saturday oct 10 | sala

As we all learn to adjust, pivot or bust through the rubble of the arts and culture industry left by the coronavirus, I jumped at the invitation to be part of this new series virtual gatherings, which also entails reuniting with my old deejay partner, Reyes Rodriguez. We’re teaming up on the decks once again, though from our own rigs at home, to revive SALA.

SALA, a Spanish term signifying ‘home’ or a communal space, hopes to tap back into the energy of cultural gatherings, of communing with friends, family and neighbors in person, as we currently struggle for connection from afar during this pandemic. As throughout time, we look to stories, poetry, art, and music to bind us to one another.

Back in 2008, Reyes came up with the event series SALA Lounge, where he invited guest deejays, including me, to spin records with him in the beautiful back courtyard of his art gallery, Trópico de Nopal in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood. The events were marked by the easy, home-like atmosphere at Trópico, and the good vibes of the music and guests in attendance.

Here, in 2020, the format for SALA’s new incarnation will be based on a Zoom birthday event that both Reyes and I deejayed for a few months ago. Beyond the dance party for which we were tasked with sparking, it included a schedule of short readings by both new and established poets, storytellers, and performance artists. The event was so well received that the birthday girl, a mutual friend of ours, has spearheaded a reprisal. So, SALA is back. Here’s Saturday night’s lineup:

• 9:00pm – Muralist Jamuna Priti; Writers Aida Salazar, Peter Harris, Briza Covarrubias & performances by The Digital Sandbox Playuz and Martha Gonzalez (Quetzal)
• 10:00pm – Resident DJs Glenn Red and Reyes Rodriguez • 11:30pm – After party

Please visit our Facebook event page to get the Zoom link. We’d love to see you there!

music mix | marina soul club 012

We’re now at a dozen Marina Soul Club mixes in the Mixcloud! Twelve finds us navigating from Honolulu to Chicago to Toronto in just the first 10 minutes, with a later stop in Rio de Janeiro for some authentic MPB and samba by Joyce and Airto Moreira, respectively.

For me, however, the quality that I enjoy most from this twelfth upload is the even balance between more obscure artists like Greenwood, John Valenti and Craig Ruhnke, and artists from the pantheon of smooth, such as Ambrosia, Robbie Dupree, Kenny Loggins, and Michael McDonald.

Hope you dig this one too!

ARTIST / Tracklist
01. GREENWOOD – “Sparkle (1985)”
02. JOHN VALENTI – “Time After Time”
03. CRAIG RUHNKE – “Reach Out”
04. KARLA BONOFF – “Isn’t It Always Love”
05. AMBROSIA – “You’re The Only Woman (You & I)”
06. ROBBIE DUPREE – “Steal Away”
07. JOHN LUCIEN – “The Pleasure Of Your Garden”
08. JOYCE – “Curação de Criança”
09. AIRTO MOREIRA – “The Happy People”
10. BRIAN ELLIOT – “Tickets To Rio”
11. SISTER SLEDGE – “Thinking Of You”
12. YVONNE ELLIMAN – “If I Can’t Have You”
13. KENNY LOGGINS – “This Is It”
14. MICHAEL McDONALD – “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”
15. LIONEL RICHIE – “All Night Long (All Night)”