Aloe Blacc and DJ $mall Change, November 17, 6/9pm
Merging soul, electronica and hip-hop with memorable vocals, the versatile Aloe Blacc concocts sexy, sophisticated, uplifting R&B inspired by his Panamanian and West Indian roots. His dance tunes, heartfelt, uplifting storytelling and soulful Latin and Caribbean soundscapes are sure to put your mood in check for the weekend.
Sharing the bill is the delightfully entertaining and original DJ $mall Change. “Change” will use his magic powers to groove you with his blend of funk, jazz, blues, house and anything else he cares to toss into his kitchen sink blend of experimental sweetness.
Fridays Off the 405, The Getty Center, Museum Courtyard, 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A., 310.440.7300, www.getty.edu, free
Gidon Kremer, November 19, 7pm
A technically brilliant musician, Gidon Kremer is also one of the premier violinists in the world today. This Riga, Latvia native comes from an impressive lineage of classical musicians. Both his parents were symphony violinists and his grandfather, Georg Brucker, concertmaster of the Riga Opera, is credited with having guided the development of what was then a remarkable sixteen-year-old prodigy. He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under legendary violinist David Oistrakh. In concert, Mr. Kremer is truly a site to behold.
UCLA Live, Royce Hall, Westwood, 310.825.2101, www.uclalive.org,
$50/ $38/ $28/ $15 UCLA Students