I posted this on social media during his presidential farewell speech. These Barack Obama Jazz images, modeled after the iconic Blue Note Records album covers designed by Reid Miles, started to pop up way back during Obama’s historic first election run and during both his terms as the POTUS. A Facebook page dedicated to our first black President appeared and I found myself tripping over myself in delight over these “album covers” that hearken back to the days of our Jazz pioneers and the epitome of cool. I took as many as I could find, minus a few, and put them together in this square image. While Obama’s policies didn’t always go over well with even his most staunch supporters, I think history will show that he was one of the finest to ever hold the Office. One thing is for sure, no other President in recent history handled himself more presidentially, or more righteously, graciously and even stylishly. In these images, I’m certain of that. You are dearly missed, Mr. Obama!
You know the deal…2016 has been a helluva year. It’s unnecessary to list the losses from the music and entertainment worlds that we’ve suffered, or to rant about the upcoming challenges we will face in our country during the next four years, so I’m just going to leave these two images here in hopes that we can get together on this coming weekend and usher out what’s been the most upsetting of recent years. Hope to see you on Friday the 30th or on NYE Saturday!
It’s been over 9 weeks since the last La Junta event and the train of insane that is 2016 keeps chugging away and steamrolling us all with some deep losses and heavy challenges. Our crew are doing our best to pass the time until year’s end with various creative projects (Yukicito just stitched and sewed a new hat from scratch!) and by gathering to watch The Walking Dead on Sundays, but 2017 can’t come soon enough. And, of course, we miss you all terribly!
SOOOO…for a night of levity and festivity, and in the spirit of gettin’ together and gettin’ down as we love to do, we’re inviting you to our first ever public holiday event: La Junta’s UGLY XMAS SWEATER PARTY!!! La Cita Bar has graciously offered to be our host and we’re working together to create some fun. Dig out and don your ugliest, most ridiculous holiday attire to win our Ugly Sweater Contest and get ready for prizes and surprises. La Junta Sound System (aka Yukicito, degruvme & yours truly Glenn Red) will be in the mix all night long with some special guests joining in on the musical madness. It goes down on SUNDAY DECEMBER 18th!
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Sunday December 18, 2016 9pm-2am
LA JUNTA UGLY XMAS SWEATER PARTY
La Cita Bar
336 S. Hill Street
FREE / NO COVER (our gift to you!)
* Ugly Sweater Contest *
* Photo Booth *
* Prizes & Surprises *
* La Junta Sound System + special guests
& more TBA
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See you there!
Got booked for this event below about a week or so ago. At first, I thought it was just me providing deejay support for two bands, but after seeing the flier I’m even more excited, knowing that there will also be poetry, art & food at the event! It’s in East LA…hope you can make it. We’re hoping it’s gonna be a ‘dead’ one.
A middle finger goes to NBC for greenlighting and developing a new ‘sitcom’ called “Mail Order Family”. It’s based on a white man who buys a mail order bride from the Philippines to help raise his daughters. Not only do I find this offensive as a person of Filipino heritage, it is utterly offensive to me as a man, as a human being, and as a proponent of art in all forms.
Women are never to be treated as products to be purchased for mindless consumption as if via an Amazon Prime membership. To even consider airing a show with a premise of this nature, let alone as a comedy, NBC is clearly demonstrating the kind of poor taste that has hastened the network’s continuing slide into irrelevance. I definitely recommend that my family, friends, colleagues and social media audience completely boycott NBC and their already useless programming.
Please sign the petition to cancel NBC’s “Mail Order Family” at Change.Org
Gratitude goes to GABRIELA USA for creating the petition and shedding light on this unacceptable matter.
I’m both excited and nervous about this latest AFRO FUNKÉ show called ‘AFRICA RISING’. I’m very eager to be part of the bill (as part of the Afro Funké Sound System deejay duo with JEREMY SOLE) and to hear and see the other performers, which include my my friends ROCKY DAWUNI, DEXTER STORY & WONDEM and special guest, legendary Congolese-Belgian Afropop artist MARIE DAULNE of ZAP MAMA!! I think that the quality of the lineup evoked what I think is some of my best work as a graphic designer, this flier pictured above. Thanks to Jeremy for adding some clean polish work to it! The show, presented by Afro Funké and 89.9 KCRW, takes place under the stars on SATURDAY OCTOBER 15th at the historic FORD THEATRES in Hollywood. The show starts at 7pm, with doors open and picnicking at 5pm. Please spread the word and make plans to attend!
Facebook Event: Afro Funké & 89.9 KCRW Present ‘AFRICA RISING’
For General Admission & VIP tickets, please visit fordtheatres.org
With gratitude to:
LA County Arts Commission
EnClave Los Angeles
Culture Gap LA