Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Free Summer Concerts on Two Days at Two Convenient Places Thru Out Summer, Thanks KCRW!

By Laura Medina


Whether you're a broke college student (especially after Coachella, the new Spring Break), an underaged hipster teenager/tweenie, a wanna-be hipster parent, or a busy professionals who have better ideas to spend their income on, but still crave something cool to chill to, KCRW's Summer Nights Series is here to the rescue.  They're fair, free, and ALL AGES.

As a budget-conscious culture vulture and Westsider, this scribe sure looks forward to KCRW's Summer Night concert series with great anticipation.

If you still has this craving to burn a hole in your pocket, have no fear.  At the Annenberg Space for Photography (what local Los Angelenos call Century City's Twin Towers park), this is a ripe opportunity for indie gourmet food trucks to fuel and cater your impromptu picnic.  

The Century City/Annenberg Space for Photography KCRW's Summer Night series is called "Sound In Focus" so while you're waiting for the concert to start or you get bored, you can always waltz right into the photography museum and study their cool and glam photo exhibits.
The Sound in Focus concert series builds on the success of KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation’s three previous collaborations - last year’s Sound in Focus, Country in the City and Who Shot Rock & Roll: Live.  The outdoor concert series at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City has proved to be a popular, unique and exciting weekend destination for live music and we're thrilled to return with more of our favorite artists for another round.
Yes, KCRW's Summer Night concerts at Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City park) makes for a great date night...in the cool California fresh air on a Saturday night...that busted the restaurant date-night doldrums and gets thee out of the stale air house.  As a loyal Summer Nights fan who participated in a many Century City free concerts,  this as hip and romantic as it gets.  Who can beat free A-List concerts, under the stars in the best part of town, laid out on a picnic blanket with a dinner catered by young chef food truckers?

This will impressed this highly curated culture vulture. 

As for bathrooms, no worries.  There aplenty of decent, clean portable bathrooms with portable sinks because Century City park is a corporate of Los Angeles' Twin Towers and the home of Creative Artists Agency.  Those capitalist captains want their park to be clean come Monday.  So don't you worry.

Parking, the underground parking garage at the Twin Towers (yes, they're designed by the same architect who designed the original Twin Towers in Manhattan. The LA version are minis) are affordable and cheap for that Saturday night only. 

KCRW's Summer Night Concert series has proven to be so popular as the locals' insider secret that when you go to KCRW's Summer Nights website, you need to rsvp you and your date for crowd control because security does check!



plus KCRW DJ Jason Bentley


plus KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad
How a Summer Night concert works out. 
A well-respected KCRW DJ opens the concert around 7:30pm or 8pm then the A-List headliner hit the stage at 9pm then gives your money worth until 10:30pm or 11pm with encores.
See, how you impress your date with a free A-list concert with catered gourmet food truck meals under the stars in the Los Angeles' best neighborhood. 


Alright, KCRW's Santa Monica version, every Thursday night, because Thursday nights are Insider Nights.  You don't have to rsvp for Thursday nights.

This culture vulture,too, did this Santa Monica Pier version.  Because it's on the historical beach pier, it gets crowded but you can always cheer and party on the sideline at the many cafes making a killing during the concert and there's Santa Monica Place Mall and Third Promenade for parking and dining and bathrooms.

Southern California's largest free concert series, THE TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIESannounces the dates and lineup for its 32nd annual season presented by Snapchat.  Returning to the iconic Santa Monica Pier, the all-ages event soundtracks the SoCal summer life every Thursday beginning July 7 through September 8 from 7:00-10:00 PM.
Known as one of the premier free concert series throughout the U.S., the annual genre-crossing line-up offers musical exploration to guests at one of the most iconic beaches in America.  Each week, THE TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES will include two acts and nod to a specific musical genre.  The 2016 lineup is as follows:
R&B/Soul Mayer Hawthorne & Alina Baraz [7/7], Indie Rock/Pop BØRNS & Porches [7/14], Classic '80s Psychedelic Furs & Day Wave [7/21], Reggae Proteje & The Indiggnation & Raging Fyah [7/28], Latin Natalia Lafourcade & Monsieur Periné [8/4], 90s Alt Save Ferris [8/25], Indie Rock Unknown Mortal Orchestra [9/1], Disco Ohio Players with artists for August 11 and 18 to be announced in mid-June.
Snapchat is collaborating with The Pier to bring a myriad of new experiences to THE TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES, such as carnival-style activities and art installations, including one by FriendsWithYou. This expands upon the popular 2015 Snapchat booth, which included games such as "Grab-A-Ghost," "Whac-A-Boo," and "Bye Bye Ghost."
Additionally getting to THE TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES this year will be easier than ever with the opening of the new Expo train line running from Union Station through West Los Angeles to Santa Monica, making travel to the venue a seamless experience. The city has become closer, enabling music fans easier access to THE TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES for the first time ever on public rail. Beyond the rail line, Breeze (the City of Santa Monica's public bike share program), a variety of ride share services and public lots throughout Santa Monica, offer a choice of options for those planning to attend the series.
Remember, KCRW's Summer Night concert series are free and the surrounding amenities and food trucks and restaurants are monetarily reasonable, on both Thursday and Saturday nights in darn good neighborhoods.  Please, use these opportunities to take someone out on a date!

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