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These free summer concerts put female musicians in the spotlight

Written by
Brittany Martin

This summer, the Hammer Museum and KCRW Summer Nights are teaming up for a series of free concerts that put women on center stage. The series, titled Rebel Rebel, will present a mix of female artists and KCRW DJs for outdoor, all-ages concerts on the Hammer grounds. 

The series runs for four consecutive Thursday evenings in July, launching on July 6 with performances by Grace Mitchell, a young pop singer fresh off an appearance at Coachella, and a rousing set by the globally-influenced percussion ensemble WARGIRL. Before the musicians take the stage, KCRW’s Valida will be (wo)manning the decks.

On July 13, the soulful singer Niia will strike a sultry note, followed by local songwriter SPELLES who incorporates a blend of genres from tribal to delicate in her work. A set from DJ Anne Litt rounds out the night. Return the next week for on-the-cusp electronic music star ELOHIM, records spun by Marion Hodges, and Suzi Analouge’s mix of DJ sampling with live vocals with a backdrop of engaging visuals by Never Normal.       

Rebel Rebel wraps up on July 27 with pop experimentalist Amber Mark, quirky bilingual tunes (with ukulele accompaniments and hooks for days) by Maria del Pilar, and DJ selections by Liza Richardson.

The concerts are free and open to the public without tickets or reservations, so you’ll want to arrive early to be sure to get a spot. A cash bar will offer drinks and light snacks starting at 6:30 and the music starts at 7pm. The museum will stay open until 9pm so you can check out the galleries in between sets. 

The Rebel Rebel concert series presented by KCRW Summer Nights takes place at the Hammer Museum on July 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 6:30pm. Admission is free and all-ages.


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