Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based 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 crossover hit single, "NO, NO, NO", which received regular club and radio airplay around the world, from BBC Radio 6's Gilles Peterson to Santa Monica's KCRW 89.9 to NYC's pioneering hip-hop DJ Tony Touch.
bebo and the Goodtime boys
Bebo and the Good Time Boys, play traditional Rockabilly music influenced by the 1950's but with a modern approach and sound, they mix their influences of Rockabilly and Latino music creating a hot pot of unique and contemporary RnR. The band's first record "Let the fun begin" was released at the end of 2014, receiving fantastic reviews and enthusiastic response all over the world, the band are one of the most in demand RnR bands in Southern CA.
San Cha is a singer-songwriter known for her explosive, visceral and emotional live performances. She captivates audiences with their blend of Mexican Folk Music, Cumbia and Punk. Belting out ‘Gospel Ranchera Punk’ while twirling around the stage, San Cha will you leave you inspired, healed and transformed.
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The spirit of 50s rock 'n' roll, the attitude of 70s punk, and the sensibility of the 80s new romantics, The Vigils haveculminated their varied influences to create a timeless sound, unique in any decade. Strangely reminiscent, guaranteed to strike a few heavy nostalgic chords, and yet at the same time, unabashedly original, unpredictable, and uncompromising. Rock and Roll's for rebels again...
Ambitious LA duo Sin Color have been developing their craft since forming in 2014, when Crisia Regalado and David Aquino first started composing and playing together as teenagers in South LA. Their music embodies traditional styles passed on from older Latin generations, transforming cumbia, mariachi and disco into indie dance pop with catchy melodies and introspective lyrics, achieving a sophisticated sound way beyond their years. Sin Color’s captivating live show and determined approach has earned them a solid buzz and a loyal following in the local LA music scene.
Perhaps a fitting prelude for a future DJ, Travis Holcombe's American father and Japanese mother met and fell in love in a discotheque in Osaka, Japan. About a year later, his mother would relocate to Los Angeles with his father, who at the time was managing disco bands, working the club circuit of LA in the late '70s.
Growing up, Travis was exposed to a wide swath of music. "My great uncle is a well-known country musician -- so that was always an early part of my musical vocabulary. But the first song I remember going crazy over was 'Maneater' by Hall & Oates. I had no I idea what the song was about, but every time my parents would put it on, I'd immediately start bouncing around and singing out the hook.” Years later, after relocating to Atlanta, Travis would expand his musical ear further.
"The first kind of music that I got into outside of my dad's record collection was hip-hop. That was the jumping off point for my music geekery. Through Dr. Dre I learned about P-Funk and David Axelrod. Artists like DJ Muggs, Prince Paul and A Tribe Called Quest gave me an appreciation for all kinds of music. Their work was the equivalent of having an older brother sharing his record collection with you."
Along the way, Travis found a voice for his teenage angst in punk rock as well. "If you had told my 15-year-old self that in 16 years he'd be sharing a microphone with Henry Rollins, he would have freaked out."
Inspired by Atlanta's burgeoning regional rap scene and the underground hip-hop sound championed by the Atlanta's student-run college radio stations, Travis invested in his first DJ set-up. "At the time, I had never been to a nightclub or anything like that. I had only been exposed to DJs at roller rinks and school dances, but I knew I wanted to be a part of that scene." While attending school in Athens, GA, Travis got his first taste of radio - at the student-run radio station WUOG - before returning to California after graduation.
For the past several years, Travis has been a steady presence in the Eastside music scene and can often be seen DJ'ing or attending shows in the area, in addition to his new time slot on KCRW, Monday through Friday from 10pm to midnight.
king steady beat
King Steady Beat started Djing in backyard parties in 1983. He has spun electro boogie, high energy, "New Wave" in 87, house music in 88, Shoegazer (after discovering the Manchester scene in '89), and in 1992, ska. while producing shows in 1993 at The Hong Kong cafe in China Town, Kig Steady Beat introduced fresh new Ska acts such as YESKA, SEESPOT, OCEAN 11, Mobtown, and King Willy.
