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Grammy Museum to launch Homegrown series spotlighting L.A.-area music on May 31 with Andy Grammer* (Updated)

May 17, 2011 |  5:29 pm

Andy Grammer In the 2 ½ years since the Grammy Museum opened in  downtown L.A., the facility has cast its net far and wide for the subjects of both exhibits and its ongoing question-answer and performance sessions with musicians.

At the end of this month the museum will inaugurate a series that shines a light locally with Homegrown, a program devoted to artists working in and around Los Angeles.

The first installment will be given to Andy Grammer, who in relatively short time has moved from busking at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, “selling my CDs I’d burned at Kinko’s,” to grabbing opening slots this summer for Natasha Bedingfield and Kate Voegele.  Besides the high-profile performance spots, Grammer also nabbed a prime-time shout-out recently from Taylor Swift, who tweeted to her 6 million-plus Twitter followers that she was singing his single “Keep Your Head Up” on her way to rehearsals for her incipient North American tour.

Grammy Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman will chat with Grammer about the career transformation and Grammer will highlight songs from his forthcoming debut album, “Andy Grammer,” coming on June 14. Tickets are $10 and available at the museum’s website or by calling (213) 765-6800.

*Updated May 18 at 11:39 a.m.: The only other confirmed date in the new series will be a June 22 evening with Airborne Toxic Event. More programs in the series are expected to be solidified later ths week, a museum spokeswoman said. Eventually the museum aims to offer Homegrown programs about twice a month. The spokeswoman also said these will differ somewhat from the museum's usual Q&A sessions, focusing more music, less on talk, as artists will briefly discuss their backgrounds and music and then play 45 minute sets in the museum's 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.

For the Record: Andy Grammer title: an earlier version of this post listed the title of Andy Grammer's forthcoming album as "Introducing Andy Grammer."


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Photo of Andy Grammer. Credit: Shore Fire Media.