Dexter Story music directs an all-star band for the New Year’s Eve festivities at Grand Park on Sunday, December 31.
What’s up Los Angeles? Dance your heart out and into 2018 with best friends, sweeties, friendly neighbors, and those cousins from out-of-town at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to dream together and welcome new beginnings with a countdown on City Hall, live music, food, and photo booths in one big, beautiful, colorful Angeleno experience to remember! #NYELA
The event begins at 8pm on December 31, 2017 and ends at 1am on January 1, 2018.
Grand Park + The Music Center:
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
This is a free event. There’s no cost to attend.
Can’t make it to N.Y.E.L.A.? Watch the biggest New Years Eve celebration on the West Coast on Facebook Live starting at 8pm on New Years Eve. A six man camera crew 🎥 will be capturing the whole night leading up to the big countdown to 2018.
Watch the live countdown to 2018.
Commentary: I am grateful to Grand Park and The Music Center for allowing me to bring an all-star band to Grand Park for their New Year’s Eve festivities this year.
Acclaimed musician, producer, live remixer and composer Mark de Clive-Lowe teams up with multi-hyphenate musician Dexter Story to bring you a special live set of reworked music from the latter’s two recent album “Seasons” and “Wondem”.
Dexter Story – Vocals, Keys, Guitar
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Keys, Programming, Production
Esinam Dogbatse – Flute, Vocals, Percussion
Andrea Lo – Bass Guitar
Dexter Story plays drum set with acclaimed flutist Nicole Mitchell and her ensemble on October 26, 2017 at Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA.
Michael Dessen & Nicole Mitchell
Presented by UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Irvine Barclay Theatre
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Active since 2003, the Michael Dessen Trio has been praised by critics for its unique blend of intricate composition, open improvisation and live electronics. With three releases on Clean Feed Records and a fourth coming in 2017, the band is especially known for their immersive, continuous live sets and for recordings produced with the same spirit. This performance will premiere new works designed to feature renowned guests Nicole Mitchell (flute) and Joshua White (piano).
The west coast premiere of When Life’s Door Opens is a multi-movement work by creative flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, written for a chamber ensemble and three vocalists from contrasting improvisational traditions. The creative libretto for When Life’s Door Opens is based on a long-form poem of the same name, also by Nicole Mitchell. Mitchell has been recognized as “Top Flutist of the Year” by DownBeat Critics Poll for six years in a row (2010-2016).
Part of the Distinguished Artist Series
Students & Children (under 17) $14
Dexter Story performs drum set with Adam Rudolph’s Go:Organic Orchestra live at RedCat Theatre on October 7, 2017. The evening is billed as Moving Pictures + Go:Organic Orchestra.
Go: Organic Orchestra
Go: Organic Orchestra is a 21st century vision of a “future orchestra”. Artistic director Adam Rudolph’s prototypical approach to composing and improvisational conducting embraces music forms and cosmologies from around the world.
Using a non-linear score with his unique approach to rhythm as the seed material, Rudolph improvisationally conducts the musicians in concert. This creates spontaneous orchestrations which serve as both context and inspiration for the musicians improvisational dialogue.
Over the past two decades Rudolph has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in the Go: Organic Orchestra concept in throughout North America and Europe.
The multicultural dynamic of Go: Organic Orchestra itself expresses a creative vision of our shared humanity. It is a realization of creative community in a world without boundaries; of culture as the vessel for understanding, empathy and sharing.
ADAM RUDOLPH – COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR
BENNIE MAUPIN – BASS CLARINET, SOPRANO SAX
Fawntice Finesse – flutes
Thomas Stones – flutes
Damon Banks– el. bass
Kenny Wessel– el. guitar, banjo
Alexis Marcelo – fender rhodes, piano
Randy Gloss – gongs, frame drums, percussion
Munyungo Jackson – congas, percussion
Hamid Drake – drum set, percussion
Dexter Story – drum set, percussions
Carlos NiÑo – coloristic percussion
Gustavo Bulgach – B flat clarinet
Pablo Calogero – bass clarinet, Tibetan trumpet
Ralph M. Jones – flutes, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor sax
Charles Sharp – contra bass and B flat clarinets
Michael Birnbryer – clarinet, bass clarinet
Myka Miller – oboe, english horn
Tara Speiser – bassoon
Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn
Ronit Kirchman – el. violin
Emily Hay – flutes
Ellen Burr – flutes
Dexter Story and Mark de Clive-Lowe team up for a live remix of Dexter Story’s past music releases on Saturday, October 7 at Eagle Rock Music Festival. de Clive-Lowe will take the stage interpretations by the band and process them to create something new and exciting.
