LA JUNTA, my deejay crew and music event of the same name, have announced the dates for our Summer 2017 run. We’ve been working hard to curate an amazing lineup of deejays, live bands and dance groups for our fifth summer season–and our second in DTLA. Yup…we’ll be back rockin’ the super fresh rooftop lounge at Don Chente Bar-Grill & Lounge, across from Staples Center. Above is our teaser flier showing the dates of our series, each show taking place on the LAST Sunday of each month from April through September. For this summer campaign, the La Junta team and I decided on a vintage futbol/soccer aesthetic. Soon you’ll see the flier announcing the lineup for our April 30th Kickoff Event. Can’t wait to show you, and of course, to see you at La Junta!!
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Here’s my latest flier for La Junta!
This coming SUNDAY AUGUST 23rd, La Junta continues to smolder as we welcome Daniela Brazil Hollywood’s ‘OYA BRAZIL’ in a fully costumed (or should we say ‘barely’ costumed?) live samba dance show! Needless to say, the boys are looking forward to this one 😉 We’ve also invited longtime homie BABY BUBBA from Vibes & Stuff Radio and Soul Sessions to help us keep fanning the flames, as well as a new friend we met two years ago from way down in Quintana Roo while the La Junta fam vacationed in Playa Del Carmen, México. The man’s in town ready to get down in LA just before joining Osunlade, Nickodemus, and Sabo at Burning Man… hope you’ll join us in welcoming our amigo, representing the NO MAS Punchis Punchis stylee–NETZA!
See you there, familia!
We’re down to the final three events of our summer season, which also means we’re bringing out the heavy hitters! On SUNDAY AUGUST 9TH, you absolutely MUST join us for a high energy romp on the patio at Fronteras Mexican Grill Cantina, as LA’s homegrown but internationally known Afro-Latin house music producer/deejay Jose Marquez jumps in the deejay booth for what is sure to be one of hottest and brightest highlights of our summer. We cannot wait to dance together with you!
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Bring your dancing folk and we’ll see you there!
Some of you may remember the word that precedes the lyric above (courtesy of Peaches & Herb, or whomever wrote the song), but it definitely describes the way I feel about getting together with my Afro Funké family members–those on both sides of the turntables. What makes it even more special is that we’ll be together for the first time under the LA evening sky, out at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. The event will mark our first move outside of the traditional night club setting, as well as our first venture together as a team outside of the westside/Santa Monica, across to the northeast corner of LA. To boot, we’ve got a fun and energetic opening act in Brazilian drum troupe BATALA LOS ANGELES. They’ll have the crowd gettin’ down big just in time for my boys JUNGLE FIRE to light up the stage with their hard-hitting afro-latin funk! Hope you get to join us! JUNE 21st 7:30pm.
**flyer: yours truly on the groundwork, Jeremy Sole on the perfect trimming and buffing.
Sorry that I’ve been light on the posts for the past few weeks; been busy designing some promo materials for upcoming events this summer. Here are the front and back sides for two separate flyers for the LA JUNTA party. Mark your calendars and dance with us on SUNDAY JUNE 8th at Fronteras Cantina in the city of Alhambra, just a few miles east of Downtown L.A. Live Colombian music by Oakland’s LA MISA NEGRA, deejays (including yours truly), Mexican food, drinks and lots friendly folks. Some links to check:
Hope to see you there!
Happy Sunday! Although there are a few other Martinho da Vila songs that I favor over this one, ‘Disritmia’ always catches my ear in the way his voice stands out on the verses, with the rhythm underneath almost staccato, so spare and even. It leaves me really anticipating those big, reliable unison choruses many samba tunes feature. However, the choruses are short and don’t get as large vertically as in most other pagode-style sambas, leaving a unique and interesting contrast between the singer’s tenor and the backup vocals. I also dig MdV’s cadence on the ‘bridge’ coming out of the second chorus, as well as the way the cuica hangs onto its last note! Hope this one catches your ears too 🙂
Here is this week’s Super Samba Sunday post. There’s so much great material by Bezerra da Silva out there, but this one has gunfire and handclaps. Not lovin’ the gunplay but the handclaps add such a great element to the samba. Here’s “Vou Contar Até Três”. Happy Sunday, all.