Sonos Studio kicked off Grammy week with many festivities, the first being at the historical iconic Capitol Records building which was donned in a blue hue Wednesday, February 4 to celebrate 75 years of Blue Note Records musical and visual contributions. The party in the epic recording studio space was packed with Grammy greats dining on delectable appetizers and smoking dry ice cocktails. Hip Hop icon Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) performed in collaboration with the Robert Glasper Experience. Watching in the control room for part of the the show surrounded by the digital world’s most talented artists, producers, and engineers was invigorating for a music lover like me.
Flashbacks of my high school and college days occurred as Q-Tip rapped some playful tunes, like “Bonita Applebum.” Malcom-Jamal Warner (Cosby Show) joined the performance and added to the musical festivities, as did another lady who sang the sweetest tribute song for Sandy Hook victims with words like “Accelerated Life. Fly High. Let your inner child fly. Give our children love and gratitude.”
I brought along my friend Carly Robyn-Green, a recording artist and songwriter with BMG Chrysalis. We chatted with legendary music producer Don Was, and it was fun to run into Jamaican-American record producer ‘Native Wayne,’ or Wayne Jobson who I knew from years in Washington, DC. He use to host my all-time favorite radio station Indie 103.1 that I woke up to every morning my first three years in LA, seven years ago. The station was the only station at the time playing just indie/alternative rock, and music that wasn’t being played anywhere else. Sadly, this incredible station no longer exists.
Thursday at the intimate acoustically designed Sonos Studio space on La Brea we swayed and moved to I Love Makonnen, the artist behind the hit rap song “Club Going Up On A Tuesday” and a 2015 Grammy nominee for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Other events leading up to the Grammys hosted by Sonos x Pandora included Cage the Elephant, the 2015 Grammy nominated band with hit songs “Cigarette Dreams” and “Come A Little Closer. Friday, Sonos x ASCAP welcomed Grammy award-winning and 2015 Grammy nominated country artist Lee Ann Womack to Sonos Studio where she performed and shared her writing process and the stories behind some of her award-winning songs in an intimate performance and songwriting discussion.
Sunday a live viewing party kicked off at Sonos Studio as music’s biggest night shared three and a half hours of various musical genres. Drinks and food flowed as the packed space with a standing and lounging crowd enjoyed the 2015 Grammys surrounded by colorful artistic Sonos speakers painted and designed by various Grammy nominated artists.
Sensational Sonos Studio helped LA celebrate music listening and appreciation all week.