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Like most of the great bands of the first wave of L.A. punk, the Bags didn't leave behind much of a recorded legacy. With major labels unwilling to sign the early L.A. bands, they had to wait until local indies got their act together in order to record, and as a consequence the Bags released just one single and a few compilation tracks during their 1977-1980 existence. Lead singer Alice Bag was a more important figure on the Los Angeles music scene than the Bags' tiny discography would suggest. Bagwas a fine and passionate singer and lyricist, she was one of the first Chicanas in punk rock, and her appearance in the iconic documentary The Decline of Western Civilization demonstrates what a powerful performer she was. Between marriage, raising children, a career as an educator, and writing two books, Bag had only so much time to spend on her music after the Bags broke up, and remarkably, 2016's Alice Bag is not only her first solo album, but her first album period. However, these 11 songs leave no doubt that Bag is a major artist who still has plenty to say nearly 40 years after she started her first band. While there's plenty of full-on punk rock on Alice Bag, she's a more diverse performer than that, and the album is a joyously eclectic package, incorporating no-quarter rock ("Little Hypocrite"), mature and low-key pop ("Suburban Home"), thoughtful and arty numbers ("Weigh About You"), Latin-accented folk-rock ("Incorporeal Life"), and updated girl-group sounds ("He's So Sorry"). As a vocalist, Bag is as gifted and confident performing ballads as she is belting out tough-as-nails rock & roll. And she can take on subjects like domestic violence, date rape, corporate schooling, genetically modified crops, and society's expectations of women and sound smart but unpretentious, principled without hectoring. Bag also has a fine set of musicians backing her up, who live up to the full-bodied standard of her vocals, and her production (with Lysa Flores) is excellent. Alice Bag isn't a belated victory lap from a veteran of the punk rock wars, it's a diverse and deeply satisfying album from an artist who is finally getting a chance to live up to her great potential, and here she isn't missing a trick.

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"1, 2, 3, 4," Alice Bag chants as she sways to the beat of the metronome. She's in the control room of a secluded recording studio in Echo Park, preparing to add vocals to a track that is close to her heart.

"No te despediste," she sings, melodically and somberly, on "Inesperado Adios," a Spanish song inspired by a student she taught when she lived in Arizona two years ago.

It's a chilly October night and the L.A. punk veteran is recovering from a cold. It adds a hoarseness to her voice that she wasn't expecting to bring to her debut solo album, Alice Bag, an album that, in a way, has been more than 40 years in the making.

Since the mid-1970s, Bag has been in countless bands, including Cholita, Castration Squad and The She*Riffs. Most famously, the singer and musician fronted The Bags, the legendary first-wave L.A. punk band. As if it was a marriage, Alice has kept the surname since.

Bag is quick to dismiss any misconceptions people might have about why she is releasing her first solo record now instead of earlier in her life. "It wasn't that I didn't think I was capable of writing the music on my own or getting people to play with me," she says on a warm June day, sipping an iced coffee at a Highland Park cafe. "I've always been fond of having a situation where you have brothers and sisters and you work cooperatively toward a common goal."

She's an icon in the punk world of Los Angeles and beyond. Ask any local punk musician or fan about her, and they're likely to share a story about how she has influenced them artistically, or how kind she was in person when they met her.

After living her whole life in L.A., Bag moved to Arizona in the mid-2000s to work as a teacher, which is where the events that inspired the song "Inesperado Adios" transpired. The mother of one of her "A" students confided in Bag that her husband, who was undocumented, suddenly disappeared one day. He had left for work, like any other morning, except this day he never came back. As they searched for him and tried to get him out of a detention center, the punk singer served as translator, helping the family navigate through foreign documents and phone calls.

The song, whose title roughly translates to "Unexpected Goodbye," came out of the experience Bag witnessed firsthand — how detaining immigrants affects the whole family unit, not just the person being deported.

Other songs on Alice Bag address political and social issues, especially violence against women, a major theme of Bag's acclaimed 2011 memoir, Violence Girl, From East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage — A Chicana Punk Story. "No Means No" addresses date rape; "He's So Sorry" is a song about being in an abusive relationship; and "Suburban Home" explores the fear of having your spouse cheat on you when you're in a long-distance relationship.

Of "No Means No," Bag says, "Sometimes we're socialized to think, well y'know, you're making an investment in a girl when you take her out to dinner and so she owes you something. I think they feel — not all men obviously — some guys feel, I'm going to take something back for the investment."

Through her music, Bag hopes to send a message to survivors of abuse, and to children who remain powerless in situations where one parent is abusing the other — an experience she detailed firsthand inViolence Girl, recounting how her father beat her mother.

"It's a plea, please get out of that situation," Bag says urgently. "Don't think that you're going to change this person or that they're going to change all by themselves."

Another way Bag reaches out to women, particularly young women, is through her volunteer work as a member of Chicas Rockeras South East Los Angeles, a summer camp that empowers girls through music education. It's a program that Bag wishes she'd had when she was growing up because she always felt her family thought she was "kind of weird."

Alice Bag's self-titled album is the culmination of a 40-year career.

She keeps in touch with that family, but they remain distant. She's closer to her musician family because when she visits her relatives, they say "little funny remarks about what you do and they're humorous to everybody else, but they're kind of subtle putdowns because you're living in a way that's not traditional."

But Chicas Rockeras is also something she hopes older women experience, "because a lot of times people forget that you can still be creative in a completely different way, especially once you reach a certain age and you're not raising kids," she says.Alice Bag was originally going to be self-released, after the singer received enough funding to record and master the album via supporters on Kickstarter. But one day Sharif Dumani, who plays guitar on her record and is also in local L.A. band Sex Stains, told her she should check out Don Giovanni Records and suggested she reach out to Joe Steinhardt, the founder of the company, about a possible record deal.

"I wrote to him fully expecting not to hear back and then he sent me a picture of his wife reading Violence Girl and I was like, Oh my God!," says Bag, still surprised months later by Steinhardt's response.

It didn't take much to get Steinhardt on board. "He was so, so open to everything, just whatever I wanted to do, he was like, 'Let's do it!'"

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For Bag, this is exactly the album she's always wanted to make, and it came together so smoothly that the process, for her, felt almost magical. "It's just been brewing for a long, long time and everything just seemed to fall into place so easily. All I had to do was tap it with my finger and everything worked. It was pretty effortless."

But making music and choosing to pursue an artistic life hasn't always been effortless for Bag, and perhaps that is what still drives her to push against the grain and keep being creative.

She recalls having a moment early in her career when she decided that she was going to go back to school and "stop this silly 'playing music' thing." At the time, her friends were heavily into drugs and living life in an unhealthy way. She knew she needed to get away from that, so she told herself she would do something practical — move back home, go to school and become an attorney.

Her new plan to leave her punk life behind lasted only a month before her former roommate gave her a ring and asked, "Hey, my bass player can't make it. Can you play bass?" Bag soon started playing gig after gig until she was back in that world without planning to be. The life of an attorney wasn't for her.

