In The Mix Today: Soulful sounds and vibes from Echo Park to Eagle Rock

Sister Nancy (performing “Bam Bam” in the video above) will be one of the headliners at this weekend’s Dub Quake Festival in Echo Park.

By Jennifer Cuevas

This week’s events will soothe the soul and take you on a trip to Jamaica and the Americas — and you don’t need a passport to participate. The weather might be cooling down in L.A., but the music that will manifest from Echo Park to Eagle Rock is going to be hot and inexpensive. So go ahead — gather your friends, call a taxi, or better yet, take a bike ride with your cronies and head toward the music!

Dub Quake
On your weekend round-about, consider the “Dub Quake Festival” that will take place both Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct.17 in Echo Park. The two-day festival, produced by the creators of the weekly Dub Club party in collaboration with Spaceland Productions, will feature 30 artists on two stages (overflowing from Echoplex to the upstairs Echo venues). Headliners include Michael Rose, Scientist and Roots Radics and Sister Nancy on Saturday; plus The Heptones, Stone Love and DJ Peanut Butter Wolf on Sunday.  Local buzz bands like Buyepongo, El Haru Kuroi and Dub Club DJs will be in the mix as well, among a slew of other party-rocking musicians. Dub Quake Festival is all ages, from 6 P.M. –  2 A.M. daily. The Echoplex is at 1154 Glendale Blvd. in Echo Park (below the Sunset Boulevard bridge); and advance tickets are available via TicketWeb.com ($25 both nights) or at the door ($20 per day or $15 before 8pm).

Descara Club L.A.
Next on the musical plate to consider is ¡Descarga! Club L.A. at El Cid. This is a monthly Afro-Latin soirée (I co-produce this night with DJ Loslito), that will feature high-energy cumbia beats and mashups with the bay’s own, DJ Oro 11; and an eclectic mix of Latin and world dance music by the ¡Descarga!  Resident DJs- Loslito (Root Down/The Rebirth/Walk Talkin’), Cid Hernandez (Bodega/Soul People), Billy Goods (Boogaloo Assassins), Pablito Más and Brazilia. Now an L.A. transplant, Oro 11 is a rising star in the realm of Latin music DJs and remixing. He’s the co-Founder of Bersa Discos, a label that began in 2007 with his partner, “Disco Shawn.” They started the label after living in Argentina, where they deejayed frequently at parties like Zizek (ZZK) and rubbed elbows with a bevy of cutting-edge artists in South America. The label started by releasing a series of limited edition, vinyl-only EP’s filled with a new brand of cumbia with great success. Oro 11 is also the co-Creator of one of the hottest bay area cumbia parties called “Tormenta Tropical” and will bring that party vibe to El Cid this weekend. The event is 21 and over, FREE to folks who R.S.V.P. at rsvp@descargaclub.com before 11 P.M. or $10 donation.


And finally, on Sunday evening, the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts will host Sunday evening nu-jazz group, Onibaba and the Open Gate Theatre. Onibaba is one part experimental jazz and funk carefully coalesced for a soulful vibe, with live video for an invigorating and infectious sound. Onibaba was created by Daren Burns (bass) in 1996, as part of his CalArts MFA project and features a group of stellar musicians: Vinny Golia (woodwinds), George McMullen (trombone/electronics), Scott Collins (guitar), Craig Bunch (drums) and Kio Griffith (live video).  Get your dose of compelling music for $10 donation or $5 for students and seniors.

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