Program Info

Friday, March 7
5–10 PM


FREE for members
$15 for nonmembers

Includes museum admission, live entertainment, and special programming.

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are recommended. ICA Members can attend the event for free, but are encouraged to make advance reservations. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event.

Please note: ICA First Fridays is a private, ticketed event. Admission is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. Discounts, promotions and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission.



First Fridays: Beatz


We got the beatz! First Fridays: Beatz features Sō Percussion, a “brilliant” and “mesmerizing” quartet (New York Times) performing on a range of instruments—from drums, deskbells, synths, and bottles to stove burners and a mug filled with spare change. Catch one of their entertaining pop-up shows followed by electrifying beat-machine demos by Get On Down Records. The evening also features exhibition mini-tours, t-shirt making, and DJs Frank White and LayZBoy spinning tunes on the dance floor. 


Pop-up Performances by Sō Percussion
Pop-up performances by Brooklyn-based quartet Sō Percussion throughout the museum. Using a combination of traditional percussion instruments, as well as an array of found objects—from flower pots, trash bins, metal pipes, to wine bottles—this quartet crafts inventive and seductive soundscapes to redefine modern percussion. Performances at 7, 8, and 9 pm.

Beat Machine Demonstrations
A special performance of beat machines comes to the ICA for one night only! Malden-based Get On Down Records brings this passion to life with electrifying beat machine demonstrations in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Performances at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 pm.

Panel Discussion
Ever wonder how musicians like Prince, Moby, and the Beastie Boys create the unique sound behind their hit tracks? Join Joe Mansfield, author of Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession, Brian Coleman, local hip-hop author and journalist, and other experts in the field for a brief panel discussion on the history of the beat-box machine, its lasting impact on the music industry, and how these machines are transforming music genres still today. Panel discussion begins at 6 pm in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater.

Spotlight Talks 
Spotlight talks in Nick Cave and Expanding the Field of Painting from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Last talk at 8:30 pm; galleries open until 9:30 pm.

Print Your Own T-Shirt
Get On Down Records brings a special screenprinting press to the Bank of America Art Lab! Space is limited; t-shirt printing available with purchase from the Get On Down Pop-up Shop at the ICA Store. 

Pop-up Shop at the ICA Store
Feeling inspired? Get On Down Records hosts a special pop-up shop at the ICA Store, with items available for purchase.

DJ Frank White returns to the ICA with a fresh set packed with beat machine-inspired tracks—with a special guest appearance by DJ LayZBoy.

MINI Lounge
Exclusive seating for ICA members and MINI Cooper owners! Redeem your drink ticket here for a complimentary tasting of Harpoon’s seasonal brew. Tasting available while supplies last; ICA First Fridays are 21+

See a preview here, and watch all the way through for a guest appearance by DJ LayZBoy!


Learn more about Joe Mansfield and his collection here: An Homage To A Humble Hit-Maker: The Drum Machine (The ARTery, 90.9 WBUR).

Your Greater Boston MINI dealers are proud to sponsor ICA First Fridays

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Date:March 07, 2014 05:00 PM –
March 07, 2014 10:00 PM
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