Coming to historic locations throughout Los Angeles, the Red Bull Music Festival will be a month long event that features a number of eclectic installations and musical performances.
Attendees will be able to experience several day and weekend events that showcase some of the city’s extraordinary talent. With the festival series touring several major cities including Tokyo, Chicago, Berlin, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and New York, the brand is excited to extend its reach to California. After experiencing success in Chicago, whose festival concluded Friday night, Red Bull Music Festival’s Creative Director Kristen McElwain believes that the Los Angeles series will be just as impactful and artistic.
“I think the LA festival is going to be unique because we programmed it in different order than the Chicago event,” says Kristen. “This was to make sure we were working with artists that bring a different element to the table — including photography, music and even skateboarding.”
The current lineup for the festival is as follows:
Feb. 7 at the Vibiana: Singer/songwriter San Cha presents a live play and a musical performance of hits from her latest project, Capricho Del Diablo.
Feb. 14 at The Reserve DTLA : Rap duo Rae Sremmurd will perform and will feature special guests that are TBA.
Feb. 16 at The Pink Motel: The skateboard collective Illegal Civilization, will be hosting a day festival which includes film screenings, a community swap meet, a skate bowl and live performances from Tierra Whack, 1TakeJay, Show Me the Body and many more.
Feb. 21: Hip Hop photographer Gunner Stahl will be opening his very first DJ set. Location TBA.
Feb. 22-23 at The Palladium: Swedish pop singer Robyn will performing a two-night show. This will be her first performance since 2010.
Feb. 23-28 : Video gaming company, Rockstar Games, will be showcasing a secret exhibit. More information to be discussed.
Feb. 8 – 25: Red Bull will partner will Center Channel to transform the Ukraine Culture Center into a cinema. The event plans to explore some interesting intersections of music, sound and film.
Each of the different events will have their own separate costs for entry.
For more information on the event, visit https://la.redbullmusicacademy.com
Garth Trinidad‘s presence is soothing. Notice how our sizzle word was ‘presence’? While we can’t get enough of his deep baritone voice that prompts us to religiously tune into his nighttime international mix of future soul, deep dance, indie rock and jazz vibes on KCRW’s 89.9 audio vibes, meeting him in person over dinner had our whole crew realizing one unified fact: we’re dizzy over this music man.
So, we invited him to be the new Music Editor for LA CANVAS. He obliged.
A few days later, we zoomed over to pick his brain about his real self, what he plans on bringing to the table as an editor and what he wishes he had a hold on more tightly, back in the day, when digi-spheres weren’t a must:
LA CANVAS: How long have you been at the station? What were your first days like?
GARTH TRINIDAD: I started as an office volunteer in ’94 and gradually moved to helping DJs in the studio. The whole experience was groovy. I was mentored by Liza Richardson. My first shift was Friday midnight – 3am in October of ’96. The next DJ didn’t show up at 3 so I had to wing it til 6am.
LAC: So, what’s Trinidad-Senolia all about? You say you’re developing a sound called lit-house. Do tell.
GT: Trinidad-Senolia is me and producer Mateo Senolia. We’re developing a sound we call lit-house. The idea pairs literature with deep dance music, prose and narrative rather than spoken word. Our debut EP Postcards From Strangers dropped last December on Osunlade’s Yoruba label. We just did a remix that was well received for Kelis’ latest project on Ninja Tune and are working on some provocative new things.
*He realizes we understand house music. Listen to this killer remix they conducted here.
LAC: What do you hope to bring to the table as our new music editor?
GT: An intimate, first person perspective based on my experiences as a DJ, journalist, music lover.
LAC: In your first launch interview for our Opulence Issue, what were a few details behind your conversation with Syd Tha Kyd?
GT: The whole thing was sparked when we bumped into one another in the neighborhood; she was walking her dog. I walked to her house and we sat on her porch for the interview. She’s an extraordinary young lady.
LAC: You ten years ago. Some words?
GT: Don’t get too comfortable, pay attention to tech and the coming market shift!
LAC: What are some thoughts on the ‘music boom’ in LA?
