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ESL's 8th Annual Dia De Los DEAD '13 MusicA Festival November 2nd!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 28, 2013 01:43am | Post a Comment
ESL's 8th Annual Dia De Los DEAD '13 MusicA Festival
As Dia De Los Muertos becomes more corporate and commercialized, it’s easy to forget what is behind the day that makes it special to many of us. It’s a celebration of life as well as death. It’s a reminder that one day; we will leave this earth much like many who we come to cherish. Whether it’s family, friends or people who have inspired us to live our lives to the fullest, we remember them and the imprint they left with us. We celebrate them by creating altars, offering up our loved ones favorite flowers, food and libations. And since the spirit world can’t partake in the goodies we leave them in the physical world, we offer them the essence (and eat the goodies ourselves!)

Celebrating its 8th annual Dia De Los Dead celebration is the crew from Eastside Luv. What makes their event impressive is they pay for it all out of pocket. No corporate sponsorships, no city money and the event is free! Last year’s celebration was the first to be done outside of the bar and in the streets of Boyle Heights surrounding The Mariachi Plaza. This year the event adds another stage, more vendors and a full-liquor/beer garden. The line-up is impressive. Mexican Institute Of Sound, with record digger, beat maker and always fun Camilo Lara. Camilo will also do a DJ set inside the bar Eastside Luv after the event. Nina Dioz, straight reppin' on the mic from Monterey, Mexico, Familia Valera Miranda out of Cuba, Chicano Son featuring Alice Bag with guest Bob Robles (Thee Midniters) Los Diablos, who are a classic grupera that played started in 1969  that in their heyday played a wide spectrum of the Mexican-America experience. They play Rancheras, Disco, Boleros, Santana-esque rock, soul cover in Spanish, Grab you abuela and get ready to dance!
The State stage will have impressive line-up of newcomers such as Bongoloidz, Cherry Glazerr (The band, not the NPR lady) and Irene Diaz. Veteranas Locas such as Lysa Flores and Maria Del Pilar former known as Pilar Diaz or Lady P from the band, Los Abandoned. And what would a Day Of The Dead festival be at Mariachi Plaza without Mariachi?  Trios Ellas and Mariachi Los Toros will put a tear in your beer for sure. 
state stage ESL's 8th Annual Dia De Los DEAD '13 MusicA Festival
Besides the many booths, local business will be open late such as Espacio 1839/Radio Sombra (with a face-painting booth) Un Solo Sol, The MBar, Primera Taza Café and hopefully, Pati Zarate’s new taqueria will be open as well. She is formerly the badass head chef of the beloved Homegirl Café in Chinatown and her restaurant should be a sight for sore eyes (and stomachs) Not to mention some of my favorite old school spots La Placita Del DF (one of my personal favorites) Birriera Jalisco, Yeyas Restaurant (Kick-ass chilaques) La Serenata De Garibaldi, or get drunk with your borracho tio  for cheap at Las Palomas.

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Gomez Comes Alive Shows With Novalima & Radio Sombra's Transmission

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 9, 2012 05:29am | Post a Comment
 On Thursday July 12th I will be DJ an opening set for a great double at The Conga Room in Downtown L.A. with Novalima & Jungle Fire.

Novalima At The Conga Room 7/12For the last several years, the collective of Peruvian, European and Asian musicians have released quality Afro-Latin electro music that is often imitated but never matched. Novalima takes what folkloric Afro-Peruvian artists such as Peru Negro and Susana Baca have done previously. Yet with each release, Novalima delves deeper in their Afro-Peruvian roots and still remains relevant in the clubs. With a live band that includes both sequenced beats and live masters of Afro-Peruvian percussion, this show should be a soulful evening of dance and song. Opening the show is L.A.’s own Jungle Fire, putting the funk back into Latin Funk. The members of Jungle Fire as individual musicians have played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Joe Bataan, Breakestra, Ozomatli, Quantic, La Santa Cecilia, Celia Cruz, and Orgone, so you know these guys are funky! They will be celebrating the release of their new 7” on Colemine Records.

