Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles (RBMF LA) explores how music intersects with film, gaming, photography and more. Today, another round of programming for the 2019 installment of the festival has been unveiled. Event additions include the Center Channel film series initial programming, the addition of a Producers Roundtable featuring a discussion between some of the key names shaping the city’s hip hop sound, and new headliners for the festival’s very special Valentine’s Day event, Heartbeats. Tickets for all new events go on sale today at 12pm PST via www.redbullmusic.com/los-angeles.
Los Angeles is home to some of hip-hop’s most innovative sounds and Sounwave, Mixedbyali and Tae Beast are the architects behind some of the city’s most original beats, including some of Top Dawg Entertainment’s biggest names (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q). The trio will come together for the Producers Roundtable to discuss their process and what’s next for the scene. The festival has also announced the new headliners for the special Valentine’s Day event Heartbeats. Co-headlined by rap powerhouses Trina and CupcakKe with support from Junglepussy and more, the evening will take place at a historic bank vault in Downtown Los Angeles and will see the performers bring their self-affirming and unapologetically raunchy takes on love and romance.
Center Channel is an ambitious film series exploring the most compelling intersections of sound and film. It will offer a vibrant and versatile community space in the historic Ukrainian Culture Center on the border of Hollywood and, in collaboration with the Red Bull Music team, is co-curated by Charlie Sextro (NEXT FEST), filmmaker Alima Lee and EXP TV’s Marcus Herring, Tom Fitzgerald and Taylor Rowley.
The series will open with Beyond and Back: A Punk Rock Homecoming–a daytime homage to the legacy of this historic venue by staging an all day marathon of classic California punk rock documentaries, narrative films, and compilations so that the legions of American punks can once again return to the stage at UCC. Opening night will feature a screening of the iconic film Selena, followed by a Q&A with cast members Edward James Olmos and Jacob Vargas, a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club and performances of Selena’s greatest hits by a live band.
Film screenings at Center Channel include the Los Angeles premiere of The Mountain, starring Jeff Goldblum and directed by Rick Alverson with a score by Robert Donne. The film is about an introverted young man hired as a photographer after the death of his mother to document a doctor’s increasingly controversial lobotomy procedure. Director Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell will also screen at the festival in advance of its March theatrical release. Starring Elisabeth Moss, the film is about a self-destructive punk rocker struggling with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. Q&A’s with the filmmakers will follow both screenings.
Center Channel will also celebrate the LGBTQ creative community with the 35th Anniversary of Wigstock featuring a Q&A with founder and drag icon Lady Bunny. The evening will include a screening of Wigstock: The Movie, rare archival footage and outrageous shorts featuring the young starlet, RuPaul. Heatstroke: The Adult Soundtracks of Man Parrish will take a look at highly influential performer and producer Man Parrish and will feature a Q&A with Parrish discussing his life as an openly gay man in 1970s and 80s NYC and how it lead him to create futuristic grooves that rocked Bronx hip hop parties, underground gay discos, and create the pulsating, hypnotic dancefloor tracks for several adult gay films in the 1980s.
For the first time, Red Bull Music Festival will also work directly with the City of Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ Compose LA platform. Compose LA showcases the city’s leading contemporary music spaces, innovative musical composers and thought-leaders from California. The RBMF LA event will feature composer Bapari, filmmaker Alima Lee and Patrisse Cullors–artist, organizer, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter–collaborating on a new film score that will be informed by the conversation at the event.
Look for additional Center Channel programming in the coming weeks.
Previously announced Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles events include the launch of Swedish pop-royalty Robyn’s North American tour, taking place over two nights at the historic Hollywood Palladium; composer Woody Jackson’s reimagining of his score for Rockstar Games’s Red Dead Redemption 2 with a full ensemble performance and featuring a unique auditory installation; and acclaimed photographer Gunner Stahl will DJ and feature special guest performances by high profile faces from his work.
The festival is also working with the Los Angeles-based multi-talented collective Illegal Civilization on Illegal Civ Movie Motel–a day-long event at the iconic ’50s-era Pink Motel featuring a crew of IC musical affiliates including Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Show Me The Body and more, a mini-skate park, late night film screenings, a community swap meet and more.
RBMF LA will kick off with a new original piece helmed by Latinx singer-songwriter San Cha, whose show will be based around the telenovela programs of her childhood, and will feature artists across a range of LA’s artistic disciplines.
RED BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES 2019
>>CENTER CHANNEL PROGRAMMING<<
February 8th – BEYOND AND BACK: A PUNK ROCK HOMECOMING
Center Channel’s home for the festival is the elegant Ukrainian Culture Center, which is notable for its rich history as one of L.A.’s original punk rock venues and is among the last of its kind still in operation. Its legendary line-ups stretch back to the origins of the Hollywood punk scene in the late 1970s; Black Flag, Bad Brains, D.O.A., Minutemen, and Circle Jerks are just a handful of the legendary DIY bands to play UCC. For Red Bull Music Festival’s inaugural event, we will pay homage to the legacy of this historic venue by staging an all day marathon of classic California punk rock documentaries, narrative films, and compilations so that the legions of American punks can once again return to the stage at UCC.
