thursday june 6 | night market

Whoa…I just realized that I’ve been out on LA’s westside quite a bit these past few weeks. Considering that it’s been over five years since my Afro Funké residency used to bring me out there weekly, and that during this period I’d only find myself the westside three maybe times a year, this recent stretch of a half-dozen appearances in Venice and Marina del Rey within the last month is pretty novel. Anyway, I’m back this Thursday evening as a substitute for my musical partner and KCRW deejay Jeremy Sole at the NIGHT MARKET event happening at The Bungalow (hotel) in Santa Monica. The event goes from 5pm-10pm with music beginning at 6pm. Check the official description:

Night Market will feature specialty food trucks, picnic tables, & outdoor festoon lights to set the mood under the stars. These weekly events will be free admission and will be family friendly, open to the public, and accessible to all ages!

Additional special performers to be announced. KCRW DJ’s will be on hand spinning the hits each week.

The Bungalow Santa Monica will be open as normal for guests (21+, must present photo ID).

Come on by if you wanna get your grub and groove on!

may 18+19 | ARTsea

I’m thrilled to be joining an awesome lineup of local LA artists for the upcoming ARTsea beach party, hosted by Community Arts Resources (CARS LA) in Marina del Rey in a couple of weeks! When I got the call, I signed on immediately, even before I knew that I’d also be joining friends and KCRW radio deejays Raul Campos, Novena Carmel as well as Dengue Fever, La Chamba, Boogaloo Assassins, Georgia Anne Muldrow + Dudley Perkins, dancersContra-Tiempo and Kati Hernandez plus many others for a weekend of beachside fun!

Take a minute to read the official press release:

Marina del Rey, CA (April 22, 2019)—Marina del Rey—the region’s premier watersports and boating destination—will host the second iteration of ARTsea on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at Marina “Mother’s” Beach. Dubbed “Marina del Rey’s Party on the Beach,” the free outdoor event welcomes Angelenos of all ages to celebrate Southern California’s vibrant art, culture and music scene.

ARTsea is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (DBH),
in partnership with community festival producer Community Arts Resources (CARS) and the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We’re thrilled to bring this free event back to Marina del Rey,” said DBH Director Gary Jones.
“ARTsea was a success in 2017 and this year, we see it as a great way to kick off the summer—especiallyso that locals and visitors alike can discover artists, musicians and good food, but also explore the Marina’s diverse recreation and leisure activities on and off the water.”

“We are excited for ARTsea to be back in the Marina, bringing twice the fun over two days and
nights,” said Katie Bergin, CARS executive director. “ARTsea is a way for Angelenos to celebrate local artists, dance to fun music and enjoy delicious food at one of the most beautiful waterfront spots in Los
Angeles.”

Marina “Mother’s” Beach is located at 4101 Admiralty Way, and the festivities will take place in the adjacent Parking Lots #10 and #11. Attendees are encouraged to ride bikes and use the free bike valet or park and take the free WaterBus, a water taxi service that will transport ARTsea attendees to and from eight boarding locations in the Marina. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit artsea-mdr.com.