Novalima w/ Jungle Fire and Gomez Comes Alive at The Conga Room
800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 745-0162
$15/8PM

Transmission at Eastside Luve 7/11On Wednesday July 11th, Radio Sombra holds it monthly event, Transmission, at Eastside Luv to promote and to fundraise for the radio station. Recently, Radio Sombra added new radio shows by Maya Jupiter and Red Feminist Radio by the AF3IRM crew. With that in mind, our monthly fundraising event becomes even more important to accommodate our growing list of new programs. On this edition of Transmission, with have East Los finest, Thee Commons, performing live on the Eastside Luv stage. Personally, anytime a band put a “Thee” in front of their name, such as “Thee Midniters or “Thee Headcoats” I expect great things. The band does not disappoint. It a garage-y mess of Eastside rock & soul with some Psyche to boot. I will open the night with plenty of Worldly garage, soul, boogaloo and psyche. After the band, Heartbreak Radio’s DJ Phatrick and Art & Grooves’ Reyes will keep the dance party going till closing. Should be a great night of music.

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God Bless Los Lobos

Posted by V.B., January 9, 2012 02:18pm | Post a Comment
To check out extensive LP label and price guides, head to the Vinyl Beat website!

What if there was a band that could play great rock & roll, cool R&B, plus hot Mexican and ChicanoLos Lobos grooves?  On top of that, what if this band could also synthesize those influences into their own wonderful songs without losing any of the flavor or intensity of the various original genres?

Luckily for us, Los Lobos can do all this and more. Their body of recorded work is staggering in its breadth, beauty, and rhythmic groove. They are truly a national treasure and define the term “Americana band.”

David Hidalgo on lead guitar, vocals, and assorted other instruments gives the band a lot of its diversity and musical muscle. Steve Berlin on sax and keyboards is the newcomer in the band, having joined in 1983! Cesar Rosas is also an excellent lead guitar man and a soulful singer. Louie Perez writes much of the material, used to be the drummer, and now plays rhythm and sings. Last but certainly not least, Conrad Lozano always plays strong solid bass lines.

Other bands have successfully combined styles and, in some cases, created a whole new genre. However, I don’t think there’s ever been such an eclectic band as Los Lobos. As you can hear below, they cover a lot of bases.

"Chuco’s Cumbia"


Radio Sombra Debut & The Future of Internet Radio In East L.A.

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 20, 2011 11:50pm | Post a Comment
radiosombra.orgLast Thursday, I took part in the debut of Radiosombra.org, a new Internet radio station based out of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. My show was one of several that debuts that night as part of a new collective. Among the debuts were The Tao Of Funkahuatl hosted legendary Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara, Art & Grooves, an aptly titled show by art curator and deejay Reyes Rodriguez. Another show is Merkado Negro, hosted by Nico from Los Poets Del Norte and DJ Libre. their show concentrates on everything underground in the real Eastside from subversive art and music to community –building projects. My personal favorite is the brilliant Heart Break Radio, hosted by Lady Imix from Imix Books. Just like the title insinuates, it's a collection of songs to cry yourself to sleep.

Discos Immigrantes is the name of my show. It will focus on the migration of records and people, which in some cases are quite similar. In future shows, I will have interviews from folks who have either immigrated to the U.S. or who are the product of immigration (i.e. first generation Americans) The show will focus on their stories and music they have brought with them, whether in the physical form or in their memories.

Radio Sombra is the brainchild of Marco Amador, a musician and long time community activist, who set up the station and for the time being, is financing the operation. I spoke to him briefly on why he felt the need to start an Internet station in the heart of East L.A.

What made you start this station?


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The Vinyl Frontier #2 - Collecting Tex-Mex & Chicano Vinyl

Posted by V.B., August 17, 2011 06:41pm | Post a Comment

tear drop talk to me sunny and the sunliners vinyl lp    buena suerte follow the leader little joe and the latinaires vinyl lp   falcon tortilla factory antonio martinez guerrero vinyl lp

To check out extensive LP label and price guides, head to the Vinyl Beat website!

Tex-Mex, the melding of rock and roll with Chicano music, started in San Antonio and L.A. in the late 1950s. It quickly spread to all Mexican-American communities throughout the Southwest. It wasn’t called Tex-Mex in L.A., but there was a similar aesthetic in all the Chicano communities and I’ll lump them together for the purposes of this article.

Some of the more famous bands in Texas were The Sir Douglas Quintet,Sunny & the Sunliners,Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Little Joe & the Latinaires, Freddie Fender, Rocky Gil, and The Royal Jesters. In L.A., it started with Ritchie Valens and Chris Montez, and the mid-‘60s saw the rise of Thee Midnighters, The Premiers, Cannibal & the Headhunters, and a host of lesser known bands.

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