High off the thrill of a successful Coachella weekend, weren’t we pleasantly surprised to return to Los Angeles to find yet another unique festival going on. Mike D of the Beastie Boys has curated an eclectic art/music/food festival for MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary. Featuring hallucinogenic contemporary art exhibits, delicious food by the beloved Roy Choi (Kogi, Chego, A Frame), and a solid lineup of musical acts, TRANSMISSION:LA AV CLUB seeks to explore ideas of what “Avant Garde” is, without trying to be Avant Garde. If that’s not cutting edge, I don’t know what is.
Santigold, Mike D, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dam-Funk, J.Rocc, and Jonti have already played various nights of the event, along with JJAMZ, Fat Lip, Jeremy Sole, Egyptian Lover, GonjaSufi, DJ Tito Cruz, Jon Wayne and Z-Trip. The festival is wrapping up this week with a DJ set by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and DJ Harvey this Thursday night and Diplo and Mad Decent Crew closing the whole event out on Saturday.
While the whole shebang is free, tickets for performances should be reserved in advance. Tickets for James Murphy and DJ Harvey playing May 3 will be made available tomorrow, May 2nd at 10 am. To catch Diplo and Mad Decent crew this Saturday, reserve your tickets starting Friday at 10 am.
Not only is Kogi is catering the event, a full bar and cafe are there as well to slake your thirsts. The art exhibit inside is a ocular feast. Ara Petersen and Jim Drain’s pinwheels and Benjamin Jones’ insane cartoon room and hall of light are especially memorable works, while Takeshi Murata’s projections nearly defy comprehension and paintings by Sage Vaughn and mind-altering installations by Peter Cofin and Robert McKinley make for a full and satisfying exhibit.
Click here for more information about Transmission LA.
The MOCA Geffen Contemporary is located at 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, a block from the Little Tokyo Gold Line stop.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: noon-10pm
Performances start at 7:30pm.