Dexter Story teams with Rocio Contreras, Tafarai Bayne and Community Coalition staff to co-produce the 6th Annual South LA Power Fest on Saturday, September 2 at Martin Luther King Jr. park.
Join us for the 6th Annual South LA Power Fest on September 2, 2017. Power Fest is the premier political music festival in South LA that attracts thousands of families in a day of celebration, empowerment, and education.
Come enjoy great music, art installations, good food, health resources, and special activities for kids! You’re not going to want to miss this amazing, FREE event.
This year’s Power Fest will bring South LA communities together to reclaim space, celebrate our successes, and build momentum for upcoming campaigns.
RSVP at our website: http://SouthLAPowerfest.com/
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
SPECIAL GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!
FEATURING INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING starting at 12PM in our Together We Rise LA and Empowerment Tents and our Kids Zone!
RSVP at our website: http://SouthLAPowerfest.com/
Dexter Story’s Wondem band performs live in Glendale at The Open Arts & Music Festival on September 17 at 5pm. The band will play music from the 2015 Wondem release as well as new material from the upcoming Soundway album.
2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival is a free family-friendly event in the heart of Downtown Glendale and is produced in collaboration with artists, performers, community leaders, local businesses, and organizations.
Live music performances by:
Run River North
El Santo Golpe
- Public Art Installations and Video Projections by Y_NIS
- Kids Area with a Rock Climbing Wall, Instrument Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Life-sized games, and more!
- Arts Market featuring all-ages activities and workshops
- Craft Beer Garden at the Alex Theatre Forecourt
- Community Resource Center
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA
Free & All-Ages
Presented by Glendale Arts and the Downtown Glendale Association
Want to get involved?
Volunteer: Click here
Dexter Story celebrates the release of director Lake Bell’s “I Do… Until I Don’t” film on September 1. Story composed the original music score.
Lake Bell’s ‘I Do…Until I Don’t’ Locks Down Labor Day Weekend Opening
Dexter Story sings in the choir with Kamasi Washington live at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, August 23. Kamasi opens his first solo bowl show for the master Herbie Hancock with live strings, choir and the West Coast Get Down.
Continually re-imagining jazz, the ever-ingenious Oscar- and multiple Grammy-winning pianist Herbie Hancock will bring his newest mind-blowing explorations to life with his amazing new band. L.A. native Kamasi Washington’s groundbreaking debut album The Epic and his stunning live performances around the world have brought the legacy of 20th century jazz to a new cohort of millennial hip-hop fans and more.
Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.
Questions? Call the Box Office at 323.850.2000 or visit http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/herbie-hancock-kamasi-washington/2017-08-23
Dexter Story co-produces and music directs “Mothership Landing,” a concert celebrating 1977 cosmic funk album releases by Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Sun Ra on Saturday, July 29.
Join us for FREE summer concerts in DTLA!
40 years ago, funk music hit critical mass with the release of groundbreaking Afrofurist-themed albums like Live P-Funk Earth Tour, Funkentelechy and All ‘N All that would ignite dance floors and shape R&B and hip-hop culture forever. Join us to celebrate the cosmic genius of George Clinton, Maurice White, William “Bootsy” Collins, Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison, Sun Ra and more…
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Dexter Story performs on drum set with World Stage founder and international poet Kamau Daaood on Saturday, July 9, 2017.
Sunday, July 9, 2017 1-5pm | Jazz at the Clayton
Double M Jazz Salon
Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots
Kamau Daaood and a Band of Griots are Kamau Daaood, poet; Kamau Kenyatta, piano
and saxophone; Teodross Avery, saxophone; Trevor Ware, bass; Dexter Story, drums.
