More music: The haven’t been edition


Chris Burden’s Urban Light.

The following are the concert series that I haven’t had the pleasure of attending. I hope to remedy all this during Summer 2015 and share it with you. I have already rsvped and made dates to attend a few, but not before I can publish this post.

I thought at least you might want to know the details even though I can’t be so…detailed.

Jazz at LACMA

The Friday jazz series has been taking place at LACMA for over 20 years and features Southern California based acts and artists. They are as varied as jazz is itself. From Latin to experimental, there seems to be a new sound every week.

The stage is set up in the main entrance behind Chris Burden’s Urban Light, one of the most photographed sculptures in the city. (See photo above.) Get there early to get a seat, the seats under the overhang are at a premium.

Use the following information for the other music series, Latin Sounds (starts at 5:PM) and Sundays Live.

Who I have seen: None

Who I want to see: Well all of them. The list of bands are here

Cost: FREE

Concert start time: 6:PM

The Food Situation: Pack your own picnic or LACMA has food on site such as LACMA Cafe, and Ray & Stark Bar. Ray & Stark Bar, which has a prime location, does require a minimum purchase amount. Last time I checked the restaurant was $75 per person and the outdoor patio was $35 per person.

Kids: Yes

Parking: LACMA has a parking lot that costs a $12 flat rate. Parking is free after 7:PM, but this doesn’t help you for these concerts.

Alcohol: Cash bar

Season starts: April

Season ends: November

[Getting there: LACMA is on the 20, 720, 217, 218, and 780 metro bus lines. One day it will be on the purple train line]


View of Pacific Park, Santa Monica

Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier

I really want  of kick myself for never having gone to this event before, especially since I work on the west side. I think what has pushed it over the edge is this year’s lineup which features some of my favorite bands.

The stage is set up on the beach just south of the pier. The only seating is what you bring with you. You will be sitting in the sand so blankets and beach chairs are welcome, maybe not the tent so people around you can see. Other information is here.

Who I have seen: None

Who I want to see: Morris Day, JD McPherson, and Ariel Pink

Cost: FREE. RSVP for a chance to win free VIP tickets

Start time: 7:PM, but you are encouraged to get there early

The Food Situation: Pack your own picnic and there are several restaurants on and around the pier.

Parking: There is very detailed information on their information page, previously linked above. Including a Park Me App, which I haven’t heard of before, but seriously how awesome?

Kids: Yes

Pets: Yes, dogs must be well behaved and on a leash at all times

Alcohol: There is a 21 plus concert beer garden (which serves more than beer) I can’t encourage you to drink in the non-beer garden section because drinking in public parks and beaches is technically illegal in Los Angeles.

Season starts: July 9

Season ends: September 10

[Getting there: There are so many busses that go to the Santa Monica Pier area. Here are a few:

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus: 1, 2, 7, R7

LA Metro Transit: 4, 20, 33, 534, 704, 720, 733 ]

Annenberg Space for Photography, Sound In Focus

I am very excited to go to the Annenberg Space for Photography’s musical partnership with KCRW this summer called Sound In Focus. Concerts take place over four weekends. I think they win the award for most random and thought provoking lineups of the summer. Dwight Yokam and X? How?? and Yes!

Concerts are set in Century Park, which is close to the Annenberg at 2000 Avenue of the Stars.

Who I have seen: None

Who I want to see: De la Soul and Quantic

Cost: FREE

Start time: 5:PM, no lining up before 4:PM.

The Food Situation: After piecing some information together it looks like picnics are welcome and there will also be food trucks.

Kids: Yes, but just a note that there is some nudity in the current photo exhibit

Alcohol: Again, after piecing some information together, it looks like there will be a beer garden

Season starts: July

Season ends: August

[Getting there: Culver City Bus 3, LA Metro 4, 16, 28, 316, 704,  & 728.]


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