My oh my, it’s the 5th year for Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. and it’s going to be amazing! There is an awesome lineup of artists, food vendors, family-friendly photo booths, a digital dance zone, and a 3D video mapping projections on (go ahead and nerd out) of City Hall,  to ring in the 2018.

Needless to say, there is A TON of excitement and a whole lot of juicy energy encompassing thoughts of 2017’s wrap up, the future of L.A. and its heartbeat, told through the lens of our closest friends and family.

We asked some N.Y.E.L.A. artists to share their insights on how they see the future of L.A. and to capture this moment in the form of a playlist. This is the the music that is inspired by our beautiful, vibrating, Angeleno energy as we transition from 2017 to 2018.

This page will be updated with every new playlist delivered in the spirit of #NYELA, the dopeness starts here:

Raquel Rodriguez

Francesca Harding

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Louis Vivet

“We’re most looking forward to unveiling our live show in 2016. After working tirelessly on it for the past year, we cannot wait to share it with you all and debut the full vision for our music. But most importantly, we are extremely grateful for the year we’ve had in 2015 and our amazing supporters; we couldn’t have done it out without all of you. So here’s to an even better 2016!”     -Louis Vivet

Lost Midas

“I look forward to sharing new music in 2016.” -Jason Trikakis, Lost Midas

DJ Ry Toast


“2016 will be a year of growth and new music!” -Waterbed

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Omid Walizadeh

Chris Douridas (KCRW)

Garth Trinidad (KCRW)

“With a myriad of variables encouraging a state of flux across the city, LA’s modern creative renaissance will continue to flourish. I envision a brilliant future for it as an idyllic metropolis. This is a chilled out play list with some of my recent favorites from LA based artists and labels. Something to toast the new year to and say a prayer for better public transit and less traffic.” 

Alex Hwang & John Chong (Run River North)

Alex: I picked upbeat/energetic tracks that were released in 2014, since they are the most recent. It seems like people want more raw emotion and energy at shows.

John: I picked a mix of two of my favorite tracks released this year and two that I will always listen to every year. There’s a tension of push and pull, of hold or let go in these tracks that speak to me about how to approach the transition into the new year. From the fun middle finger waving of Jenny Lewis to the introspective, communal waiting of James Vincent McMorrow – there’s always that battle to enjoy the ride, be grateful of where you been, and how to look ahead. But I think the Local Natives say it best – Who Knows, Who Cares.

Aaron Byrd (KCRW)