He founded Steady Beat Recordings in 1993. You can find him every 3rd Friday spinning “Babalu to Boogaloo” at the Melody Lounge in Chinatown. For other gigs, go to: https://www.facebook.com/kingsteadybeat/ and @barrio_beat.
Mod, Mexican, and Morrissey are the 3 M’s that best describe Alex Transistor’s musical sensibility. You can find him every year playing to a packed house at the Avalon in Hollywood for the annual Smiths/Morrissey Convention. He was also the founding member of the club Transistor that brought British Mod music and American Funk to Chinatown Los Angeles. He has also had the pleasure of being a frequent guest DJ at Club Underground, L.A.’s longest running Brit Pop club. and on various nights for Part Time Punks at The Echoplex. He continues to bring music to his L.A. audience, most recently with his monthly party NITE MOVES at the Offbeat Bar in Highland Park, where he plays everything from New Wave, Soul, Brit Pop, Post Punk, and Backyard Party Jams. And if that’s not enough, Alex finds time in his spare time to DJ at various senior centers and an occasional Sunday for Moz Vegan Brunch at El Cid in Silverlake.
DJ Nowhere Girl
Vinyl warrior DJ Nowhere Girl has been a part of the alternative music scene in Los Angeles for over two decades. The Latina powerhouse can be found all over Los Angeles including spots like Footsies, Short Stop, and where the jams are. She’s throwing down mixes not limited to confines of the Los Angeles dark electronics scene. For updates and information you can follow her on IG & Spotify : Djnowheregirl.
Rudy "Bleu" Garcia is a 1st generation Los Angeles born and raised Queer Chicano. He is a Mover, Shaker, Organizer, Curator, Zine maker, and gal about town. Known for work with Maricón Collective, bands such as $3Puta and Hot N' Heavy, clubs such as Outré, La Polla Loca, Spunk and the current East LA queer punk club sCUM among others. Rudy began organizing in the late 90's while writing his seminal queer zine Scutter. He was the Producer of RuPaul's DragCon Los Angeles for World of Wonder since its inception in 2015- 2017 and produced the first New York edition in 2017. He has curated group shows at Lethal Amounts Gallery, Charlie James Gallery, Performances for Beach Goth 2017 & 2018, and currently manages the rising vocal priestess San Cha.
DJ Hoseh (born Jose C. Salguero) is a Los Angeles native who has been a part of the city’s music fabric for 25 years. He hosted “Headspace” on KXLU 88.9 FM for 22 years and is a founding member of Dublab.com where he hosts “Version Sounds”. His mix CD “Poppy Sol” was the first release as part of the Dublab Future Roots series, and it has garnered much praise and recognition internationally. He has opened for such diverse acts as Lee Perry, The Orb, Belle and Sebastian, Eddie Palmieri, Plaid and Tortoise. He has played at venerated Los Angeles venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Natural History Museum and The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The music he shares is multi-dimensional and uses a broad palette of past, present, and futuristic sounds.
For more than a decade, Scarlett Casanova has been bringing together L.A.'s party people for eclectic events big and small. Scarlett launched her signature party, Hang the DJs, at The Echo in 2004 to instant success. With a keen eye for talent, she filled the DJ booth with up-and-coming talent from the local scene and beyond. During its 10-year run, Hang the DJs welcomed guests like Steve Aoki, Hercules and Love Affair, The Presets, Big Freedia and so many more. Scarlett earned local and national acclaim for her work and has appeared in publications like Paper, Urb, L.A. Weekly and La Opinión. Scarlett continues to host and promote events at The Offbeat.
Scarlett has been a Highland Park resident for 15 years and says the neighborhood is "a hidden gem with so much history and culture." She's ecstatic to be a producer of the first annual Arroyo Roundup and says, "I want to give back to my community because it's my home. I love this community and I love helping others."
Hansoul’s avid record collecting began in the 80s and he has never stopped. He has spun a wide range of genres including soul, hip hop, new wave, psych and oldies. As event promoter Stereophonic Productions, he produced shows at venues such as the El Rey Theatre, Fais-do-do and the House of Blues. Hansoul also performed as a vocalist with the band Su Blah Nu-Fire Lotus Society.