KCRW To Relaunch First Fridays on January 6th with Mariachi El Bronx

Public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) will be presenting the First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum for the 3rd year in a row in 2012, with KCRW DJs spinning throughout the evening in the African Mammal Hall lounge.

This is the 8th season of the after hours series, where the museum doors are open until 10pm and packed with music lovers eager to see some of today’s best up and coming buzz bands. The event is all ages and tickets can be purchased in advance here. (details below)

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez will be the resident DJ for each of the six shows, with one additional KCRW DJ joining him each night. KCRW’s newest DJ, Travis Holcombe, will be at the first show on January 6.

East Los Angeles trio El- Haru Kuroi will kick off the music performance portion of the evening, before a headlining set from Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of punk band the Bronx. Their sound is a chaotic, exotic culture clash inspired equally by Black Flag and Los Lobos.

Of course, it’s not all about the music. The festivities begin at 5:30 pm, with curatorial tours and a discussion.

The theme for First Fridays 2012 is “This Time It’s Personal”.

TOUR: 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm Understanding the nature of science: prospects and problems- with Dr. Kirk Fitzhugh

DISCUSSION: 6:30pm – (“The Believing Brain: From Ghosts And Gods To Politics And Conspiracies – How We Construct Beliefs And ReInforce Them As Trusts” with Dr. Michael Shermer


WHEN: Friday, January 6, 2012. Extended Museum hours until 10:00 PM.

WHERE: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007.

ADMISSION: Concert Ticket +Museum Admission ($18) / Museum Admission ($12)

Guided tours and discussions are available on a first come, first served basis to all ticket-holders.

It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity for the evening is limited and often sells out early. There will be a limited number of tickets sold on-site the evening of the event; however, once on-site tickets are sold out, admission to the Museum and/or Concert may not be available.

For more information, visit www.nhm.org/firstfridays, call (213) 763-DINO or email performances@nhm.org.

About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio’s flagship station for Southern California. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.

About the Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County serves nearly one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM (Exposition Park), the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California). For more information, visit the Museum’s website at www.nhm.org or call (213) 763-DINO.

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