Music & Performance
Part of the series Summer of Soul

Summer of Soul: Sam Sparro, The Rebirth + KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Chris Douridas

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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.

Sam Sparro
The Rebirth
+ KCRW DJs Andrew Byrd and Chris Douridas

Sam Sparro

Part soul crooner, part pop star with an ever-morphing, chameleon-like quality, Sam Sparro coasts a fine line between disarmingly earnest and chic, credible cool. He has become known not only for his distinct, scale-defying vocals and epic live shows, but also as a visual artist and style icon, inspired as much by Jean-Paul Goode and Andy Warhol as he is by Prince and James Murphy.

It was when his family moved from Australia to Los Angeles in 1993 that he became entrenched in music, spending every free moment playing his keyboard, programming beats, and singing with his church choir, led by the McCrary Sisters (who sang with musical legends- Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Chaka Khan).  His musical taste and knowledge stretches far and wide - from soul classics and pop obscurities to dance floor staples and mainstream delights.


The Rebirth

The word timeless best describes the sound of The Rebirth. While other artists are focused on recreating the latest trends, The Rebirth uses its seven-member fusion to keep the quintessential soul band experience center stage, while evolving the genre of soul music towards the future.

As much emphasis as the Rebirth places on the execution of its recordings, the same focus is found in their live performance. However, while the studio environment is one of refinement, the live medium is one of spontaneity. During each live performance, the musical conversation that happens between the band and their audience infuses new life into their songs. At each venue, the audience gives its own personalized response, resulting in each show having a unique stamp; and, no two shows are ever performed exactly the same way.

The Rebirth has toured the UK, Ireland and other European countries; they have played many festivals, including the SouthPort Weekender, Big Chill, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Blue Note tours in Japan, and The Culture Collide Festival. Now, along with the release of “Being Thru the Eyes of Child,” The Rebirth is gearing up once again to show and prove that soul music is still alive and that a passionate audience is out there searching for it.

The Rebirth members are Carlos “Loslito” Guaico, producer, keys & lead vocals; Baskerville Jones, lead vocals; Patrick Bailey, guitar; Chris Taylor, drums, vocals; Mark Cross, keys, synths, vocals; Daniel Seeff, bass; and Nikki Campbell, percussion.


Location: Courtyard 
Ticketing: This drop-in event 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.