Music & Performance
Part of the series Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul: Dam–Funk, Martin Luther + KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos

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The Hammer and KCRW 89.9FM present Summer of Soul, four free nights of live music that shine a light on the timeless power of soul music with a diverse line-up of talented musical acts in the Hammer’s courtyard.

A happy hour with cash bar starts at 6:30 p.m. KCRW DJ sets start at 7:30 p.m., and live music starts at 8:15 p.m. The museum’s gallery hours will be extended to 9 p.m. so guests can enjoy the Hammer exhibitions.

Martin Luther
+ KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos


Known as Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk," Dam-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dãm (pronounced: 'Dame' as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-'80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk. 

As a DJ/selector, Dam attracts the most discerning Boogie Funk afficionados within driving distance of his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties. But it's not just collectors at the bar toasting to the melodic sounds. Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince, Prelude Records and the like, will get a dose of those groups' unknown contemporaries – more obscure but equally Funk-worthy.

Martin Luther

Martin Luther McCoy, professionally known as Martin Luther, is a singer songwriter who is fiercely determined to bring his brand of Rebel soul music to ears thirsting for truth, funk, rock and soul. Martin started writing songs at age six and now his gorgeous tenor voice has captivated the hearts of audiences worldwide with his ubiquitous cover of George Harrison’s Beatles White album classic, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps” which appeared on the multi platinum Across the Universe Soundtrack. A truly gifted music visionary whose penchant for fashion, blending of electronic and organic sounds, studying with the masters of hip hop, funk, rock and soul music all combine as ingredients for the making of a rebel soul. ‘’In the church, in the house and the streets, there was always music and all of it moved me…so it was just a matter of time before the melodies in my head and the words in my heart sought their own voice and set me on a mission to create what is authentic to me and add my pinch of beauty to the world.’’ 


Location: Courtyard 
Ticketing: This drop-in program is not ticketed.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.