Boogaloo Assassins

Los Angeles

Formed in Los Angeles from the ashes of the rock-steady machine Ocean 11, latin-funk pioneers Five Degrees of Soul, ska stalwarts See Spot, Chris Murray Combo and roots reggae monsters the Expanders, the Boogaloo Assassins are here to get down Spanish-Harlem style. Heavily indebted to the classic sounds of New York’s late 60’s/early 70’s latin music explosion, the Asesinos serve up traditional latin son/son-montuno/guaguanco/cha-cha-cha/latin boogaloo/latin soul, blues and descargas for your feets and ears. We keep it hot & greasy as we can – vaya!

Christon

Columbus, Ohio

National Recording Artist Christon Gray will be coming all the way from Columbus, Ohio to light up the stage with His Soulful/R&B sound!!!! More than just music, Chris’ live stage performance is an experience that you don’t want to miss out on!

Ahmad

Los Angeles

Los Angeles rapper Ahmad Ali Lewis was only 18 when he burst onto the scene in 1994 with the laid-back groove of “Back in the Day.” With its images of playground foolery and junior-high discovery, “Back in the Day” depicted Ahmad’s South Central neighborhood in an idyllic, wistful light — a Norman Rockwell painting in rap. In the years after Dr. Dre’s G-funk masterpiece The Chronic, West Coast hip-hop found other voices in Ahmad, Montell Jordan, and MC Hammer. Songs like “Back in the Day” and Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” were G-funk lite. They were more about the partying than the thugging, and in doing so tapped into what’s always made California pop music successful nationwide — everyone knows the party’s always better out there in the sunshine. The rapper rode “Back in the Day”‘s remix — which was based around a sample of the Teddy Pendergrass hit “Love T.K.O.” and produced by Barr 9 Productions and Ahmad — to the top of the charts, and saw Giant release his self-titled debut in May of 1994. After the remix of “Back in the Day” landed on the soundtrack of the 1999 film The Wood, Ahmad formed the jazz-rap group 4th Avenue Jones and released the albums No Plan B (2002) and Stereo: The Evolution of Hiprocksoul (2005), both on Interscope. Taking a break from music, he returned to college, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in sociology, and worked as a personal development speaker and author. He also became a songwriter, working behind the scenes for artists like LMFAO and Flo Rida, but in 2010 he stepped back out front and issued The Death of Me, his sophomore album and first for the WeClap label. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi

Quinto Sol

East Los Angeles

Music can be contagious, inspiring, and poignant. Quinto Sol (QS), or Fifth Sun, caries that type of emotion and sound – deeply rooted in community and roots music – from the Americas, to the Caribbean and Africa. Having emerged from the artist/activist community of East Los Angeles in 1994, Quinto Sol is roots-reggae at its core, woven seamlessly with Latin rhythms like Cumbia, rumba, and son. Quinto Sol is a collective of musicians, inspired to use music as a tool for awareness of socio-political and economic issues facing their community. They do this by translating their own urban realities in every day life and the struggles of indigenous communities in the world, through conscious lyrics and powerful live performances. Nine years after the band’s inception, Quinto Sol releases their second independent album and first national release, Barrio Roots. Produced by and arranged by the QS band, and engineered by Johnny Alvarez and Mizraim Leal, the band’s lead vocalist and guitar player, Barrio Roots documents music from a period that helped shape what is known today as the East L.A. art “scene”; a contemporary Chicano-inspired arts movement where, incidentally bands like Quetzal and Ozomatli emerged and grew to international popularity. Home, East L.A. or L.A, Quinto Sol is dedicated to planting the seed that let’s everyone know where they come from and where they are headed. Currenty in progress is Quinto Sol’s third and most anticipated album, “Spirits of the Martyrs”. A tribute to all the heroes that fought and died for Land, Love, Peace, and Dignity. – don’t forget your roots and culture.we’re just trying to give something back that’s positive.” From the roots-reggae song, “Mexica Tiahui”, to the up-tempo cumbia/salsa jam, “Tocani” and the reggae/cumbia/salsa mix “Sangre”, Quinto Sol takes you on a world beat tour unlike any reggae band in the music circuit. Having performed with artists, such as: The Wailers, Third World, Inner Circle, Steel Pulse, Eek-A-Mouse, Maldita Vecindad, Jaguares, Malo, Ozomatli, Poncho Sanchez, Puya, Todos Tus Muertos and others, QS’s fan base is as diverse as the musical fusion they produce and the bands with whom they’ve shared the stage; from L.A. to Mexico City and even Japan.

Vanessa Mardueno

East Los Angeles

East Los Angeles native, Vanessa Mardueño, is known for her unique “Eclectic Reggae” sound. She got her start opening for LA based bands Ozomatli and Quinto Sol. In 2004, she embarked on a spiritual journey that resulted in dedicating herself and her music to ministry. This radical journey birthed the reggae album “Oh My Soul”, described by Christianity Today as containing “Elements of Jazz, Latin, and Folk to complement Mardueno’s shameless proclamation of praises while her band lays down grooves that are reminiscent of Bob Marley meets Shakira.”

In 2012, Skipstone Pictures faith based film, Hardflip, featured “Hidden”, her most popular single, on their soundtrack. By 2014, Vanessa was nominated for two Caribbean Gospel Marlin Awards: International Caribbean Album of the Year (Oh My Soul), and International Caribbean Recording of the Year (No One In This World).

