Cale – Flamenco
7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Calé creates an intimate relationship with their audience, connecting almost immediately with deep, guarded places in the soul. The origin of their Latin-fusion music, shaped and re-shaped through generations, is from Spanish-Arabic, North African and Romany regions.
Their first Cd is “Vente Conmigo” which captures a broad range of human experience, from the brazen, raw emotion of Quiero to the seductive reverie of Dos Años Atras.
Their second Cd, called “Noches de Mala Vida”, is a mixture of fresh Latin and Flamenco rhythms with pop/rock/funk and electronic elements creating a wide musical menu, ranging from “chill-out” instrumental songs to contagiously dancing rumba songs like “Noches de Mala Vida” or traditional tangos/flamencos and Latin/Pop songs like “Mujer Cruel”.
Calé fuses in its components a musical recipe for all music fans from traditional to modern crowds. With a solid foundation in Los Angeles, Calé is poised to hit the touring circuit.
7:35 p.m. to 8:15 pm.
Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band with a sound and style inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, and Latin Funk records of the 1960’s and 70’s. The group’s self-released 2013 vinyl debut “OLD LOVE DIES HARD” spawned the 7” underground cross-over hit single “No No No”, which received regular club and radio airplay around the globe, from BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson to Santa Monica’s KCRW 88.9 to NYC’s pioneering hip-hop Dj Tony Touch.
In 2014 Boogaloo Assassins toured with IL artist Nick Waterhouse, resulting in Nick producing the 2016 7-inch single “One and Only”. In that year, the band also joined the iconic Latin label FANIA Records, with the digital re-release of OLD LOVE DIES HARD and a 5-show celebration of FANIA’s 50th anniversary in San Francisco, LA, and NYC.
Hard at work on their sophomore release, Boogaloo Assassins continue to reinterpret classic Latin sounds for today’s dancefloor.
8:50 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles. The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.
Ozomatli takes firm stances on various social justice issues. Their work focuses on giving voice to Latino culture, opportunity to children, fighting for workers’ rights, and promoting global unity and peace amongst people, cultures and nations. Ozomatli were named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department in 2006, was the first musical group to speak at the TED Conference in San Francisco, and performed for President and First Lady Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Award Gala.
Jose Rizo – Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars
7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.
Jose Rizo’s “Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars” is a 15-piece all-star ensemble made up of legendary figures, world-class studio musicians, great jazz artists, and popular bandleaders. This tight ensemble was formed in 2000, a few months after a large, historical jam session at B. B. Kings on the Universal City Walk, celebrating 10 years of “Jazz on the Latin Side” on KJazz radio.
All star ensemble members and rotating members include Justo Almario (tenor sax), Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums), Danilo Lozano (flute / musical director), Joey De Leon (congas), Jame Zavaleta (lead vocals), Francisco Torres (trombone / prime arranger), Rene Camacho (bass), Bijon Watson (trumpet), Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet), Sal Cracciolo (trumpet), Kamasi Washington (alto sax), Scott Martin (baritone sax), Eric Jorgensen (trombone), Alfredo Ortiz (bongo / vocals), Andy Martin (trombone), Jimmy Branly (timbales), Andy Langham (piano).
8:50 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. “To me, Latin jazz is the world’s greatest music,” says Sanchez. “It has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music. What I’m most proud of is that this music – while it may sound exotic at times – is from America. It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn’t exist before in this country. I’m very proud to take this music all over the world all the time.