La Luz. Photo by Zoe Rain

Musical acts for the 2014 series feature an array of vibrant, creative women who are making their mark on today’s music scene. Veterans and up-and-coming artists perform a range of musical styles, including dream and synth pop, alt-folk, surf rock, neo-soul, and pop punk.

Tonight's Musical Performance: La Luz

Shana Cleveland guitar, vocals; Alice Sandahl, keyboard, vocals; Lena Simon, bass, vocals; Marian Li Pino, drums, vocals

The Seattle-based La Luz brings a relaxed beach-babe vibe to the sweet, thick harmonies of 1960s girl-group, garage, and doo-wop bands. Formed in the summer of 2012, La Luz is driven by thumping, energetic bass lines, danceable surf beats, trembling organ, reverb-soaked guitar, and a wild love of rock ‘n’ roll. Its music embodies that most elusive element of the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags along with deep desire. The band’s first EP, Damp Face, was created with the help of friend Johnny Goss in a sweaty apartment across from the laundry room in a trailer park in Bothell, Washington. The initial run of 100 home-dubbed cassettes sold out after the band’s first few shows, and in early 2013, Burger Records rereleased it. It’s Alive, La Luz’s debut full-length record came out on the Hardly Art label in October 2013. The band looks forward to inspiring damp-faced dance parties in clubs, basements, theaters, and backyard séances all over the world.

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2017 features artists who embody a borderless musical vocabulary; combining sonic and lyrical traditions from around the world, they trace the contours of their multicultural backgrounds and transcend traditional ideas of citizenship, nations, and boundaries. These musicians are deeply immersed in the defining challenges of the 21st century. With roots in Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Europe, but currently residing in New York or elsewhere in the United States, each personifies an inclusive attitude filled with heart and soul.

Organized in collaboration with PopRally and on the occasion of the digital exhibition Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture, the musical component of Summer Thursdays 2017 is presented in conjunction with Citizens and Borders, a series of projects at MoMA related to works in the collection that offer critical perspectives on histories of migration, territory, and displacement.

The series was organized in collaboration with PopRally, MoMA’s cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA and MoMA PS1.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.