It’s been a while since I’ve written about the city I love, even though the name of this blog is called Los Angeles Me. Originally, I wanted to write about Los Angeles and the music and cultural scene of the city that you don’t hear about in most Los Angeles publications. Los Angeles has been my home for forty years now and I love it now as much as I ever have. I have been blessed to live and be a part of many communities, geographically and culturally. I’ve met some great people in L.A.; some are still here, some have moved to other cities and some have unfortunately passed on too soon.
The sudden passing of Brendan Mullen over the weekend has much of L.A.’s music community in shock. Brendan, who started The Masque in the late 70’s, was, as Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice said, "The first promoter of punk rock in this town, everything started with him." I couldn’t even begin to imagine a Los Angeles without bands such as X, The Germs, The Go-Go’s, The Weirdos and The Plugz, just to name a few that played at The Masque. The bands that played there influenced many others to not only play music, but to create art and expand their horizons. It could be said that Brendan wasn’t just valuable as far as helping music in Los Angeles grow, but that he helped the entire city grow as well.
I met Brendan while performing at the L.A. Weekly Music Awards back in 2001. I remember he said some very complimentary things about the band I had at the time and how honored I was that he did. This was a man who not only championed the punk scene, but also all music that had the same rebellious spirit. He had a way of making you feel good about yourself, which is probably why he was such a great promoter of music.
So in the spirit of Brendan Mullen, I give you my humble suggestions of some shows to check out this week. The music ranges from Metal, brass bands, Latin Reggae, Cumbia, Afro-Beat to good old Rock and soul, but it all has that rebellious spirit that I hope someone like Brendan would have appreciated. R.I.P. Brendan, you will be missed by more than you will ever know.
TUESDAY 10.13 10PM
Mas Exitos w/ special guest deejay Tropicaza (Mex DF)
Tropicaza has a knack for pulling out the perfect jam like a magician pulls a rabbit out of hat. Expect the unexpected from one of Mexico’s best diggers. Rare Mexican 45’s all night with resident selectors
(and no slouches either):
LENGUA • ENORBITO • GANAS • HOSEH • CHICO SONIDO
3408 VERDUGO ROAD
LOS ANGELES CA. 90065
WEDNESDAY 10.14 10 PM
SOUL IN THE PARK w/ DJ NU-MARK
Colombia to Africa, Brasil to the Balkans.
Rani D’s Wednesday night World soul sessions bring another stellar guest, the world renowned DJ Nu-Mark, formerly of Jurassic 5, playing cuts from Colombia to Africa, Brasil to the Balkans.
FREE / 21+ / 10pm-2am
2640 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
THURSDAY 10.15 9pm
RUBEN FUNKAHUATL GUEVARA & THEE EASTSIDE LOVERZ
Help celebrate the birthday of a legend, not only of East L.A. music, but the entire world-- the one and only Ruben Guevara! As he said, you only turn 101 once! Ruben’s Rock & Soul punch has never been sweeter and with a crack band filled with great musicians [including a rhythm section of John Avila (Oingo Boingo) on the bass and Ramon Banda on the drums]. You can’t go wrong!
FREE / 21+ / 10pm-2am
1835 E. FIRST STREET
Los Angeles (Boyle Heights), CA
FRIDAY 10.16 9pm
Funk Aid for Africa" CD release party + NextAid Benefit
Faeturing deejays ObaH (Dubspot/Giant Step/NYC) J-BOOGIE (OM Records/SF)
JEREMY SOLE (Afro Funké | KCRW | Musaics) GLENN RED (Afro Funké)
& live bands PLEASUREMAKER (SF) & SIMPLE CITIZENS (LA)
Funk Aid for Africa will benefit Los Angeles-based humanitarian organization NextAid. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this compilation are going directly to charity. Funds will be going toward the construction of a “green” sports facility at a community center in Dennilton. The sports facility will be in addition to the 10 structures already completed in the eco-friendly center.
Dakota Live Music Lounge (formerly the Temple Bar)
1026 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
SATURDAY 10.17 9pm
B-Side Players (San Diego 2009 World Music Champs)
W/ Dj Sloepoke (Little Temple/Rhythm Lounge/Root Down)
The B-Side Players haven’t been to L.A. in a while and Sloepoke plays better when supporting them. Cumbia/Reggae at some of its finest.
6010 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
SUNDAY 10.18 8pm
Aztlan Underground, Geronimo and Kilsonic @ The Troubadour
This is the official record release party for Aztlan Underground. It’s been eight years since their last release, 2001’s Sub-Verses, and with the addition of Ignacio “Caxo” Lopez (drums) and Alonzo Beas (guitar, keyboard, synth) to the band, they have only become more intense over the years, giving new blood to a band that original members Yaotl and bassist/flutes Joe “Peps” have been doing for almost twenty years. Also on the bill is Geronimo, an insane journey through the forest of Swans, Goblin and The Locust. Kilsonic's sometimes twenty piece orchestra sounds like a trip to The Balkans via Sun Ra. See three of the best "out" bands in L.A. all in one night.
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA