There’s so much going on this week. November is Native American Heritage Month and there are many events like the ongoing Red Nation Film Festival in NoHo, the LA Skins Fest in downtown this week, and the inaugural Indigenous Film Festival in Joshua Tree this weekend. Tonight Tuesday is the 1 year anniversary of Cali Hustle, the monthly musical magic hosted by Quetzal Guerrero and Miss Sunny Z at The Virgil with some special guests. Quetzal’s music represents his Native American, Mexican and Brazilian roots all blending into a smooth fusion of Latin rhythms, bossa nova, soul, funk with his virtuoso violin and guitar…don’t miss the show! It’s not everyday a Latin Grammy winner from Portugal comes to town, so check out Mariza at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Guyanese dub legend Mad Professor is in town on Wednesday at Dub Club. He produced Argentinian reggae/hip hop sensation Alika‘s latest album and she’s in LA too, playing Afro Funke on Thursday. Dancers, have you tried the Brazilian dance Forró? The monthly Forró LA happens Saturday at Tropico de Nopal and theLIFT takes off for an all night dance binge until Sunday morning. This month, we not only reflect on the history and culture of our indigenous brothers and sisters but also bring light to important issues affecting their communities all over the Americas. We’ll leave you a song from Guatemala musicians Dr. Sativo, M.C.H.e. and Tzutu Baktun Kan.
My apologies for the late post this week! There was so much non-stop goodness over the Halloween and Dia de los Muertos weekend, I got hit with a severe cold. Still getting over it and willing myself enough energy to see Terakaft tonight! Work in progress…more events to be posted. Have a great week, Angelenos! ~ Tom
Gonna be one of those weeks with clouds in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon but hey, we need a little gloom as Halloween and Dia de los Muertos approach! A bit of a slow week…good, because we need the time to decide on our costumes! There are already plenty of pre-Halloween parties this weekend to get dressed up for, especially if you love zombies! Saturday is the annual Thrill the World day as well as the Long Beach Zombie Walk! Our friend Nancy Arteaga, LA band-promoter extraordinaire, is having her birthday at Funky Sole, featuring Jungle Fire (Update: Jungle Fire unable to attend but other special guests in the house!) and our friends, the Bombilla crew on the West side, are having a Halloween bash featuring Very Be Careful. Also, our girl Kara Mack is having her album release party at the weekly Afro Funke’ Thursday so come out and support! Here’s a taste of her sublime Afro-soul.
The weather’s thankfully going to cool off pretty dramatically from the heat wave, with more Fall-like weather and some chance of rain by mid-week! Tons of film festivals this week, the monthly Cali Hustle with Quetzal Guerrero on Tuesday and a special Subsuelo on Friday! But the big can’t miss event this week is Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide music festival with tons of emerging & indie bands from around the world, as well as one of our favorites, Alice Russell, soul singer from the UK — there’s 2 opportunities to see her this weekend…we think you’re crazy if you don’t see her!
As we say goodbye to September and enter the 1st week of October, it’s making out to be another beautiful summer-like week with temps in the 80s by the weekend! So many great festivals this week. It’s the last week of innovative, socially conscious theater at Radar LA festival and A Celebration of Palestinian Culture featuring film, art, dance runs all week long in LA and OC. The Hollywood Black Film Festival, German Currents Film Festival, and Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa are this week as well. For the weekend, the South African Arts Fest is a can’t miss event as well as the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Ending the weekend is CicLAvia and World Blues concert featuring Taj Mahal Trio & Vusi Mahlasela. Let’s start the week with Venice band Terraplane Sun who plays with another of our fav LA bands, The Record Company, on Monday!
Summer is ending…it’s the last week of Summer but certainly doesn’t feel like it with the late summer heat waves we’ve had! Whether you’re ready or not for Summer to end, it’s shaping up to be a special week! Tuesday, Laura Mvula is a can’t miss show! Wednesday is a special Subsuelo celebrating the birthdays of our friends, Farah Sosa and DJ Gozar, with guest DJs from Texas, NYC and Mexico City. If you miss it, you get a second shot From Friday to Sunday, our friends at PriMo Arts, the gorgeous African fashion and art space, hosts Wunmi, the Nigerian afrobeat diva who’s also a spectacular designer. She’ll be showcasing her fashion wear as well as performing in this intimate space so don’t miss out…it’s her only stop in California. On Saturday, it’s as if everyone rushed to cram their parties on the last day of summer — too much to choose from! Playing for Change Foundation is having their 3rd annual global 1Love Playing For Change Day with musicians playing around the world to support music programs for youth. The LA show in Hollywood features 3-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, and many of our talented friends, like Rocky Dawuni and Mohammed Alidu. There is a huge gathering of capoeristas from around the world in LA this weekend and they’re having a fun Favela Funk party Saturday. If you want to hear live music on the beach, go to KCRW’s Beach Ball Festival with soul, funk, ska and reggae artists on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday, 2 of Mexico’s leading ladies en musica, Lila Downs and Carla Morrison are playing! And if you’re near the Pasadena area, come to the last La Junta of the year!
Sorry for the late post this week! We’ve been super exhausted with our day jobs and lack of sleep! Happy Mexican Independence weekend to all our amigos Mexicanos!! One recent film that’s really captured and celebrated the beauty and diversity of its people, culture and music is Hecho En Mexico…you should see it if you haven’t already!
Are you enjoying this late summer heat wave! There’s still plenty to do out there under the hot sunshine of LA and this week is packed with cultural festivals! The LA Greek Festival, Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Festival, Fiestas Patrias, Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture and Latin American Festival are all happening this weekend! Personally though, we have a place in our heart for our Brazilian friends and Saturday is Brazilian Independence Day! Plenty of Brazilian festivities this weekend with Brazil Day in LA and San Diego and the opening of the LA Brazilian Film Festival!
Also some special occasions in our underground music & world culture community this week: my friends at the monthly TUMBE’ are celebrating their 3 years and Farah of FARAHSTOP is having a special photo exhibit SUENO VOL. 3, featuring pics of the Subsuelo crew. Wherever you are this week, dance and stay hydrated! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Brazilian songs as I prepare to samba my bunda off this weekend!
Enjoy the last week of August, leading into Labor Day Weekend! Kind of a slow week until Thursday…boom! Don’t miss the 5th Annual Leimert Village African Arts & Music Festival theis weekend and I never miss the Samba do Trabalhador Labor Day backyard samba party! Summer is starting to fade away…I’ll leave you with this song by SelahSue whose show I’m not missing on Monday!
Hello friends! I apologize for the late posts the past few weeks. I started a new day job as well as freelancing for Remezcla.com to keep their Los Angeles calendar updated, so I’ll be making these posts very short from now on. Instead of trying to cover every possible event I know about, I’m going to post my picks of the week, the events I would personally attend as well as important community events I hear about. You can find plenty of more events just like I do…plenty of resources with my Favorite Links. I started this blog quick and dirty in February and I’d really like to make a proper website with a nicer calendar — that’s my next dream for this site (time & sleep deprivation permitting!), so if you enjoy this site, please stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy this violin cover of The Cure by Quetzal Guerrero, my tremendously talented friend & one of the most hard-working, passionate musicians in LA…don’t miss his biggest show of the year this Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, free to all!