kings, queens & troubadours.

Last night’s show at West Hollywood’s famed TROUBADOUR concert venue was blast, thanks to a soulful, lovely and lively show by NYC’s EMILY KING! She’s on tour promoting her new album The Switch. You’ll be completely enamored by the songs, the album, and by Emily’s voice, probably finding yourself listening over and over, memorizing and soon singing every lyric, every verse, every melody. Much respect as well to acoustic soul king DAVID RYAN HARRIS, who opened the show and held court with his singalong-worthy tunes (even though we arrived only in time to catch his last number). Of course, much love to the beautiful queens, ALMA, AMANDA and DORENYSE, with whom I had the honor of dining prior and attending the show. Just another royally fantastic evening enjoying Los Angeles and her vibrant culture.

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Above: Emily King’s guitar tech tunes up the axe minutes before the band hits the stage.

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mad love.

Back in February of 2014, our young little LA JUNTA family, fresh off our first summer season and a pretty successful, more recent December one-off event, rolled northward on California Interstate Highway 5 to Fresno with our new friends, the band SALT PETAL. We were invited by the DULCE UPFRONT crew to be the headliners at their monthly PINCHE music event. We enjoyed a wonderful time together, getting to know the band and seeing them perform their music for the first time. Since, we’ve worked with them on a few occasions and they’ve toured the up and down the coast and have recorded a brand new album. TONIGHT, they’re back at DTLA’s beloved LA CITA BAR! La Junta’s DJ degruvme and yours truly will be showing the dance floor a little love between sets, via the turntables.

I’m also looking forward to seeing East LA rockeros ¡APARATO! live for the first time. The band is fronted by our good amigo, the jarana-wielding, sometimes maniacal metalhead, ALEXANDRO D. HERNÁNDEZ GUTIÉRREZ. He and degruvme recently collaborated on the tune “Crooked Smile” for degruvme’s new Echoes of a Dream EP, a synth-pop banger that might’ve been an 80s classic had it been released in that era. However, the song holds its own now, and I can’t wait to see degruvme, Alex and Aparato perform it live tonight!

For event details, please click on the image below.

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a quiet continuum.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I found this copy of Thoreau’s Walden at a used bookstore, one of those tied to a good works project for the incarcerated. There’s something kinda magical about used books (and used records, of course!). I like to think that they have an unknown history that may run as deep as the stories inside them. And that your experience with the work extends the continuum, as the insight you hopefully gain from it diffuses into the universe through you. This particular copy has an inscription on the front leaf that reads “Dean Neufeld / Jan 11, 1976”. That was just over 40 years ago!

I read excepts from Walden back in junior year high school English class, then again in full as a college literature major. I’m looking forward to finding out if all these years of living since then will have enriched my understanding of this classic from the Romantic period of American thought. I definitely feel that with the current state of our world and our society, more and more people can relate to Thoreau’s deliberate self sequestration.

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