"I just had to accept that it was part of who I am and I'm never going to be able to give it up, even though at times you feel like, if I was just able to give this up, I could focus on this other thing much more. It's not like that. It absolutely feeds my soul," Bag says, clutching her cup of coffee.

"I can't live without music."

Listening to the first mixes off of Alice Bags solo debut!!! It's been such an incredible experience working with the most amazing people. Viva Alice!
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AMERICAN SABOR EVENTS AT CSULA Speaker Series/Concert Series California State University, Los Angeles Music Recital Hall Friday, January 24th **All Events Are Free and Open to the Public** “Chicanas in the East L.A. Music Scene” Panel/Concert Featuring: Alice Bag, Teresa Covarrubias, Lysa Flores, Martha Gonzales plus Special Guests 1-2:45 p.m. Panel: “Chicanas in the East L.A. Music Scene” Featuring musicians Alice Bag of the Bags, Martha Gonzales of Quetzal, Lysa Flores, and Professor Michelle Habell-Pallan (see bios below). This panel will showcase the story of the women who rock and forged a place for women’s voices in the East Los Angeles punk music scene of the 1980s and the subsequent starring role of Chicanas in the East LA music scene of the 1990s and 2000s. An evening concert will follow later that evening. 7:30-10pm Concert: “Chicanas in the East L.A. Music Scene” In a historic collaboration, three generations of Chicana musicians come together to celebrate and acknowledge the central role of women in the making of the East Los Angeles sound. Alice Bag of the influential punk band the Bags, Teresa Covarrubias lead singer of the Brat—one of the first Chican@ punk bands, Lysa Flores- famed Chicana activista, actresss and songwriter and Martha Gonzales of the break out East L.A. band Quetzal join forces and perform together for the first time on stage at the CSULA Music Hall. They will be backed up by an all–female band that will include Gloria Estrada, guitarist for La Santa Cecilia, percussionist Caitlin Moss, and Vaneza Calderón on bass. Opening the night will be Lysa Flores in a collaboration with East LA Taiko for a ground breaking experimentation of Chicana Rock and Japanese Taiko. The members of East LA Taiko include Fredo Ortiz of Beastie Boys, Maceo Hernandez- the demon drummer of LA and Dave Jones of Carnage Asada. Biographies of Featured Panelists/Performers: · Alice Bag – Alicia Armendariz Velasquez (aka Alice Bag) is a punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist. She is most famous for being a member of The Bags, one of the first bands on the L.A. punk scene. The Bags were notable for having two female lead musicians (Patricia Morrison co-founded the group with her school friend, Bag) and for pioneering an aggressive sound and style which has been cited as an early influence on what would become the hardcore punk sound. Bag went on to appear and perform in other Los Angeles based rock bands including Castration Squad, The Boneheads, Alarma, Cambridge Apostles, Swing Set, Cholita - the Female Menudo (with her friend and collaborator, performance artist Vaginal Davis), Las Tres, Goddess 13 and Stay At Home Bomb. Bag's memoir, Violence Girl, From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage - A Chicana Punk Story, was published by Feral House in Fall 2011. · Teresa Covarrubias –Raised in Boyle Heights in East L.A., Covarrubias recorded and performed as lead singer of The Brat in the 1970s and 1980s. The Brat was an influential Chicano punk band from East Los Angeles formed by Covarrubias and guitarist brothers Rudy and Sid Medina. The Brat featured Covarrubias’ aggressive, yet melodic, punk vocals critiquing social inequality. The Brat never found breakthrough success and remained an underground East L.A. Chican@ act until breaking up in the late ‘80s. After the Brat broke up Covarrubias joined Chicana feminist groups Las Tres and Goddess 13. These groups, along with other Chicana musical formations, influenced the shape of L.A.s early punk scene in both Hollywood and East L.A. She continues to be an important East L.A. performer. · Lysa Flores - Flores, a first generation Mexican-American, has been a pioneer in the “East Los” alternative scene since her teens and was named by Newsweek as one of “20 young Latinos to watch in the new millennium”. A woman of many facets Flores is a singer songwriter, activist, actress, producer and started her own recorded label in 1998. For her starring role in the critically acclaimed film Star Maps, Flores earned a “Best Debut Performance” nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards. Flores also served as the films Musical Director and Produced the ground breaking soundtrack that introduced Chicano and Mexicano artists to an international audience. Refusing to be categorized by society's stifling labels, she moves easily through musical genres and art forms with a unique style. She has toured extensively both the US and Europe and has recorded and collaborated with such luminaries as Tex-Mex superstar Flaco Jimenez, indie-rock legend Jonathan Richman, John Doe, Peter Case, David Hidalgo(Los Lobos), guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake (X, the Knitters). · Martha Gonzales – Dr. Gonzalez was born and raised in East Los Angeles and is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist), feminist music theorist and professor of Chicano Studies at Scripps College in Pomona. She has been the lead singer and percussionist for the band Quetzal for the last 17 years. The unique blend of East Los Angeles sounds as well as the social justice content in the work of Quetzal has sparked dialogue and theoretical work among various artist communities, culture theorists, and scholars across the country, Mexico and Japan. They have produced five full-length albums and in 2013 won the Grammy for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Album for their latest, Imaginaries. · Michelle Habell-Pallan - Dr. Habell-Pallan is a Professor in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. A respected cultural critic, digital archivista, and exhibit curator, she authored Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana/Latina Popular Culture and co-edited Latino/a Popular Culture. She is co-curator of the award-winning bilingual and currently traveling exhibit American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music and co-founder and co-director the University of Washington Libraries Women Who Rock Oral History Archive. For upcoming American Sabor Events at CSULA, please visit https://americansabor.org/exhibition/venue/1534 Thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, the Experience Music Project and the University of Washington for their sponsorship of this event.
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BNCalligraphyPprback.png http://www.aliciagaspardealba.net/novels.html On Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2pm - 4pm, author Alicia Gaspar de Alba will be reading from and signing copies of Calligraphy of the Witch at Chimmaya Gallery at 5283 East Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90022. For more information email info@chimmaya.com.
