Our Picks for NYE 2017 in Los Angeles!


by Tom Nguyen

When I’m considering where to spend New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, I look for 3 things:

  • Great live bands and dance music we typically cover on this site.
  • It won’t break the bank (Some free, most under $30).
  • Whether big or small events, I’m looking for good vibes, not pretentiousness.

If you’re looking for the same, here are my recommendations (in order of cost): Continue Reading →

Top Picks for NYE 2016 in Los Angeles!

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by Tom Nguyen

When I’m considering where to spend New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, I look for 3 things:

  • Great live bands or dance music we typically cover on this site.
  • It won’t break the bank (Some free, most under $40).
  • Whether big or small events, I’m looking for good vibes, not pretentiousness.

If you’re looking for the same, here are my recommendations (in order of cost) all across LA: Downtown, Silver Lake, Hollywood, Mid City, Santa Monica and Long Beach: Continue Reading →

Museum of Latin American Art: Summer Kick Off of Afro-Cuban Concert Series!

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by Linda Vanessa “Nuves” Tovar

(LONG BEACH) — Having a father who has played percussion instruments for a majority of his life and a lover of salsa dancing for a mother, I made sure I was at the Museum of Latin American Art for their Summer Music Series Kick Off Party! Founded in 1996 by philanthropist, Dr. Robert Gumbiner, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California is the first and only museum in the United States that exclusively features modern and contemporary Latin American fine art. Only a 30 minute drive from Downtown Los Angeles, the MOLAA has featured exhibits including: Viva La Muxer by Las Fotos Project and “Frida Kahlo, Her Photos”. The MOLAA’s mission is to educate the American public about contemporary Latin American fine art through the establishment of a significant permanent collection and the presentation of dynamic exhibitions and related programs.

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Dedicated to preserving and sharing the Latino experience and culture, MOLAA curates special programs and events for all to enjoy. Currently on exhibit is, Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art, Miradas is a temporary exhibition provided by Bank of America Art in our Communities program can be visited through September 27th.

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To kick off the Summer Series was, “Remembering the Palladium Days, Chapter 3: Mambo is Back and here to stay”, which featured six-time, Grammy Award-winning percussionist, Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez and Freddie Crespo’s Mambo Revue Orchestra. Many of these musicians have shared the stage with greats like Tito Puentes! The caliber and professional experience of these musicians is not to be missed or overlooked. I mean, watch this short clip if you don’t believe me! Continue Reading →

Our Hot LA Picks for Valentine’s Week!

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Valentine’s Day is a week away: You haven’t made plans yet? Or you’ve got no one to spend it with? Or maybe you’re just not buying into the whole Hallmark Holiday hype? Well, there’s something for everyone leading up to Valentine’s in LA…at least for those of us looking for more than just a once-a-year-gesture. If you’re looking for something with more cultural substance, worldly stimulation, and plenty of gyrating & sweating on the dance floors in our romantic city, look no further. Here are our recommendations, LA lovers….so relax, don’t put this much pressure on yourself….(take a date or find one at Irene Diaz‘s show and more!)

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My Love Affair with Colombia: Celebrating its Music and Independence

I admit it — before I lost my job a few years ago in the bad economy and bought a one-way ticket to South America, there were only 2 things I knew about Colombian music: Shakira and salsa music. After backpacking for 5 months through the continent, ending in Colombia, I so fell in love with the country and the people that I returned a second time the same year. I not only came away with an appreciation for a beautiful country which has gotten an undeserved bad rap because of its history of civil war and drug violence, I also made wonderful new friends for life.

Colombia today is flourishing and it’s a land of great beauty, history, culture, fashion, art, music, dance and creativity and we are influenced by Colombia here. For example, CicLAvia, the quaterly event to reclaim LA’s streets from car traffic so people can enjoy the urban landscape on foot and bicycles, was started in Bogota.

posterColombianos are at the top of my list of the most warm, generous and friendly people I’ve ever met in my life. I traveled using the CouchSurfing online travel network and met and stayed with so many wonderful local people, who showed me a genuine experience of Colombia, not a touristy one. One in particular, Carol, is a graphic designer who works for the city government in Medellin. If  you travel there, the beautiful map of its brilliant metro system is her handiwork. I met Carol through the  and she took time out to take me on many tours of the ‘Eternal City of Spring’. After I returned to the US, being fellow music lovers, we’ve kept in touch on Facebook by sharing new music discoveries with each other and thanks to her, I’ve been so enriched with the diversity of Colombian music! Continue Reading →