- 12:30PM DOORS OPEN
- 1-1:30PM KAMAU DAAOOD INTERVIEWED BY JEFFREY WINSTON
- 2-3:30PM PERFORMANCE
Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://goo.gl/zgYI8F.
Click here (PDF) for information.
Dexter Story curates BP Hall for The Music Center’s Sleepless event on June 16, 2017. This Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours explores the living maze of Walt Disney Concert Hall with all its curious angles and hidden spaces. See the hall transformed by DJs, sonic experiences, projections, dance parties and interactive installations with rare access to the hall’s backstage areas and private rooms. Stay up, get lost and find yourself.
- A backstage exploration of The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall curated by the artist collective behind the Griffith Park Teahouse and Petal Drop LA and featuring a strange and surprising view of the city, enhanced by intriguing sights, smells and textures;
- Get moving in BP hall with beats curated by Dexter Story from Anthony Valadez and DJ Phatrick hosted by KG Superstar and including artist Jesse Gilbert’s real-time video capture of the crowd, distorted and projected in large scale;
- A birch tree maze designed by scenic artist Martin Vallejo accompanied by evocative music by Ed Barguiarena and ethereal lighting by Sohail Najafi;
- Encounter Sleepless census takers who will gather late night truths about you, curated by artist Ashley Sparks.
- Dance to goth, industrial and new beat sounds as DUBLAB turns the Founders room into a dark psychedelic house of mirrors. DJ sets by Remy Marc, Sarah Toones, and Jamal Sharaf El Deen, and installation work by Suzy Poling;
- Choose Lost OR Found — a one-of-a-kind, intimate, up close and personal live performance in the intimacy of the Listening Rooms with performances by Fabiano Do Nascimento, Katisse Buckingham and Artyom Manukyan, curated by Ed Barguiarena;
- Nesting in signature Sleepless bean bags amid the other-worldly sounds of Grace Oh’s crystal singing bowls with artists Annik Mendez, Helane Anderson of Sacral Sounds, The Koshi Fairies, Plantwave, and the Sacred Toning Circle.
Cocktails and small bites available for purchase.
Information and artists subject to change.
SLEEPLESS: THE MUSIC CENTER AFTER HOURS
June 16, 2017
11:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Parking is $5 after 8:00 p.m.
Dexter Story guests on Dublab.com with a 2-hour DJ set of African music on May 31, 2017.
Listen Here: http://dublab.com/events/50398/dexter-story-guest-session/?lang=/
Dexter Story confirms acceptance into the 2017 – 2019 APAP USC Leadership Fellows Program. The cohort intensive begins in June 2017.
The program, in its 3rd season, is a 20-month commitment by mid-career professionals from all parts of the performing arts presenting field who are interested not just in improving their capabilities as leaders but in growing and influencing the knowledge and practices of the field of performing arts presenting. The program is organized by annual cohorts of Fellows all of whom have demonstrated a commitment to a collaborative process that will enhance the knowledge, skills, and overall capacity needed to effect change in their current work and for the future.
Dexter Story performs his original music “The Afro-Asiatic Suite” with the Bronzeville Union quintet at the Bronzeville, Little Tokyo event on Sunday, April 30. The band features Josef Leimberg on trumpet, Josh Johnson on alto saxophone, Mark de Clive-Lowe on piano, Trevor Ware on acoustic bass and Dexter Story on drums.
The spirit of Bronzeville comes to life with live jazz by The Bronzeville Union (Dexter Story, Josef Leimberg, Josh Johnson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Trevor Ware), excerpts of the play “Bronzeville” by Robey Theatre Company featuring Nikia Chaney and Clarence “Chazz” Ross, and viewing stations for the VR animation “Bronze, Brass, Jazz”.
* Hosted by Alison De La Cruz & Kathie Foley-Meyer
* Altar for Bronzeville & Little Tokyo, by Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan
* Coffee by Cafe’ Santo
Union Center for the Arts, Courtyard
120 Judge John Aiso Street, LA, CA 90012
SUN, 4/30 | 6−9:30PM