This whole museum + cool concert thing sure is catching on, isn't it? Tonight we're headed on over to the Hammer Museum, which is kicking off its own free outdoor summer concert series, called Also I Like to Rock.
This month-long program is curated by KCRW and Buzz Bands LA, who definitely know a thing or two about up-and-coming local bands. For tonight's edition, they're featuring the dance-worthy Saint Motel and the edgy-rock Kitten, which just so happens to be led by a 15-year-old (but a pretty darn talented one at that!). Next week, look for mini-supergroup Admiral Radley, and beyond that, the rising Fitz and the Tantrums. There'll also be appearances by your favorite KCRW DJs (Garth Trinidad's soothing voice in person?!), and of course, the galleries for your perusal (open until 9pm).
The fun is set to officially begin at 8pm, but seeing as how these cool free L.A. events have become quite the uber-popular, stretching-into-almost-annoying settings as of late, you better plan early. Not just an hour before showtime early, but really early. Trust me. Or you can invest in a "Rock the Summer" pass courtesy of KCRW, which will get you express (but not guaranteed) entry into all the AILTR shows plus some of those awesome KCRW benefits (and it's tax-deductible!).
The Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood. Parking is $3 after 6pm (but really..you might need to show up earlier).
-- Chau Tu