Vanessa is currently working on a new album that draws from her experiences in love, travel, and the many adventures she has embarked on recently and during a two-year sabbatical.

Las Colibri

LAS COLIBRÍ or “The Hummingbirds,” have a passion for music, beauty, and girl power. These women are flying into new territory. As one of the most unique ensembles of its genre by returning to the all-string instrumentation of the early 20th century mariachi tradition and the colorful, feminine costumes of the Mexican cinematic divas of the 40’s and 50’s.

After years of achieving much success individually as instrumentalists and vocalists in various professional arenas, these women have come together with theirlovely blend of vocal harmonies,unique arrangements, and interpretation of traditional sones, huapangos, rancheras with a contemporary twist.

Casa de Calacas

East Los Angeles

No one has floored more with the forming of CASA DE CALACAS than the CDC members themselves. With a passion for music, they dedicated their time and energy to what they believed to be a one time collaboration turned out to be far more than this young band could have hoped for. From ska, cumbia, punk, hip-hop, mariachi, the blending influences of their music cater to one and all. Their audiences are guaranteed to walk away from their shows relating to one or more of their genres. Originating in EAST LOS ANGELES in 2005, CASA DE CALACAS is composed of a fresh and talented young group of men; bassist, and singer Carlos, singer, trumpet player Phillip, drummer Adolfo, lead guitarist Greg, congista Ed and singer, saxophonist Gus.

What makes this element such a lethal combination is the influence of family and tradition, each member is related in one form or another and each has been playing and creating music for years. All band members contribute their personalized brand that is always evident in the final product. Their high energy performances never fail to fuel and motivate their audience to get up and join in the celebration. A CASA DE CALACAS show leaves you feeling like you’ve just been to your favorite relatives party and you’re counting the moments to till the next event! They intend to spread their love of music and introduce the masses to their brand of “cultura musical” for the world to hear.

JC Villafan

A refreshingly, young new face has graced the stage, whose style and charisma is only preceded by his amazingly strong vocal talents. With a voice full of soul, serenity, and sincerity, Jc Villafan is the essence of “feel good” music. Jc continues to be at the helm of musical artistry by being intricate part of the music process. He is always hands on when it comes to his writing, producing, playing, performing, and overall creation of his music. Along with providing an original sound of incredible music, Jc does his part to give back to the community. He is constantly involved with non-profit organizations that give back to our communities locally, nationally, and globally. The passionate effort and pure humility Jc commits to charity makes it mark all over, in, and through his music. If you haven’t heard Villafan yet, immerse yourself in the young star’s remarkable music and you will not be disappointed.

LEX

LEX is an all women band creating fantasy synth pop sounds. LEX’s EP uses all analog vintage synthesizers and everything is executed live during our performances (sans tracks and computers). Their EP is produced by multi-grammy winner Peter Franco, best known his work on Daft Punk’s last two albums. LEX’s audiences are taken on a spectacular journey with combination of their narrative, artistry, innovative designs and electronic execution.

Raquel Rodriguez

Backed by a young and versatile team of heavy hitters, Raquel Rodriguez and crew deliver music with a soulful, gritty groove that people want to dance and party to. Commanding the stage, Raquel’s live show is engaging and a crowd favorite at clubs and festivals.

With a potent blend of femme and aggression, she serves up saucy, heartfelt vocals which caught the ears of FX Networks hit show Sons of Anarchy. This led to her song “Already Beat” being featured in the season 6 premier. The LA soul rebel has also received airplay and support from music and culture tastemaker Garth Trinidad, DJ at top ranking NPR station KCRW and music editor for LA Canvas. Grateful for the television, radio and festival love, Raquel is energized and ready for more.

The Blackouts

Los Angeles

The Blackouts are a Los Angeles-based 80s, new wave, dark wave, and indie cover band which formed in 2007. Although each member has played in their share of original bands from a variety of musical genres, they all have one thing in common; they love to passionately perform songs from classic 80s and indie bands like The Smiths, Joy Division, The Cure, Morrissey, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Damned, Bauhaus, David Bowie, The Cult, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dramarama, Duran Duran, The Strokes, She Wants Revenge, Interpol, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and The Editors to name a few.

The Blackouts have played shows all over the greater Los Angeles area from Hollywood to Pomona and everywhere in between. They’ve had the honor of warming up the stage for acts such as Berlin, The English Beat, and Gene Loves Jezebel and have received praise from noted DJs such as Richard Blade of KROQ fame and Raul Campos of KCRW.

DJ Fredy Fresco

Inland Empire

DJ Fredy Fresco is a young 22 year old Hispanic from the Inland Empire. Voted the 2013 “DJ OF THE YEAR” in the IE. The love of music shines through in everything he does. Driven by family, friends, and fans…no dream is far from becoming a reality. In Gods hands. Living day by day “For the love of Music”. – Dj Fredy Fresco

DJ Ry Toast

Los Angeles

Ry Toast loves music, tattoos, whiskey, and vegetables.  She is based in LA but travels the world to spread music and love. When she is not behind the wheels of steel, you can catch her spitting fire as a Bikram Yoga teacher.