By Alfred Montez
Tonight (Feb. 11), Futura, a monthly feature at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, will play host to Austin Peralta’s record release show for his new album, “Endless Planets.” At 21 years old, Peralta’s technical skill on the piano is mind-bending, and the feel and subtleties in his music make for a truly dynamic jazz performance. The mellowness of his performance may surprise some, especially those who know him as the son of legendary Z-Boy skater, Stacy Peralta. Admission is $10 and, and the show kicks off at about 9 p.m.
Dirty jazz & cabaret
Eastside Luv Wine Y Queso bar is hosting Cabaret con Carolina Cerisola and the Walter Davis Band on Saturday, February 12, for an evening of hard, dirty jazz and sultry cabaret. For the uninitiated, the small, nondescript building hardly lights up the intersection at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Once inside, however, the décor and aesthetics of the bar absorbs you. It’s a great place to have some wine and take in a band and, with a unique bar that doubles as a runway/stage, the cabaret show will fit right in.
Guru of Doo Doo visits the Rock-a-Thon
One of the more eclectic events I came across this week is the “I Heart Mom Nature Rock-A-Thon” taking place Saturday, Feb. 12 at HM-157. Another of the Eastside’s more unique venues, HM-157 stands for “Historical Landmark 57” and in realty is a Queen Anne style home, built circa 1880 in Lincoln Heights. The house now serves as home base to a group of urban farmers, musicians, painters, and artists of all types. Saturday’s show runs from about 1 pm till 1 am, with a wide variety of acts ranging from shoe-gazing experimental pop to countrified folk, and even an organic soil rap from the Guru of Doo Doo himself, Tim Dundon.
Now, I have to admit, I had never heard of Mr. Dundon. However, after hearing a man rap about things like decomposing poo turning into awesome soil, and calling it craptonite, I decided to make it down early and try to get some pics for your viewing pleasure. More on that next week. There is a “sliding scale” $5-$10 cover charge, which supports the organization.
Good Luck, Los Lobos
This Sunday marks the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and I for one am hoping East L.A.’s own Los Lobos take Best Rock Instrumental Performance with “Do The Murray“, just one of the brilliant tracks on their latest album ‘Tin Can Trust’.
The bluesy opening lick, and syncopated beat are an awesome example of the rich musical tradition that surrounds us, and to top it off it’s a rocking instrumental to the last note. A rich mix of rock, folk, cumbia, and even some fusion, Tin Can Trust was one of my favorite albums of the year, and certainly something for us East of the Los Angeles River to root for.
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