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351.jpg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2012 18th Street Arts Center 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 www.18thstreet.org Media Contact: Nicole Gordillo t - 310-453-3711 106 | c - (310) 621-0992 | ngordillo@18thstreet.org BAM Fest 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saturday October 6, 2012 3rd Annual Beer Art & Music Festival hits sunny Santa Monica for a Good Cause! Santa Monica, CA- On Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., 18th Street Arts Center, is bringing its renowned BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival) to the Westside of L.A. Held in the heart of Santa Monica, BAM Fest celebrates the best of locally-produced art and music in conjunction with a variety of delicious craft beers. With 35-plus craft breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest is well equipped to draw record-breaking crowds in its third year as one of the West Sides' most anticipated festivals. Known for being the first Craft Beer Festival in Santa Monica, this year's attendance is anticipated at close to 1,500. And the event is a steal, with tickets priced at just $35 before September 22nd, $40 after that and $45 at the door. BAM Fest attendees not only feel great because they're spending a Saturday afternoon sipping in the sun, meeting artists and checking out great art while listening to groovy tunes, but also because they know that all proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 24-year old, influential non-profit arts organization in Santa Monica. Santa Monica resident and owner of Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen, Kaveh Karimi, says "BAM Fest is probably my favorite event of the year. It brings a community together and truly helps a great cause". This year 18th Street is teaming up with LA craft beer industry veteran Martin Svab (formerly of Stone Brewing Co. & Naja's Place) to help facilitate the beer side of the festival. Participating craft breweries range from big to small, including the popular and larger Sierra Nevada Brewing and Ballast Point Brewing Company to the smaller but equally great Angel City, Monkish and Beachwood Brewing. From cool-fermented lagers to warm-fermented ales, the craft beer offerings at 18th Street's Beer, Art and Music Festival offer a range of styles for tasting enjoyment. For the beer connoisseur, this year BAM Fest is showcasing unique and unreleased beers on tap, including a rare Smog City barrel-aged beer. This year will also include a Duvel-Moortgat Brewery tent featuring a number of the Flemish family's Belgian-style beers. And for those that aren't as fond of beer there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California's finest wines as well as home brewed sodas by Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club. Just as any artist painstakingly toils over each detail of a masterpiece, today's craft brewer goes to great lengths to produce unique, award-winning works of art. With the marriage of beer, art and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event. The music lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer samples. From the addictive rock & roll sounds rooted in rural blues, early country, and Appalachian folk music of "The Americans," to the sultry vocals, feminist chicana lyrics and powerful Japanese Taiko drums of "Lysa Flores and East L.A. Taiko" the featured music at 18th Street's festival is sure to make attendees groove. The Los Angeles-based trio, "American Bloomers," is founded on authentic pop music that is steeped in classic rock and folk harmonies, while "The Dustbowl Revival" mix a spicy roots cocktail with their dance-inducing live sets that merge old school bluegrass, swamp-gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930's. Between band sets, artist and DJ, "Freshair" will fuse an array of musical styles to keep the crowd jammin'. BAM Fest attendees also get the special opportunity to explore a dynamic installation of new work by 18th Street's Lab Artist, Eamon Ore-Giron. Incorporating sculpture, video, painting, music and performance Ore-Giron references the alternate guitar tuning scale E-B-G-D-B-G unique to the Central Andes, by likening this indigenous Spanish musical scale with the merger of folk, pop, historical and conceptual references throughout his interdisciplinary artworks. Themes of tourism, revolution, design, and public sculpture are at play in the works, while formal questions about the relationship between functional sculpture and introspective form are explored. In addition, artworks are available for purchase at an artist marketplace organized by past 18th Street Artist Fellow, Ana Guajardo, and the resident artists who live, work and create daily at 18th Street open their studios for attendees to experience works in progress. Need a little something to soak up all the scrumptious brews? The bold and flavorful authentic Mexican dishes by the Border Grill Truck or the sublime banh mi and Vietnamese tacos from the Nom Nom Truck might just do the trick. Or perhaps a half-pound "maneater" sized burger from Baby's Badass Burgers or a family-farmed pork bratwurst or spicy "hot" dog with signature Devil Sauce from Let's Be Frank Dogs is more your style. In addition, Fresh Brothers Pizza will be offering complimentary pizza samples that should keep your grumbling stomach at bay. Without a doubt, BAM Fest 2012 is poised to draw a fun crowd in its third year as Santa Monica's 'hoppiest' annual event. Tickets are on sale at: http://18thstreet.org/events/bam-fest-2012. A list of participating Breweries is attached. For more information about BAM Fest 2012 and 18th Street Arts Center visit: www.18thstreet.org. Participating Craft Breweries Anchor Brewing Company - Angel City Brewing Company - Ballast Point Brewing Company - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Company - Bootlegger's Brewery - Boston Beer Company - Brasserie d'Achouffe - Brewery at Abigaile, The - Brewery Ommegang - Brouwerij West - The Bruery - Cismontane Brewing Company - Cosmic Ales - De Koninck - Drake's Brewing Company - Duvel-Moortgat - El Segundo Brewing Company - Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Golden Road Brewing Company - Hangar 24 Brewing Company - Ladyface Ale Companie - Lagunitas Brewing Company - Liefmans - Maredsous - Monkish Brewing Company - New Belgium Brewing Company - North Coast Brewing Company - Pizza Port, Carlsbad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Smog City Brewing Company - Stone Brewing Company - Strand Brewing Company - Surf Brewery - TAPS Fish House and Brewery ___________________________________________________________ 18th Street Arts Center's mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making. We value art-making as an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society. 18th Street provides a hub for contemporary art through two program areas: 1) A three-tiered Residency Program that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue and 2) A Public Events and Presenting Program that focuses on engaging the public and revealing the art-making process through exhibitions, events, talks, publications and other opportunities. Our Residency Program supports artists in three ways: Short-term residencies, for national and international visiting artists who live at 18th Street for 1-6 months; Medium-term residencies, of 3 years to advance California artists' careers; and Long-term residencies that mentor Californian artists and 'anchor' organizations. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 11 am - 5:30 pm 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2012 18th Street Arts Center 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 www.18thstreet.org Media Contact: Nicole Gordillo t - 310-453-3711 106 | c - (310) 621-0992 | ngordillo@18thstreet.org BAM Fest 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saturday October 6, 2012 3rd Annual Beer Art & Music Festival hits sunny Santa Monica for a Good Cause! Santa Monica, CA- On Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., 18th Street Arts Center, is bringing its renowned BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival) to the Westside of L.A. Held in the heart of Santa Monica, BAM Fest celebrates the best of locally-produced art and music in conjunction with a variety of delicious craft beers. With 35-plus craft breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest is well equipped to draw record-breaking crowds in its third year as one of the West Sides' most anticipated festivals. Known for being the first Craft Beer Festival in Santa Monica, this year's attendance is anticipated at close to 1,500. And the event is a steal, with tickets priced at just $35 before September 22nd, $40 after that and $45 at the door. BAM Fest attendees not only feel great because they're spending a Saturday afternoon sipping in the sun, meeting artists and checking out great art while listening to groovy tunes, but also because they know that all proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 24-year old, influential non-profit arts organization in Santa Monica. Santa Monica resident and owner of Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen, Kaveh Karimi, says "BAM Fest is probably my favorite event of the year. It brings a community together and truly helps a