Subsuelo’s DJ Gozar premieres Poly Ritmo 2 Mix & Upcoming Global Bass Parties in LA

Photo by Farah Sosa(Update 8/8/13: Subsuelo at RG Club on Thur 8/8 is canceled but you can still catch them earlier at Grand Park!)
How do I get through hump day Wednesday? I dance. And the music I love dancing to is Global Bass, the border and genre crossing dance music, heavy with tropical rhythms and electronic beats, flavored with sounds from a global musical palette. Here in LA, no one does global bass better than the Subsuelo collective, known for throwing some of the best underground dance parties and LA-native, DJ Gozar, aka Josh Weiss, is one of its maestro taste-makers. Enjoy his latest mix Poly Ritmo 2, which takes you on a musical world journey exploring Afro-Latin rhythms from Brazil, Colombia and Peru, to Angola and Kenya in the motherland of Africa. DJ Gozar has selected fabulous remixes by Daniel Haaksman, Uproot Andy, Captain Planet, Geko Jones and Atropolis and if nearly an hour of non-stop booty-shaking isn’t enough for you, come shake it some more at these upcoming Subsuelo and global bass events in LA:

Thursday, August 1: Olmeca’s Brown is Beautiful Release Party with Subsuelo, KG Superstar & more @ Los Globos

Saturday, August 3: BassXX Crew with DJ Potira, Bianca Oblivion, Sweet Beats @ Seventy7 Lounge (weekly Saturdays)

Thursday, August 8: Out of Office free outdoor concert series featuring Subsuelo @ Grand Park

Thursday, August 8: Thursday Night Sessions featuring Subsuelo @ RG Club (CANCELED)

Thursday, August 8: Afro Funke featuring Atropolis @ Zanzibar (weekly Thursdays)

Friday, August 9: Muvuca featuring DJ Gozar, DJ Potira, Jose Marquez & more @ Bootleg

Sunday, August 11: Sunset Club with Canyon Cody (Subsuelo), Paul Devro (Mad Decent) & more @ The House of Gods

Sunday, August 11: Brasilia baile funk with DJ Potira @ Agaves Bar (weekly Sundays)

Wednesday, August 21: Subsuelo @ East Side Luv (every 3rd Wednesday)

Thursday, August 22: Cloud City with Canyon Cody (Subsuelo), Derek Beres @ Bar Copa (every 4th Thursday)

Las Cafeteras Teaser of Luna Lovers & Special World Premiere!

(Update 8/8/13: Here is the online premiere of the video on LA Weekly. You can catch them next at the Peace Over Violence graduation ceremony at CARECEN on Friday, 8/9.
: Here is the RSVP link for the special premiere event by Las Cafeteras and Mucho Music for Luna Lovers video on Tuesday, August 6, at the Vincent Price Art Museum in East LA! This is a can’t miss event!)
Looks like East LA artivists Las Cafeteras have a real treat in store with their next music video with elaborate costumes & storyline befitting their enchanting song Luna Lovers. At their live performances, while their rousing anthem, La Bamba Rebelde, gets audiences jumping on their feet, Luna Lovers is a sweet ballad that has crowds swooning and I can’t wait to see it. Enjoy the sneak preview and just announced on their Facebook page, if you sign up for their newsletter on their site tonight, you’ll be one of the first to receive a link in the morning to RSVP to a very special, intimate world premiere event! Space is limited so sign up quick!

Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events July 29 – August 4

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Enjoy the last days of July! I’m already going through early summer withdrawal as I scan ahead at the remaining summer concerts in August. There won’t be many free summer concerts left after August, so take advantage while you can! Check out the full schedule of summer goodness here:

This week’s list is always a work-in-progress (still many more events I have to post when I get back to the computer, as well as new ones I learn about as the week goes along!). So keep checking back! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know!

Have a great week, Angelenos…will leave you with this sublime song by Irene Diaz who’s having her EP release party this Wednesday.

MON 7/29    TUE 7/30    WED 7/31    THU 8/1    FRI 8/2    SAT 8/3    SUN 8/4


Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival July 31-August 4

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival returns in its 5th year featuring the latest indie film talent from Brazil. Talize Sayegh, the founder, is passionate about bringing the newest voices in Brazilian cinema to the forefront here in Hollywood, building bridges between the 2 influential hubs of film-making and showing insightful films that reflect a country and culture that is ever-changing and fast-growing. With Brazil dominating the global news lately and the social transformation that is taking place, it’s a great opportunity to see how independent Brazilian cinema is reflecting the dynamic diversity, changing times and social consciousness of the country.