GT: No place like LA for music right now. There’s been a wonderful creative renaissance happening as LA grows. There are some visionaries here doing great work – visual artists, bands, producers, labels. It’s the place to be at the moment.
LAC: What are you listening to right now? Do you have a favorite music genre? Loaded question, we know.
GT: Hollie Cook’s album Twice has been my summer soundtrack. Can’t say I have a fave genre, but I gravitate to sultry, emotive, dynamic compositions; music with soul, doesn’t matter the genre as those elements can be found in most genres.
LAC: How was FYF?
GT: I enjoyed myself even though I missed Todd Terje and Slowdive. Caught up with Little Dragon. They are lovely human beings.
You know that feeling of carefree head-banging and dancing in sweaty crowds now don’t you. The band Pink Mountaintops takes you to those grimy days (but much, much better) in their newly released album, Get Back, the fourth studio album of the LA-based band. The band’s front man Stephen McBean (also of the band Black Mountain) collaborates with a variety of his LA musician friends to create psychedelic, garage-band inspired songs reminiscent of late 80’s. If you are looking to be taken back to teenage lust and debauchery, check out Get Back on iTunes and experience them live — they’ll be playing at FYF Festival this summer in August — then roll down your windows, drive down the PCH and put them on blast. It’s all about shock value these days.
The City of Angels plays host to many an up-coming act, bonafide twerk stars, punk kings and band geeks, bedroom beatsmiths, smooth crooners and their groupies; right next to New York City and Nashville, Los Angeles is one of the foremost central hubs for music. But what would great music be without a supporting cast? Our city’s venues play an equally important role in propagating the growth of this scene, booking and essentially curating our city’s selection of live music. We highlight some of our favorite venues and their roles in making our musically-indebted city a world class destination.
LOS GLOBOS | 3040 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Los Globos has long been on the forefront of innovation by allowing itself to be deeply immersed in evolving cultures — at one point serving as home for one of LA’s first openly gay bars and the first legal rave in the states. The two-story nightclub is open seven nights a week and has played host to a wide array of local and national electronic DJs and live bands over the years. It’s also home to LA’s favorite pan-sexual disco romp, A Club Called Rhonda. With a 2014 mission to further expand its talent repertoire to fuse local and international acts, Los Globos is a lock-in for one of our go-to venues to discover some of the best and brightest to come through Los Angeles.
THE MINT LA | 6010 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Though often over-looked as one of the best venues to nestle itself in LA, the Mint will say that’s precisely what it wants. Claiming themselves as one of the most unpretentious clubs in LA, the Mint has been offering the most eclectic mix of performs since its establishment in 1937, hosting everything from jazz and funk to rock and folk. Equipped with a full kitchen and rotating draft beer selection, the Mint carries a burlesque air with velvet curtains and balconies overlooking the stage that caters to the very people that built it: music lovers and enthusiasts alike.
THE ROXY THEATRE | 9009 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
With its founder’s reputation preceding its own, the Neil Young-established legendary Roxy Theatre became the very locale for classic performances from a number of classic rock stars: Bruce Springsteen, Guns N’ Roses, Miles Davis, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam and so many others graced the stage of this venue, making it the nightlife and music entertainment staple it is today. While also playing host to comedy shows and performance art, the Roxy now has a “On The Rox” after-hours spot that gives guests a view overlooking the very hub of Sunset Boulevard that it sits on.
Upcoming shows: New calendar to be released soon.
THE VIPER ROOM | 8852 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
The Viper Room has gone through a series of transformations over the years since its inception: in the 1940s, it was a jazz bar and a gangster’s gambling den. Then it become Filthy McNasty in the 1960s, which eventually turned into a disco the following decade. But when Johnny Depp bought the club in 1993, the Viper Room made its final transformation into the music hub that it is today. Playing host to legendary performances from the likes of Tom Petty and Iggy Pop, nowadays, though the club is no longer owned by Depp, the Viper Room still plays host to local artists and DJs, often as the first in many steps to becoming a main-stage name.