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Thursday, August 7

JazzPOP: Beep

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

8:00pm

Beep—the Oakland-Brooklyn electro-jazz trio of keyboardist Michael Coleman, bassist Nate Brenner, and drummer Sam Ospovat—is one of the most distinctive and beloved bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years. The members combine an improviser’s restless spirit of invention with an infectious, driving alt-pop sensibility honed from their work playing as sidemen with indie acts like tUnE-yArDs, Chris Cohen, Miles Kurosky, and Enablers. 

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JazzPOP: Beep

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

8:00pm

Beep—the Oakland-Brooklyn electro-jazz trio of keyboardist Michael Coleman, bassist Nate Brenner, and drummer Sam Ospovat—is one of the most distinctive and beloved bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years. The members combine an improviser’s restless spirit of invention with an infectious, driving alt-pop sensibility honed from their work playing as sidemen with indie acts like tUnE-yArDs, Chris Cohen, Miles Kurosky, and Enablers. 

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The Drop: Billy Joe Shaver

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0

8:00pm

Acclaimed Texas outlaw songwriter Billy Joe Shaver describes his new studio album Long in the Tooth, as “dangerously good.” His first studio album in six years, Long in the Tooth narrates Shaver’s storied career, featuring his trademark truths in “Last Call for Alcohol” and “The Git Go.” Shaver’s four decade-spanning career launched into the public eye with Honky Tonk Heroes. Waylon Jennings’ landmark album presented Shaver-written classics at nearly every measure with “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” “Willy the Wandering Gympsy and Me,” “Ride Me Down Easy,” and title track and Top 10 hit “You Asked Me To.” By writing and co-writing 10 out of the album’s 11 songs, Shaver distinguished himself as a songwriter, his work resonating with people across the board. In 1993, Shaver broke through, accumulating greater audiences as the booming Americana and Texas roots music and singer-songwriter scenes were gathering steam with the acclaimed Tramp on Your Street, united with guitar-playing son Eddy. Shaver has since released 11 additional independent albums, honored with the first American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting in 2002, and inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. Please join us as we celebrate welcome Shaver to the Clive Davis Theater, to celebrate the release of the new album, just two days after it drops. After an interview, hosted by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, Shaver will perform.

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New Original Works Festival 2014: Program Three

REDCAT

631 W. 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:30pm

Note: Both works presented each night.

The 11th annual New Original Works Festival closes with works by John Fleck and Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY.

JOHN FLECK: BLACKTOP HIGHWAY

Unclassifiable performer John Fleck re-invents the gothic horror genre in this horrifyingly hysterical tale of taxidermy, transformation and caged creatures. Fleck’s multi-character solo piece is a brilliantly staged screenplay, inspired by classic horror cinema and Freud’s Theory of Mind (Id, Ego and Super Ego) — all played out on one man’s body. Weaving video with theatrical movement and his remarkable vocal qualities, Fleck leads the audience on a journey into an unknown and darkly hilarious world.

“Fleck is a master at inverting the territory. He tests the boundaries by turning performance excesses and taboos into cultural commentary.” 

—Artweek Magazine

Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY: FOR NOW

Israeli choreographer Danielle Agami teams up with Persian underground Hip Hop musician Omid Walizadeh in For now, a new work for ten dancers. For now plays between instinct and precision, subtlety and prowess, with jarring physicality and stillness, humor and subtle innuendoes. Agami, who is quickly establishing her new company as a significant force in Southern California’s contemporary dance community, is praised by Dance Magazine for having “the gift of turning awkwardness into something beautiful.”  

 

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