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 😉
Here’s one of my latest flier designs, announcing the first LA JUNTA summer event:
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
$5.00 cover (on live music days only)
LA JUNTA returns on SUNDAY JUNE 26th with our fourth summer series! We’ll be back at FRONTERAS MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA, but for only four events instead of the eight that we’ve done each of our last two summers there. Instead, we’re working on producing events on a bigger and better scale! It’s 2016 and the time is now to keep reaching upward and soaring! Here’s the splash flier I created that we debuted on our social media channels today to let everyone know that we’re back soon and we’re looking forward to a fun and colorful summer!
Just posting some of the flier work that I’ve created…
The first two are from a film shorts festival in Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) hosted by Urban Badlands and LaLa Fest. The next two are for the upcoming JUJU White Party; one of the finest soul music events in all of L.A. The last is the most recent flier for the newest reggae and dancehall monthly event here in L.A. called ‘Boom Yard’.
Thursday, April 7th, marks the beginning of AFRO FUNKÉ’s third ‘post-weekly’ year, meaning that we’ve continued to host our event beyond its incarnation as a legendary Thursday evening fixture on the west side of Los Angeles. Since stepping back and ending that 10-year long tenure in late 2013, we’ve given ourselves room to breathe, to reimagine, and to grow. In 2014 and 2015, we were able to throw a handful of very well-attended one-off/’pop-up’ events in parts of the city beyond our original Santa Monica locale, and this year looks to be even brighter! Please come out and reunite with Jeremy, Cary, Rocky and me this week at our beloved and true home, ZANZIBAR! We’ll have some live dance performances and drumming, as well as live painting on the stage. Say YEAH YEAH!
This is the flier that I designed, to which Jeremy lent his golden touch before letting it fly. We’re a pretty good team behind the turntables too 😉
Summer is just around the corner, especially here in Los Angeles, where the sunshine and warm temps don’t always know what time of year it is and show up earlier (or linger longer) than anyone anticipates. So the LA JUNTA crew are already getting things prepared for Season 4!! We’re scouting locations for a move into Downtown Los Angeles and thinking about booking talent, as well as getting our promo game ready. Gotta keep making moves and stepping forward and up! I turned in the design for our new business cards a few weeks ago. I had to add in a couple of birds…just had to. Can’t wait to get them printed in everyone’s hands!
My flier submission to Boom Yard Los Angeles was just approved! As I was given a few more days’ time on this new version, I was able to create a new logo for them. As these events continue and their identity begins to take form, it becomes much easier to design in a manner that satisfies both the client and my own sensibilities. It’s been a bit of a struggle making this happen with Boom Yard, but we continually work together to approach the right aesthetic that fits the client at this moment in their evolution.
I also tried out a technique that I’d previously only imagined would work. To make the images of the dancers pop off the surface, I duplicated the original photo. On the upper layer, I first erased around the two ladies, leaving only them. I then blurred the original photo on the bottom. This shows that there was indeed a crowd at the event, hides the background persons’ less active forms, and also makes the ladies stand out. Glad it worked as I thought it would! Be sure to check out Boom Yard on SUNDAY APRIL 10 at DELICIOUS PIZZA in Los Angeles.