For its 20th anniversary season of their free summertime music series, Sunset Concerts, The Skirball Cultural Center continues to feature an eclectic mix of traditions and styles. Last night was no exception. Brooklyn-based Sinkane, the talented multi-instrumentalist, brought a transfixing afro-punk sound that defied any conventional genre definition with influences from krautrock, bluegrass, funk rock, and Sudanense pop. The band intuitively bended and swayed in what seemed like freeform motion with him as he moved from keyboard, to guitar, to mic and back again.
The courtyard was set different than the Into The Night: Summer Solostice event that took place a couple weeks earlier. A larger stage had been erected and moved back above part of the lilypad covered pond. The evening began with an early set by psychedelic pop act Peaking Lights Acid Test (P/LSD), balancing a nice blend of tunes that surprisingly included some strong funk.
As the sun went down Skirball Director of Programs, Andy Horwitz briefly took the stage to talk about the Skirball, their Sunset Concerts series celebrating its 20th year and to introduce Sinkane and company. With the band ready to play and the sun now gone behind the hill, the different colored lights on and behind the stage were now visble, and the band was ready to take over.
The crowd at the Skirball was as diverse as the Sinkane sound. People of all ages were enthusiastically brought to their feet with beats and melodies to dance under the stars in the beautiful and intimate courtyard of the Skirball galleries. He also featured many new songs from his upcoming 2017 release that while brand-new, felt wholly familiar. With the drums and heavy basslines, the falsetto on some tracks at times sounded like Curtis Mayfield.
"Sunset Concerts invite Angelenos and out-of-towners alike to dine al fresco, visit the Museum galleries, and explore the Skirball's distinctive architecture and hillside setting."
Get to know some new artists or enjoy a familiar one as the Skirball is offering free admission to the entire Summer Concerts series. Remaining performances include Thalma de Freitas (August 4); M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (August 11); the LA debut of Music Maker Blues Revue (August 18); and Shai Tsabari and the Middle East Groove All Stars (August 25). All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m.
For more information on Sunset Concerts at The Skirball Cultural Center, visit their website at www.skirball.org.
Photos by Ten Morrow for Sensimedia.
Sunset Concerts: Sinkane; P/LSD (Event Photo Gallery).