great cause". This year 18th Street is teaming up with LA craft beer industry veteran Martin Svab (formerly of Stone Brewing Co. & Naja's Place) to help facilitate the beer side of the festival. Participating craft breweries range from big to small, including the popular and larger Sierra Nevada Brewing and Ballast Point Brewing Company to the smaller but equally great Angel City, Monkish and Beachwood Brewing. From cool-fermented lagers to warm-fermented ales, the craft beer offerings at 18th Street's Beer, Art and Music Festival offer a range of styles for tasting enjoyment. For the beer connoisseur, this year BAM Fest is showcasing unique and unreleased beers on tap, including a rare Smog City barrel-aged beer. This year will also include a Duvel-Moortgat Brewery tent featuring a number of the Flemish family's Belgian-style beers. And for those that aren't as fond of beer there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California's finest wines as well as home brewed sodas by Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club. Just as any artist painstakingly toils over each detail of a masterpiece, today's craft brewer goes to great lengths to produce unique, award-winning works of art. With the marriage of beer, art and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event. The music lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer samples. From the addictive rock & roll sounds rooted in rural blues, early country, and Appalachian folk music of "The Americans," to the sultry vocals, feminist chicana lyrics and powerful Japanese Taiko drums of "Lysa Flores and East L.A. Taiko" the featured music at 18th Street's festival is sure to make attendees groove. The Los Angeles-based trio, "American Bloomers," is founded on authentic pop music that is steeped in classic rock and folk harmonies, while "The Dustbowl Revival" mix a spicy roots cocktail with their dance-inducing live sets that merge old school bluegrass, swamp-gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930's. Between band sets, artist and DJ, "Freshair" will fuse an array of musical styles to keep the crowd jammin'. BAM Fest attendees also get the special opportunity to explore a dynamic installation of new work by 18th Street's Lab Artist, Eamon Ore-Giron. Incorporating sculpture, video, painting, music and performance Ore-Giron references the alternate guitar tuning scale E-B-G-D-B-G unique to the Central Andes, by likening this indigenous Spanish musical scale with the merger of folk, pop, historical and conceptual references throughout his interdisciplinary artworks. Themes of tourism, revolution, design, and public sculpture are at play in the works, while formal questions about the relationship between functional sculpture and introspective form are explored. In addition, artworks are available for purchase at an artist marketplace organized by past 18th Street Artist Fellow, Ana Guajardo, and the resident artists who live, work and create daily at 18th Street open their studios for attendees to experience works in progress. Need a little something to soak up all the scrumptious brews? The bold and flavorful authentic Mexican dishes by the Border Grill Truck or the sublime banh mi and Vietnamese tacos from the Nom Nom Truck might just do the trick. Or perhaps a half-pound "maneater" sized burger from Baby's Badass Burgers or a family-farmed pork bratwurst or spicy "hot" dog with signature Devil Sauce from Let's Be Frank Dogs is more your style. In addition, Fresh Brothers Pizza will be offering complimentary pizza samples that should keep your grumbling stomach at bay. Without a doubt, BAM Fest 2012 is poised to draw a fun crowd in its third year as Santa Monica's 'hoppiest' annual event. Tickets are on sale at: http://18thstreet.org/events/bam-fest-2012. A list of participating Breweries is attached. For more information about BAM Fest 2012 and 18th Street Arts Center visit: www.18thstreet.org. Participating Craft Breweries Anchor Brewing Company - Angel City Brewing Company - Ballast Point Brewing Company - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Company - Bootlegger's Brewery - Boston Beer Company - Brasserie d'Achouffe - Brewery at Abigaile, The - Brewery Ommegang - Brouwerij West - The Bruery - Cismontane Brewing Company - Cosmic Ales - De Koninck - Drake's Brewing Company - Duvel-Moortgat - El Segundo Brewing Company - Firestone Walker Brewing Company - Golden Road Brewing Company - Hangar 24 Brewing Company - Ladyface Ale Companie - Lagunitas Brewing Company - Liefmans - Maredsous - Monkish Brewing Company - New Belgium Brewing Company - North Coast Brewing Company - Pizza Port, Carlsbad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Smog City Brewing Company - Stone Brewing Company - Strand Brewing Company - Surf Brewery - TAPS Fish House and Brewery ___________________________________________________________ 18th Street Arts Center's mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making. We value art-making as an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society. 18th Street provides a hub for contemporary art through two program areas: 1) A three-tiered Residency Program that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue and 2) A Public Events and Presenting Program that focuses on engaging the public and revealing the art-making process through exhibitions, events, talks, publications and other opportunities. Our Residency Program supports artists in three ways: Short-term residencies, for national and international visiting artists who live at 18th Street for 1-6 months; Medium-term residencies, of 3 years to advance California artists' careers; and Long-term residencies that mentor Californian artists and 'anchor' organizations. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 11 am - 5:30 pm 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
eastlataiko.jpg_resizedSunday July 15th 2012 Beat the Drum L.A. featuring Lysa Flores & ELA Taiko Sunday ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers Present Beat the Drum’s 2012 Drum Festival Beat the Drum: East Los Meets West Los At the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood Sunday, July 15, 2012 LOS ANGELES, CA – June 25, 2012 – ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Emerging Producers presents Beat the Drum‘s second annual drum festival, Beat the Drum: East Los Meets West Los, to be held on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8:00pm, at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Doors open at 6:00pm for picnicking, drum technique demonstrations from South Mexican and Central American traditions, live screen printing and painting, and dancing by the Capoeira Collective in the Ford Theatre Plaza. At 8:00pm, audience members will be ushered into the venue in a percussive, celebratory parade led by Aztec drumming. The main event features performances byAtabey (traditional Puerto Rican Bomba), East LA Taiko (Latin, Afro-Cuban, Japanese fusion) featuring drummer Fredo Ortiz of the Beastie Boys, and CAVA (Bolero/Tropical with primal Taiko & Cajon drumming). Joining East LA Taiko in a groundbreaking collaboration will be Lysa Flores (Alice Bag, El Vez, Jonathan Richman) who will merge her sultry vocals and feminist Chicana lyrics with the power of Japanese Taiko drums. Tickets are $20-$40; some discounts apply*. The event will be held at the Ford Amphitheatre located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068. For tickets and additional information, please call 323-461-3673 (323-GO-1-FORD) or visit http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/362 and https://www.facebook.com/BeatTheDrumLA. “Beat the Drum is designed to capture the many rhythms of drum life as the LA experience,” says Festival Artistic Director Tricia Ward, “East and West traditions of jazz and rock drumming, Bomba, Taiko, and Pan Latin, all together in celebration for one night, reveal the universality of the drumbeat as a rhythmic linkage to the human heartbeat.” The festival was first staged last year at the Craft & Folk Art Museum. Festival performers are chosen to represent the universal fusion of traditional practice with artful new styles, to represent the cultural essence of Los Angeles, one of the largest melting pots in the world. Also performing at the festival are