Archive for November, 2015

Red Bull once again brought 30 days in L.A. for the month of November, with one musical act, a night, at venues throughout the city. The tix were only $15 bucks and most of the venues were small club-size places. I got lucky enough to score tix for Big Sean at the Hollywood Palladium this past weekend. I missed the opening acts and arrived at 11:00 pm, just in time for the man of the night. Big Sean came out pumped up and took the fans through his mixtape songs, to his biggest hits, and even threw in the EDM “Open Wide” from his recent collab with Calvin Harris. I was really expecting a Drake, Kanye, hell even a Nicki surprise but no major guests stopped by except for Jhene Aiko. To me, she’s huge and I’m a big fan but she hasn’t yet hit it mainstream and many might not know who she is. Anyways, she came out and performed “Beware” and “I Know”, her two collabs with Big Sean. Big Sean was gracious enough to share two previews of new songs he has ready to come out soon and the crowd went crazy listening to them. At almost 90minutes, the rapper was being told it was time to end the night but not before finishing with one of the best FU to your ex songs in recent years “I Don’t Fuck With You”. Great show, great venue, great price…only in L.A.

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Coachella, listen up! We need a little more Latino music representation at the festival. You guys have done a great job in the past with acts like: Caifanes, Cafe Tacvba, and Julieta Venegas, among others but we need a little more sprinkling of Latino flavor. Below are a few suggestions for your 2016 line up, which I will be a part of during weekend one. I plan to post a few more suggestions in the near future but for now here you go, take note!

Natalia Lafourcade– She’s been a well-known indie pop girl for many years and lately, it looks like her exposure is going beyond Mexico. The Latin Grammys have taken noticed, nominating her 5 times for her most recent album. I hope you guys have her in your radar too!

La Santa Cecilia– A local L.A band that has been blowing up in the last couple of years. Winners of a Latin Grammy in 2014 for best rock/alt Latino album. They would bring the cumbia and make the people dance to a whole different rhythm under the Coachella sun.

Kat Dahlia– Esta Cubanita has some serious skills that made me take notice with her 2013 debut “Gangsta”. I saw her live a year ago at a small club in LA and she performed to a full house. With the new material she released this year, she would bring some cool Spanglish hip hop vibe to the Gobi or Mojave tent.

Kinky– Sure, they’ve been there a couple times before but that was over 10 years ago. They’ve created some amazing material since, it’s time to bring these guys from Monterrey back. They can rock, pop, dance, and play one hell of an accordion.

TBT: Cuando Maná Era Un Grupo De Rock

Posted: November 12, 2015 in TBT
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Recuerdan cuando Maná era la mejor banda de Rock del mundo? Si claro, ellos siguen cosechando exitos, pero cuando fue la ultima cancion de rock exitosa de ellos? Ya van mas de 15 años que solo nos dan baladas, boleros, o mas recientemente una chingadera electronica. Mejor hay que recordar el Maná de antes.

Gloria Estefan is bringing her life story to Broadway. The musical ‘On Your Feet” is the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan…cuban born talented musicians that were able to achieve the American Dream and beyond. Together they have a lengthy discography of 23 albums that started in 1977 with The Miami Sound Machine. The string of hits didn’t come later until the mid 80’s with Latin flavored classics such as “Conga” and “Get On Your Feet”. Classic ballads such as “Anything For You” and “Words Get In The Way” also helped Gloria sell over 100 million records worldwide. Clearly making her one of the most successful singers in history (American and Latin). During her career, Gloria put her Latin roots front and center by merging Latin rhythms into dance beats and sometimes by simply singing completely in Spanish and successfully selling these albums.

On July of 2014, I was finally able to see Gloria live at the Hollywood Bowl while she was promoting her The Standards album. I grew up listening to Gloria in the 80’s and 90’s and have remained a great fan. As a latino kid, it was great to see and hear Spanish (or Spanglish) music on TV and radio. There weren’t many popular Latin singers on English stations compared to now and it is clear, Gloria should be credited with opening the doors to this generation’s Spanglish pop stars. I hope On Your Feet is a great success and is added to the long list of Gloria’s achievements. I can only hope for a touring version to visit Los Angeles in the near future. WEPA!

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