Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events October 29 – November 3

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Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos week! Besides the festivities are a lot of great music, starting with 2 awesome Australian bands on Wednesday: Hiatus Kaiyote at the Skirball and Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at Sainte Rock. Wear your costume to La Chamba Chicha‘s 4 year anniversary party at La Cita! Thursday, our favorite annual Halloween tradition is the West Hollywood Carnaval! And this year, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day follow on Friday and Saturday, so there are spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations all over LA! Friday, our favorite LA afrobeat orchestra Mexico 68 will be playing at a free Day of the Dead event in Long Beach, while Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes have another show with another 2 of our favorite local acts: The Dustbowl Revival and Raquel Rodriguez. Saturday, we’re going to honor and celebrate our dearly departed loved ones at these 3 Dia de los Muertos celebrations all close to each other and community-driven…sorry Hollywood Forever Cemetary, you put on a good show too, but we just couldn’t see ourselves braving the traffic congestion and paying $15 when we can support our communities and great acts like Irene Diaz / Niña Dioz / Maria del Pilar / Mexican Institute of Sound at Eastside Luv, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible / El Conjunto Nueva Ola / Cumbia Machin / Raul y Mexia / La Chamba / Subsuelo at Grand Park, and Grammy-winning Quetzal / Arabian Prince & more at Self-Help Graphics. We’ll leave you with this classic animated short to put you in the right macabre mood, as the rich cultural and indigenous roots of these festivals remind us that death is a natural part of life.

TUE 10/29    WED 10/30    THU 10/31    FRI 11/1    SAT 11/2    SUN 11/3

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events October 14 – 20

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A very pleasant sunny week in the 80s in store…Summer never really left LA, did it? This week, Subsuelo is getting funky on Wednesday with our good friend Luis Narino’s band, Noble Creatures, in the house and the Funky Sole DJs! Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, folks! Because all good things come to an end and that includes the last Bodega for the year! So come out this Sunday and go out with a bang with Cut Chemist on the decks!

MON 10/14     TUE 10/15    WED 10/16    THU 10/17    FRI 10/18    SAT 10/19    SUN 10/20

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Subsuelo ft. Los Tres Marks: Nu-Mark + Money Mark + Mark de Clive-Lowe


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!

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events October 7 – 13

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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!

MON 10/7      TUE 10/8      WED 10/9      THU 10/10      FRI 10/11      SAT 10/12      SUN 10/13

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events September 17-22

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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!

TUE 9/17      WED 9/18      THU 9/19      FRI 9/20      SAT 9/21      SUN 9/22

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Our Picks for the 15th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival


The Eagle Rock Music Festival returns on Saturday, October 5, from 4-10pm! It’s an annual all-ages event hosted by the nonprofit Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (CFAER), and coincides with their anniversary. To support their work in providing innovative music and arts for the Northeast LA community, all they ask is a $10 donation at the festival, featuring multiple stages with different tastes for everyone. These are some of the acts we’re keen to see…

Main Stage     Americana Stage      RANTZ Automotive Stage      Punk/Metal/Hard Rock Stage     Experimental Stage

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events August 5-11

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What’s on tap for this lovely week? Tuesday, I’m not missing Las Cafeteras’ premiere party for the Luna Lovers video. Wednesday is the start of a new Brazilian night in the South Bay along with dance & percussion classes. There’s also weekly Brazilian forro classes at Tropico de Nopal and a dance team will perform the dance at the monthly Eclectica at Eastside Luv.

Thursday is one of those nights when there’s a bizillion great events, featuring great international acts all booked on the same night in different venues far from each other. Why, organizers, why?!?! Tortured, I’ll have to choose between Bombino at Santa Monica Pier, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at the Skirball Cultural Center and The Garifuna Collective at the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. You can’t go wrong with any of those stellar talents but since I’ve seen 2 of them multiple times, I’m catching The Garifuna Collective. Let’s not forget Subsuelo is playing a free, all-ages outdoor show at Grand Park and then bringing their global bass dance party to the West Side at the RG Club. Somehow, I will also squeeze in Atropolis at Afro Funke’.

Friday, my awesome friends from Tropicali, Brasil Baile Funk, Subsuelo & Sweet Beats are joining forces for MUVUCA at Bootleg Theatre, bringing people together for a special night of tropical beats, dancing and art. Don’t miss it! I’m going to be so thoroughly exhausted after Thursday and Friday, I’m not even thinking about the weekend…but there’s plenty happening and you can’t go wrong.

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 a song from The Garifuna Collective’s new album.

MON 8/5     TUE 8/6     WED 8/7     THU 8/8     FRI 8/9     SAT 8/10     SUN 8/11

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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)

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

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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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Eric Garcetti Inauguration Block Party with Moby and More! Sunday June 30!


Instead of ringing in his new administration on the traditional July 1 inauguration date with some stuffy fancy gala, Eric Garcetti, the mayoral elect, is choosing to make the celebration a big free public block party this Sunday, June 30, 6-9pm, featuring food, music and fun for the whole family! Moby will be performing (check out Garcetti jamming with him below) along with 3 or 4 other acts…not yet publicly announced but a little birdy has leaked that they are Buyepongo and Jungle Fire, 2 of my favorite LA bands, and DJs Raul Campos (KCRW) and Canyon Cody (Subsuelo). There will be food trucks galore and it’s going to be a hot, sunny weekend…perfect weather for an outdoor evening party, so get yourself to City Hall to meet the new Mayor and celebrate! If we’re lucky, we might even get a taste of Garcetti’s break-dancing skills! If you get there early, you can enjoy Grand Park‘s monthly Sunday Sessions right across the street too!

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