DJ Reyes Rodriguez (world music) and Emcee Mayda Del Valle (poetry slam champion). Beat the Drum 2012 also celebrates the 20th anniversary of ARTScorpsLA/ACLA, teaching life skills through the arts and linking a healthy humanity to a healthy environment. The event is the most ambitious outdoor presentation ever hosted by ACLA in its 20 year history. General admission tickets are $20; $40 for VIP preferred seating; *discounts for full-time students with ID, Metro riders, and bicyclists ($12), and $8 admission for children 12-and-under. Performances By: Atabey – Atabey represents a continuous struggle of Afro-Boricua people to maintain and promote their culture through drumming, dance and song. Bomba music is a tradition that was brought to PuertoRico from Africa by the slaves who worked in sugar cane plantations. The music represents a mixture of religious, cultural, and poverty dynamics within struggles of life and love. http://www.facebook.com/Atabeybomba Capoeira Collective – The Capoeira Collective is comprised of Capoeiristas, who have come together to share and build through their practice, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. They are all practitioners of Angola, the traditional style of Capoeira. The name Angola dates back to the beginning of slavery in Brazil, when Africans, taken to Luanda to be shipped to the Americas, were called in Brazil “black people from Angola,” regardless of their nationality. Each Capoeirista has spent years studying and honing their craft. The Capoeira music they play is as important as the dance, actually influencing the movements of the game. Each song has its own relevance and historical context. The collective plays outof love and for the world. CAVA – In 2006, Claudia Gonzalez-Tenorio re-emerged as CAVA, a project that continued the evolution of Latin music in Los Angeles. Her voice communicates a strong-willed feminine energy that is simultaneously sultry and maternal. Gonzalez-Tenorio is featured on Cajon, Jarana, and Japanese Taiko, seemlessly blending traditional Afro-Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, Salsa and Funk. The ensemble features Walter Miranda (keyboards and bass), who is best known for his eclectic arrangements in the short-lived, but long remembered ska group he co-founded in the 90s, Yeska. Throughout his career, he has been featured by the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, Sublime, and Mexico’s Plastilina Mosh. On drums, Adam Topol presents himself on a hybrid timbales/rockkit.http://www.facebook.com/pages/CAVA/131597913708 East LA Taiko – East LA Taiko marries its Latin roots with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Ska-punk riffs and driving raw Taiko beats, for a fiery eclectic blend of world rhythm that travels the globe and takes you right into the heart of culturally diverse Los Angeles. Featuring Fredo Ortiz (drums/timbales, Taiko), who is best known for touring with the Beastie Boys, and Taiko drummer Maceo Hernandez (the “Demon Drummer of East LA”). Joining East LA Taiko in a groundbreaking collaboration will be Lysa Flores, former Alice Bag lead guitarist and El Vez member, who has collaborated with Tex-Mex superstar Flaco Jimenez, indie-rock legend Jonathan Richman, John Doe, Peter Case, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake (X, the Knitters). East LA Taiko has performed with Ozomatli, Los Lobos, CAVA,and Quetzal at venues such as the Japanese American National Museum, The Mark Taper Forum, and the UCLA Asia Institute. http://www.facebook.com/pages/East-LA-Taiko/479857380214 Mayda Del Valle, Emcee – Mayda Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having, “a way with words. Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky.” A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she began performing her own writing while in high school and relocated to New York City after graduating from Williams College with a BA in Art. One of Del Valle’s first stops was the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café. There she won the 2001 Nuyorican Grand Slam Championship and went on to win the 2001 National Poetry Slam Individual Championship, becoming the first poet from the Nuyorican, the youngest poet, and the first Latino person to win the title. Soon after, she was chosen to perform on the first season of the Peabody Award Winning HBOseries Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. She was also an original cast member and contributing writer of the critically acclaimed, Tony award-winning production of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and toured internationally with the show. She also toured with Norman Lear’s Declare Yourself Spoken Word Tour, a national, nonprofit, non-partisan campaign created to encourage young voter participation in the 2004 presidential elections. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayda-Del-Valle/400721987432 Reyes Rodriguez, World Music DJ – Reyes Rodriguez is a Los Angeles artist, curator and world music DJ. Reyes has been the curator of a number of important exhibitions, performance and music events at Tropico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space, a cultural space he founded in 2000. Three years ago, he started Ecléctica, the first alternative world music night in Boyle Heights at Eastside Luv Wine Bar y Queso. Currently, he is the DJ and host of Art &Grooves;on Radio Sombra. In 2007, he was featured as part of the annual LA Weekly People 2007 issue that highlighted 100 of the most interesting and influential Angelenos. http://www.facebook.com/reyes.rodriguez.146 Organizers: ARTScorpsLA/ACLA – Founded in response to the 1992 LA riots, ARTScorpsLA/ACLA (Art, Community, Land, Activism!) is a community-based public art project and land collective built on the belief that every person is a freely creative individual deserving a safe, healthy community in which to express themselves. The organization is committed to working with youth and families in underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods to transform unused urban land into dynamic neighborhood art parks. The organization’s two sites include La Tierra de la Culebra Park, a one-acre, stone-terraced oasis in Northeast Los Angeles, and Spiraling Orchard Park just outside of Downtown Los Angeles, both of which serve the surrounding neighborhoods with seasonal andcultural celebrations, educational workshops, and on-the-ground community advocacy. A sustainable Spiraling Orchard Pavilion, a community center for the next generation, is currently in the planning stages with groundbreaking anticipated for 2013. http://www.facebook.com/pages/ACLA-Art-Community-Land-Activism/130486500304568 Tricia Ward, Artistic Director – Tricia Ward, ARTScorpsLA/ACLA Founder and Beat the Drum Artistic Director, has created various forms of collective public art as a catalytic force for over 30 years, in places as diverse as New York City, Houston, Detroit and Los Angeles. In 1992, Ward founded La Tierra de la Culebra, a one-acre community youth artpark, encompassing a 500-foot long serpentine sculptural centerpiece that includes an amphitheater, Ziggurat and pond, fruit trees and terraced gardens. In LA’s overcrowded inner city, the Culebra provides daily activity as well as a place for visits and repose among intergenerational community members. The artpark was created as part of ARTScorpsLA, now ACLA (Art, Community, Land, Activism!), which alsocreated additional community specific sites: Spiraling Orchard in Temple Beaudry, Studio Chinatown and Francis Avenue Gardens in Koreatown. Seasonal celebrations have been interdisciplinary offerings at the sites since they were developed. Origins of Beat the Drum – Ward first conceived of a drum festival a decade ago, as a celebration of universal traditions of the drum. It was called HEARTBEATS of the 4 Continents, as all drums speak to the body, linking the heart with the rhythmic order of all heartbeats. As Los Angeles has developed into a place of transnational cultural diaspora, the City of Angels “is” the 4 continents. Ford Amphitheatre – The John Anson Ford Theatres complex is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use. Situated in the Cahuenga Pass, the venue consists of the 1,245-seat Ford Amphitheatre and intimate 87-seat [Inside] the Ford Theatre. The