-music-made-in-l-a-4/

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Songhoy Blues

Thursday, July 28, at 8:00 PM

Sunset Concerts – Skirball Cultural Center

Mali’s Songhoy Blues celebrates the history, traditions, and struggle of the Songhoy people. The band formed in Bamako in 2012 as a result of the growing unrest in the north of Mali, which forced young men and families to take refuge further south. Their music blends influences of iconic West African guitar heroes like Baba Salah and Ali Farka Tour with contemporary rock and hip-hop. Songs like “Irganda” and “Al Hassidi Terei” see Songhoy Blues fusing the traditional and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient. Their debut album, Music In Exile, was produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K,naan), and they have performed with Damon Albarn, Julian Casablancas, and The Alabama Shakes.

http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/sunset-concerts

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Thalma de Freitas

Thursday, August 4, at 8:00 PM

Sunset Concerts – Skirball Cultural Center

Los Angeles-based Brazilian singer, songwriter, and actress Thalma de Freitas performs an exhilarating blend of samba, jazz, and bossa nova. Also known as the “maestro’s daughter,” de Freitas grew up in Rio de Janeiro under the musical tutelage of her father, acclaimed arranger, composer, pianist, and conductor Larcio de Freitas. Since making her professional debut in a Brazilian production of Hair in 1992, de Freitas has starred in numerous Brazilian television shows and released her debut self-titled solo album in 2004. In addition to singing with the carioca big band Orquestra Imperial, de Freitas also fronts an experimental sonic project called Serendipity Lab. Having performed at concerts and festivals in South America and Europe, de Freitas was honored to join Carlinhos Brown in representing Brazil in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/sunset-concerts

Sufjan Stevens / Kurt Vile & The Violators / Ibeyi

Sunday, August 7, at 7:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Sufjan Stevens’ performances juxtapose quiet intimate moments with epic audio-visual crescendos. Kurt Vile evokes dusty-hazy Americana roots with a dash of psychedelia, and the French-Cuban sisters Ibeyi open.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/sufjan-stevens-kurt-vile-and-violators/2016-08-07

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50 Years of Jeff Beck + Buddy Guy

Wednesday, August 10, at 8:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Celebrated guitarist and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck marks 50 momentous years of electrifying live performances with this very special appearance. One of the most widely acclaimed guitarists in popular music, Beck is known for his wild mix of blues, funk, and jazz rock, as well as collaborations with countless luminaries. Legendary Chicago bluesman, the Real Deal, Buddy Guy performs prior.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/50-years-of-jeff-beck/2016-08-10

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

Thursday, August 11, at 8:00 PM

Sunset Concerts – Skirball Cultural Center

An eight-piece Colombian band based in New York City, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem explores the immigrant experience through a thrilling hybrid of musical styles honoring their cultural heritage. Psychedelic rock, funk, jazz, Afro-beat, and Caribbean grooves blend with the music of indigenous Colombian peoples and West African and Spanish influences-creating a sound sure to bring audiences to their feet. As hailed by NPR, “this raw-edged, punk-tinged band explodes with the propulsive force of traditional rhythms and urban restlessness.” In their latest album, Mezcla (the Spanish word for “mix”), they invite listeners to rediscover America through the eyes and ears of Colombian immigrants. The band formed in 2010 and has released two independent albums and one EP.

http://www.skirball.org/programs/sunset-concerts/maku-soundsystem

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Music Maker Blues Review (L.A. Debut)

Thursday, August 18, at 8:00 PM

Sunset Concerts – Skirball Cultural Center

Music Maker Blues Revue, a rotating cast of seasoned blues and soul journeyman musicians, formed in 1994 as part of the Music Maker Relief Foundation-a North Carolina-based nonprofit whose mission is to preserve the musical traditions of the American South by directly supporting the musicians who make it. Whether performing on sidewalks or at Carnegie Hall, the Music Maker Blues Revue puts on a fast-paced, energetic show with a repertoire that includes boogie, funk, soul, R&B, and the entire blues spectrum. These masterful musicians have supported such legendary artists as James Brown and Percy Sledge. Their performances, including a forty-two city tour with Taj Mahal, have taken them to Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Holland, and Spain. At the Skirball, the Music Maker Blues Revue lineup features Robert Finley, Alabama Slim, Robert Lee Coleman, Albert White, Nashid Abdul, Ardie Dean, and Lil’ Joe Burton.

