This Thursday, October 10, the Grand Park turns ONE and the one year anniversary party will feature KCRW‘s Jeremy Sole, Ethio Cali, and a blues collaboration between Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure from Mali! When word started spreading about the grand opening of a huge park in downtown LA , we were as puzzled and unimpressed as anyone who’s walked all over downtown’s dense concrete, brick & glass jungle. What open green space are they talking about? Well, we were quickly won over by this beautification project tucked neatly (and almost secretly) between the Music Center and expanding downward level by level to the steps of City Hall. Here’s a video of the Grand Park Opening one year ago.
Subsuelo, the best underground dance party in LA, keeps outdoing themselves! In year one, they quickly outgrew their intimate home at Eastside Luv Bar in Boyle Heights, with lines out the door as LA’s newest best-kept secret. The LA Times and LA Weekly let the secret out as year two saw them adding to their monthly parties with special events, combining their trademark fusion of global dance music and live flamenco with some of the biggest names in the underground dance scene, like Mad Decent and Nickodemus. Not ones to rest on their laurels in year three, this Friday, October 11 at the Bootleg Theater, promises to be another epic sweatfest, featuring not just 1, but 3 epic DJs…all named Mark. Ladies and Gentlemen, Subsuelo presents for your listening and dancing pleasure…Los Tres Marks! Nu-Mark + Money Mark + Mark de Clive-Lowe!
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!
One of this week’s can’t miss events is the opening night of the Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa festival at LACMA on Thursday, October 3. The month-long festival is a rare opportunity for American movie-goers to see a diversity of films of the West African region from the past 50 years, from recent cinema to groundbreaking classics. The opening night features 2 films by accomplished Chadian director, Mahamat Saleh Haroun: his 1999 debut feature film Bye Bye Africa and the US premiere of his latest film, Grigris, which won the Vulcan Award at Cannes International Film Festival this year.
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!
We are big fans of the cultures and music of Africa and its diaspora and blessed with such a vibrant African community here in LA. There are a lot of great can’t-miss African events coming up between now and November, so mark your calendars and get your tickets because some of these are almost sold-out! Want to stay in the loop on African cultural events & music shows? Check out our friends at Radio Afrodicia, Primitive Modern Arts who just recently hosted an incredible in-house performance by Wunmi, and the weekly Afro Funke.
Meet & Greet Reception honoring Miss Israel 2013 @ Little Ethiopia – Sat 9/28: Yityish Aynaw, first African descendant to be crowned Miss Israel, is coming to Los Angeles. She is also a descendant of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba.
ANKARA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Avalon Hollywood – Sat. 9/28: Ankara Festival is a celebration of Africa’s heritage & culture through a Fashion show, Live Performances, Comedy, Cultural Dancers, Music and Food.
Mali Fala Fun(d)Raiser @ Echo Garden Cottage and Gallery, 1858 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles, 90026 – Sat. 9/28
Please join us for our 7th annual fun(d)raiser, and help to build a village school library in Tamale, Ghana in 2014. All monies raised at this upcoming event will be used at the Bizung Music School founded by Playing for Change, where we will provide them with a much-needed library. Tax-deductible tickets are $50 in advance $60 at the door. To purchase tickets or make a donation please visit our website: http://malifalafund.org/ Click on the Donate button where you can make your payment via Paypal. Music from Ghana featuring: Alidu and the Bizung Family. Music from Mali featuring: African Cowboy Robert Berryman. Drum circle Silent auction, Cash raffle Appetizers and drinks and much more! This will be an exciting, fun filled evening supporting a wonderful cause with the opportunity to help those in need.
Kara Mack @The Talking Stick – Sat. 9/28: Kara Mack will be back at the Talking Stick…and now featuring songs from her debut album “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to get down to this amazing new project that Kara has finally released everywhere online! For the past 10 years, Kara Mack has immersed herself in the African Diaspora; going to the sources of each to study the music, dance, and culture individually. She even traveled to Guinea, West Africa in 2007 and studied during a time when the country declared martial law. It was during this time as well that Kara began to see the connections between every style and how important it was for the people who love such cultures to see the similarities as well. So sitting one night under the stars in Guinea, West Africa, she knew her first album would be called “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. A play off of the style that is the foundation of American music and the heart of her Southern roots, “A Negroe’s Spiritual” is a testimony of Kara’s life and a musical bridge connecting all African styles from around the world.
Welcome to Fall! If you’re already going through Summer withdrawal, have no fear. The weather is still sunny and there is no let up on lots of great activities all over LA! We highly recommend Natalia Clavier’s show on Monday with Irene Diaz. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is celebrating their 10th anniversary with lots of free concerts pairing the LA Phil with special guests, including Las Cafeteras on Thursday and Herbie Hancock, La Santa Cecilia and the Youth Orchestra LA on Sunday! Thursday, my friends in the band Nobel Creatures are playing a free show to promote the last week of their Kickstarter campaign…check them out! This weekend is also the annual Watts Tower Drum & Jazz Festival, GLOW in Santa Monica, the Abbott Kinney Music Festival and the 15th Anniversary of the Turntables on the Hudson at theLIFT party. We’ll leave you with Las Cafeteras’ dreamy song Luna Lovers…they just returned from Miami after winning a contest to open for Juanes and we can’t wait to hear the magic they’re going to create with the LA Phil!