Here are three things we should do more often:
1) Go hang outside for an evening
2) Go see some bands
3) Check out some art
KCRW was nice enough to deem this here blog press pass worthy, so I packed up the Mrs. and we headed to Century City. I’d never been to/heard of Century Park before, but it is a thing/place. A place, apparently, where cool things happen, like a rock star-themed photo exhibit and a performance by Jason Bentley followed by Moby. Living in Santa Monica, it’s hard to not bump into Jason Bentley at an event. I’ve seen him at TRON pop-up shop, I saw him play at the Santa Monica Galleria during the holidays, and now I’ve seen him turn an after-work Century City crowd into a sunset rave in a quad-like park. Jason Bentley is basically providing the soundtrack of my life.
We arrived just as Jason Bentley took the stage. We decided to watch from the beer garden like bridesmaids trying to liquor up before they get all down and dirty to an Usher song. It worked, 3 PBRs later we felt confident enough to make our way into the crowd. We made our way to the Annenberg Space for Photography but there was a line and we wanted to make sure we caught as much Moby as possible. The actual Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit will have to wait until next time, when we return to check out Portugal. The Man (RSVP for that show here.)
Moby’s set was amazing. The type of show that made us say “Why don’t we go to outdoor concerts more often?” Well, we do now. Moby started off with an acoustic set which was beautifully supported by backup singers Inyang Bassey, Mindy Jones, and Julie Mintz along with Adrienne Woods on cello. Hearing stripped-down versions of songs like “Porcelain” and “Natural Blues” was especially amazing. After finishing his acoustic set, Moby made his way to the DJ platform where he turned Century Park into a glow stick swinging block party. It was a sensory overload type experience.
Anyway, Saturday, July 21st, we all have plans. We’re going to see Portugal. The Man in Century Park. I don’t know too much about them other than the fact that Jason Bentley played them during Morning Becomes Eclectic and I totally Shazamed them while I was outside of my car and definitely not in my car at a red light because that is illegal. So they have to be good. I don’t Shazam just anyone. Plus, this show is FREE. Just do yourself a favor and get there early. Maybe even in the 4pm hour. Grab a wristband, head over to BJ’s in the Century City Mall… I don’t know. Just meet me in the beer garden for a solid pre-game.
Photos by Jeremiah Garcia