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Music & Performance
Part of the series Summer Concerts 2018

Kauf with Sam Evian + KCRW DJ Valida

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Copresented with KCRW 89.9FM.

Music, Food Trucks, Cash Bar: 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Extended Gallery Hours—Made in L.A. 2018 open until 10 p.m.

Free live concerts and KCRW DJs in the museum’s courtyard. Food trucks and cash bars. 



With his original productions Kauf has achieved the near impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep. The rhythms, informed mostly by slowed down disco, support simple, emotive chord progressions with a melancholic bent. Dense layering, his own echo-laden vocals, and a penchant for distorted, imperfect sounds create the dominant motif, where the words sometimes ring out as if emerging from a barely remembered dream.

His debut album ‘Regrowth’ was released in October with massive support from Spotify and iTunes, landing on 7 official Spotify playlists including 'New Indie Mix' & 'Chill Vibes', and 2 spots on Apple's 'Today's Chill.' We've seen 5 singles alongside equally staggering remixes from some of the electronic world’s finest talents (Fort Romeau's edit was released on vinyl via Permanent Vacation). Four singles charted on Hype Machine's Most Popular Top 10 with Key to Life reaching #1, which resulted in Kauf entering the Top 10 of the HypeM 2016 Zeitgeist Chart. And 'Regrowth' peaked at #15 on the NACC's electronic radio charts.

Sam Evian

Sam Evian

Sam Evian, the project of New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer, Sam Owens, will release his sophomore album, You, Forever, on June 1st via Saddle Creek. You, Forever is Owens’s first foray into a more soul-baring sensibility following his debut album, Premium (2016), and last year’s collaboration with Chris Cohen, “Need You.” Lead single, “Health Machine,” is a crunchy, slow-burning but deliberate stomper glowing with warm electric guitar, saxophone wailing, and Owens’s reverb-laden lyrics about the unattainable health he would like to imagine for himself on tour.


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Public Transportation: The 20/720 buses and Santa Monica and Culver City Bus Lines all stop within one block of the museum. You can also take the Metro Expo Line to Westwood/Rancho Park and transfer to the northbound 8 bus, which stops just outside the museum.
Bags: All bags will be inspected. Items larger than 12” x 6” x 12” (including purses, bags, and backpacks) will not be permitted at the summer concerts. The museum also reserves the right to inspect or prohibit any items deemed to be a security risk.
Accessible Seating for Guests with Disabilities: The Hammer Museum strives to provide accessible seating to our patrons needing specific accommodations and to ensure that wheelchair-accessible locations are reserved for guests who require such an accommodation. A limited amount of wheelchairs available upon request (request in advance by calling 310-443-7912).