sunday june 24 | la junta solstice spectacular

Happy Summer, Familia!

We at La Junta are still riding the good vibes from the last tardeada on Memorial Day weekend, but it’s already time to share the lineup for our next show here on the interwebs! Joining us on SUNDAY JUNE 24…

all the way from Australia:
QVLN (aka Quetzal Guerrero) + special guests, live
and undoubtedly one of LA’s finest deejays/tastemakers
JEREMY SOLE (KCRW, Afro Funké, TheLIFT), deejay set

Woohoo!!! While we’re incredibly excited about our scheduled performers, if you remember our big announcement at the May event, you know that our June show will be simultaneous amazing and bittersweet, as it will be our last at DON CHENTE DTLA, who’ll be closing their doors in mid-July with the sale of the property on which it stands. Yep, that’s right…our final gathering on this particular rooftop (boohoo). Have no fear, though…we’re not going far. We’ll share our new DTLA rooftop location in the coming weeks 😉 For now, gather everyone you know and let’s close the place down right and go out BIG!!!

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thursday may 31 | afro funké x la junta

Yo! This event is going to be madness! Our two camps haven’t done an event together since the summer of 2016 when Grand Park brought us in to rock the entire 4th of July Block Party on the main stage for all of Los Angeles. If you were there, you’ll remember what an incredible crowd we had, shaking their bodies all afternoon into the evening, line dancing, zumba dancing and even propelling themselves into the air cheerleader style!!

Save the date! THURSDAY MAY 31st 🙂

P.S. On the flier above, as on the turntables on Afro Funké, it’s a Glenn Red x Jeremy Sole collabo.

saturday june 16 | extra ancestral

I’m super excited to have been asked to play records at this second coming of the EXTRA ANCESTRAL show, hosted by LA’s young percussion master, Kahlil Cummings and his CAPOFRESH brand. The evening features Kahlil’s new CAPOFRESH ENSEMBLE project, a ‘supergroup’ made up of some of his favorite local players, as well as BLOCO OBINI, the all-female bloco afro he both leads and instructs. As an extra treat, all the way from Australia, Mr. Quetzal Guerrero aka QVLN, joins the festivities as the evening’s special guest performer! Dance performances by Daunte Fyall, Jahanna Blunt, Rachel Hernandez and Rosangela Silvestre round out the evening but who knows, there are probably more surprises in store!

Check the Facebook Event Page for all the info, and see Farah Sosa’s photographs from the very first show back in February. This night will be just as amazing!

sunday june 10 | AFRO FUNKÉ 15!!!

In case you haven’t yet heard, this coming Sunday June 10, we’re celebrating 15 years of one of the best world music club events that Los Angeles has ever birthed…

Join us from 2-8PM as
Grand Park Sunday Sessions presents
AFRO FUNKÈ 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!
Grand Park LA – Performance Lawn
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA

PERFORMERS:
∙ JEREMY SOLE & GLENN RED, Afro Funké resident deejays
∙ RICH MEDINA, guest deejay (Jump ‘N’ Funk, NYC/Philly)
∙ LE BALLET DEMBAYA, featured dance performance
∙ JAHANNA BLUNT, featured dancer
∙ KAHLIL CUMMINGS, live percussion
∙ STEVEN LOPEZ, live painting
∙ ROCKY DAWUNI, host
∙ CARY SULLIVAN, producer

ALSO FEATURING:
* live body art by Amir Magal & TRIBAL MARKERS
* live screen printing by HIT & RUN crew (bring your own article of clothing or buy preprinted t-shirts there)
* jewelry & craft vending by NATIVE SOL

THINGS TO KNOW:
* This is a FREE/GRATIS event.
* All ages are welcome.
* Picnic blankets, low backed chairs encouraged.
* Dancing on lawn is HIGHLY encouraged (almost mandatory!)
* Food trucks available.
* A special 21+ beverage garden will be available on site.
* Grand Park FAQs Page

HUGE THANKS to Azul Amaral and the team at Grand Park Los Angeles for hosting this epic milestone event on behalf of Afro Funké.