facility currently hosts nearly 200 diverse dance, music, theater, film and family events each year, a dramatic evolution from its start nearly 90 years ago. Dedicated to reflecting the diverse cultures of Los Angeles County, the Ford is committed to both artists and audiences; traditional and contemporary works. With its popular multi-disciplinary performing arts summer season, a series of theatrical works mounted during the winter months, interactive events and community, the Ford has become a hub for the surprising, the unusual and the intriguing. The Ford Amphitheatre is located just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for eveningamphitheater performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the “kiss and ride” area. Group ticket discounts are available. For groups of 8 or more, please call 323-769-2147. This event is part of the Ford Amphitheater 2012 Season; a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to http://www.FordTheatres.org. Festival sponsors are Samy’s Camera, Metro and Ciclavia. Links: - Ford Theatre Event Page – http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/362 - Beat the Drum on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BeatTheDrumLA - Beat the Drum on Twitter – https://twitter.com/beatthedrumla - ACLA Tumblr – http://aclaparks.tumblr.com - ACLA on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/ACLA-Art-Community-Land-Activism/130486500304568 # # # For more information, images, or to request interviews, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201 or lynn@greengalactic.com. Beat the Drum 2012 Promo Video with Fredo Ortiz from East L.A. 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Bun In The Oven, an unreleased demo by my band Stay At Home Bomb. Lyrics and music by Lysa Flores. Vocals and lead guitar by Lysa, backing vocals by Alice Bag, bass by Eva Gardner, Drums by Judy Cocuzza. 2005.
http://conference2012.nalip.org/conference/program-schedule/#tabs_sat Come join Alice Bag, Lysa Flores, Angie Skull at the NALIP conference. Panel moderated from Vandals vocalist Joe Escalante.
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Check out the podcast discussion regarding the Arizona law HB2281 hosted by Wendy Carrillo featuring Lysa Flores & Gerard Meraz. http://wendycarrillo.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/podcast-naccs-political-tardea-to-save-ethnic-studies/
When: April 2nd from 6:30-9pm Where: The Westin Pasadena. The Los Angeles Committee to Support Ethnic Studies (LACSES) and The National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS) Greetings Compa~era/os, As you may know, Arizona has been passing laws that affect Chicana/os and their extended communities. One law in particular (HB2281) was put into effect this January 1, 2011 that outlaws La Raza Studies. The Tucson School district has a fully developed K-12 La Raza Studies that is graduating over 80% of its students. Other schools districts in Arizona that don't have La Raza Studies mirror the rest of nation's drop out rate of over 50%. It is obvious that when our children are taught critical thinking skills and are presented with a broader view of history and society they are engaged to the point of graduating and work towards higher education. This law HB2281 will force the Tucson school district to stop teaching La Raza studies despite their success. A coalition of parents, teachers and students in Arizona have taken their State to court to challenge this law. They need our financial support to mount a court battle that will resound loudly and clearly that we will not let them to deny our children an education that inspires them to succeed in academics. Other States are also drafting similar laws because they fear an educated populace with critical thinking skills that might come up with solutions to the economic, social, and political problems that have plagued our nation to the point of bankruptcy and make us fear and blame the most voiceless and powerless in our nation. We the LACSES need your presence, your friends and financial support to help us combat this legal battle. We will be hosting a Political Tardeada on the last day of the NACCS conference on Saturday, April 2nd from 6:30-9pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Pasadena. We are inviting many of Southern California's artists, academics, activists and public figures whose work has been inspired or based in Chicana/o Studies and/or Ethnic Studies. Our aim is to gather our forces and finances to learn more about this and upcoming issues, other fundraising strategies, and to create a critical mass that will stand against the growing anti-Latino sentiment in the country. Now is the time to come together, see who are allies are and see how we can each bring our talents, connections and will to turn the tide. A very partial list of some of our supporters include: Dr. Rodolfo Acu~a, Dr. Mary Pardo, Dr. David Sandoval, Dr. Lara Media, and many more academics. Artists, activists and public figures include: Harry Gamboa Jr., Barbara Carrasco, Yreina Cervantes, Felicia Montes, Richard Montoya, Lalo Alcaraz, Gustavo Arrellano, Wendy Carrillo, Carlos Montes, and more are joining everyday. Admission to the event is a humble $25 for the general public and $10 for students. Please come to be generous. Some of the Arizona legal team will make a presentation on the state of the case. Richard Montoya will conduct a lively discussion on the issue and Las Cafeteras will provide music. Food and beverages will be available. We want you to come and meet other like minded individuals who also believe YA BASTA with these attacks on our community. We hope to see you there. Donors of $50 or more will receive an exclusive limited CD release by Lysa Flores of her upcoming music, history, video project "Immigrant Daughter" featuring tracks with the legendary Flaco Jimenez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos April 2nd from 6:30-9pm . If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation go to: http://www.saveethnicstudies.org/donate.shtml. We are suggesting pledges of $5 to $10 a month. Make the check payable to: Save Ethnic Studies Defense Fund 307 S. Convent Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 Also let us know if we can list you as an endorser For more information, go online:
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http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com/blog.php?id=228 BREAKING NEWS! SELF HELP IS MOVING! Posted February 24, 2011 @ 03:31 am MST After Nearly 40 Years, the Nationally Recognized Latino Arts Center Looks Forward to a New Chapter as One of the Anchors in an Emerging Arts District on the Eastside FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Valarie De La Garza 310-435-8578 delagarzapr@yahoo.com Stephen Chavez 310-486-4104 SELF HELP GRAPHICS & ART TO MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION LOS ANGELES, Feb 24, 2011 - Spirited by the goal of ensuring a long-term healthy future, Self Help Graphics & Art, one of the nation's leading Latino visual art organizations, will move to 1300 East 1st Street in Boyle Heights. After carefully considering many options and a commitment to serve the Eastside, Self Help found an ideal location in Boyle Heights to continue to advance Latino culture through art for another 40 years. Three years ago, Self Help Graphics & Art's space was sold to a private developer by the Catholic Archdiocese. The high cost of rent at 3802 Cesar Chavez in addition to a reduction in the use of space created the need for Self Help to search for a new location. The search also included the serious exploration of purchasing the 3802 Cesar Chavez Avenue building. The move to the new location at 1300 1st Street comes with a substantial decrease in monthly rent. "The opportunity to be a vital part of a new arts district, combined with our need to ensure a fiscally sound future for the organization, compelled us to make the decision to move," said Stephen Saiz, president of the board of directors for Self Help Graphics & Art. "Self Help is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Los Angeles to serve thousands of artists, youth, families, and community with quality arts programming." The Boyle Heights community is undergoing an exciting resurgence. Revitalization of