Giving Thanks for All the Cool Kids

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to everyone who has supported our programming so far this year. You’re the cool kids.

We’ve had some amazing performances already and there’s more in store.

Our second post-show party of the year November 12 was among the best we’ve ever had, celebrating the funky Cambodian style of Dengue Fever in their first Royce Hall headlining performance, laying down an eclectic and groovy live score to the classic silent film The Lost World.

In a review of Dengue’s  2008 release Ocean’s of Venus the LA Times called the band’s style” sexy and eclectic, it’s world music for the cool kids.”

And clearly, we were surrounded by cool kids just a few short weekends ago, check out these pics of Dengue band members partying with fans after the show. After a much-deserved standing ovation, the band mingled with fans and chilled to fantastic global sounds from KCRW’s world music guru Tom Schnabel on decks in our lobby.

Dengue Fever's Zac Holtzman with UCLA Live partygoers.

Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol with UCLA Live partygoers.

There’s more in store. If you haven’t heard of Karsh Kale, it’s time you got into him.

He’s a groundbreaker, a risk taker, a fierce luminary of electronic fusion and one of the founders of the pure force of music nature that is Tabla Beat Science.

And he’ll be here January 29 spinning mad tracks to crazy visuals backed by fellow Indian fusionists and cool kids MIDIVal Pundits.

I’m personally excited that my friend and founder of one of my favorite yoga studios in town, electric violinist Dorian Cheah will be part of the onstage mix too.

Check out his sick skills in this video. (He often performs live music for his wife’s yoga class, but not like this!)

Definitely a cool kid.

This is a not-to-be-missed night. So show up.

And for all you jazz-loving cool kids, next weekend we have the Alice Coltrane Tribute. You won’t see a lineup like this anywhere else in town this year.  Maybe ever.

Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Nels Cline of Wilco and Flying Lotus, Alice Coltrane’s great-nephew and rising multi-genre electronica experimentalist are some of the most exciting artists in modern alternative music. They’re paying homage to this legendary jazz icon exclusively on our stage, with help from other jazz icons McCoy Tyner on Keys, Han Bennink on percussion, Daniel Carter on sax, Michael White on jazz violin and more.

It doesn’t get much cooler than generations and genres colliding in reverence to one of the greatest, most adventurous and most spiritually inclined performers in music history—Alice Coltrane.

So enjoy your holiday weekend, eat your turkey, give thanks for all the great music, artists and fellow cool kids in your life and get yourselves to UCLA Live for some cool music this winter.