new mix | marina soul club 021

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saturday april 10 | sala

With the March event having been our most well-attended show thus far, SALA returns on Saturday April 10th with another marvelous lineup of literary, visual and musical artists!

It’s a heavyweight roster, including Favianna Rodriguez (art), Lorna Dee Cervantes and Richard Montoya with his father José Montoya–representing both the future and brilliant past of LA Chicanx poetry, respectively.

Additionally, since Earth Day falls in April, we’ve invited young climate activist Riddhi Patel (Sunrise Kern) to speak on the topic of climate change and environmental responsibility.

Musician Ángel Garcia, aka Mezklah, rounds out the roster of live performances with a short set featuring his signature ‘SpiderMonkey Beats’. All this jumps off before the always highly anticipated dance party with deejays Reyes and yours truly, Glenn Red, gets lit!

The Zoom virtual ‘doors’ open at 8pm with the full program beginning at 8:30pm. As always, it’s a FREE EVENT!

Be sure to find the Zoom meeting link via the SALA Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421051948262527

See you on Saturday night!

music mix | marina soul club 020

Happy Spring, All!

Right on time for bright, warm and sunny days here on the west coast, Mix #020 of my Marina Soul Club series is now up on mixcloud.com!

If you haven’t yet checked it out, I started this collection of music mixes in April 2020 as an extension of the monthly dinner & wine events my crew and I were hosting at Melody Wine Bar in Los Angeles before the pandemic. Along with ‘Executive Officer (XO), Ryan Baysa, we set out to keep the music that we love alive.

Marina Soul Club is the place in our hearts where the cool smooth rock & soul music of the late 70s and early 80s co-exist, via both the widely popular and more obscure selections of the era. The mixes simultaneously aim to skip along the surface and take deep dives into the material, recalling the hits as well as shining some light on the many hidden treasures overlooked by mainstream radio in those days.

It’s soft rock, breezy jazz, lite disco, mellow 80s, island grooves and coastal vibes throughout. Yacht and nyacht for those who know the lingo. 15 songs, 57 minutes long. This latest playlist finds the music of the artists listed below together, as we think they should be 🙂 Enjoy the music and the sunshine state of mind!

ARTIST / Tracklist
  1. CULTURE CLUB / “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”
  2. 10cc / “The Things We Do For Love”
  3. RENEÉ GEYER / “Be There In The Morning”
  4. GREG PHILLINGANES / “Lazy Nina”
  5. CLAUDIO RODITI ft. KENIA / “Madalena”
  6. CHRISTOPHER CROSS / “All Right”
  7. RHEAD BROTHERS / “Oh! Darling”
  8. PERCY MAYS / “Changes”
  9. POSITIVE FORCE ft. DENISE VALLIN / “You Told Me You Loved Me
  10. RITA COOLIDGE / “The Fool In Me”
  11. STEVE KIPNER / “Cryin’ Out For Love”
  12. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD / “Don’t Call It Love”
  13. SKOOL BOYZ / “Your Love”
  14. PATRICE RUSHEN / “Remind Me”
  15. MARCOS VALLE / “Naturalmente

saturday jan 9 | sala

Happy New Year, All! Let’s all put good energy and intention into manifesting a really good 2021, despite all the madness and bad juju that the world is hungover with after the worst year in modern history.

To that end, I went out today and bought a new 2021 planner. It’s now sitting atop my desk, clean and shiny with all the optimism I can currently muster, ready for the Universe to fill it up with good things that allow good people to gather around, just like all my pre-2020 planners did.

So far so good. It felt great to enter my first public (though still virtual) event in the Saturday, January 9th block. It’s the first SALA of the year and it’s going to be a great one, coming right on the heels of our most well-attended event last month. I even got to experience the thrill of watching legendary labor and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta, dance to my deejay set. She tore up and closed out the dance floor–as many have said she does every time!

The Beloved Party Crew (BPC) and I are overjoyed that she has agreed to return as the keynote speaker for this weekend’s event, set to make opening remarks on the timely theme of ‘new beginnings’, as well as her thoughts on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in advance of the national holiday in his honor.

I’m also thrilled that my pal, Latin reggae artist Tone Irie, accepted my invitation to come and sing some songs for us between the poetry and dance party portions of the night. AND…if that weren’t enough, my amiga, Pilar Castillo, has been booked as the featured visual artist. I can’t wait for everyone to see her recent reinterpretation of the U.S. Passport book.

Be sure to grab the Zoom link from the SALA Facebook event page spread the word and be ready to keep up with Señora Huerta on your living room dance floor!

Saturday January 9, 2021
9pm – 12am PST
Online via ZOOM