February 11th – 25th
FLAX is pleased to present The Dialectic of the Stars, a visual art and performance festival curated by Fabien Danesi, FLAX Curator-in-Residence 2017 and featuring works by 19 emerging and established French and American artists and collectives.
Tuesday February 20th
“There’s a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music, he has spent most of his life bathed in a bright, expectant light.” – New York Times
Tuesday February 20th
Expect stripped-back indie songs on bass and guitar from L.A.’s own harmonising and hotly tipped girl duo comprising Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad.
Wednesday February 21st.
Tune-Yards was formed by Merrill Garbus in 2006, and that band name has ever since been synonymous with forward movement—whether because of the group’s explosive performance style, the always-surprising way in which their songs unfold, or the lines Merrill draws between music and social activism. First gaining notice with the debut BiRd-BrAiNs, which The New York Times called “a confident do-it-yourselfer’s opening salvo: a staticky, low-fi, abrasive attention-getter,” Garbus forged a reputation as a formidable live presence through relentless touring.
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 11am-4:30pm
Artists & Fleas LA is now open in the vibrant, artistic community of Venice at the Westminster Avenue Elementary School at Abbot Kinney and the corner of Westminster Avenue. Join us every 2nd and 4th Saturday for a fabulous Artists & Fleas-style line-up of art, design and vintage merchants.
Sunday February 25th.
Live Gypsy Jazz and Swing at Grand Central Market featuring The Vignes Rooftop Revival + special guests from 7-9pm.
Tuesday February 27th.
The last four years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy. After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all three of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.”
Thursday March 1st.
If you’ve heard the name Theo Katzman recently, you probably know him as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funk band Vulfpeck. But with his 2017 release, Heartbreak Hits, Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter. A 10-song collection of musings on loss and letdown, Heartbreak Hits blends personal vulnerability with imaginative songcraft, yielding an album that’s somehow a living dichotomy of tragic/comedic, serious/satirical, over-the-top/subtle, and healing/hurting. In his own words, Katzman says he writes “songs to soothe your post-Y2K pop culture hangover.” He also wrote this bio.
Saturday March 10th
Irish duo, brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, released their debut album “Singing for Strangers” in 2015. The multi-talented siblings having honed their craft busking on the streets of their hometown of Dublin as well as cities all over Europe. The album, which was produced by Iain Archer (James Bay, Jake Bugg), featured three big hits – ‘Chasing Rubies’, ‘Battles’ and ‘Weapons’. Fresh from a sold out UK and European tour in support of their brand new single “Run with me” Hudson Taylor are excited and delighted to support Gabrielle Aplin on her upcoming US and Canadian tour.
Thursday March 15th.
RTA’s very own Sean Ritchie holding down the low end with Indie-Funk specialists VOKES. Supporting Dream Machines, VOKES have released three singles in recent months each leaving listeners reeling in their wake. Expect a tight and lively show, guaranteed to entertain and impress.
A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Douglas Appling – more commonly known as Emancipator – has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006. Classically-trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling’s organic approach to trip-hop and downtempo draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness.
Originally performing as a solo act, Appling quickly recruited the immensely-talented Ilya Goldberg to perform alongside him during Emancipator’s live sets. In 2015, Appling expanded the Emancipator live experience further with the addition of a drummer and a bassist, adding a completely new organic dimension to his live performances. Now known as the Emancipator Ensemble, the talented four-piece is pushing the limits of what it means to be electronic musicians through their compelling, sophisticated performances.
Having released Live In Athens in June, and Dusk to Dawn Remixes – a remix album featuring massively-popular contributions from the likes of ODESZA, Little People, Eliot Lipp, and more – in July, 2015 sees Emancipator making an ambitious reappearance. This fall will mark his official return as he gears up to release his fourth full length LP, entitled Seven Seas, his first studio album in nearly three years. The culmination of over two years of work and countless collaborations, experiences, and live performances, Seven Seas will surely prove to be a defining chapter in the Emancipator legacy.
Sunday March 25th.
There’s an unspoken edict handed down through the ages when it comes to rock bands: there are no rules. Nobody picks up a guitar to be constricted or oppressed. It’s all about feeling free artistically. Now, The Sword—John Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums]—cut out boundaries since day one. Their style never stood predicated on a trend or a template. They always create what feels right and let the results speak for themselves.
Every Monday-Friday till March 31st.
Expanded from its original opening date in June, the Grammy Museum finally unveils its latest exhibit, “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles.” A tribute to L.A. music torch-bearers Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake, the collection assembles photographs, instruments, clothing, handwritten lyrics by Cervenka and Doe, artwork by Cervenka and concert flyers. The display also includes screenings of W.T. Morgan’s excellent 1986 documentary, X: The Unheard Music. Part portrait collage, part musical bio, the film features interviews with all four band members (as well as producer Ray Manzarek and Rodney Bingenheimer) discussing X’s formation in 1977, in addition to home movies, live and studio performances and some of their best songs off their first four albums, namely “Los Angeles,” “White Girl,” “Soul Kitchen,” and “Johnny Hit & Run Paulene.”
The 10th annual LA Beer Festival follows last year’s sold out event, and this year’s promises to be even better. The event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers, over a dozen food trucks (food sold separately) as well as live entertainment.
The 2018 LA Beer Festival will take place at LA Center Studios Studios from noon to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Admission is for only one session so make sure to coordinate with friends before buying your ticket. You GA tickets include unlimited beer tastings with food sold separately. Connoisseur’s Ticket ($80) are limited and offer attendees exclusive air conditioned bathrooms, an indoor/outdoor event deck overlooking the event featuring limited beers/one-offs not available to general admission.