LA JUNTA’s Memorial Weekend Tardeada was a great one. Our best yet in terms of vibe. Photos and video soon!
Can’t wait to rock a guest set in LA Chinatown on Saturday night with my heavyweight vinyl diggin’ friends from the BARRIO FUNKY crew!! Even more sweet is that the featured live bands, YANGA and EL SANTO GOLPE are also friends with whom I’ve worked on some great shows in recent years. With Chinatown currently showing the sweeping effects of gentrification in LA, a big ¡Salud! to Barrio Funky for keeping it 100% wax with real music and real folks holding down the dance floor each month.
Speaking of wax, I enjoy opportunities like this, to keep it old school and go back to my roots by playing an all-vinyl set. I still buy vinyl weekly, but it just got tedious preselecting, packing and then hauling crates or bags full of records when I began playing multiple nights per week. However, you’ll almost always see at least one bag of wax behind the turntables with me whenever I’m out deejaying. Come through and join us at upstairs at the Grand Star Jazz Club if you feel the need to boogie this weekend!
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU and MAY the 5th be in DTLA with me. Got two spots where we can clink glasses:
First I’ll be here at MEZCALERO DTLA from 7:30 to 10pm
Then heading over to EL DORADO BAR DTLA to join my fam LA JUNTA as we sip and get down into the wee hours.
After I stayed for a few more awesome deejay sets (big up MIKE STYLES and ARTI!) at Saturday’s ARTISM event, I headed out to THE BLUE WHALE jazz club in Little Tokyo for an event that I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to attend. I’m so glad that I did. Titled “Celebrating African Heritage”, I wasn’t sure what to expect, given that the impact of African culture throughout the world has been vast and glorious. Fronted by Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo, however, I quickly learned that the music would focus on music from Brazil, Martinique, the USA, and Africa, of course. Upon arrival, I noticed that 1) the performance area was set up in a circular ‘roda’ fashion, with the musicians facing the center of the circle and the audience seated all around them 360 degrees, and 2) that there seemed to be a particular preponderance of percussion instruments. As the musicians gathered in the circle, the roster boasted a handful of LA’s heaviest percussion firepower: Leo Costa, Gibi dos Santos, Alberto Lopez, Andre de Santanna and Kahlil Cummings. The video below is :25 clip of the beginning of the show. My apologies for not capturing Brazililan vocalist Thalma de Freitas, who was positioned directly across from Marcel Camargo and hidden from my vantage point as I panned across. It was an amazing night and I’m hopeful that Marcel and Dexter Story (musical director) will get the group together again soon!
Big thanks to Mike Styles and Porchlite of the Inland Empire-based Beats of All-Nations crew for the invite to turn some vinyl this past Saturday. The ARTISM group art show held at NuWave Studio in the City of Upland brought together a fantastic roster of visual artists, whose various pieces I found myself admiring at length during the three hours I stayed. All evening long, I kept saying how I thought that while it was a relatively small show, all the pieces were remarkable. I was really grateful to be included among the roundup of tasteful deejays that blessed the turntables on that evening, each adding more depth to the visual experience the art lovers expected. I enjoyed meeting some new folks as well as seeing some familiar faces like Stryke Uno and Gabe Real. I look forward to attending the next show!
LA JUNTA, my deejay crew and music event of the same name, have announced the dates for our Summer 2017 run. We’ve been working hard to curate an amazing lineup of deejays, live bands and dance groups for our fifth summer season–and our second in DTLA. Yup…we’ll be back rockin’ the super fresh rooftop lounge at Don Chente Bar-Grill & Lounge, across from Staples Center. Above is our teaser flier showing the dates of our series, each show taking place on the LAST Sunday of each month from April through September. For this summer campaign, the La Junta team and I decided on a vintage futbol/soccer aesthetic. Soon you’ll see the flier announcing the lineup for our April 30th Kickoff Event. Can’t wait to show you, and of course, to see you at La Junta!!
Check out our Facebook Page HERE.
The fellas from one of my favorite bands in Los Angeleas–LA CHAMBA–have invited me onto the deejay lineup for their GoFundMe campaign launch. I’m thrilled and honored to support the release of their upcoming album, Ecos de la Selva and beseech all of you to check out this fantastic band join us as we crowdfund the pressing, packaging and distribution of thier first full-length album. Please watch their cool campaign promo video below and see the posted flier and links for details on the Wednesday MARCH 15th event happening at LA CITA bar in DTLA. I’ll be there with fellow deejays FRESKO and THE GETDOWN COLLECTIVE and look forward to live performances by sonidero cumbia sensations ZAPOTECA ROOTS and, of course, LA CHAMBA!!
The event is hosted by Urban Badlands and La Mina Oro.