UNIQUELY LA with Aaron Byrd
For Five Coffee at Wells Fargo Center // 333 S Grand Ave
Presenting unique experiences in unexpected places, Arts Brookfield invites you to take a break from the daily grind and join us for an array of live experiences that incorporate spoken word, music, and even magic in a quintessentially LA way.
Curated by local DJ, music mastermind, and event producer, Aaron Byrd, this series will include a free coffee for all attendees as well as a 10% discount on any lunch food item purchased at For Five Coffee during the performance.
ABOUT THE PERFORMER:
Consummate Soul Man Chris Pierce has released seven independent albums worldwide. In 2018, Pierce’s hit song “We Can Always Come Back To This” was nominated for “Best Song/Recording Created for Television” by The Guild of Music Supervisors. In addition to headlining road tours, he has either performed on stage with or opened worldwide tours for Seal, B.B. King, Al Green, Blind Boys of Alabama, Cold War Kids, Toots and the Maytals, Aaron Neville, Jamie Cullum and many others. His voice & music have been heard in films and T.V shows including This is Us, Rosewood, Soul Men, Crash, True Blood, Brothers & Sisters, Single Ladies, Eli Stone, In Plain Sight, Dawson’s Creek, Army Wives, Crash as well as Lexus & Banana Republic ad campaigns.
His song “We Can Always Come Back to This” was prominently featured on the #1 US Primetime TV show This Is Us and the song charted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart for consecutive weeks and #12 on the iTunes Top 100 songs. He recently received the high honor of working on a classic Soul recording project in Muscle Shoals, AL with The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Horns & Shoals Sisters as the lead vocalist on a new critically acclaimed album “You’ve Got To Feel It!”. He also just finished writing and composing the highly anticipated original work for theatre entitled Reverend Tall Tree’s Blues Opera of which he performs the leading role in.
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Aaron Byrd has always had a desire and curiosity to seek out new experiences, people, places and, most of all, music. Having visited 17 countries (so far) and spending at least three hours a day listening to new music, it’s safe to say music and travel are his biggest passions in life.
His attraction to the unknown and thirst for discovery has fueled an eclectic and expansive taste in music, from the underground hip hop scene the LA native explored as a teenager to his love of Guaguanco from Cuba. An Engineering major at UCLA, it’s not surprising that he likes to dig into the roots of where things begin, from tango to trip hop. He fuses musical connections across all borders, boundaries and timelines because what he looks for is more than a catchy beat.
Since his start at KCRW in 2007, Byrd has appeared on the front page of the New York Times and in both the LA Times and LA Weekly. He is called on to curate a wide range of events around town, from post-performance events at the LA Opera to a weekly live performance series at a boutique West Hollywood hotel. As a DJ, Byrd has opened for Groove Armada, James Blake, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Little Dragon, and Jose James and is regularly featured at clubs around town.