Presenting such diverse styles of music as bluegrass, classical, gospel, world, country, a cappella, and opera.
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In the Press
Sometimes the real action is hidden away — tucked down in the basements of dive bars or jammed into the back rooms of art galleries. That’s what Kensington Presents is all about. Making freshness in LA’s forgotten spaces...
The Viaduct is the most interesting new venue in Los Angeles, and technically it doesn’t really exist. You won’t find it on Googlemaps, there’s no Yelp listing, and no official website. The address takes you to to a dead-end cul-de-sac that butts up against the Metro Yard on the edge of Chinatown, just a chain link fence and a pair of railroad tracks separating you from the L.A. River...
What [Kensington] seems to have captured is the need for connectivity; the need for intimacy and the importance of a shared experience that’s not necessarily found in a screen, no matter how great the retina display...
As a native Angeleno and unabashed lover of Los Angeles, I’m always curious how transplants feel about our great city. One common theme seems to emerge when I ask people how they’ve been faring here…they like the city but miss the feeling of community. We’ve all heard it: LA is huge, friends are spread all over the place, it can be hard to find what feels like “home”. Well then, please allow us to introduce you to Kensington...
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Live from The Viaduct
Many thanks and much continued success to all the artists who have been a part of
The Passion of Joan of Arc: Live at The Viaduct
5/3/15 -- A screening of the 1928 classic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc with a score by composer George Sarah performed live by a string quartet, chamber singers, and the composer himself at The Viaduct, a state park that under the Buena Vista Bridge in downtown Los Angeles. The evening was made all the more magical by the city skyline, campfire, and amazing thin crust wood-fired brick oven pizzas.
The Dustbowl Revival + SPURS
12/14/14 -- It was a long time coming, but the stars finally aligned and The Dustbowl Revival took to the porch. One of our favorite LA bands, their upbeat, old-school, All-American sounds did not disappoint. Afterwards, PS Arts, a fantastic organization providing arts education to underserved communities in LA gave us a quick rundown of their work. They were followed by an amazing performance by the newly formed SPURS, who blew us all away. Adam Arcuragi's brilliant voice drifted through the neighborhood to cap a perfect evening.
Timur Bekbosunov and Ursula Knudson + String Trio
10/5/14 -- Operatic superstars Timur Bekbosunov (of Timur and the Dime Museum) and Ursula Knudson (from Fishtank Ensemble) graced the crowd with a brilliant debut of Les Chants Roses by German composer Ulrich Krieger. The evening began with a string trio featuring members from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Duo Del Sol + Yunhe Liang
8/10/14 -- This night began with a world class performance of Chinese folk songs by master Erhu soloist Yunhe Liang, followed by amazing vegan patties made by Liemert Park's Wo'se Kofi, who also spoke to the crowd about his efforts to bring healthy food to the otherwise "food desert" of South LA. The evening ended with a rousing performance of original music by violin and guitar combo Duo Del Sol.
The Get Up
7/20/14 -- For the first time, Kensington decided to spread it's wings and expand to the top of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in collaboration with California State Parks, Hub LA, Brodey Francis, and Citizens of Culture. Together, we hosted a beautiful evening overlooking the city with a bluegrass squaredance, solo cello and violin, spoken word and a guided sunset meditation, Brazilian drumming, and Kensington favorites Phillip King w/ Marilyn Donadt.
The Wild Reeds + Phillip King & Marilyn Donadt
6/22/14 - We've wanted to get LA trio The Wild Reeds to play the porch for almost a year now, so we were so excited when all our schedules finally aligned. They put on a masterful performance of heartfelt harmonies and instrumentation. Opening up for them was beatboxing harpist Phillip King and his Kalimba playing partner in crime Marilyn Donadt performing truly unique and amazing original compositions.
Vijay Gupta + Eddie Berman
5/18/14 - Vijay Gupta and Eddie Berman just set a new bar for Kensington porch concerts. Photos + videos to come.
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Mariachi Flor de Tolache, and Adam Levy + Amy Merrill
4/5/14 - Our April show was a triple bill. The night started off with singer-songwriters Adam Levy and Amy Merrill. Next up was NYC's only all-female mariachi band, the stunning Flor de Tolache. We closed the night with a raucous set from the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, fresh off their residency at The Satellite.
Mariachi Flor de Tolache: http://www.mariachinyc.com/
Amy Merrill: http://amymerrill.com/
Adam Levy: http://stringjuggler.tumblr.com/
Brazilian Soul Trio
2/26/14 -- We can't wait until we can share photos and videos from the amazing Brazilian Soul Trio! A beautiful crowd came out, despite the threat of apocalyptic rain in Los Angeles (read: a quarter inch), and Carla Hasset, Felipe Fraga and JP Mourão put on an amazing show.
The Silver Lake Chorus
1/12/14 -- The enchanting chorus, based in neighboring Silver Lake, graced the porch with arrangements of original songs by artists Justin Vernon, Emmylou Harris, Ben Gibbard and many others. Their captivating performance had everyone mesmerized.
Noah and the Megafauna
11/17/13 -- Making their triumphant return, the gypsy jazz indie ensemble arrived in full force and took the augmented crowd by storm, with no rain this time. Basking in their joy and merriment, listeners were treated to over 20 types of IPAs, purchased from local alehouse Sunset Beer.
10/7/13 -- The sultry songstress had her harp and ukulele in tow when she wooed the audience at Kensington. The Echo Park resident's gorgeous single "Summer's Over" was a fitting end to the evening...and what we believed our series.
8/10/13 -- The all day event included sets from bluegrass stalwarts Walter Spencer, Triple Chicken Foot, and The LA Bluegrasshoppers. BBQ wafted through the air and hoedowns filled the yard as all three groups combined at the end of the evening for an audience and musician hootenanny.
B♮ String Quartet
7/1/13 -- Reiko Nakano and her string quartet put on an exhilarating evening of classical music with selections from Haydn, Gardel, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Guests were treated to complimentary flutes of champagne as they took in the breathtaking performance.
Noah and the Megafauna
5/9/13 -- Noah and the Megafauna, our lovable guinea pigs. Booked to play our very first show, we postponed the performance 72 hours due to impending rain. When the band took the stage, the rain finally made its arrival. However, the audience did not. But those lucky ten people who braved the torrent one inch of rainfall were treated to an intimate, stripped- down version of the group, with Noah Lit and Emily St.Amand-Poliakoff harmonizing beautifully. And there was a rainbow. So HA!