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Musical Weekend: Grizzly Bear @ Disney Hall and Soul Exploration at Crash Mansion

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at 02:00PM
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It's a weekend for music in Downtown, with a pair of shows bookending the northern and southern ends of the neighborhood.

Up at Disney Concert Hall, foursome indie group Grizzly Bear leads the wave lo-fi acoustical layers of almost meditative electric sounds. It partly samples 60s moods with a cool nerd musical awareness. Call it float folk.

Art Don't Sleep Ten blocks south Art Don't Sleep and KCRW are hosting the second of their four-part Soul Exploration series at Crash Mansion. The show is headlined by Platinum Pied Pipers and features Tiombe Lockhart and Blu & Exile.

After the jump, more info and a chance to grab a pair of tickets to see Grizzly Bear.

Soul Exploration 2 @ Crash Mansion

Crash Mansion had a soft-opening last fall in the building that had previously housed the Grand Avenue Club. The spot got some bad publicity in January with a shooting that left one person dead in the parking lot, but if that combined history is all you know of the place you owe it to yourself to take another look. The original Crash Mansion has build a successful niche in the New York scene, and the same operators have come to L.A. to take on a pretty large venue.

Saturday's event, Soul Exploration 2,put on by Art Don't Sleep and sponsored by KCRW, is night two of a four-part series. The lineup is touted as having been "thoroughly crafted to widen and change people’s musical appreciation."

The show's $15 at the door and limited to 21+. Doors open at 9.

Crash Mansion / 1024 S. Grand Avenue / 3/01/2008 / 9pm

Grizzly Bear with the LA Phil @ Disney Concert Hall

Up Grand Avenue just a few blocks, Grizzly Bear will be co-headlining with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The group will be performing music from their albums, Horn of Plenty, Yellow House and Friend. The 9pm concert begins with conducter Joana Carneiro leading the L.A. Phil orchestra with classic selections, hand-picked by both Grizzly Bear and the L.A. Phil to match themes and play music that influenced the experimental rock group.

The Boston based group of four has found a way to fit in both indie clubs and larger urban halls. In April, they will be performing with other artists at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a collaboration with Paul Simon.

But before Grizzly Bear co-leaders Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen, drummer Chris Bear and multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor send the blend of influence back east, blogdowntown has two tickets for the Saturday's show.

To get in the drawing, leave a comment letting us know who you'd like to see paired with the L.A. Phil. The cut-off for entry will be Friday at noon. Make sure to leave a valid email address with your comment so that we can let you know if you've won.

Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand Avenue / 3/1/2008 / 9pm

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