Today, May 21, GRAMMY Museum in Downtown Los Angeles officially reopens its doors to the public! Definitely worth a visit for music lovers of all stripes, as it offers fun and engaging content for all ages.
Visitors can now discover four exciting new exhibits: “Dave Matthews Band: inside and out“(to be seen until fall 2021),”Y Para Siempre… Marco Antonio Solís“(to be seen until spring 2022),”Motown: the sound of young America“(to be seen until winter 2021), and”This is the Nat King Cole exhibition “ (to see until fall 2021).
Plus, new GRAMMY looks are displayed and tons of interactive displays on genres, GRAMMYs and more. While the best way to experience all the GRAMMY Museum has to offer is to see it for yourself, GRAMMY.com has explored it ahead of time so you know what to expect. Read on to discover five things to see (and do!) Currently on display at the GRAMMY Museum.
Sing with the Supremes …
The impact of Motown and its founder Berry Gordy Jr. about music and culture to this day is undeniable, and is on display full and colorful on the second floor of the Museum. Among the fly outfits and other artifacts of Motown artists (including Stevie Wonderkeyboard and harmonica) over the decades, you can join Diana ross and The Supremes for their 1965 classic, “Stop! In The Name Of Love.” Don’t worry, a lyrics screen is here to help.
And dance like temptations
Another interactive experience at the “Sound of Young America” exhibit teaches you Temptations walk, so you can move around in style for the rest of your life. Tap the screen to control your dance steps, in front of sublime yellow costumes worn by the legendary group.
Los Bukis Fan Club Jacket at GRAMMY Museum | Photo: Ana Monroy Yglesias
Join the Marco Antonio Solís Fan Club
The massive Marco Antonio Solis the exhibition has many, many gems and extends over the third floor, dedicated to the GRAMMY Latin Prizes and the extent of Latin music. The bilingual experience takes you through five chapters in the superstar’s life, including his roots in Michoacán, Mexico, and his time with Los Bukis (which means little children in the native language Purépecha of Michoacán!).
It’s impossible not to be stunned by his countless gold and platinum records from around the world on display or to feel the incredible number of lives he has touched with his music upon learning of his relationship with his fans. In the section dedicated to his fans, you will discover the many gifts offered to him by the faithful over the years and discover the many fan clubs dedicated to him.
You can admire the adorable Los Bukis fan club jacket and banner from Club Quiéreme from the 90s, although unfortunately you can’t take it home. In the early 2000s, before Facebook groups and Zoom calls, MAS clubs like this one held international conventions in Mexico. That love!
Walk the GRAMMYs red carpet
After leaving the warm embrace of Solís and his many admirers, you will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and learn more about the history of the GRAMMY Awards. While serving up your best paparazzi poses, you can check out the latest GRAMMY looks on display, including three from the GRAMMY Awards 2021 Show: one of HAIMPrada periwinkle figures, Lionel richiehis long black coat and Harry StylesGucci suit in black leather and bright green boa. You will also see stunners from the 2019 GRAMMY Awards Show, Jennifer lopezblack sequined dress Michael Costello, the end Nipsey hussle‘s fly 5001 Flavors black tuxedo and velvet moccasins and Michelle obamathe eye-catching Sachin & Babi sequin costume, among other past shows.
Be soothed and inspired by Nat King Cole
On the fourth floor, you’ll get a glimpse of the late GRAMMY-winning crooner Nat King Colelife, music and the “unforgettable” legacy. It’s a rare look at her touching personal life, as very little has been exhibited in it, despite her iconic status. “This Is Nat King Cole” explores the lasting global impact of his music and the barriers he broke as a black artist and civil rights activist during American segregation.
It also offers a touching portrayal of his devotion to his wife and nine-time GRAMMY winner. Nathalie Cole, which continues its legacy of loving music. Visitors can feel the love for themselves as they read touching telegrams and letters that Cole sent to his wife while touring the world.
Hit the road with Dave Matthews Band
At the corner of Cole Street, immerse yourself in the 30 years of the beloved Dave Matthews Group, all the way back to their humble beginnings playing fellowship parties and local venues in Charlottesville, Virginia. The award-winning jam group’s exhibit at the GRAMMYs pays homage to their energetic and ever-changing concerts and the many die-hard fans who will never miss a chance to see them.
The must-see artifacts on display include songlists from their shows over the years, including one from 2007 which is also a list of all the songs they had ever played that year, their way of making sure they never play the same show twice. The exhibit also celebrates DMB fans and their love for sharing videos – which the band encourages – and setlists with other fans.
You can also watch several exclusive video interviews with the frontman Dave matthews on the beginnings of the group, their concerts, his love of The Beatles and more.
Explore the roots and intersectionality of genres
The permanent exhibition on the fourth floor alone is worth several hours of education and entertainment, with multiple interactive spaces that explore the roots and branches of genres, music hotspots and innovative musicians. A large touchscreen “board” lets you find the connections between endless subgenres, like Techno and Tejano, and hear examples of each.
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