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”.
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Director Philippe Falardeau in person! Our contemporary Canadian film series continues with the political satire, MY INTERNSHIP IN CANADA, directed by Philippe Falardeau who joins us for a post-film discussion. (The film was the winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Best Canadian Feature award.)
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.
6010 W Pico Blvd, los angeles, CA 90035
In April of 2013, Matthew Sikora, Liz Forde, and Devin Buttner had an epiphany. Accomplished musicians in their own right, each of them had been writing, playing, and recording in various bands around L.A., but hadn't yet found the collaborative chemistry they had been seeking. The trio met at a party held by a mutual friend, and soon began talking about music, influences, and ambitions. They quickly realized that this was the chemistry that they had been missing! Thus, SIKORA was born. Sikora’s music is a blend of dance, pop, and rock, with influences of many other EDM sub-genres.