the area has accelerated with the Metro Rail Gold Line, the new LAPD Hollenbeck Station, the new Pueblo del Sol Community Center and the Boyle Heights Constituent Service Area to name a few major developments. "I am thrilled that Self Help Graphics is making its new home in Boyle Heights," said Councilmember Jose Huizar. "Their reputation as one of the nation's premier art centers bodes well for this community and the burgeoning Boyle Heights Arts District. Working with Metro, I am bringing $11 million in streetscape improvements along First Street to support the Arts District, so the timing for Self Help Graphics could not be better. No doubt, they will be a major contributor to the arts movement currently underway in Boyle Heights." A long-term city vision for the Boyle Heights community, a new arts district will run along a 1.5 mile stretch of 1st Street between Mission Road and Soto Street. As one of the longest running Latino art centers in Los Angeles, it is fitting that Self Help is one of the first stops over the First Street Bridge connecting the vibrant downtown art scene with the historic cultural art community in Boyle Heights. "The Chicano Movement inspired a cultural renaissance that embraced the social justice issues of its time and communicated community pride through innovative artistic expressions," said Evonne Gallardo, Executive Director, Self Help Graphics & Art. "It seems fitting that Self Help is a part of a new wave of positive and creative neighborhood revitalization�we look forward to experiencing the ideas and art that our community will make together." Sister Karen Boccalero founded Self Help in collaboration with a group of artists out of a garage, later taking art to the streets through the Barrio Mobile Art Studio, moving into an office in Boyle Heights before moving to Cesar Chavez and Gage through an arrangement with the Sisters of St. Francis and the Catholic Archdiocese. Years of free rent ended when the building was sold to private investors. The iconic mosaic-tiled building at 3802 Cesar Chavez is an important part of local history. Before serving as Self Help's long-term home the facility was a Catholic Youth Organization in the 1940s as well as home of The Vex, the flashpoint of the growing Chicano punk scene in the 1980s. Self Help has supported the Los Angeles Conservancy's efforts to nominate the building for inclusion in the California Register of Historic Resources. "Self Help Graphics & Art is a movement not a building," Gallardo said. "While we love and respect the heritage of the Cesar Chavez building, our move is inspired by a legacy of resiliency and independence that started with Sister Karen." Incorporated in 1973, SHG is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. SHG's mission is to develop and nurture Latino artists in printmaking. SHG seeks to advance Latino art broadly through programming, exhibitions and outreach to diverse audiences in East Los Angeles and beyond. SHG seeks to identify and engage young and emerging artists from the community in all aspects of its activities. Self-Help Graphics & Art endeavors to accomplish its mission through a focused set of totally free programming, which otherwise might not be available, including: -Youth and Family Programs: serving local youth and families through the Community Art Workshops, S.O.Y (Summer of Youth) Artista Program, and the Digital Arts Network Program, a partnership program with Cal Arts. -Printmaking Atelier: offering resources for artists to create and produce unique serigraphs. -Exhibition Print Program: bringing art exhibitions to local, regional, national and international audiences. -Professional Artists Workshop Program: providing artists with the opportunity to develop professional experience while experimenting with a variety of techniques and print mediums. Self Help showcases the talent of local artists through its annual Print Fair a widely renowned opportunity to view, support and purchase fine art from emerging and veteran artists. The organization is also known for its iconic Dia de los Muertos celebration, which draws thousands of attendees. Self Help has participated in the City of Los Angeles' Summer Night Lights gang reduction program which has been hailed as contributing to a decline in youth crime. Self Help will officially move to the new space effective April 2, 2011 and plans to hold a series of community open houses.
Red Flags idea- Lysa Flores by Florha
Another project I have been working with is ELA Taiko. It was great to reconnect with Maceo Hernandez. I believe we met in the 90's...perhaps at Troy cafe? He was playing with Quetzal when we met. Since at one point we were sharing members...Quetzal and Gabriel Tenorio both played guitar with me for a heartbeat...I sang in Quetzal after Lilia left for one show....and Maceo played congas in my band instead of Taiko. Any how, it's great to be collaborating with him and his great band once again. Here we are just messing around in a gallery in Highland Park.
09 Nothing left but to open my eyes by Florha
Well I know I've been so out of touch with you all. Welcome back everybody! With the help of a dear friend my site is back up and running. There is so much to fill you in on. I went through some heartbreaking and tragic events in my life and decided to take a bit of a break from performing. I lost twins at 5 months pregnant. That was the climax to an already difficult time in my life so I'm sure you can understand why I needed to disappear. I am committed to my process of healing. It's been a long journey but I've had amazing friends and a beautiful support system to help me along. My heart goes out to any one suffering or in any kind of pain. Just know that you are loved and EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK.
LYSA FLORES, ALFREDO ORTIZ & DANIEL SEEFF live at the Silverlake Lounge.
Land of a thousand dances Lysa Flores has been added to the reprint of Land of a Thousand Dances (University of New Mexico Press). The updated version by Tom Waldman and David Reyes, highlights Chicano singers, songwriters, and bands who have impacted the music industry despite previous music scholars having mostly neglected Chicano recording artists in rock history. The authors also investigate some of the historical ramifications of Chicano rock as a movement.
This was our first show as a trio. We are perfoming City Burning off of the yet to be released CD Immigrant Daughter.
Photobucket This is from an article in the Chicago Sun Times....back in the day...... Lysa Flores has a leading role in "Star Maps," an audience favorite at this year's prestigious Sundance Film Festival. But oddly enough, the 23-year-old actress couldn't be less interested in securing a followup to her feature film debut. "Music is my first love and it always will be," Flores said after a recent solo acoustic gig at the Hard Rock Cafe. "Personally, I feel there's a lack of interesting roles for women, period. But there are even less for ethnic women. I'm not going to go play a maid or a crack mom just to be in a movie." Down-to-earth in an easygoing manner that gives away her California upbringing, Flores isn't being precious. Rather, she's being realistic about her ..." Any how, Star Maps is now available on itunes in case you missed it the first time around.
http://classicalgeektheatre.blogspot.com/2008/08/love-grenades-w-with-casxio-and-lysa.html Lysa Flores knocked me on my ass. The self-identified chicana rocker exuded talent. Her sound seemed to rest somewhere between punk rock and 90's songwriter, slathered with her own cultural heritage. It helped that she had a wicked good backing band; the bassist in particular was skilled. But the show was about Flores and the second you saw her on stage you couldn't take your ears off her voice. She sang with attitude, grit, longing, resilience, and pretty much any other emotional note you look for in a strong female charismatic figure. She was convincing and authentic, putting the sea of costumed wanna be rock chicks in LA to shame. If the Sunset Strip could have a singer like Flores every night, by gum you'd be finding me in The Whiskey on Mondays. My gringo ass has nil background on Mexican, Latino, and Hispanic music. But I can tell you that those influences are the predominant characteristic of Flores' music and her cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl" (reappropriated as "Mexi-merican Girl") was an inspiration, with Flores expressing herself and who she is in the context of mainstream American rock tradition. That's how you do a cover, folks. She gets my strongest recommendation. I'd plug a show if she had one listed.
