worth the wait.

As a deejay and record collector, I love to go ‘digging’ pretty frequently and buy used records most of the time. It’s a meditative, spiritual exercise of sorts, to spend an hour (or often a few hours) getting my fingers dirty, sifting through and being mesmerized by binfuls and stacks of previously owned LPs. Even with the simplicity and speed of shopping online these days, I much prefer to run across a forgotten gem somewhere in a dusty old record store.

This one here, Peter Green’s ‘In The Skies’ LP from 1979, I first ran across at a former deejay’s house about ten years ago. I had heard of Peter Green and knew his history as the man who founded the original Fleetwood Mac in the late 1960s. In fact, the legendary group that we all know and love was originally named “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac,” whose core members, along with Green, were Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (though he was not their first bassist). Green is also credited with writing the song Black Magic Woman, made famous by San Francisco Bay area band Santana, plus a few other artists who recorded excellent renditions. He was also a guitarist for John Mayall & The Blues Breakers. Having never encountered this LP in a record shop, I offered my friend $40 for it, knowing it was two or three times above what I could get it for online since it was a US pressing and not the original UK pressing. He was a friend after all. However, he didn’t want to part with it.

Nonetheless, here it is in my hands ten years later. Instead of the $40 dollars that I was willing to part with all those years ago, I saved $25, having found it at a small record shop in Tucson, AZ for $15. There I was, on the first day of what turned out to be an amazing road trip, just walking about to check out the local flavor, and boom!…found it. Sweet. The thing is, I could’ve bought the album online for probably less than $10, but there’s no way that package would have arrived with the same amount of satisfaction.

Anyway, below is a video of one of my favorite tunes from the LP. Peter Green takes the lead guitar duties on this one and it’s oh so soulful. The song is Fool No More. Light a candle or two (a la the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous) and let this play through.

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thursday feb 14 | brinca

The year is already moving fast so La Junta crew are here checking in and letting you know about something new. We’re throwing our first ever Valentine’s Day dance party!

On the evening of Thursday, February 14, you’re invited to our event BRINCA (jump!), twenty-one floors above the hustle and bustle of our city, along the DTLA skyline at the beautiful ELEVATE LOUNGE. We can’t wait for you to see the space and all the good vibes we hope to create together. Couples, singles and groups big or small are invited to come on up and dance hard with all the Love you’ve got!

Along with our friends 2Deep, Rickstarr, and Becca of the widely popular Gasolina party, La Junta Sound System (Glenn Red, degruvme & Yukicito) will be rocking sets of our fiercest dance floor jams, so expect big beat cumbia, reggaeton, tropical bass, Latin hip-hop, afrobeats, dembow, moombahton and more. In other words, get your slow dancing in before you arrive and be ready to jump 😉

Make sure to get your Valentine “kisses” from our beautiful hosts Rebecca Mercedes Guzman (Gasolina Party) & Prescilla Cardena (La Junta LA). Tell your lover, tell your friends and let’s celebrate and elevate.

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February 14th, 2019
9PM – 2AM * 21 & Over with ID

$5 LIMITED PRESALE TIX- Online Only (see link below)
$10 Tickets available at door

EVENTBRITE Presale Tix

WANT TO RESERVE A TABLE? – Reservations guarantee you
8 entry tickets to our event. Email events@lajuntala.com.

Due to high demand, we suggest booking ASAP!!

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Elevate Lounge
811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
http://www.elevatelounge.com/

**Valet parking located @ 811 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90017

friday january 11 | piña

Hey Hey. Happy Happy, Everybody!

Though we’re all barely getting our feet back on the ground in this brand new year, January 11th is the first second Friday, which means it’s time for the return of PIÑA at its regularly scheduled slot!! Since all four of the crew were in Tucson for the December edition, and half the crew were out on vacation during our NYE party, we’re excited to all be back together with you at El Dorado this week, which means that DEGRUVME will be back on the decks and PRESCILLA will be at large shooting all your beautiful faces and hottest dance moves 🙂 Plus, our fantastic new deejay friend M*FLO holds down the guest duties in the Coco Lounge! See you down under the ground!

PIÑA at EL DORADO DTLA
416 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles CA 90013

featuring
LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM (degruvme, Glenn Red & Yukicito)
+
M*FLO (in the Coco Lounge)

9PM | 21+ | FREE!

monday december 31 | piña x nye!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

La Junta crew (incl. yours truly, Glenn Red) here checkin’ in with you during these mad times. The good news is that 2018 is coming to an end and we’re about halfway to having that opportunity to make things right again. The bad news is that we’re still only about halfway there. Nevertheless, it’s that time of year to focus on being with family and friends and to take the time to celebrate life together. With that in mind, we’ve accepted the call to host our second PIÑA NEW YEARS EVE celebration at EL DORADO DTLA!!

Featuring two rooms of music with:
LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM (Yukicito, Glenn Red, Degruvme)
AL JACKSON (Soul Children, Juju)
KRISTI LOMAX (KPFK 90.7FM)
&
a live dance performance by:
SAMBA ROYALE
feat. Samba USA Queen 2015 NICOLEA PETTIS
+
complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight!

We had an absolute blast last year and can’t wait to do it with you all again. And let your friends know…we’ll be one of the friendliest (and most affordable) NYE events in town! Make plans to celebrate with us!

9pm-2am | $10 all night
Monday December 31st
EL DORADO DTLA
416 S Spring St.
Downtown Los Angeles

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