June 16, 2017 – The Music Center Presents Sleepless – Walt Disney Concert Hall, DTLA, Los Angeles, CA

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.

Sleepless June 16


  • 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.

June 16, 2017
11:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall

$30 DOOR

Parking is $5 after 8:00 p.m.




August 20, 2016 – CityBeats Presents Carlos Niño & Friends Live – Figat7th (DTLA), Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story performs drums and auxilliary instruments with producer, DJ and emerging percussionist Carlos Niño and his group Carlos Niño & Friends at Figat7th on Saturday, August 20, 2016. This concert celebrates the release of his “Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!” album on Leaving Records.City Beats

City Beats with Carlos Niño & Friends

735 South Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, California 90017

4:00pm, Free, All Ages



FEATURE: Dexter Story — Artist You Should Know + Video Premiere for “Eastern Prayer” – KCRW Music Blog (Blogs.KCRW.com)

Featured on KCRW’s Music Blog “Artist You Should Know” on September 22 with the video premiere for “Eastern Prayer” directed by DJ multi-hyphenate Anthony Valadez. This is in support of the upcoming album release “Wondem” on Soundway Records. Click here.


Dexter Story is a unique figure in music today — He has played in different musical circles, booked for the legendary Temple Bar, worked as a product manager for Def Jam, and has now finally decided to work on his own songs and hit the record button.

His solo record is entitled, Wondem and is a collection of 12 songs that are inspired by the LA band Ethiocali, in which he plays the drums along side Kamasi Washington. Ethiocali performs the connecting sounds between Africa, California and everything else in between.

Dexter asked me to direct this video and the minute I hit play, I had all these ideas in my head in terms of a personal journey. “Eastern Prayer” just resonated with me — The chants, the steel drums and everything in between channeled Jamie XX and Fela Kuti in my head.

We shot this video in a couple of days around DTLA, LAX, Venice and Vasquez Rocks. I wanted to challenge myself and storytell through a camera instead of my turntables.

I hope people like it!


August 25-26, 2015 – Video Shoot: “Eastern Prayer” from Wondem Album – Los Angeles County

Shot video to “Eastern Prayer,” a track from the upcoming Wondem album release with director Anthony Valadez (KCRW) and director of photography Holly Port (Thundercat, J*Davey). The compelling video treatment features territory crossing from the Westside to the Eastside of a Los Angeles-esque Urban cityscape in search of someone to whom I can pass my coveted possession. I ultimately succeed when I encounter lead vocalist Nia Andrews who is willing to carry the torch. This is Anthony Valadez’s directorial debut.

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Artist: Dexter Story
Song: Eastern Prayer (Featuring Nia Andrews)
Album: Wondem
Label: Soundway Records
Video Director: Anthony Valadez
Director of Cinematography: Holly Port
Video Premiere: TBD

Album Release: October 23, 2015


February 7, 2015 – Ethio Cali Live @ KCRW Presents MojaMoja Brunch and Afterparty – Bardot (inside Avalon), Hollywood, CA

Performing on guitar and keys with Ethio Cali at KCRW Presents MojaMoja Brunch and Afterparty on Saturday, February 7 at Avalon/Bardot.

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Hosted by KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd & Anthony Valadez

Brunch 11am-2pm

Afterparty 2pm-5pm at Bardot (Inside Avalon)

Featuring performances by…

The Internet

Nick Waterhouse (DJ Set)

Taylor McFerrin

Moses Sumney

Anderson Paak

Ethio Cali


Artists donate their performances to raise awareness and funds for the MojaMoja Innovation Fund which supports initiatives and nonprofits working with underrepresented, multicultural youth pursuing education and job preparedness opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

During GRAMMY® Awards weekend key influencers, music lovers and philanthropists come together at the annual MOJAMOJA Brunch and Afterparty benefitting the MojaMoja InnovationFund. Held at the iconic AVALON in Hollywood on February 7, 2015, the event has featured musical performances by established and emerging artists from around the world.

GRAMMY® Award winning musical icon Nile Rodgers will be honored Saturday, February 7, 2015, with the 2015 Vanguard Award by the MOJAMOJA Innovation Fund at the 7th Annual MOJAMOJA Brunch & Afterparty presented by 89.9 KCRW and FIGat7th. Hosted by KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Anthony Valadez, performances include a guest DJ set by Nick Waterhouse and an international line-up of artists including The Internet, Taylor McFerrin, Moses Sumney, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Ethio Cali, Subsuelo, DJ Canyon Cody, and Twin Danger, featuring the GRAMMY® Award winning co-founder of Sade and saxophonist Stuart Matthewman.