The Tour is off to a great start! Thanks Slims! I was able to go to the Frida Kahlo museum at MOMA to see her amazing exhibit. Unos Cuantos Piquetitos was shocking to see up close as was the suicide painting. The expression on Dolores's face! eerie..... If you get a chance, visit the exhibit before it leaves in September. DATE CITY VENUE WED 7/30 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Slim's THU 7/31 FRI 8/1 PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir SAT 8/2 SEATTLE, WA Seafair SUN 8/3 MON 8/4 DENVER, CO Bluebird TUE 8/5 WED 8/6 MINNEAPOLIS, MN First Avenue THU 8/7 CHICAGO, IL Abbey Pub FRI 8/8 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom SAT 8/9 TORONTO, ON Horseshoe Tavern SUN 8/10 MON 8/11 BOSTON, MA Middle East TUE 8/12 HOBOKEN, NJ Maxwell's WED 8/13 NEW YORK, NY LPR THU 8/14 PHILADELPHIA, PA Johnny Brenda's FRI 8/15 WASHINGTON, DC Black Cat SAT 8/16 ATLANTA GA Variety Playhouse SUN 8/17 ATLANTA, GA The Earl MON 8/18 NEW ORLEANS, LA Parish TUE 8/19 HOUSTON, TX Continental Club WED 8/20 AUSTIN, TX Continental Club THU 8/21 FRI 8/22 (Amnesty show in Sacramento) SAT 8/23 LOS ANGELES, CA Key Club SUN 8/24 SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah
What a weird scene at the kick off of the Los angeles Speaker Series. There was so much racial tension in the room. Without going into my own take on the night, i wanted to commend the mayor who during his welcoming of the ex president encountered a heckler. Well not really. He was in the middle of his welcome speech. He would repeat some of his key words in spanish like friend - amigo, extraordinary -extraordinario and so on. An older anglo man yelled out "In English" to which the mayor replied "i did. Hey I'm bilingual. This is Los Angeles." He was received by all the latinos in the house applauding...my mother and myself included. What was so weird was that a lot of the white folks in the room acted offended and whispered a bunch of crap. Hello, he was introducing the ex-Mexican President. Instead of being viewed as cultured and respectful some lame-o had the nerve to criticize his billingual address. What a shame. There were also mexican protesters in the audience who voiced there dissatisfaction with the ex presidents work or lack of work. it was a heavy scene but I was glad to be there and hear about the progress of our neighbors to the south as well as the story of an immigrant who became president of Mexico. Last year the two speakers i enjoyed the most were ex president Clinton who spoke of his recent work for AIDS foundations and the Queen of Jordan. I'm really looking forward to seeing Maya Angelou next month. I know why the caged bird sings had a profound effect on me as a teenager. She's bad ass.
Our family pet hung himself last night. He was a beautiful huge champion Pit Bull. Words can't describe this magnificant dog. The last few days he had been jumping a 7ft fence so my brother decided to tie him up while he went to work his graveyard shift. When he returned at 7am he found him hanging over the fence. I can't tell you how devasting it was for my little brother to find him. I'm sure you can imagine. I'm sharing this personal story because i've been hearing how common it is. I'm a dog mom myself. I've got two beautiful Jindos and recently Tibu had been going crazy over our new neighbors cats. One morning about a month ago...i let them out to pee as usual and went back to bed. I drempt that something had happened to one of my dogs and when i woke up i called for them. Only Oso showed up. I knew something was wrong so I flew out of bed and went outside. Tibu had tried to jump the fence and his collar got caught on the tip of the iron. I tried to scream but nothing came out. When i got to him he panicked and scratched the shit out of me. I was finally able to lift his body up to free his collar from the fence. I carried him back inside and placed him on the bed. I was crying and shaking and wasn't sure what to do next. After 30 seconds of him frozen, he shoke it off and jumped off the bed as if nothing had ever happened. My brothers weren't so lucky. It's been nonstop crying. some blaming and a lot of disbelief at the flores house. We've lost pets before but never in such a fucked up way. What is even stranger is that two days ago i wrote a song called California Orange Groves whose main character is a dog who is waiting for his chance to run free. I'm not shitting you. I wrote it and went into the studio the next day which i have never done before. D.J. came in and accompanied me on the jew harp. i don't really know what any of these coincidences mean. I only know it's fucked up to lose a pet especially when it is preventable. In the attempt to protect our dog, the only mistake that my little brother made was to not check the length of the chain. As the saying goes, he had enough rope to hang himself. So, in honor of my dog, your dogs,and the recent dog slaughters in China, here's a great organization that helps save lives instead. www.rescuetrain.org
Produced by Ian Brennan Ramblin Jack Elliot's I stand alone has been nominated for a GRAMMY! Long time drummer D.J. Bonebrake, along with Flea, David Hidalgo, Nels Cline, Lucinda Williams and Corin Tucker are featured on the record. If you haven't already please go out and support this record. It was made with a lot of love and vision. My favorite track is BLUE.
Last night I performed one of the roughest sets of my career. A soloists nightmare....a bad mix / bad sound... I was performing in a bubble of muffled sound with a piercing humm coming out of the monitor... My throat was super dry i thought i was going to joke on every next word and there was a gap between the stage and the audience which was huddled closer to the free drinks rather than the stage. I only sang two songs but it felt like eternity. I recognized a few supportive faces in the audience...sr. Elvez and Gabriel (ex Quetzal singer) who were completely honest with me about the weird performance. As I was getting off stage two members from the Black Eyed Peas were coming up to introduce Ozo... (they were very nice). So...what prevented me from fleeing the stage like i really wanted to do. The Boyle Heights Tech Center. This event was a fundraiser for the new center that is going to provide facilities to kids that deserve a refuge from the streets. It's a place to study, create films and music and grow! I can't imagine what it would have been like to have a center like this when i was growing up in eastlos. There is even a recording studio! I haven't been to a red carpet event like this for a while since leaving the film world... some notibles to mention...Snoop Dogg and rockstar mayor ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA who along with a lot of dedicated people made this amazing new center happen. Thanks Sheila!
Unfortunately my schedule did not pemit me to join El Vez as a lovely Elvette this Mex-mas. Rumor has it he has two new amazing grrrls that will help bring the XXX-mas.... I will be opening a few dates on the east coast with an amazing band...so get ready to BRING YOUR LOVE!!!!!
dreams do come true... i know this but I always doubt it when to much time passes in between the little miracles... It was a beautiful sunny day in Oakland...I was playing my jarana out on the porch when he arrived. "Why don't we do it out here" jonathan suggested. So Dayle and Ian were kind enough to bring the studio out to us! We sat on the deck and I did my best from freaking out. I expected him to play on one song and instead we spent the afternoon jamming on several of my new tunes including the classic...Moms Song. I've heard pleny of jonathan stories so I was a bit nervous and intimidated in his presence. My hand kept freezing up when i was finger picking and it took forever for my voice to start warming up.... he was gracious and extremely kind. By his own confession, Jonathan is latino at heart. He plays a mean flamenco guitar!

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