KCRW-FM's December benefit concert plans scaled back to one night
Public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) is scaling back its plans for holiday fundraising concerts in December, dropping to a single night on Dec. 3 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
The "Are Friends Eclectic?" shows were slated on Dec. 2 with reggae star Jimmy Cliff as the headliner along with Brett Dennen, Fool’s Gold, White Denim and Mia Doi Todd, and on Dec. 3 with Iron & Wine topping a bill that would also have included Belle Brigade, Anna Calvi, Zee Avi and the Secret Sisters.
“Early ticket sales for the first night were slow, so we decided to make it one blockbuster night of KCRW music that will blow your mind,” KCRW music director Jason Bentley said in a statement issued Friday.
Cliff and Iron & Wine are now scheduled to play the Dec. 3 show, with the remainder of the bill to be determined. Tickets are priced from $55 to $200.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff from a 2003 performance in South Africa. Credit: Frank Micelotta / Getty Images.