Copresented with KCRW 89.9FM
Happy hour 6:30 p.m.
Music 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the Hammer’s summer exhibitions with four nights of free live concerts and KCRW DJs in the museum’s courtyard. Galleries open until 9 p.m. Cash bar and food trucks (Border Grill, Grilled Cheese Truck, and The Pudding Truck).
Amber Mark grew up anywhere and everywhere. Her mother was an artist, so they regularly journeyed around the world, oscillating between Miami and New York, spending time in India, and then taking up residence in Berlin. “Anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance” read the pamphlet Amber Mark was handed by the hospice nurse, citing the five main steps of grief. But it was different for Amber as she sat by her mother’s bed, watching as she passed away. Her debut self-written and self-produced EP, 3:33 AM—a deeply moving and meditative platter of earthly experimental pop - is inspired by those stages of grief - a kaleidoscopic mix of the music she listened to as a child—jazz, soul, Indian classical and hip-hop—with sometimes up and sometimes downtempo electronica. When Amber uploaded her first song, “Space” to Soundcloud back in January 2016, she wasn’t expecting anything to happen. Within a matter of months, the song was picked up by Zane Lowe, landing on the iTunes homepage and pushing a shocked and unsigned Amber Mark up to 35 in Spotify’s ‘Global Viral Chart’. Now with the release of 3:33 AM she’s setting out to prove that was no fluke.
Maria del Pilar
Melodic, sweet and tough as nails, listening to María del Pilar is like hearing the soundtrack of a quinceañera for a riot grrrl. Former lead singer of Los Abandoned, she was the voice of the bilingual youth movement in the US during the early millennium. Now she has taken her sound to a more personal level, adding her beloved ukulele and a prolific ability to spin out intimate pop songs that rock. It’s a broad appeal earned through distinctive songwriting choices like bilingual lyrics, odd-meter tempos, and infectious hooks. María del Pilar (MDP) credits those choices to her background as a Latina, an immigrant, and a pop music lover with punk rock roots.
All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, and all Hammer members.
The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.