friday april 19 | cumbiatron

I’m hittin’ the road with La Junta this weekend, with our first mini-tour stop in the Central Valley city of Fresno, CA where we’ll be rocking with the good guys from Cumbiatron! Here’s the Facebook event link below. Let your friends in the area know!

Cumbiatron x La Junta event page

The flyer you see above was done by the Cumbiatron crew, but I created the image you see as the featured image. Along with the two images that I designed for the subsequent Ojai and San Luis Obispo events, you may notice that my ideas were based on old posters and packaging for California’s citrus/orange industry from the early 1900s. I really enjoyed working on this series. Hopefully I came close to recreating the aesthetic from that era. Maybe I’ll get to see you at one of the tour stops! 🙂

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april 19-21 | tropi-cal tour

Hey Everyone!

Be sure to stay off the highways and interstates on the weekend of April 19-21, because La Junta is hittin’ the road!! That’s right, we’re headed north on a zig-zaggy weekend road trip up through Fresno, back down to Ojai and back up and across to San Luis Obispo. Three days, three counties, three cities, three parties and one car, bringing afro-latin, tropical music goodness to some our favorite cities a few hours north of LA. Thanks for our friends from Cumbiatron, ¡Wepa! and Sonido Tropical for the invitations. Here’s the itinerary:

Friday April 19 | 9pm-2am
CUMBIATRON x LA JUNTA
Mezcal Lounge
1310 Van Ness
Fresno, CA 93721

Saturday April 20 | 9pm-Midnight
¡WEPA! x LA JUNTA
Ojai Deer Lodge
2261 Maricopa Hwy
Ojai, CA 93023

Sunday April 21 | 2pm-6pm
SONIDO TROPICAL x LA JUNTA
855 Aerovista Place
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Hope to see you at one of the stops!

¡ pinche ____ !

It’s been just over a week since the LA JUNTA crew and I made our way up to Fresno, CA for our guest gig at PINCHE, the signature dance music event produced by the DULCE UP-FRONT team. In honor of us joining them for the evening, the DUF producers titled the event “LA PINCHE JUNTA”. Multimedia is the name of the game at Pinche and most DUF events. Live painting, a poetry hour, live music, and deejays all create their art together in the same space. The La Junta gang walked into Pinche’s amazing venue Fulton 55, which looked just as much as a community center as it did a lounge, and the collective and collaborative spirit of the Dulce team made us feel like we were part of a grassroots phenomenon. And I think this is exactly the case! FRESNO IS ON THE MAP!!

HUGE THANKS AND RESPECT to Dulce Up-Front’s OMÉdj, art director ABBY JANZEN, DAWN-MARIE LUNA, MR. LEONARD, JOE OSEJO PHOTOGRAPHY and the staff at FULTON 55 for treating us with such care, hospitality and friendliness! Check out the photos in this slideshow:

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Here are links to more great photos of this fantastic night:
Joe Osejo Photography: LA PINCHE JUNTA FEB 7 2014

Javier Torres Photography: LA PINCHE JUNTA FEB 7 2014

And some links by which to check out Dulce Up-Front and their awesome events:
DULCE UP-FRONT on Facebook