The Broad announces Summer Happenings lineup feat. Jenny Hval, Devendra Banhart, A Place To Bury Strangers

Devendra Banhart, Farah Sosa

Devendra Banhart — Photos by Farah Sosa

Returning for a second season of awesome live music (and art), The Broad has announced its 2017 lineup for their Summer Happenings concert series. This year’s selections of musical acts will include: Jenny Hval, Vaginal Davis, Kembra Pfahler, Xiu Xiu, Devendra Banhart, Afrirampo, Miho Hatori, A Place to Bury Strangers, Geneva Jacuzzi, Zebra Katz, DJ Rashida, Downtown Boys, Mecca Vazie Andrews and more. View the detailed lineup below.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, The Broad is one of Los Angeles’ hottest museums. The Summer Happenings concert series at The Broad, will animate important influences of leading contemporary music and performance. All performances will pop off throughout various spaces at the museum and the outdoor plaza.

Summer Happenings at The Broad Will take place one Saturday night a month, beginning June 24 and ending September 23.


Tickets to Summmer Happenings at The Broad are priced at $25 in advance (per show). You can save some money with The Broad’s new Series Pass option. Ticket purchasers will be able to purchase a pass for all four Summer Happenings for a savings of $25. Additionally, a create-your-own series option will allow purchasers to select any two or more events and save $5 on each.



Saturday, June 24 | 8:30 p.m.
Summer Happening at The Broad—Warhol Icon
BandsJenny Hval, Kembra Pfahler, Rose McDowall, Tiny Vipers and Geneva Jacuzzi

The first program in Summer Happenings at The Broad is Warhol Icon, inspired by Nico, the German singer-songwriter, model and actress who became famous as one of Andy Warhol’s superstars in the 1960s. The program covers the breadth of her work from the Velvet Underground, through later synth collaborations, to her neo-folk approaches. Musical performances by Jenny Hval, Kembra Pfahler, Rose McDowall, Tiny Vipers and Geneva Jacuzzi evoke Nico’s experimental approaches toward music, while forging new frontiers within each artist’s respective practices. Vaginal Davis weaves her performance with a rare screening of Philippe Garrel’s collaborative film starring Nico and Pierre Clementi, The Inner Scar, the histrionics of which are echoed in Nao Bustamante’s video installation, positioned in the lobby of The Broad. Taken as a whole, Warhol Icon surveys a lasting musical legacy still resoundingly felt today.

Saturday, July 29 | 8:30 p.m
Summer Happening at The Broad—Strange Forest
Bands: Devendra Banhart, Ikue Mori, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto

The second program in Summer Happenings at The Broad takes its title from the work of Takashi Murakami, who has long found inspiration in the collaged cultures that emerged in Japan at the end of the Tokugawa period of isolation. Strange Forest presents artists who work with those traditional and Western influences in real-time. The evening opens with Tokiko Ihara, who plays the Sho, a meditative traditional woodwind instrument. This contrasts with the blistering female drum and guitar duo Afrirampo and the solo artist Oorutaichi, known for his “drifting folklore music” that combines electronic music, folk and pop with his own invented language. Those Japan-based groups are joined by ex-DNA member Ikue Mori and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, who arrived to NYC in the 1970s and 1990s respectively, both unintentionally joining bands and quickly developing their own styles in the downtown NYC music scene. The evening also features L.A. based Devendra Banhart, whose last album “Ape in the Pink Marble” was deeply inspired by Japanese culture, and onetime Ponytail member Dustin Wong in collaboration with Takako Minekawa.

Saturday, Aug. 26 | 8:30 p.m.
Summer Happening at The Broad—Oracle
Bands: A Place to Bury Strangers, Xiu Xiu

August’s Summer Happening is inspired by themes of globalization, surveillance and the underlying systems and forces at work in the world that make up the current exhibition Oracle. Oracle the Happening strives to reclaim that heightened experience and anxiety as artists pick up abundant stereotypes and play prophet, sage, historian and cheerleader. A Place to Bury Strangers performs what could be a soundtrack for the apocalypse, while Xiu Xiu make music for people opposed to and opposed by the horror and disquiet of life. Transformative performance artist Linda Mary Montano offers healings and blessings, and Keijaun Thomas will perform his work, “Distance is not Separation”. The third-floor galleries will feature a Xenolalia room – the Christian missionary spirit gift or ability to speak in an unlearned language – with poets Raquel Gutiérrez, Elliot Reed and Lisa Teasley, and musicians Gabie Strong, Pauline Gloss and David Harrow.


Saturday, Sept. 23 | 8:30 p.m.
Summer Happening at The Broad—Jean-Michel Basquiat
Bands: Zebra Katz, Downtown Boys, DJ Rashida and Michael Stock

Punk meets hip hop, gay meets straight, black meets white, and downtown party meets uptown art world— influences that made Jean Michel Basquiat the man he was. Zebra Katz and Downtown Boys provide a musical clash of punk and hip hop. DJ Rashida and Michael Stock turn The Oculus into a downtown dance party. Mecca V A and The MOVEMENT movement and Jay Carlon offer choreographed interventions and “dance-bombs.” Shani Crowe’s performance is centered on cultural coiffure and beauty ritual related to the diasporic African, and Damon Locks will present a sound piece based on themes found in Basquiat’s paintings.

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