This year’s festival honors Anna Muylaert, one of Brazil’s most prominent and prolific filmmakers. Her films will open the festival with the international premiere of While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Além de Tudo Me Deixou Mudo o Violão) on Thursday, July 31, and close out the festival with Durval Records (Durval Discos), a cult favorite on Sunday, August 4. The festival features fiction, documentary and short films, many of them making their West Coast or US premieres, and there is a special spotlight on new Portuguese cinema too. All public screenings take place at the Egyptian Theater and are completely FREE. There are a limited number of tickets for purchase to the opening night gala on Wednesday, July 31, which will include a live performance by Brazilian samba dancers and a surprise guest from Brazil and the closing night awards gala on Sunday, August 4. Click below for the lineup and trailers and here is the full schedule.

Documentary    Fiction     Short

Viver Brasil Celebrates 15th Anniversary with new show Intersections/Ajê July 27

Viver Brasil, the venerable LA Afro-Brazilian dance theater company, celebrates its 15th anniversary with a world premiere of its latest production, Intersections/Ajê, at the beautiful outdoor Ford Amphitheater on Saturday, July 27. I am a huge fan of Brazilian culture and a personal friend to many of the dedicated dancers, singers and musicians in this troupe. I can tell you they’ve been rehearsing their tails off for what promises to be a jubilant, thrilling celebration of the music and dance traditions of Salvador, Bahia! So don’t miss it…come be transported to Brazil and join the celebration under the stars! Tickets and Group Discounts are still available but will sell out! Here’s a sneak peak:


John Carlos De Luna: Life Lessons of Boyle Heights Artist on Dressing Well and Staying True to Yourself

© Farah Sosa
If you’ve been to Eastside Luv Bar in Boyle Heights for Subsuelo, Ecléctica, or any of the nightly libations there, you will no doubt have been greeted by a dapper, finely dressed gentleman by the name of John Carlos de Luna. It wasn’t until I’d been coming to ESL for a while that I started to strike up conversations with John and realized there was a lot more to John than just being the door guy at one of my favorite joints.

Besides our mutual experiences of escaping the corporate rat race and our dislike for pretentious hipsters who find their way to East LA, there are many reasons why John thinks you should always look your best and other inspirational thoughts about his upbringing and pursuing his artistic endeavors to both sustain himself and his community in Boyle Heights. Watch the photo essay on him by Rafael Cardenas, another talented Eastside denizen you probably have seen at ESL, and enjoy my interview with John.

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Awareness Film Festival July 25-28

remIn its 4th year, the Awareness Film Festival takes place each summer in Los Angeles and runs Thursday, July 25, through Sunday, July 28, at venues conveniently located in and around downtown Santa Monica. The Awareness Film Festival’s motto is “Films That Do More Than Entertain” and its mission is bringing awareness and to open eyes to some of our world’s pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit. They showcase both Documentary and Narrative Features, as well as Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements.​ They have filmmaker Q&A’s, filmmaker Panels, as well as conscious art and music.​​​​​ ​​The Awareness Film Festival was formed by Heal One World, a non-profit charity. This Festival is also a fundraiser for Heal One World​​. Any net profits from this event will go completely to charity, including their partner organizations.

Here are just some of the many compelling films covering a wide range of issues at the festival. You can see the full schedule here:

THU 7/25     FRI 7/26     SAT 7/27     SUN 7/28

Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events July 22-28

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Another beautiful July week! Here are the week’s highlights I recommend: there’s usually one night that’s more jam-packed than the rest and this week, it’s Thursday! It’s the opening night of the 4th Annual Awareness Film Festival that runs thru Sunday. If you want to dance, there’s plenty to choose from: Con Todo at La Cita in downtown features Bajofloja and DJ Ethos of Subsuelo among others! Canyon Cody of Subsuelo is spinning at the new monthly Cloud City in Santa Monica along with the weekly Afro Funke featuring my friend Sista Adama Jewel’s singing debut with African Soul International. She just danced the hell out of Sunday’s Fela Kuti Celebration this past Sunday. Also on the Westside is Mandeep Sethi at the RG, a great MC who’s knocked em dead with his powerful lyrical style at many Subsuelos. And if you’re in Pasadena, you can miss Bachaco, an Afro-Caribbean band at the Levitt Pavilion.