Artists donate their performances to raise awareness and funds to support the MojaMoja Innovation Fund empowering under represented multi-cultural youth innovators pursuing education and job preparedness opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Financial contributions to the MojaMoja Fund at the Liberty Hill Foundation are tax deductible and have benefited such charities as Oxfam America, Potential Energy (The Darfur Stoves Project), and the Common Ground Foundation.

Also, featuring mixologist Karen Grill, manager and bartender at Sassafras in Los Angeles. Karen was named GQ Magazine’s Most Imaginative Bartender of 2013, and Southwest Airlines The Magazine named Karen one of the Best Bartenders in America in 2014, and “The Conversation Starter. She makes a mean Manhattan, but it’s her exceptional people skills that turn new customers into regulars.” Strike-up a conversation with Karen and taste one of her specialty cocktails at the MojaMoja Brunch and at Sassafras located at 1233 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. For more info visit http://www.sassafrashollywood.com.

You can help prepare an emerging generation of innovators by making a contribution the MojaMoja Fund today and by attending the 7th Annual MojaMoja Brunch and Afterparty Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Commentary: This already happened but I thought I’d say that MojaMoja was an absolute blast this year. I am proud of Garth and Oscar on curating a vital gathering for the past 7 years. I feel lucky to have been a part of this one. The kicker was having our idol Nile Rodgers walk in during our set and mention how pleased he was to hear live music. Wow!

VIDEO: Anthony Valadez x Zack Sekoff – “Zack’s Thesis”

Appearing in KCRW DJ and recording artist Anthony Valadez’ video “Zack’s Thesis” from his upcoming EP on Plug Research featuring emerging producer/emcee/bassist Zack Sekoff. The video was shot by Holly Gable-Port.



October 19, 2013 – Jason Scoppa Presents The Sayers Club featuring DJ Anthony Valadez – The Sayers Club, Hollywood, CA

Playing drum set accompaniment with DJ Anthony Valadez at party maestro Jason Scoppa’s The Sayers Club in Hollywood on Saturday, October 19, 2013. (We play at 12am so it is Sunday, October 20, 2013).

Sayers Valadez
Jason Scoppa Presents
The Sayers Club
Featuring DJ Anthony Valadez
and Dexter Story
1645 Wilcox Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
12 – 1am


October 25, 2012 – Mark de Clive-Lowe Presents CHURCH LA 2 Year Anniversary – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Playing drums set and celebrating the 2nd anniversary of Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Church LA residency at The Townhouse’s Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA on Thursday, October 25.

CHURCH LA turns 2 ! celebrating with an all-star lineup of guests…

* TAWIAH (Mark Ronson/UK)
* JOHN ROBINSON aka Lil Sci (Scienz of Life/NYC)
* OVASOUL7 (DJ Spinna/Jazzanova)
* DERF REKLAW (Ramsey Lewis/The Pharoahs)

* NIA ANDREWS (Janelle Monae/Common)
* TREVOR WARE (Billy Higgins/Dwight Trible)
* DEXTER STORY (Kindred Spirits/Dwight Trible/Ethio Cali Ensemble)

guest DJs:
* SEAN-O (Soundwaves/KPFK)

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Del Monte Speakeasy @ The Townhouse
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, CA


June 5, 2012 – Anthony Valadez ‘Just Visiting’ Album Release – Plug Research Records Worldwide

Appearance on the new Anthony Valadez ‘Just Visiting’ full length album release on Plug Research Records. A vital tastemaker for Los Angeles and beyond through his various DJ sets and his radio program on KCRW, Anthony now steps into the production end of things with his upcoming album which also features like-minded artists and friends including Miles Bonny, The Park, Rebekah Raff, Anna from Sonnymoon, Def Sound, Damon Aaron and others.


March 20, 2012 – Nick Rosen “Violet” Album Release on Porter Records (US) – Worldwide

Multi-instrumentalist, song writer, singer, Nick Rosen takes his latest release “Violet” into a new direction of folk, soul, pop and jazz.  Each track is uniquely different yet there is a common thread of Rosen’s tasteful approach to song writing.  Melodic pop songs fall away into burning groves of modern day soul that intern blend into an intimate jazz trio. None of the tracks on the album have any editing and most songs were first or second takes.  “I really wanted to capture the moment and was less concerned with perfection, I wanted the emotion of me in the studio with the person or persons that I was doing the track with…” says Rosen. Additional musicians for this project included: Anthony Valadez, Sam Barsh, Paris Carney, Greg Garbowsy, Maiya Sykes, and Dexter Story.