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One of Los Angeles’s Best Music Festivals Returns on Oct 10, 2013 – Filter Magazine‘s Culture Collide

Culture Collide

Our favorite annual local music experience will return to Los Angeles on October 10th through the 12th. Filter Magazine‘s Culture Collide is a music festival that brings over 70 bands and artists from all over the world to play in Echo Park venues for three days. You really never know what you are going to discover. It is like an international buffet of delicious music for the soul. 

Last year, we wrote that at the Culture Collide festival you get to listen to the sound of our collective heart beat. To get a sense of the eclectic mix of artists you can experience, look at the line up for a single stage on Saturday (Taix, front lounge):

3pm – Secret Shine, United Kingdom
4pm – PanSTARRS, Egypt
5pm – Float Fall, Belgium
6pm – Optic Yellow Felt, Brazil
7pm – Terry Poison, Isreal
8:10 – Beneen Squad, Senegal
9:20 – Frida Sundemo, Sweden
10:30 – Adi Ulmansky, Isreal
11:40 – Majuice, Russia

You just went all around the world and that was just one day on one stage (there are eight venues within walking distance taking part in Culture Collide). With the wristband that only costs 30 bucks, you also gain access to the Comedy Collide mini-fest put on by the Upright Citizens Brigade and the artist panel discussions featuring Moby, Shepard Fairey, Dhani Harrison and industry heavyweights. As a special tip, do not miss the performance by Jared James Nichols on Friday night. He blew our socks off last year.

Get your tickets at TicketWeb.
Click here to download the schedule.

See you there! 

LA Taco’s 2012 List of Things To Do for Día de los Muertos in the Los Angeles Area

LA Taco 2012 Dia de los Muertos Guide

The Best 2012 Dia de los Muertos Guide, Los Angeles


Sheezz Louise! They did it again. Erick Huerta writing for L.A. Taco has come up with another fantastic list of the Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead things to do in the Los Angeles area. If you want to celebrate the holiday, there is bound to be something on the list that suits your taste.

Many of the notable eastside musical acts will be playing the area at the events including Ozomalti, Upground, Las Cafeteras, Queztal, Quinto Sol, La Santa Cecilia, Very Be Careful, and El Vez as the MC for the event in Grand Park

So without furthu ado, click the link below to open up the possibilites….



Culture Collide Festival – Bands from Around the Globe Converging in Echo Park on 10/4 -7.

Culture Collide Line Up 2012

 Ready for some FUN? Bands from all over the world are going to converge in Echo Park on October 3 -6, 2012, and play their hearts out at Filter Magazine‘s Culture Collide. This local festival  is a great way to discover new music and catch a listen to the sound of our collective heart beat. For 20 bucks, you get a wristband that grants you access to all the fun, exploration,  and international camaraderie.

The festivities begin on Wednesday, October 3 with the Kick Off Party featuring DJs at Taix on Sunset for an eclectic night of music. The DJ’s include members of Montreal, School of Seven Bells, Penguin Prison (live DJ set with vocals), and others.

You can see the bands play on the big stage at S.O.TERIK’s Sunday Block Party, or catch many of them in  intimate local venues during the week. The festival also has a Comedy Collide portion in partnership with the UCB Theater.

Where are these bands coming from, you ask? They are flying in from Brazil, Canada, Peru, United Kingdom, Hungary, Mexico, Thailand, Estonia, France,  and about 15 other far out lands. Some of the bands are big stars in their home countries, but relatively unknown to us in the US.

Below is a map of the venues and the bands playing each day. Visit for more information.


The Eastside Band Quetzal is Back with a New Album “Imaginaries”

Imaginaries from the band QuetzalWe are overjoyed that Quetzal is back! Not only are they back playing in the local area, but Quetzal has a strong new album that will keep your toes a tappin’ and your mind a thinkin’. Quetzal’s  latest album, Imaginaries, was be released on February 28th, 2012. This album blends the Veracruz traditional sounds of son jarocho with modern rock and R&B sounds to create a fusion that is very Los Angeles and features tracks in both English and Spanish.

If you haven’t heard Queztal before, you are in for a treat. You can sample four of the new tracks now from Imaginaries at The available tracks are the title track “Imaginaries,” “Tragafuegos (Fire Breathers),”  “Dreamers, Schemers,” and the beautiful “Todo lo que tengo (All That I Have). After you get a taste of these tracks, we are sure you will want to support Quetzal and buy the full album on iTunes or on Amazon. These Eastside artists are nourished by their music, but they need food to survive.
This album, Imaginaries, is the first release in association with Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones/ Traditions, known for releasing culturally relevant music of the United States.
From their website:

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. We believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials we seek to strengthen people’s engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others.

Our mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document “people’s music,” spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

Quetzal is also back playing locally.  To keep up with all things Quetzal, follow them on Facebook. at

Chicanos and Counter-Culture at LACMA on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 1pm

Sandra de la Loza, study for Raza Mural Remix installation, 2010

There will be an interesting talk at  Los Angeles County Museum of Art ‘s Bing Theater this weekend. Sandra de la Loza, Louie Perez of Los Lobos and Tomas Carrasco of the Chicano Secret Service comedy group will be discussing the influence of Chicanos and countercultural production in the Art Scene.

