Friday’s Off The 405, featuring Aaron LaCrate and Kraddy, August 10, 6-9pm
With its gorgeous courtyard, spectacular city views and wonderful galleries, a good time at the Getty Center’s Friday’s Off the 405 series is pretty much a lock. On this night, two talented DJs will be vying for your booty-shaking approval. Aaron LaCrate weaves an infectious pastiche of crunk, Miami, Motown, hip hop and house that’s sure to get things pumping. Also slated to perform is Kraddy, a talented artisan whose unique blend of sounds and structures will leave you spellbound.
Getty Center Los Angeles, 1200 Getty Center Dr., 310.440.7300, getty.edu, Museum Courtyard, free, reservations required
Patti Smith, August 16, 7:30pm
Yet another solid addition to the Santa Monica Pier’s terrifically successful Twilight Dance Series, punk priestess Patti Smith is, without question, a rock and roll original. Along with legendary acts such as the Talking Heads, the Ramones, Blondie and the Velvet Underground, Smith helped spearhead the New York punk scene of the ’70s. To this day, she sings with all the fiery passion and sincerity one can muster. Count on her to please old fans while initiating droves of new ones too.
Santa Monica Pier, west parking lot, 310.458.8900, santamonicapier.org, free