Steve Gunn at the Getty Center
Saturdays Off the 405, Getty Center
The current seasonal treat being enjoyed by local Angelenos and tourists alike is the free evening concerts happening at several art institutions across Los Angeles, including the Getty Center. Deciding to visit a museum on a summer weekend can an ominous undertaking—from corralling your people, packing food and essentials in true caravanserai style to the inevitable long lines and bustling crowds. Mishaps are bound to happen. In the tranquil courtyard of the Getty, however, singer-songwriter, Steve Gunn was able to subdue the chaos and make the journey worthwhile.
Once surmounting parking and tram lines, and emerging to where the best views of the Pacific can be seen, dense clouds overtook the overall aesthetic of what we had all anticipated was going to be a beautiful LA sunset. The opening music performed by Mary Lettimore and James Elkington transitioned the mood of concertgoers to a feeling of chill and relaxation. The message was well received by many intimate groups of young families and mature art/music aficionados—drinking higher ratios of coffee than beer.
Gunn combined his country blues, underground and psychedelia to lullaby the crowd. Despite some technical obstacles with the sound during the performance, the majority of the audience held through to the end of the show, and will likely be spending many more Saturdays Off the 405!