February 8th – EL CINE PRESENTS SELENA with James Olmos, Jacob Vargas and Chulita Vinyl Club
Center Channel’s opening night will feature a special screening of the iconic film Selena. Jennifer Lopez stars as the late queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, documenting the story of her rapid rise from cult status to selling out arenas across America. The night will be a tribute to Selena and her lasting influence despite her untimely early death. Presented by El Cine, the night will feature a Q&A with cast members Edward James Olmos and Jacob Vargas, a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club and conclude with a live band performing some of Selena’s biggest hits.
February 9th – THE MOUNTAIN with Rick Alverson and Robert Donne
Director Rick Alverson takes us to a dark world of 1950s America. Since his mother’s confinement to an institution, Andy (Tye Sheridan) has lived in the shadow of his stoic father. A family acquaintance, Dr. Wallace Fiennes (Jeff Goldblum) employs the introverted young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour advocating for his increasingly controversial lobotomy procedure. The film’s cast includes Goldblum, Sheridan, Udo Kier, Denis Lavant and Hannah Gross and the evening will feature a discussion post-screening with Alverson and film composer Robert Donne.
February 10th – WIGSTOCK’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY with Lady Bunny
Nowadays, RuPaul’s Drag Race regularly broadcasts drag culture directly into the homes of Middle America but, once upon a time, drag was primarily relegated to the urban coastal underground and rarely made an appearance in the straight world. Founded spontaneously in 1984 by denizens of NYC’s Pyramid Club (“the CBGB’s of drag culture”), Wigstock became both an annual ritual for the LGBT community and a spectacle for the curious. The vibe was more about getting your freak on than striking a pose. Its founder, the mythical Lady Bunny, joins Center Channel for a trip down memory lane to relay tall tales of those dizzy days of deee-lightful kitsch with a collection of rare archival footage and outrageous shorts featuring the young starlet, RuPaul. Afterward, stick around for a screening of 1995’s Wigstock: The Movie, featuring performances by Deee-Lite, Crystal Waters, and everybody’s favorite supermodel. You better work!
February 13th – COMPOSE LA with Bapari, Alima Lee and Patrisse Cullors
Compose LA 2019 is the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ inaugural platform to showcase L.A.’s leading contemporary music spaces, innovative musical composers and thought-leaders from California. Working on themes of intersectionality, composer Bapari, filmmaker Alima Lee and artist / activist Patrisse Cullors are collaborating on a new film score that will be informed by the conversation at this Compose LA event. It will be composed and performed “live” with a loose narrative structure and reminiscent of a Deana Lawson portrait with additional inspiration by portraiture and the LA landscape. Bapari (Arielle Baptiste) AKA Sensei Noir is a queer-based femme and Los Angeles-based multi-genre producer, DJ, and radio host. Alima Lee is a filmmaker, DJ, and curator. Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter and founder of Dignity and Power Now, she is also a performance artist, popular public speaker and a New York Times bestselling author.
February 14th – HEATSTROKE: THE SOUNDTRAX OF MAN PARRISH with Man Parrish and Josh Cheon (Dark Entries)
For the last forty years, Man Parrish has been world-renowned as a legendary and highly influential electro/Hi-NRG performer and producer. Until recently, it was little known that he also applied his pulsating, hypnotic dancefloor tracks to several male adult films in the 1980s. These electro-funk soundtracks add an intoxicating, almost eerie tone to the heavy-duty action. This Valentine’s Day, we invite Man for an in-depth conversation on his wild life as an openly gay man in 1970s and 80s NYC, whose teen obsession with far-out stoner ‘head music’ lead him to wield synths and beat boxes to create an futuristic groove that rocked Bronx hip hop parties, underground gay discos, and 42nd Street pornohouses. Joining Man will be Josh Cheon, head of the reissue label Dark Entries, which is re-releasing Hot Rod to Hell, a rare 1982 cassette of explicit poems by Roy Garrett with sonic “scenery” by Parrish.
February 15th – HER SMELL with Alex Ross Perry
Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry, Her Smell tells the tale of Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss), the brilliant and brash frontwoman for the ’90s rock band Something She. Becky is foul-mouthed, nihilistic, and incredibly talented. Mother of one, bandmate to two and friend to none, Becky is at the height of her career and the top of the party game – with only one direction to go. The film stars Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard, Ashley Benson, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz and Agyness Deyn. This screening will include a conversation with Perry, and additional special guests involved with the film.