http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/sunset-concerts

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Friday, August 19, at 8:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Three-time Grammy winner Ben Harper and his recently reunited band perform for the first time with full orchestra. The soulful singer-songwriter, who has achieved worldwide acclaim along with his stellar band, will perform songs from their celebrated career and new album Call It What It Is.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/ben-harper-innocent-criminals/2016-08-19

KCRW DJs Jason Bentley & Mathieu Schreyer

KCRW Summer Nights: Chinatown

Saturday, August 20, at 8:00 PM

Chinatown

Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this summer. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on craft brews, and dance in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Mathieu Schreyer!

http://events.kcrw.com/events/kcrw-djs-mathieu-schreyer-jason-bentley/

Brandi Carlile / Old Crow Medicine Show

Saturday, August 20, at 8:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile captures the raw and powerful sound of true rock ‘n’ roll as she celebrates her sixth album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. High-energy old-time string band Old Crow Medicine Show has won two Grammys, been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and gone platinum with their re-imagined Dylan song “Wagon Wheel.”

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/brandi-carlile-old-crow-medicine-show/2016-08-20

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Cinematic Sounds

Thursday, August 25, at 8:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Bramwell Tovey leads a dazzling program of music by film composers, with a new double concerto from the late James Horner played by the Norwegian brother/sister duo that commissioned it.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/cinematic-sounds/2016-08-25

Shai Tsabari & the Middle East Groove All Stars

Thursday, August 25, at 8:00 PM

Sunset Concerts – Skirball Cultural Center

Born in Jaffa to a family of Yemeni Jews, Israeli singer-songwriter Shai Tsabari accompanied by the Middle East Groove All Stars creates an upbeat, uplifting sound at the intersection of Middle Eastern music and contemporary rock. Drawing from the diverse musical influences of Tsabari’s upbringing-his father was a cantor, his grandmother introduced him to Yemenite percussion instruments, and his older brother collected 1960s and 1970s American rock albums-Tsabari’s music combines Middle Eastern instrumentation such as the oud, doumbec, and tar with guitar, bass, drums, trombone, and electronics. While part of Israel’s recent Arabic-influenced music revival, Tsabari takes this style into a new direction by incorporating traditional Jewish liturgy into his lyrics. As the Wall Street Journal notes, “Mr. Tsabari is part of a growing movement of Israeli rock musicians who are turning to Judaism for inspiration, fusing tradition with contemporary Israel to find a voice that is both Middle Eastern and Jewish.”

http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/sunset-concerts

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Fireworks Finale with Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 PM; Sunday September 11 at 7:30 PM

Hollywood Bowl

It’s been nearly 30 years since ELO has toured in the United States, but visionary songwriter, singer and producer Jeff Lynne and his band join the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to close out the season with a supersonic flight through a glittering galaxy of songs, such as “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Do Ya,” and “Evil Woman.”

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/fireworks-finale-jeff-lynnes-elo/2016-09-09

Brainfeeder at the Hollywood Bowl

Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Oozing through Los Angeles since 2008 on its own space-time curve, the “beat scene” family makes its way to the Bowl for an epic night of sounds from the Brainfeeder trust. Be there to celebrate the evolution – and revolution – of beat-minded music, from electronic and deconstructed jazz, to futuristic R&B and instrumental hip hop.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/brainfeeder-hollywood-bowl/2016-09-17

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Kraftwerk 3-D

Sunday, September 18, at 7:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk continue their streak of highly acclaimed 3-D concerts by undertaking their first Hollywood Bowl appearance. With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for our digital age of the 21st century. Bringing together music, computer animations and performance art, their 3-D concerts are a true Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art. L.A.’s own Lyris Quartet will open with ambient adaptations of rare Kraftwerk compositions.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/kraftwerk-3-d/2016-09-18

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Bloc Party / Bob Mould / Ezra Furman

Sunday, September 25, at 7:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

Trailblazers, heroes, outcasts, and rebels unite as untethered energies come out for one glorious night of dance, punk and pop.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/bloc-party/2016-09-25

Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

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