This will be a free talk. No reservations necessary.

LACMA is located at:
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036
tel 323 857-6000

John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown” at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood

John Leguizamo’s back with the new show “Ghetto Klown” at the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood. This is Leguizamo‘s fifth stage show. He has appeared in movies like Carlito’s Way and Moulin Rouge, voiced Sid the giant sloth in Ice Age, and even had his own variety show on TV for awhile.

Leguizamo puts on a great show. Joke after joke, he feeds off the energy of the audience and takes them to some of his happiest and darkest moments. You can feel the bond he has with his audience who react to him divulging moments in life portrayed in such a raw manner. How many of us are capable of looking at ourselves so closely and then show others what we see?

In the late nineties, he was the first Latino to have a one-man show on Broadway. He is a very young pioneer — young enough to dance much of the way through a 2 1/2 hour show.

As a testament to the show, I expected to take a picture of the show for this post, but by the time I remembered about the picture, the show was over. The picture above is from the Ghetto Klown Facebook page.

Go see it, you’ll enjoy it.


John Leguizamo in “Ghetto Klown” at The Montalbán Theatre
1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood (about a block from the Sunset/Vine Metro stop)
Performances till October 16, 2011.
Tickets: $40-$95
For more information visit

(Psst! Some good deals can be found at this the link below, enjoy!)

Latino Bloggers – August Meetup at the Far Bar

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** This was a post from a while back. Latino bloggers used to get together to hang out in the downtown Los Angeles area. Let me know if you are interested in having the bloggeros get together again at bloggeros(at)


In the past, the Latino/a Bloggers have met mostly at cafes and restaurants. This time we will shake it up a little and meet at the Far Bar in Little Tokyo. The Far Bar is a great place to kick back outdoors in a semi-enclosed area (bring a sweater) with good prices on drinks and a great atmosphere.

The Far Bar at Chop Suey Cafe is located at 347 E. First Street in Little Tokyo.

As the Far Bar closes at midnight, we will have plenty of time to discuss what ever come up.

Question of the night: Do any of you use Twitter? Eastside Scene recently signed up for an account.

If you are a blogger that cares about Latino/a American Experience then please come join the fun. No agenda. No pressure. No RSVP necessary.

See you there!


Dengue Fever, Kinky, 40 other major acts, and YOU performing at the free Make Music Pasadena Festival

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, from 11am till 10pm,  Pasadena, Califonia will be transformed into a rosy musical free-for-all!

Make Music Pasadena will have stages in Old Pasadena, One Colorado, the Playhouse District, the Armory Center for the Arts, and Memorial Park to celebrate World Music Day. The festival will be featuring internationally acclaimed bands like Dengue Fever, Kinky, Nortec Collective presents Bostich + Fussible, and the Raveonettes. It will also share the love with amateur musicians that are encouraged to perform in the streets.

The mission of Make Music Pasadena is to “encourage the community to Make Music where ever and how ever they can”. The ExperienceLA website announcing the event adds:

Along sidewalks and on street corners, in alleys and building lobbies, parks and courtyards, strains of Beethoven’s 5th blends with a Zeppelin guitar riff and a Coltrane saxophone solo as Pasadena becomes home to MAKE MUSIC PASADENA – A Fete de la Musique event.
On Saturday, June 21, 2008, the longest day of the year, Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District will become a musician’s playground.

 A musicians playground…hmmm…I think it is time to dust off that guitar and practice knock, knock, knocking on Pasadena’s door. If not the guitar, bring the camera – the city is sure to be a great big photo op.

This is another great festival situated close to a Metro Rail station (Memorial Park stop). They will even have the Pasadena ARTS Buses shuttling people for free along the festival route.

See the full schedule of the day’s events HERE.

For more information, visit



See Jackson Browne at 2008 Lummis Festival – for free!

The third annual Lummis Day Festival will feature, music, puppet shows, dance, poetry, crafts and great food on June 1, 2008 from 10:30 am  till 7:30 pm. The festival will take place in Sycamore Grove Park, located at 4900 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

The festival gets its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, the one of the first librarians of the City of Los Angeles, the first City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, founder of the Southwest Museum, and famous walker (he walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles in 1884).

This year’s festival will feature a performance by the legendary artist Jackson Browne. Browne lived many years of his life in the area. A singer-songwriter known for his classic albums — For Everyman, Late for the Sky, and The Pretender — he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He also co-wrote the Eagles’ hit song “Take it Easy” with Glenn Frey. Jackson Browne is scheduled to perform at 6 pm.

Other acts scheduled of note to appear are Carlos GuitarlosMariachi Divas, Chapin Sisters, Cava, and  Culture ClashCLICK HERE for the full schedule.

Although there is plenty of free parking, take the Metro Gold Line and save some money on gas. The Southwestern Museum stop is a short walk to the festival.

For more information,


Tierra, War, Malo, Little Willie G, Thee Midniters, Mariachis, and fireworks to celebrate the East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening

This should be a great free event.

The East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening will be on Saturday, May 10th, 2008 from 9am till 10pm.  The concert starts at 5pm.

The East Los Angeles Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St. in East Los Angeles.

For more information, see Supervisor Gloria Molina’s website or this article from the LA TIMES.