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Radio Sombra's Second Anniversary

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 18, 2013 06:31am | Post a Comment
 
On Saturday, November 14th, Radio Sombra celebrated its second anniversary as an Internet radio station. Radio Sombra was started by Marco Amador as an important first step in creating more autonomous spaces throughout the Chicano community. Internet radio is nothing new to the world, but it’s an important first step in the advancement of communities such as Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles in looking beyond our traditional means of expression. From Radio Sombra came Espacio 1839, an art gallery/bookstore/record store/apparel shop that houses the station. Again, nothing new to most progressive communities, but Radio Sombra and Espacio 1839 has continued to flourish without corporate sponsorship, grants, and city funding or bank loans. This enables both entities to not compromise and continue defining itself.



Radio Sombra now has over twenty shows with the archives of past shows now running 24/7 in between the live shows. All radio shows pays dues for the upkeep of the station and equipment. Each show is required to run independently, with each host getting a course on how to engineer their shows and uploading them once completed on radiosombra.org. The shows vary from social/political talk shows to music shows specializing in every genre of music imaginable. There are youth programs that teach students from local high schools how to run their own shows as well as an ongoing achieve of interviews from important voices both locally and internationally.

Saturday’s broadcast was twelve straight hours of live programming. Starting at 11 am with This Is Not A Radio Show with Omar Ramirez & Gabriel Tenorio and Ending with Heartbreak Radio with Lady Imix & DJ Phatrick at 11 pm. Other shows that participated were AF3IRM Radio, an anti-imperialist transnational feminist national women’s organization. This was followed by O Lo Siento, a 90’s noise rock revival and platform for new groups personally recorded by studio engineer Eddie Rivas. Beatific Audio followed by DJ Cezar, a mixture of jazzy funk, hip-hop and social consciousness, Small Talk From Sapo is hosted by Moises Ruiz, aka Sapo, which on that day was a tribute to all the great jazz organists, all from vinyl. Steady Beat For Lovers by Mali is exactly what the name entails, a sweet blend of Rocksteady and Lover’s Rock. Nicotina hosted by Nico Avina, always plays political fueled rock and folk in Spanish and English. I did a set for Discos Inmigrantes, an all vinyl set of my favorite jams from past shows. Social Machine Broadcast with Becky & Dewey plays mostly powerful female-led rock in the first have and punk and metal in the second half. Heartbreak Radio closed it out with a set from DJ Phatrick followed by another tearjerker set by Lady Imix.

They were other shows that didn’t participate and were missed. Art & Grooves with Reyes, Radio Discostan with Arshia Haq, Shades Of Soul with O-Dub, Barrio Roots Radio, Counterstrike and lastly, Black Beans And Brown Rice Radio with Maya Jupiter, who had her first child not to long ago.

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
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. 
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.

Other noteworthy celebrations are The Self-Help Graphics Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Self-Help is L.A.’s longest standing Day Of The Dead event celebrating its 40th Anniversary. They have the best collection of Dia De Los Muertos art in the city and will have performances by the likes of Quetzal and Arabian Prince. A few transfers on the metro and you can go to Grand Park in Downtown L.A., which will have music from the likes of The Nortec Collective, El Conjunto Nueva Ola and others. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is always fun with impressive altars, food, drinks and performances by Saul Hernandez, Ceci Bastida, Chicano Batman and many more. Plan accordingly at you could hit all of them.

ESL's 8th Annual Dia De Los DEAD '13 MusicA Festival is on 11/2/13,  located in Boyle Heights on East First Street between Boyle and State Street. It is suggested that you take the metro to The Mariachi Plaza stop to avoid any parking or sobriety issues. The Metro will run until 2 A.M. and the event will be from 12pm-12a.m. All Ages and Free/21 and older to enter the Beer garden

California Fool's Gold -- An Eastside Primer

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 30, 2011 04:11pm | Post a Comment

ACROSS THE RIVER -- THE EASTSIDE

People are weird about Los Angeles' Eastside/Westside thing. The same wannabes from Midtown, HollywoodSilver Lake and Echo Park that throw up "W" hand signs and exaggeratedly say, "West-side" when they're ironically enjoying rap music are the same jerks that claim, despite the fact that they live in Central Los Angeles, that they live on The Eastside. If you call them on it, they usually claim that the real Eastside (the communities east of the Los Angeles River) are all East Los Angeles -- which is incorrect but more likely a sign that they've never been to the region that they claim -- and not some willful act of subterfuge. 


THE OTHER EASTSIDE 


To be fair to these noobs, ill-informed Westsiders, transplants, and weirdos who insist on dividing the entire city or county into just two regions (I count 20) -- there is more than one Eastside... sort of. The other Eastside is sometimes referred to as the Black Eastside (even though it's currently mostly Latino) and has a long claim to the Eastside name. To many black Angelenos and South Los Angeles residents,  the traditional division between the Eastside and Westside is the 110 freeway (and before that freeway's existence, Main Street).  However, when "The Eastside" is used in this respect, it's implied (and usually understood) that one is talking about the Eastside of South Los Angeles.

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California Fool's Gold -- Exploring Boyle Heights

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 28, 2010 09:11pm | Post a Comment

This neighborhood blog is about Boyle Heights. To vote for more Los Angeles neighborhoods, go here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, vote here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here.


The area now known as Boyle Heights was originally inhabited by the Tongva, who lived there for centuries until their displacement by the Spaniards. When the area was still part of Mexico, it was known as Paredón Blanco. Prominent families in Paredón Blanco included the Lopez and Rubio households.

  
Pendersleigh & Sons' official maps of Boyle Heights and The Eastside

In the 1830s, a cemetery near Soto and Breed was removed and bodies displaced in order to make room for a new elementary school. Though the bodies were relocated to Evergreen Cemetery, there have been reports of various paranormal activities within the walls of Breed Street Elementary School, presumably the work of the lost souls who once rested there.

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