Blast!  is our annual garden party fundraiser in support of the sound. concert series, on June 10 from 4 to 8pm. This 2018 iteration of Blast! will take place at the San Marino home of Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin, featuring live musical performances by Pegasus Warning and SheKhan, DJ sets by dublab DJ Ajay Ravi, an art auction of original “dream concert” posters from over 35 LA artists, and bountiful food and drinks.
Tickets for Blast!  are $100. For SASSAS Members, tickets are $50, and a limited number of $50 student tickets are also available. Admission includes food, drinks, great sounds, and good times. The event address will be provided upon ticket purchase.
This year, our annual art auction returns to Paddle8! SASSAS invited over 35 LA artists to envision fantasy concerts and create original concert poster artwork for them. You can bid on their dream concert imagery online at paddle8.com/auction/sassas until June 22.
Auction artists include:
Julie Adler, Mark Allen, Scott Benzel, Cindy Bernard, Hannah Boone, Juan Capistran, Carolyn Castaño, York Chang, Tomory Dodge, Sarajo Frieden, Chet Glaze, Todd Gray, Kio Griffith, Julia Haft-Candell, Hadley Holliday, Violet Hopkins, Kara Joslyn, Stanya Kahn, Won Ju Lim, Dave Muller, Kaz Oshiro, Silke Otto-Knapp, Joe Potts, Yuval Pudik, Vincent Ramos, Conrad Ruiz, Kristofferson San Pablo, Rachelle Sawatsky, Ricky Swallow, Devon Tsuno, Julie Wilson
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Pegasus Warning, the alter ego of Guillermo E. Brown, was birthed in a dream and has been described as a supernova of experimental R&B. Raised in New York by an American ethnomusicologist-healer and Panamanian priest-wizard, Brown always opted for the path unknown. The jazz percussionist’s idiosyncratic visions have prompted collaborations with the likes of Twin Shadow, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, Saul Williams, Jamie Lidell, Robert Koch, Vijay Iyer, DJ Spooky and others. His latest project, PwEP2, was released in 2016 on his own label Melanin Harmonique Records. It received support from the likes of Afropunk, FADER, Interview Mag, Pigeons & Planes, BBC1xtra, Red Bull Sound Select, Elton John and more. The lead single, “Building a Bridge” co-produced by Itai Shapira, was chosen as KCRW’s Tune of the Day and charted on both the US and Global Spotify charts. Brown is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA) and Bard College (MFA), he was a adjunct professor at NYU at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study and Clive Davis Institute/Tisch (2006-2008) and Artist-In-Residence at Pacific Northwest College of Art (2010). He is a recipient of the 2016 Creative Capital Award in Performing Arts for Bee Boy, a recipient of Harvestworks New Works residency (2001), Van Lier Fellowship (2002), MAP Fund (2017) and a residency with director Charlotte Brathwaite and visual artist Abigail Deville at MIT’s Center for Art, Science, and Technology (2016-2017). Most recently he appears as the house drummer for Emmy award winning The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, with music director Reggie Watts.
SheKhan is the L.A.-based musical duo of Kathleen Kim and Kelly Coats, which draws upon their years of collaborative experimental composition and improvisation to create beat driven interlocking harmonies of flute, violin, vocals, mandocaster, synth, effects and other electronics. Coats and Kim are also members of the avant jazz ensemble LA Fog. SheKhan performed at the opening of the 2017 Venice Biennalle in Dawn Kasper’s Nomadic Studio. Coats and Kim previously collaborated in experimental quartet Lady Noise, which performed with Kasper at the opening of the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
|Ajay Ravi works at dublab, and on his monthly show Endless Digital Window, he explores new frontiers in disorientation.
Blast!  will be hosted by Mary Blodgett and Carlton Calvin at their San Marino home, which was recently featured in Dwell Magazine, who praised it as a “creative revival of a modernist gem.” It features a 1950s house designed by modernist architect Calvin Straub and updated by Fung + Blatt Architects.