LAMC 2011 – Day Three with Raul Campos

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By Brent Gordon, KCRW Volunteer and Producer for Raul Campos’ nightly show!

BG in da house here, blogging for KCRW Day 3 of the LAMC in NYC. As this is as my second year Producing our coverage with Raul, Day 3 will heretofore be “Bowery Night”, and forever acknowledged as first of the two craziest, hectic days for us here.

Raul opened the first panel of the morning–a discussion concerning the ways to monetize music in the digital/mobile age, but the next session he intro’d our own Morning Becomes Eclectic Producer Ariana Morgenstern, lending her considerable experience discussing “This is Radio Clash: Bridging the Terrestrial and Digital Divide.” As interesting as it was, we could only watch a few minutes…our task during and between the panels is to run around coordinating artist appearances and getting the show ready. DJ and producer Mr. Pauer, Uriel Waizel of Mexico City’s Ibero 90.9, and a live recorded performance and backstage interview with Novalima are on board for tonight’s show. Stream them here.

It was a crunch, but we just had time to make it to SOB’s in SoHo for the LAMC Acoustic Showcase to record a few of the sets for tomorrow night’s show. It’s a dense and interesting session given the mix of styles and sounds of the artists performing: Cuarto Poder, No Te Va Gustar, La Vida Boheme, Ely Guerra, Hello Seahorse!, Napoloeon Solo, Superlitio, One Chot, Diego Garcia, and Gabby Moreno all on one stage.

That could be enough music for your standard conference day…but this is “Bowery Night” after all, so our evening was only beginning. Just around the corner, The Bowery Ballroom was host to another LAMC Showcase. Exciting Spanish indie pop act Napoleon Solo kicked things off, and Raul had the pleasure of presenting them the LAMC Discovery Award with special prizes from co-sponsors Gibson and Shure. The show continued with a full band set by KCRW-beloved troubadour Diego Garcia barely an hour from his performance at SOBs. Chilean piano rocker Francisca Valenzuela followed and had the crowd shouting to her intense solo set.

High energy Venezuelan rap crew Cuarto Poder really impressed. Not only did they get the crowd jumpin’ with their massive beats, but showed off serious B-Boy and athletic skills throughout their performance with flips and major moves on a very tight stage.

Mexican sweetheart and talented jazzy chanteuse Ximena Sarinana charmed a packed house, and we’re scheduled to have her live in studio for Friday night’s show. And as usual, a rockin’ set closed out the show, this year by unique Uruguayan band No Te Va Gustar.

It was sometime after 1:30am we realized that our day was so busy, we hadn’t eaten. DJ and Producer Jon Cutler took pity on us and treated us to a late dinner as could only be served up by the City That Never Sleeps…but we sure will…

– Brent

Follow all the action on the LAMC Blog Page – complete with LAMC Tweets and the visual journey through KCRW’s!

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.
Follow Raul on Twitter: @RaulCampos