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Sunday, August 28

kool and the gang


13031 West Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista, 90094


Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & the Gang has performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.


Kool & the Gang has continued to tour the world appearing with artists such as Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, The Roots and a 50-city tour with Van Halen.
Kool & the Gang was recently honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement award. In October 2015, in the town they sing about in one of their earliest hits ”Hollywood Swinging” Kool & the Gang was honored to take their place as American musical icons with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the spring of 2016, Kool & the Gang received a nod from their home state and they were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. In the band’s hometown of Jersey City they received a touching tribute when a street they grew up on was re named in their honor: “Kool & the Gang Way”.




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Monday, August 29

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life

The Broad Art Center, EDA

240 Charles E Young Drive #2275, 240 Charles E Young Drive #2275, 0



“Cindy Sherman’s work has been a touchstone for the Broad collection since Eli and Edye Broad first encountered it in 1982, and Cindy is the only artist in the collection whose work we’ve acquired so deeply and regularly, for more than 30 years,” said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. “There are 127 Cindy Sherman photographs in the Broad collection, the largest holding of her work in the world, and inaugurating our special exhibitions with an artist whose work sparked the Broads’ deep commitment to contemporary art could not be more appropriate for us." Most well-known for photographs that feature the artist as her own model playing out media-influenced female stereotypes in a range of personas, environments, and guises, Sherman shoots alone in her studio, serving as director, photographer, make-up artist, hairstylist, and subject. Her decades-long performative practice has produced many of contemporary art’s most iconic and influential images. In her work, Sherman proposes powerful questions about identity, representation, and the role of images in contemporary culture. From screen siren and pin-up to socialite and businesswoman, the roles Sherman depicts through her monumental body of work provocatively engage with contemporary life’s mediated personas and stereotypes, drawing not only from art history but also from the histories of advertising, cinema, and media.  Organized by guest curator Philipp Kaiser, and taking cues from Los Angeles’ role as the mecca of the film industry, this exhibition foregrounds Cindy Sherman's engagement with 20th century popular film and celebrity. The exhibition features an expansive representation of Sherman’s photographs from throughout her influential career of more than four decades, as well as Office Killer, the 1997 feature film directed by the artist. Her widely known Untitled Film Stills series, as well as the less known rear projection series, both inspired by cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, play a central conceptual role in the show, and the show includes many works never before exhibited in Los Angeles. “She is one of the most important artists of our time, with a body of work that exemplifies the Pictures Generation—artists whose work came to fruition in the age of the proliferation of mass media imagery in the ‘80s, which is relevant to today’s image-saturated world,” said Kaiser.


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Corbin FKA Spooky Black


1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026


Seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Corbin FKA Spooky Black of St. Paul, MN entered the scene in early 2014, unannounced but with an undeniable maturity revered by critics and listeners alike. The debut album “Black Silk” went viral, Corbin’s moody vocals slipping over hazy beats in the tightest DIY dream.

Releasing his follow up EP “Leaving” just a few months after his debut, Corbin established that he was here to stay – in case anyone had any doubts. “Is Spooky Black going to take over the R&B game?” Noisey asked in a loud headline while Consequence of Sound and Complex deemed “Without U” one of the best tracks of 2014. Later that year, Corbin sold out each of the seven shows of his debut headlining tour.

Corbin is also a member of St. Paul hip-hop/R&B collective thestand4rd and has collaborated with Bobby Raps (of the stand4rd), WEDIDIT collective, and Shlohmo.

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800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015


Before Rich Robinson made it official in 2015 that The Black Crowes, which he and his brother Chris had founded some 25 years ago, were calling it quits, he had already been issuing his own projects for more than a decade. On his own, Robinson explored and nurtured his talents as a songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist. This led Robinson to his next milestone — signing in November to Eagle Rock Entertainment. Throughout 2016, Eagle Rock has released expanded, reimagined versions of Robinson's solo albums, including Paper, Llama Blues, Through a Crooked Sun, and Woodstock Sessions, and Record Store Day exclusives of "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" and "Got To Get Better In A Little While." These reissues served as a fitting lead-up to Flux. Released on June 24, Flux is Robinson's most accomplished solo album to date, featuring 13 new songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots and showcases a rich variety of tempos, tones, and guitar tuning, ranging from the vibrant swagger Robinson first popularized with the Black Crowes to the rich, evocative allure evident in songs such as "Sleepwalker" and "Ides of Nowhere." Additionally, Robinson joined Paul Rodgers and Bad Company on several legs of their North American tour, and collaborated with Zac Brown on his new album. Currently in the midst of a North American tour, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes the Rich Robinson to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation surrounding his new album and a special performance, hosted by singer/songwriter and music journalist Paul Zollo.

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Tuesday, August 30



800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015


Two-time GRAMMY winner Corinne Bailey Rae released her self-titled debut album in 2006, reaching No. 1 in the UK and No. 4 in the U.S. The album featured the global hits "Put Your Records On" and "Like A Star." Bailey Rae won her first GRAMMY in 2007 for Album Of The Year as a guest on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters. Her second GRAMMY came in 2011 for Best R&B Performance for "Is This Love." In May, Bailey Rae returned with her third studio album and first full-length set in six years, The Heart Speaks In Whispers which debuted No. 3 on Billboard's R&B chart. Featuring "Been To The Moon," "The Skies Will Break" and "Green Aphrodisiac," NPR named it one of the 30 albums of the year so far. The album has gained worldwide acclaim, already garnering four- and five-star reviews. Recorded both at her studio in Leeds and in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios, the album was co-produced by Bailey Rae with Steve Brown, who collaborated on her critically acclaimed 2010 album The Sea, and features a number of notable musicians, including Paris and Amber Strother from KING, Best New Artist GRAMMY winner Esperanza Spalding, James Gadson (Bill Withers), Pino Palladino (D'Angelo and The Vanguard), and Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross). Most recently, she released a song for NASA to celebrate the historical JUNO spacecraft entering the orbit of Jupiter; was featured alongside The Roots and Lenny Kravitz in a PSA for the International Olympic Committee; performed at various festivals in the UK and Europe, including Glastonbury; joined Lionel Richie on his UK arena tour; and was special guest supporting Stevie Wonder at his Hyde Park, London concert alongside Pharrell Williams, for a crowd of over 60,000. Currently readying to head out on a U.S. tour in August and September, which includes headlining dates, festival dates, and dates with Alabama Shakes, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Corinne Bailey Rae to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on her new album and career, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. The conversation will be followed by a special performance.

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Wednesday, August 31