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May 23, 2013

Getty Presents the Work of Musical Architects in Sonic Overdrive: Songs and Stories through the Streets of Los Angeles

Performances highlight diverse musical responses to the city's built environment

Friday, May 31, 2013, 7 p.m.
At the Getty Center


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Alexandria Sivak
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6473

From top left, clockwise: Silversun Pickups, Exene Cervenka, La Santa Cecilia, Busdriver, Chris Hillman, Merry Clayton

On May 31, the Getty presents Sonic Overdrive, a special one-night performance of songs and stories that explore the eclectic sonic environment of Los Angeles. Hosted by music critic, scholar, and curator Josh Kun, the evening's lineup offers a journey through musical geographies from East L.A. to Malibu. The concert complements the exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990, on view at the Getty Center through July 20, 2013, as well as the city-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

The terrain of Los Angeles is overlaid with dynamic musical maps—the city's unique history, diversity, hybridity, and rapid urban growth have created an incredibly rich soundtrack. Sonic Overdrive’s performers include
Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Exene Cervenka (X, The Knitters), Underground hip-hop veteran Busdriver, Latin fusion band La Santa Cecilia, soul and gospel legend Merry Clayton, alt-rock favorites Silversun Pickups, and a guest appearance by students from the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of Los Angeles’s most distinctive voices come together to celebrate music’s role in shaping our sense of L.A.’s urban landscape,” said Kun. “These artists are the musical architects of Los Angeles, and this night offers a special opportunity to build their legacy at the Getty.”

Sonic Overdrive: Songs and Stories through the Streets of Los Angeles
Date: Friday, May 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Admission: Tickets $20. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit the event website.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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From May 24–August 30, 2013
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