>>ADDITIONAL RBMF LA PROGRAMMING<<
February 7th – SAN CHA with La Victoria, Yanga, members of Sister Matnos and F U Pay Us, and performance direction from Sebastian Hernandez @ Vibiana
Hotly tipped LA-based singer-songwriter San Cha takes traditional Mexican music and turns it on its head. On the opening night of Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles, she’ll bring an original multifaceted vision to life, a showcase of some of Los Angeles’ most talented musicians and her own Latinx roots. Centering the narrative on the familiar dramatic structures of telenovelas she grew up watching, this one night engagement will come together in the halls of Vibiana, a 19th century cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp alumna will include music from mariachi trio La Victoria, Afro-Latin band Yanga, Latin slow disco from her own band (featuring members of Sister Matnos and F U Pay Us) as well as performance direction from multidisciplinary artist Sebastian Hernandez. In short, this opening night will be one full of surprises.
February 8 – 25th – CENTER CHANNEL @ Ukrainian Culture Center
Center Channel is a series of gatherings meant to explore how sound complements the storytelling in film, TV, and other image-based media. Red Bull Music has teamed up with curators from LA’s local music and film scenes for two weeks of programming. With events such as film premieres, screenings, panels, and more, Center Channel offers a vibrant community space in the historic Ukrainian Culture Center on the border of Hollywood.
February 12th – PRODUCERS ROUNDTABLE with Sounwave, MixedByAli and Tae Beast @ Ukrainian Culture Center
From Kendrick Lamar to the Odd Future crew, Los Angeles is home to some of hip-hop’s most innovative sounds. LA natives Sounwave, MixedByAli and Tae Beast are among those behind the scenes crafting the beats. Sounwave is a Grammy-nominated producer and frequent collaborator of Lamar, working across releases like DAMN and the soundtrack for Black Panther. An in-house producer at pioneering rap label Top Dawg Entertainment, MixedByAli pulls together tracks with Lamar and SZA. Tae Beast, meanwhile, is a key in-house producer for TDE, working across their roster and producing singles with ScHoolboy Q and more. This roundtable discussion will feature the trio, going deep on how they’ve crafted some of contemporary rap’s biggest hits.
February 14th – HEARTBEATS with Trina, CupcakKe and Junglepussy @ The Majestic Downtown
On Valentine’s Day, Red Bull Music will bring together two generations of rap powerhouses to the halls of a historic bank vault in downtown Los Angeles. Presenting their self-affirming and unapologetically raunchy takes on love and romance will be Miami legend Trina and Chicago’s rising star, CupcakKe. With her signature register, Trina has been prolific over the past two decades releasing a number of provocative club anthems with frequent collaborator Trick Daddy and a string of successful mixtapes. In recent years, CupcakKe has quickly made her mark on rap, delivering sex-positive and often comical rhymes to beats that range from hard-driving drill to bouncy hip-house. Joining the two will be the fiery New York City rapper Junglepussy as well as other special guests to be announced.
February 16th – ILLEGAL CIV MOVIE MOTEL with Mikey Alfred, Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Na-Kel Smith, Rocket Da Goon, Show Me The Body, 1TakeJay, Sunni Colón, Warm Brew @ The Pink Motel
Founded by the multitalented Mikey Alfred, Illegal Civilization is an eclectic crew based in Los Angeles. Through producing, directing, designing, curating, skating, and much more, they’ve made an impact across the arts and collaborated with the likes of Jonah Hill, Spike Jonze, Kali Uchis, Tyler the Creator, and Frank Ocean. On February 16, a day-long event in an iconic ’50s-era motel will showcase the wide-ranging vision of Alfred and his crew, featuring music from Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Na-Kel Smith, Rocket Da Goon, Show Me The Body, 1TakeJay, Sunni Colón, Warm Brew and more. This day long event at the Pink Motel in Sun Valley is a celebration of Illegal Civilization’s work in music, film, skating and beyond.
February 21st – GUNNER STAHL & FRIENDS
Hip-hop photographer Gunner Stahl is known for capturing raw moments with some of the world’s most iconic musicians. Shooting the likes of Tyler the Creator, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, The Weeknd and many others, the 26-year-old has become his generation’s hip-hop documentarian. For one night only, experience the most current sounds in hip-hop as seen through the eyes of a visionary photographer. Stahl will lead the night with a DJ set capturing this sound — with surprise guest performances from a range of familiar faces from his work behind the camera.
February 22nd & 23rd – ROBYN @ Hollywood Palladium
Following her long hiatus, Swedish pop auteur Robyn made a resounding comeback with 2018’s masterful Honey. Her dynamic approach to pop music continues to go well beyond catchy singles and dancefloor anthems, looking deeper into themes of empowerment and escapism inherent to the genre. As part of Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles, Robyn will bring her spectacular live show to the city for the first time since 2010. She’ll perform her hits new and old across two nights at The Palladium in the heart of Hollywood.
February 23rd Show & Exhibition – THE MUSIC OF RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 with Woody Jackson, Senyawa, more
Rockstar Games’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic Western outlaw story with an equally impressive 80-hour score, spearheaded by composer Woody Jackson of Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack fame. Red Bull Music has partnered with Rockstar Games to reimagine this extraordinary piece of dynamic score as a unique auditory installation. Fans will be able to experience a full ensemble performance featuring Woody Jackson, experimental Indonesian duo Senyawa and more musicians featured on the game’s score. Additional event details to follow.