This February, the J. Paul Getty Museum fires up the 2010 season of Saturday Nights at the Getty (formerly Friday Nights at the Getty), its popular series of free, contemporary performances. The 2010 season features Money Mark and Emily Wells, the Living Sisters, Rana Santacruz, and Micachu and the Shapes.
The series kicks off on February 27 with a special collaborative performance by Money Mark and Emily Wells. Violinist and singer Emily Wells whose love of rap music and Vivaldi influenced her musical style, which merges hip-hop and classical music. Musician and producer Money Mark has collaborated with the Beastie Boys several times and transformed their hip-hop sound to include his style of pop and funk beats. These two artists come together to create a unique sound, where classical roots meld with hip-hop rhythms, looped violin melodies, and funk, folk, Afro-Cuban, and Latin-inspired jams.
Next up, on March 13, is The Living Sisters, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriters Inara George (The Bird and the Bee), Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and Eleni Mandell. Bonded together with a mutual desire for “more harmony in the world,” they share songs from their soon to be released first album, "Love to Live."
On March 27, Mexican Bluegrass meets Irish Mariachi with Rana Santacruz's rock- and folk-inspired music. Featuring cajón, upright bass, accordion, guitar, banjo, jarana, violin, and trumpet, Santacruz starts in Ireland, runs through Appalachia, swings through New Orleans, and careens across Mexico with an eclectic mix of acoustic instrumentation. Lyrically, his songs tell short tales about broken hearts, sailors, dogs, turkeys, and farewells.
On April 17 the experimental pop trio Micachu and the Shapes will perform their distinctive music. Their boundary-blurring sound that brilliantly merges hip-hop-tingled beats, rock guitar, found samples, singalong melodies, and homemade instruments, including Levi’s signature adapted guitar, the Chu. The group is lead by the British musician Mica Levi who is classically trained and known for her experimental music in a variety of genres.
Admission is free, and so is parking after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday nights, when the Museum is open until 9:00 p.m.
Saturday Nights at the Getty 2010 Schedule
All concerts take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Admission is free; reservations are required. Parking is free after 5:00 p.m. For reservations call 310-440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.
Money Mark and Emily Wells
Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The Living Sisters
Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Micachu and the Shapes
Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.