Curtain Up: Electric Summer
Published Jul 1, 2010 8:00 AM
I like to rock, you like to rock — who doesn't like to rock? This summer, the Hammer Museum is all about rockin' out to the latest up-and-coming bands, featured in its "Also I Like to Rock" concert series that goes on throughout the summer.
Whether you favor an R&B flavor or prefer to move to indie dance tunes, there's sure to be a week to fit your style. The Hammer's galleries stay open until 9 p.m., and two bands perform at every "Rock" event. You'll be entertained between sets by KCRW DJs, leaving little room for your ears to get bored.
Kevin Bronson of Buzz Bands fame helps select the bands that are featured, and he emphasizes the well-rounded cultural experience of which attendees can be part.
"It's a great excuse to go to a museum," he says, recommending that you show up early to mill around the Hammer before the performance starts.
The summer opens with a fun night featuring "danceable rock" group Saint Motel and the quartet Kitten, fronted by 15-year-old Chloe Chaidez. It continues with groups like Fitz & The Tantrums that put a spin on the classic Motown sound. The Chasing Kings will have you singing along to their debut E.P., "The Current State of our Future," which has already taken hold of indie-pop fans.
The eclectic mix the Hammer features throughout the summer allows you to pick something you know you'll enjoy, but also encourages you to find a fresh sound you could grow to love. The laid-back and loose atmosphere is perfect to offer a diverse musical range of what's out there in Los Angeles.
And in case you were worried about the price of attending more than one of these shows this summer, don't worry — this "Rock" is being offered free of charge.
Also I Like to Rock. Hammer Museum. First four Thursdays in July, 8 p.m. Free. For more information, call (310) 443-7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu.