Red Bull Festival LA Announces Final Lineup
Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles (RBMF LA) returns to the City of Angels next Thursday, February 7. Today, additional programming for the ambitious Center Channel film series--taking place at the historic Ukrainian Culture Center from February 8 - 20--has been announced. Tickets for all RBMF LA events are now available via www.redbullmusic.com/los-angeles.
Center Channel explores the most compelling intersections of sound and film and is co-curated by Charlie Sextro (NEXT FEST), filmmaker Alima Lee and EXP TV's Marcus Herring, Tom Fitzgerald and Taylor Rowley, in collaboration with the Red Bull Music team. The newly announced programming includes a rare Los Angeles performance from Sun Ra Arkestra--led by 94 year old maestro Marshall Allen--who will perform a live score to 1974 Afrofuturist film Space Is the Place; drone metal pioneers Earth will perform a very special live score; and new age music innovator Iasos will perform an audio/visual journey of hypnotic aural effects and otherworldly projected video imagery during February's full moon. Black Radical Imagination--a touring program of visual shorts focusing on new stories within the African diaspora--will team up with MAPS (Movement Arts Performance Space), an LA-based collective who cultivate the contemporary and traditional arts of the Afro-Latinx and Caribbean diaspora for a day of exciting programming.
Newly added film screenings also include iconic punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, and a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World) along with a few special friends; Wattstax, the live concert film documenting the 1972 Stax festival at the L.A. Coliseum featuring Richard Pryor, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, The Staples Singers, Jesse Jackson and more; Grateful DeadMovie,documenting the band's five night stint at Winterland in 1974; Ava DuVernay's debut film This Is The Life, documenting open mic hip hop nights at health food store The Good Life in L.A.'s South Central and featuring interviews with Myka 9, Chali 2una, Cut Chemist, Pigeon John, Busdriver and more; Melvin Van Peebles' incendiary independent 1971 film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; the 1980 Casablanca Records-produced film Foxes, featuring The Runaways' Cherie Currie, Jodie Foster, and more as well as several songs from the Casablanca stable of stars (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Cher); and camp classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls which features the then teenage McDonald Brothers of Redd Kross and offers a rare view of (sometimes) rainy, hazy, un-glossy Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Previously announced Center Channel programming includes a conversation with drag icon Lady Bunny and screening of Wigstock: The Movie as well as rare archival footage and outrageous shorts featuring the young starlet, RuPaul and more; Beyond and Back: A Punk Rock Homecoming--a daytime homage to the legacy of the Ukrainian Culture Center by staging an all day marathon of classic California punk rock documentaries, narrative films, and compilations; LA-based non-profit El Cine will present the Selena film screening followed by a Q&A with legendary actor Edward James Olmos and fellow cast member Jacob Vargas; the Los Angeles premiere of The Mountainstarring Jeff Goldblum followed by a Q&A with director Rick Alverson and composer Robert Donne; Her Smell screening followed by a Q&A with director Alex Ross Perry and stars Elisabeth Moss as a self-destructive punk rocker struggling; influential performer and producer Man Parrish will discuss what lead him to create futuristic grooves including soundtracking several adult gay films in the 1980s at Heatstroke: The Adult Soundtracks of Man Parrish; and the Compose LA will see 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.
The festival will open with San Cha: La Luz De La Esperanza--a new multi-discipline original piece helmed by Latinx singer-songwriter San Cha, based around the telenovela programs of her childhood. Other 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; Illegal Civ Movie Motel--a day-long event with multi-talented collective Illegal Civilization including Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Show Me The Bodyand more, a mini-skate park, late night film screenings, a community swap meet and more; and acclaimed photographer Gunner Stahl will DJ and feature special guest performances by high profile faces from his work including just-announced DJ performances from FatManKey, Cozy Boys, Osh Kosh; and the Producers Roundtable featuring the architects of some of hip-hop's most innovative sounds and some of Top Dawg Entertainment's biggest names (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q)--Sounwave, Mixedbyali and Tae Beast.