SURPRISE….we’re back!! The Sirens of Sirens & Scoundrels have been off on other adventures recently, but since two of our favorite things in the world are Los Angeles + Summer, we’re popping back up to let you in on all our best-of-Summer-fun faves to make sure you don’t miss a thing! We cannot wait to share our latest hot finds and delicious discoveries to help make your days brighter and your nights even cooler.
When it comes to cool nights, look no further than Kensington Presents, an event collective that consistently delivers the best-of-the-best live music in unusual locations. Known for their epic secret concerts at the Viaduct downtown, the fellas of Kensington have broadened their reach in recent years. What started as a tiny porch concert series at their home in Highland Park now includes intimate shows at York Manor, Resident & Hot Shot Muffler, along with larger curated events throughout the city. This summer, Kensington is busy brewing up tons of live music magic for your ultimate listening pleasure.
FUTURE SOUNDS at The Viaduct
Saturday August 3rd, Kensington will be throwing their first one-day festival FUTURE SOUNDS at the incomparably cool Viaduct—our favorite music destination in the city. FUTURE SOUNDS is a full evening of live music and immersive experiences, including food vendors, craft bars, performance art, improv poetry, projection mapping and activations by Wild Riot. The festival line-up is sure to stir your soul with performances by “pop rocket Jesse Jo Stark, sultry R&B vocalist Raquel Rodriguez, neo-soul phenom Stan Taylor, disco duo CAPYAC, electro-soul artist syd B and jazz-funk virtuoso Floyd Fuji“.
For an inside scoop on what to expect, here’s what we’ve had to say about our past experiences at the Viaduct~
“Stepping into The Viaduct feels like unlocking the door to The Secret Garden—if that garden was a tiny park and entertainment venue hidden under Downtown’s Buena Vista Bridge beside the LA River with the MTA line zooming like a silver bullet overhead. Located deep in the far end of Los Angeles State Historic Park with the sweeping cityscape twinkling in the background, it really doesn’t get much cooler than this…Filled with genuine music lovers gathered together to celebrate live music, dance and have a great time, Kensington at The Viaduct is a magical night out that just has to be experienced to be fully understood. It’s a feeling. It’s a peak music moment. And you should be there.”
Get your tickets to FUTURE SOUNDS HERE~
FUTURE SOUNDS at The Viaduct. Saturday Aug 3rd, 2019, 4:00pm-Midnight. Event is 21+. Tickets are currently $25. After 7/31, they go up to $30. $45 VIP tickets get you two drink tickets, VIP entrance & a Future Sounds tote bag by Made Daze. A portion of all proceeds go to support music education nonprofit In The Band.
Concerts on The BLOC
The third Thursday of every month of Summer, the new open-air retail plaza The Bloc in DTLA hosts Concerts on The Bloc, a free live-music event curated by Kensington. KCRW’s DJ Novena Carmel hosts the night, with new musicians showcased each month. Grab a drink and a snack from the pop-up wine bar, take a seat on one of the comfy lawn chairs spread across the private “lawn”, cozy up under their soft fuzzy blankets and enjoy a thoroughly civilized, intimate evening of great music under our city stars. When we went, we had the supreme pleasure of lounging front-row with Hamish Anderson’s soulful and rollicking modern blues. Upcoming acts include India Carney & Raelee Nikole. This is the perfect spot to kick off a romantic date night or a mellow hang with friends before heading out on the town.
RSVP for your FREE tickets HERE~
Concerts on The Bloc. Final show Thursday August 15th, 6:30pm. Event is 21+. Beer & wine available for purchase. Improv poetry by Ars Poetica. Tickets are FREE, but you must RSVP in advance via the Eventbrite link above.
Chinatown Summer Nights
Set right in the heart of Chinatown, one of our absolute favorite summer festivities is Chinatown Summer Nights. KCRW & LA Weekly have partnered to create a vibrant and electric all-ages celebration unlike any other. Giant rainbow confetti poppers explode overhead while your favorite KCRW DJs spin the night away under Central Plaza’s Chinese lanterns and neon lights for an unforgettably soul-lifting dance party. Across the street on the LA Weekly stage, live bands curated by Kensington play against a glittering city-at-night backdrop. With food trucks, outdoor movies and art exhibits to be discovered as you wind your way between stages, this is a Summer event not to be missed. If you’re into pure JOY and unadulterated DELIGHT, grab your gang and head out for the final night of the season on Saturday August 10th. Did we mention it’s totally free?
Chinatown Summer Nights. Saturday August 10th, 5pm-midnight. All ages. FREE, no RSVP required. Event schedule HERE.
JOY! DELIGHT! Click on the video below for a sneak peek at Chinatown Summer Nights:
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Happy Summering!! xoxo Sirens & Scoundrels
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Read more about Kensington Presents at the Viaduct: HERE.
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Words by Christina Huntington // Photography & Video by Sarah Prikryl
Additional Video by Dominic Lopez
Promo Imagery for “Future Sounds” artists and “The Bloc” subject to copyright
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