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KCRW's 'Summer Nights' free concert series kicks off June 11 in Pasadena

May 11, 2011 | 11:37 am

Motopony-Genevieve Pierson 
KCRW-FM’s (89.9) Summer Nights series of free concerts in various L.A.-area communities kicks off this year a bit ahead of the formal arrival of summer, with a June 11 appearance in Pasadena by Argentine rocker Diego Garcia, former lead singer of garage rock band Elefant.

Garcia’s solo show will be one of two at One Colorado in Old Pasadena, and will be followed June 25 by Seattle group Motopony.

As the summer continues, KCRW will host  two shows in the Grand Performances series of concerts in downtown L.A., the first on July 15 with Afro-pop group Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, the next on July 22 with New York DJ Joaquin “Joe” Claussell and his sextet re-creating classic Latin recordings. Palenke Soultribe will share the bill with Claussell and his band.

Additionally, KCRW’s all-ages Also I Like to Rock series returns Thursdays, starting in July at the Hammer Museum, with participating performers to be announced. All of the Summer Nights concerts are free and open to all ages. Additional information as it becomes available will be found at KCRW's website.


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Photo of Seattle rock group Motopony. Credit: Genevieve Pierson.