SALA Cultura & Dance Party returns online this Saturday, December 12th at 9pm PST with another stellar lineup to help you stay safe and stay up during lockdown. With the event falling on Lady of Guadalupe day our featured guests will visit themes associated with the celebration of her significance:
theme discussion by
poetry & prose by
visual art by
DENISE CORTES (Pearmama)
live music by
deejay sets by
It’s a FREE event. Find the Zoom link on our Facebook Event Page, rearrange the furniture and turn up the volume!
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
Two months ago, LA JUNTA crew were approached with the idea of producing an additional night (every third Fri) at El Dorado DTLA. We bounced the idea back and forth among our team, but the predominant concern was that doing back-to-back Fridays at the same venue may see us spreading our community of followers too thin, especially with an already full Spring schedule and another potentially busy summer fast approaching. So instead, we’ve decided to offer up that extra night to a solid, young up-and-coming deejay who is well versed in Latin music and pretty much anything that will heat up a dance floor. He accepted, the management said ‘Sure’ and FUEGO was born. And to help our new friend, DJ RAW, spark it, DEGRUVME and yours truly GLENN RED will be holding down guest deejay duties in the main room! I even agreed to do his first flyer, as seen here. I kinda like how it turned out 🙂
To add to the litness, La Junta’s own YUKICITO, who’d been dreaming up an event where he could mix and dance to his favorite kinds of music–Brazilian forró and classic cumbia from Colombia, Peru and Mexico–will be taking over the back Stowaway Room (the Coco Lounge on our PIÑA nights) on these same 3rd Fridays! Joining him is one of the originators of Forró in LA, and one of my favorite selectors/old partner at the event called ‘Ecléctica’, Mr. Reyes Rodriguez. So come check out the debut of FUEGO…it’s gonna be fire!
FUEGO – 3rd Fridays
EL DORADO DTLA
416 S. Spring Street
Downtown Los Angeles