Doors at 8:30
The Lesson GK Presents:
THE LESSON L.A. Edition
with Lenny Reece
Community. Magic. Life changing. Church. Home. These are just a few words that have been used by attendees to describe The Lesson, a regular collaborative jam session and dance party presented by Gentei Kaijo (Japanese for “Limitation Cancellation”), a band based in NYC comprised of music directors/instrumentalists of the likes of DJ Premier, Joey Badass, Grace Kelly, Corey Henry and The Funk Apostles, Sonny Moon, Liv Warfield, and many more. More formally, The Lesson is an all-improv experimental hip-hop and progressive soul jam-session/party that was founded on the belief that every moment within the event is its own learning experience. And so collectively, the participants and the crowd can all learn to become the best versions of themselves, while coexisting, regardless of cultural background, race, occupation or orientation.
Whenever artist Nia Andrews steps to the stage, the room around her falls into the dreamy world she paints. Solange called on her to join her #1 album A Seat at the Table alongside Kelly Rowland, and Nia’s most recent release, From Here, co-produced with frequent collaborator Mocky (Feist/Jamie Lidell) showcases beautiful songs that lift hearts and capture imaginations. After touring internationally as a background singer for artists Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill and Common, singing at the Grammys for Mary J. Blige, and penning vocals for burgeoning stars such as Kelela and Blu as well as celebrated voices such as Jill Scott, it was a long time coming for Nia to step center stage with her debut EP, Colours. Since its release, the self-taught singer, songwriter, musician, and producer has become a seminal voice at live venues across Los Angeles’ thriving music scene and worldwide. She was the opener for Corinne Bailey Rae’s West Coast US tour, and made her Europe debut at Überjazz Festival in Hamburg, Germany, where she also played Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival in Leysin, Switzerland. No matter the setting or the sound – whether serving her raw emotion behind the piano, singing at a wild underground party, or alongside pop's heavy-hitters - one thing remains the same: Nia Andrews brings a magic like nothing else.