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Best of Los Angeles: Arts &Culture

BY The Editors | December 27, 2016 | Feature Features

Be it an inspiring design showroom, a bold new menu or an exuberant comeback, in the City of Angels, creativity is thriving like never before. Here's a look at the people and places responsible for putting L.A. in the global spotlight, for 2017 and beyond.
BAND TOGETHER As founder and singer for the hit pop group DNCE, Joe Jonas has found a new groove.

Round Two
With his new band, DNCE, Joe Jonas is forging a bold new path.

Most of us are happy to have one successful career in a lifetime, but Joe Jonas isn’t like most of us. After outgrowing his family boy band, the Jonas Brothers, the performer is now finding instant success as an adult with DNCE—the already multiplatinum pop group he formed in the summer of 2015. In 2016, DNCE was not only named best new artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, but the band of four also added a nationwide tour and performances at the MTV EMAs, Billboard Music Awards and Kids’ Choice Awards to its repertoire. “It is nice to see a dream become reality for the second time in my life,” explains Jonas. “It is rare to be able to evolve and create, and I feel really blessed that I have a new band and a new career.” DNCE is an undeniable evolution for the musician, and an outlet for him to explore his adult experiences (freedom, love and sexuality). “It really describes where we are in our lives,” he says. The band’s pulsating sound—which brings fervent fans to life at each concert—developed organically. “We started to have fun and let loose, and the music pointed to this wacky, funky pop with weird lyrics,” says Jonas. “We stuck with it.” DNCE’s first full album launched November to huge success, bringing with it many popular radio hits. Thankfully there is more to come. Jonas is already writing songs with plans to release a follow-up album very soon, and hopes to be playing with his new group for “10 years or 40 or 50 years.” Jonas is also harnessing his superlative creativity for other projects, like Verlane, his newest restaurant, and says acting is also on the table. “There were some dreams I never thought could be a reality, and they became true. Now, I shoot for the stars.”

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