LA JUNTA

LA JUNTA--'the gathering' or 'the assembly' in Spanish--is a bi-weekly summer event bringing together people of all backgrounds in the name of friendship, dancing, and deep music from points around the globe.  Based in the community of east Pasadena in LA's San Gabriel Valley, eventgoers are treated to sun-kissed afternoons in an outdoor patio setting, as music, food, libations, smiles, and dance moves flow joyfully into dusk.    

Degruvme & Glenn Red at CAFAM - JAN 30 2016

On Saturday January 30th, the La Junta Sound System were invited to play records out in the courtyard of the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) on Los Angeles' Museum Row/Miracle Mile/Wilshire District. Though Yukicito was missing in action due to his extensive preparations in advance of his upcoming samba performances in Brazil, I was with the 'mano DEGRUVME from 11am-5pm mixing everything from soul jazz to future soul, cumbia to samba, disco to nu-disco, highlife to afrobeat, Stevie to Marvin to Michael, and more! We received some great feedback and--dare I say!--compliments from the CAFAM staff as well as museumgoers. We also were asked for quite a few La Junta business cards, while Degruvme even sent some lucky guests on their ways with a free copy of his brand new ECHOES OF A DREAM EP. Below are just a few shots I snapped as we were setting up shop for the day. Much love to CAFAM's SASHA ALI (aka MISS MODULAR RADIO) for the invitation!

Photos of "A Dream"

Here are some 50+ photos from degruvme's "ECHOES OF A DREAM" EP release concert, with thanks to the evening's photog at large, Mauricio Alvarado.  The joyful vibes flowed generously from start to finish, as guests waiting in line outside poured into the venue from the moment the doors opened at 10pm.  So many familiar and new faces came into to fill up the dance floor, bar and lounge areas, while the deejays, DEGRUVME, and the guest artists took to the stage and let their lights shine all night long.  Be sure to stay tuned to news about the digital release of ECHOES OF A DREAM in the coming weeks!

Our deepest gratitude and thanks go to the folks directly involved in the fruition of this project <3

EP:
Alexandro D. Hernández Gutiérrez
Angie Kings
Hector Flores
Leah Gallegos
Irene Diaz
Guillermo Luna
George 'Vibe' Cardenas
Farah Sosa

Release Event:
Julieta Isela
Luis Polanco
The Funky Brewsterz
The Crossing
Linda Galaviz
Mauricio Alvarado
Rachel Hernandez & Laila Abdullah
Irene Mukul

Promotional Partners:
The Living Sessions
Sunset Ecléctico
EnClave Los Angeles
Happening in DTLA
Universal Rhythm Productions

Leading Ladies & Men plus Best Supporting Cast!

Friday January 22, 2016 marks the release and concert event for degruvme's ECHOES OF A DREAM ep.  The images below show the artists who collaborated on the project, as well as the supporting cast lending their talents to the live event.

These are our leading ladies and leading men for Friday's ECHOES OF A DREAM ep release party.  Main photo: degruvme.  Pictured counterclockwise from top: Alexandro D. Hernández Gutiérrez of ¡Aparato! / Mariachi Manchester; Leah Rose Gallegos of Las Cafeteras; Hector Flores of Las Cafeteras; Angie Kings, Irene Diaz.

These are our leading ladies and leading men for Friday's ECHOES OF A DREAM ep release party.  Main photo: degruvme.  Pictured counterclockwise from top: Alexandro D. Hernández Gutiérrez of ¡Aparato! / Mariachi Manchester; Leah Rose Gallegos of Las Cafeteras; Hector Flores of Las Cafeteras; Angie Kings, Irene Diaz.

Pictured clockwise from top: DJ Glenn Red of La Junta; DJ Yukicito of La Junta; event host Julieta Isela of The Living Sessions; deejay duo The Funky Brewsterz of Sazón/Cańa Rum Bar; Afro-fusion dancers Rachel Hernandez and Marina Osthoff Magalhães.

Pictured clockwise from top: DJ Glenn Red of La Junta; DJ Yukicito of La Junta; event host Julieta Isela of The Living Sessions; deejay duo The Funky Brewsterz of Sazón/Cańa Rum Bar; Afro-fusion dancers Rachel Hernandez and Marina Osthoff Magalhães.

Thursday March 26: MARIACHI MANCHESTER live @ LA CITA w/LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM

Lovers of seminal U.K. 80's band THE SMITHS and the subsequent solo work of their brooding but charismatic frontman MORRISSEY will be delighted to know their music has continued to live on in the hearts of East Los Angeles.  Via events such as Eastside Luv Bar's MORRISSEY-Oke karaoke nights, fans still revel in this music that meant so much to an entire era of youth.  The next level of tribute, however, is being ushered in by the new outfit from calling themselves MARIACHI MANCHESTER, a full-fledged traditional mariachi ensemble covering many of our favorite Smiths and Moz hits.

The LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM has the honor of supporting one of Mariachi Manchester's first live performances on Thursday March 26th.  We're EXTRA excited for this one!