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'Rockin' at the Buffalo AKG' returns with Khruangbin 'A La Sala Tour'


Mon, Jan 29th 2024 12:40 pm

With special guest John Carroll Kirby

Press Release

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum announced the return of “Rockin’ at the Buffalo AKG” with Khruangbin and special guest John Carroll Kirby. The concert will take place on the Great Lawn on the museum’s recently expanded campus on Tuesday, May 28.

Tickets will go on sale exclusively for museum members beginning Thursday, Feb. 1 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.). General admission tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2. All tickets can be purchased here.

Artist Bio

“ ‘A La Sala,’ I used to scream it around my house when I was a little girl, to get everybody in the living room; to get my family together. That’s kind of what recording the new album felt like,” Laura Lee Ochoa said. “Emotionally there was a desire to get back to square-one between the three of us, to where we came from – in sonics and in feeling. Let’s get back there.”

The title makes it clear. “A La Sala” (“To the Room” in Spanish), the fourth studio album by Khruangbin, is an exercise in returning in order to go further and do so on your own terms. It extends the air of mystery and sanctity that’s key to how bassist Ochoa, drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson Jr., and guitarist Mark “Marko” Speer approach music.

Yet, if 2020’s “Mordechai,” the last studio album Khruangbin made without collaborators, was a party record whose ensuing post-lockdown tour enhanced the band’s musical reputation far and wide, “A La Sala” is the measured morning after. It’s a gorgeously airy album made only in the company of the group’s longtime engineer Steve Christensen, with minimal overdubs. It is a porthole onto the bounties powering Khruangbin’s vision, a reimagining and refueling for the long haul ahead. “A La Sala” scales Khruangbin down to scale up, a creative strategy with the future in mind.

It is also a response to the unique moment Khruangbin finds itself in now: Following a decade spent cultivating extraordinary music paths – beginning a year when they'll perform for more people, in more iconic spaces, staging a live show that pushes a creative envelope peculiar to them alone. 2024 feels like both marker and pivot, cementing Khruangbin’s stature as a commercially and critically successful group that continues to be guided by creative possibilities.

More About the Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Founded in 1862, the Buffalo AKG Art Museum (formerly the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) is the sixth-oldest public art institution in the U.S. For more than 160 years, the Buffalo AKG has collected, conserved and exhibited the art of its time, often working directly with living artists. This tradition has given rise to one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of modern and contemporary art.

In summer 2023, following the completion of the most significant campus development and expansion project in its history, the Buffalo AKG opened anew to the public. The project is funded by a $230 million capital campaign – the largest such campaign for a cultural institution in the history of Western New York – including $195 million raised for construction and $35 million in additional operating endowment funds.

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