Friday, I’ll be at Grand Performances for University of Gnawa and Ethio Cali and nearby is Buyepongo at Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park. Saturday, Grand Performances knocks it out of the park again with Chico Trujillo from Chile and my LA favorite, Las Cafeteras. Viver Brasilia will be celebrating their 15 years of Afro-Brazilian music and dance performances at the Ford Amphitheater and the 18th Annual Central Park Jazz Festival runs thru Sunday. I always end my Sundays at my friend DJ Potira’s weekly bunda-shaking Brasilia night in Long Beach with baile funke dance lessons!

Don’t forget there are tons of free summer concerts and activities each week, so check out the full schedule of summer goodness here:

This week’s list is always a work-in-progress (still many more events I have to post when I get back to the computer, as well as new ones I learn about as the week goes along!). So keep checking back! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know!

Have a great week, Angelenos…will leave you with this song by Mandeep Sethi.

MON 7/22 TUE 7/23 WED 7/24 THU 7/25 FRI 7/26 SAT 7/27 SUN 7/28


My Love Affair with Colombia: Celebrating its Music and Independence

I admit it — before I lost my job a few years ago in the bad economy and bought a one-way ticket to South America, there were only 2 things I knew about Colombian music: Shakira and salsa music. After backpacking for 5 months through the continent, ending in Colombia, I so fell in love with the country and the people that I returned a second time the same year. I not only came away with an appreciation for a beautiful country which has gotten an undeserved bad rap because of its history of civil war and drug violence, I also made wonderful new friends for life.

Colombia today is flourishing and it’s a land of great beauty, history, culture, fashion, art, music, dance and creativity and we are influenced by Colombia here. For example, CicLAvia, the quaterly event to reclaim LA’s streets from car traffic so people can enjoy the urban landscape on foot and bicycles, was started in Bogota.

posterColombianos are at the top of my list of the most warm, generous and friendly people I’ve ever met in my life. I traveled using the CouchSurfing online travel network and met and stayed with so many wonderful local people, who showed me a genuine experience of Colombia, not a touristy one. One in particular, Carol, is a graphic designer who works for the city government in Medellin. If  you travel there, the beautiful map of its brilliant metro system is her handiwork. I met Carol through the  and she took time out to take me on many tours of the ‘Eternal City of Spring’. After I returned to the US, being fellow music lovers, we’ve kept in touch on Facebook by sharing new music discoveries with each other and thanks to her, I’ve been so enriched with the diversity of Colombian music! Continue reading

Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events July 15-21

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Another hot sunny July week! Here are the week’s highlights I recommend: Subsuelo on Wednesday. Thursday is all about the Westside with Meshell Ndegeocello and The Record Company at the Santa Monica Pier and then Afro Funke has a great band L’Esprit d’Afrique having their album release party. Friday, I’m going to start in the downtown area with lots to choose from: Red Baraat and La Chamba at FIGat7th, Mucca Pazza and Fanfare Ciocărlia at Grand Performances and Dustbowl Revival nearby at MacArthur Park and end the night at my friend’s new night Sólido Sessions in Hollywood featuring Bayonics. Saturday is totally ridiculous…just too many great events! Sunday, there is only one place to be for me and that is ArtDontSleep’s Celebration of Fela at the Mayan! As always, I like ending my Sundays in Long Beach where DJ Potira spins Brazilian Baile Funk and you can get your bunda-shaking workouts on with the free dance lesson there every week! Also, it’s the last week of the Outfest LGBT film festival and the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles so catch some great films if you can!

Don’t forget there are tons of free summer concerts and activities each week, so check out the full schedule of summer goodness here:

This week’s list is always a work-in-progress (still many more events I have to post when I get back to the computer, as well as new ones I learn about as the week goes along!). So keep checking back! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know!

Have a great week, Angelenos…will leave you with this infectious salsa song by TradiSón from Havana, Cuba who will be playing at MOLAA in Long Beach this Sunday.

MON 7/15 TUE 7/16 WED 7/17 THU 7/18 FRI 7/19 SAT 7/20 SUN 7/21