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on the rise.

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I’m both excited and nervous about this latest AFRO FUNKÉ show called ‘AFRICA RISING’. I’m very eager to be part of the bill (as part of the Afro Funké Sound System deejay duo with JEREMY SOLE) and to hear and see the other performers, which include my my friends ROCKY DAWUNI, DEXTER STORY & WONDEM and special guest, legendary Congolese-Belgian Afropop artist MARIE DAULNE of ZAP MAMA!! I think that the quality of the lineup evoked what I think is some of my best work as a graphic designer, this flier pictured above. Thanks to Jeremy for adding some clean polish work to it! The show, presented by Afro Funké and 89.9 KCRW, takes place under the stars on SATURDAY OCTOBER 15th at the historic FORD THEATRES in Hollywood. The show starts at 7pm, with doors open and picnicking at 5pm. Please spread the word and make plans to attend!

Facebook Event: Afro Funké & 89.9 KCRW Present ‘AFRICA RISING’

For General Admission & VIP tickets, please visit fordtheatres.org

With gratitude to:
Ford Theatres
LA County Arts Commission
89.9 KCRW
EnClave Los Angeles
Culture Gap LA
Fusicology
DoLA
Universal Rhythm

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selena + vamos = ¡selenamos!

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Our final LA JUNTA summer event of 2016 falls on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH!! And we’re going out BIG with Los Angeles’ new but already beloved Selena tribute band, SELENAMOS! It takes place on the rooftop of our new home, DON CHENTE BAR-GRILL & LOUNGE in DTLA, right across from Staples Center. We’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Selena’s first gold record, which was also the first for any woman in Tejano music!

Facebook Event: La Junta Season Finale featuring SELENAMOS

Spread the word and join us!

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surfacing.

So, right on schedule and in keeping with past summers, I’ve managed to pull my disappearing act again. I don’t think I’ve posted anything for about two months or so. If any of you have ventured over to the sidebar of this blog, you may have noticed that I usually keep my deejaying schedule pretty up-to-date. A quick glance would tell you that I’ve been a pretty busy dude. In addition to preparing music and doing the requisite promotion duties for those respective events each week, I keep my days busy making fliers for both my gigs and for other peoples’ parties. Here is a small handful of some flier work I’ve done this summer. You may see me post a couple of these images again, along with descriptions of the particular event as they get close. Maybe I’ll see you at a few😉

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doin’ it in the park.

…doin’ it after dark. This Independence Day weekend, I’m honored to be a performer at two very special events going down in Los Angeles! First is Saturday’s “Independence Day Tardeada”, presented by the City of Los Angeles and Councilmember Gil Cedillo. It’ll include live música headlined by local cumbia/buyangu heavyweights BUYEPONGO, the chance to learn cumbia dance with instructor ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, and food, festivities and fireworks!! Second is Monday’s 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY, presented by Grand Park DTLA and The Music Center. There’ll I’ll be performing on their ‘Backyard Stage’ with both the La Junta Sound System and together with KCRW’s Jeremy Sole as the Afro Funké Sound System. If you’re in LA this weekend, come play in the sunshine!

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bernin’.

Civic Duty: CHECK! Here I am outside my local polling place on Tuesday June 7th, having just done my part to make sure the seeds of change and revolution keep growing. Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are just the beginning. Keep it real and spread the good word.

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puttin’ in work.

Here’s one of my latest flier designs, announcing the first LA JUNTA summer event:

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LA JUNTA is back for our fourth summer of good music, good people and good times!! While the boys have been gigging steadily as guests at other events, we’ve missed coming together at good ol’ Fronteras Cantina in Alhambra and partying on the patio like we do!

For our summer kickoff, we’ve invited back the first band we ever worked with at La Junta, way back when we were a fledgling event in east Pasadena. The fellas from LA CHAMBA return with their East Los Angeles working class take on the pyschedelic cumbia chicha sounds that originated in Peru. As with all La Junta events, it will be a heavy dancing affair!

The date is SUNDAY JUNE 26th…start breaking in your summer dancing shoes!!

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Sunday June 26th | 4pm-9pm
LA JUNTA 2016 SUMMER KICKOFF
featuring a live performance by LA CHAMBA!!

FRONTERAS MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA
118 West Main Street
Downtown Alhambra
http://www.fronterasgrill.com

21+
$5.00 cover (on live music days only)

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‘O’wn it.

Summer is here in Los Angeles, and along with the thermometer readings, my volume of activities tends to climb. Thus, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything, even the weekly wisdoms. However, I’m comin’ back with a couple of good ones from none other than Ms. Super Soul Sunday herself, OPRAH WINFREY:

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”