By Brent Gordon, KCRW Volunteer and Producer for Raul Campos’ nightly show!
BG en la casa, blogging our fourth day in NYC for LAMC 2011. The second of our traditionally two busiest days lived up to its reputation. While Raul intro’d panels discussing contemporary investors of music, finding the means to put together tours, and the art of sponsorship, branding, and licensing of Latin Music, we busied ourselves in between, putting together a big show for Friday night.
For Friday’s show we brought you a live acoustic session with Diego Garcia from SOB’s in SoHo. Later, despite her exhausting schedule, multi-talented Mexican singer/songwriter Ximena Sarinana took time to stop in our hotel studio for a live interview with Raul and drop two songs off her brand new album. It was a really fun chit-chat about her talented and varied collaborators on this new release and the various performance dates she has coming up in L.A., including a stop at the Wiltern for KCRW Presents on August 10th as she tours with KCRW-beloved artist Sia.
Finally, Gaby Moreno stopped by for an interview between her live set we recorded during the LAMC Acoustic Showcase to discuss her new album “Illustrated Songs” and the performance art and sounds of the early 20th century that influenced her career and this new project.
Once we had the program together (the sessions will be archived at KCRW.com) we ran over to Prospect Park for the LAMC/Celebrate Brooklyn Show. There was a threat of storms all day and it started raining just before the concert kicked off. Despite the fact, there was a big turnout as Brooklyn based electronic / rock group Zigmat took the stage. Mexican alternative pop band Hello Seahorse! kept umbrella-wielding and poncho-adorned masses moving. And well…to me there is something fitting to the legendary headliners Los Lobos playing on a humid, wet, moonlight night to a large crowd dancing in the rain.
Once again it was late evening, and we hadn’t had a moment to eat all day, so after the show we walked from the park to the closest and best reviewed restaurant that met our needs (ahh…the miraculous age of Phone Apps). 12th Street Bar & Grill was delicious and of course the instant we checked-in our location, friends listed a score of other places for our next visit.
Since it was right around the corner, we closed out the night catching a killer set by DJ and Producer Jon Cutler at a genuine, underground House Party. It was small, hot, crowded, and awesome! — filled with serious dancers and fans of the music, and felt like taking in a reverent bit of history and how it all began. Even as we made our way on a warm, late, Brooklyn night up 15 blocks to catch the train back to Manhattan — we marveled at the number of cars we passed with House spilling from their windows at 3 am. This is Brooklyn…
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KCRW DJ Raul Campos Raul Campos has played host for the last 4 years of LAMC. Raul’s critically acclaimed mix CD “Loteria Beats Volume 1″ has opened the door to release the 2nd volume, due just in time for the 12th annual LAMC. Visit Raul’s show page to catch his streaming broadcasts on Thursday 6/7 and Friday 6/8 from LAMC.
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