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The Broad's late-night music Summer Happenings are returning with performances from Devendra Banhart, Xiu Xiu and more

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

The secret to skipping the line at the Broad? It's not the free reservations—though we do suggest those—but rather paying for passes to the museum's progressive, highly curated late-night music series.

The Broad will once again host Summer Happenings, an after-hours music and performance series that tasks its participants with responding to the themes within the museum's collection and current exhibition, Oracle.

Devendra Banhart, Xiu Xiu, A Place to Bury Strangers, Downtown Boys and Jenny Hval, among others, lead this summer's ticketed concert series. The events take place across the Broad's courtyard and gallery spaces on one Saturday each month, from June through September.

Tickets for each event are $25 and go on sale Wednesday, May 24 at noon. Each ticket includes full access to the museum. If you're interested in the whole series, you can pick up a series pass for $75, or pick out two or more for a $5 discount on each.

As with last year's inaugural series, each session of Summer Happenings will pair musical performances with multimedia artists responding to works from Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others in the Broad collection.

Check out the full lineup below.

Warhol Icon
June 24, 8:30pm

Inspired by German singer-songwriter Nico, this program includes musical performances by Jenny Hval, Kembra Pfahler, Rose McDowall, Tiny Vipers and Geneva Jacuzzi, with a mixed-media performance by Vaginal Davis and a video installation by Nao Bustamante. Writers Bradford Nordeen and Brandon Stosuy curate.

Strange Forest
July 29, 8:30pm

Feudal Japan meets Western culture in this Takashi Murakami-inspired show, with music from Tokiko Ihara, Afrirampo, Oorutaichi, Ikue Mori, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Dustin Wong, Takako Minekawa and Devendra Banhart. Producer Ryu Takahashi and writer Brandon Stosuy curate.

Aug 26, 8:30pm

Globalization and surveillance inspire this performance by A Place to Bury Strangers and Xiu Xiu, with performance art works Linda Mary Montano and Keijuan Thomas. The third-floor will feature an experimental language room with poets Raquel Gutiérrez, Elliot Reed and Lisa Teasley, and musicians Gabie Strong, Pauline Gloss and David Harrow. Performance artist Ron Athey and artist James Spooner curate.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Sept 23, 8:30pm

This evening of binary oppositions covers a wild array of genres, with music from Zebra Katz, Downtown Boys, DJ Rashida and Michael Stock, with dance from Mecca V A, the MOVEMENT movement and Jay Carlon, plus pieces from Shani Crowe and Damon Locks. Artist James Spooner curates.

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