VIVA LA TRADICION takes over the Ford Theater for two days of mariachi music

VIVA LA TRADICION takes over the Ford Theater for two days of mariachi music

Written by Jesus Figueroa

“Viva La Tradicion” has paid tribute to many of Mexico’s biggest icons, this year they pay homage to late Jose “Pepe” Martinez of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, who pioneered mariachi music in the U.S.

On August 8 and 9, Pepe Martinez Jr. helps to pay tribute to his father by bringing Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. to perform the classic music of his father.

Pepe Jr. said that its going to be sentimental because he will be playing the music his father wrote and organized, music he has been listening to since he was a young child.

Mariachi music has helped keep the traditional music from Mexico alive.

The tradition of mariachi music spans many years and can include music from various genres.

Founder Susie Garcia said that she looked up to Pepe Martinez because of the strong presence he gave Mariachi music world wide and its about time that he is paid tribute.

The partnership between Garcia and Pepe Jr. come together for the incredible “Viva La Tradition” two day event.

Pepe Jr. will be able to showcase music he has held close to his heart and have a special performance where he will share the stage with his late father in a special way.

Pepe Jr. said he will do a song, “A Mi Manera,” “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, where he will sing with along side the voice of his late father.

Garcia said that after the past “Viva La Tradition” sold out and the fact that this is an event for the family to enjoy together, it was only logical to have two nights.

Performers at “Viva La Tradition:”
Mariachi Ángeles de Pepe Martínez Jr.
For more than 30 years, Jose “Pepe” Martínez Jr. has lived on stage inspired by the gift of music introduced to him as a young boy. His biggest teacher and mentor was his own father, most affectionately known as Don Pepe. With 25 years as a leading member of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Pepe Jr. now brings his experience, professionalism and leadership to his new group Mariachi Ángeles.

Steeven Sandoval is a ranchera music singer who was a shining star in two of the best mariachis of the world: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán founded by Don Pepe Martínez.
Steeven is considered one of the most iconic voices in mariachi music and is best known for his classic renditions of “Por Amor,” “A Los Cuatro Vientos,” and “Te Huberias Ido Antes,” among others.

Las Colibrí or “The Hummingbirds” has a passion for music, beauty, and girl power. This all-female group is 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 ’40s and ’50s.

Ballet Folklorico Ollín is a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1972 with the primary goal of preserving and interpreting the diverse cultural beauty of México re-created here in California through music, dance and folk traditions

Mariachi Jaguares De Mendez High School are comprised of LAUSD students with great enthusiasm and love for Mexican tradition and boasts a very inclusive ensemble, proving that the most severely disabled can also demonstrate their passion for mariachi music.

Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(just off the 101, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass)

Get tickets at:
(323) 461-3673 or

Ticket prices start at $45; Reserved seating. Tickets are available at or 323-461-3673 (for non-visual media 323-GO-1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please visit

@Thisfunktional Music Review: CHURCH OF SCARS By Bishop Briggs

@Thisfunktional Music Review: CHURCH OF SCARS By Bishop Briggs
Magnificent lyrics and wonderful vocals make Bishop Briggs’ highly anticipated “Church of Scars” a must have album

Written by Jesus Figueroa

The raw emotion of each and every song make this debut 10-track “Church of Scars” both the beautiful satisfying album debut for Bishop Briggs and leaves listeners anxious to hear more.

From start to finish this album showcases a vocal talent which is unique, passionate and attention grabbing.

“Water,” the song from the video above, moves the listener and stirs up feelings each and every time they listen to it, and I have listened to it more than 20 times in less than 24 hours.

The vocals start slow and smooth and flows to an almost gospel chorus. The lyrics include some great symbolism which listeners can easily relate to and not only listen to the lyrics being sung but feel the meaning as well.

Much like “Water,’ “River,” which had already been released on Briggs’ Youtube channel, brings a familiarity and connects the sound of the album.

Each song is a tear-jerker, which is testament to the care these tracks were given to be able to be universal.

A combination of metaphors throughout the album seam to imply a sense of freedom and being better off, such as in the song “Lyin'” which although being a slower track can hit hard with deep meaning.

The melancholy song can have both a sense of relief and sadness while walking the line of hopeful.

“Hallowed Ground” continues the sense of self-importance with a sensitive feel and yet it beautifully brings forward a strength.

The combination of heavy instrumentals and powerful vocals makes this an anthem for anyone who has ever had a broken heart.

Previously released song “Dream” is one of the tracks which showcases the songwriting and vocal talents which makes “Church of Scars” the treat for the ears.

Bishop Briggs’ debut album “Church of Scars” is available now.

For those who follow me on social media, music is a big part of my daily life and I am quite the music snob.

I also cannot stop praising the talent of this wonderful, talented singer.

Bishop Briggs hits the road on her Headlining Tour starting on April 27 in Vancouver.

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Save now on SEP7IMO DIA By Cirque du Soleil

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As a valued friends, we are giving you exclusive access to save $10 for SEP7IMO DIA – No Descansaré by Cirque du Soleil at the Forum May 3-6.

“SEP7IMO DIA” conjures a world outside of time – a place where emotions ebb and flow like the tide, pulsing to the rhythm of Soda Stereo emblematic songs.

A cast of 35 performers take the audience through a series of visual, acrobatic and artistic tableaux that mix breathtaking feats of physical prowess with moments of poetic beauty, using the musical realm of Soda Stereo as a springboard for exploration.


Latin Powerhouse Vocalist LEYO, J2 The King Of Re-Imaginations Releases SABOR A MI

Latin Powerhouse Vocalist LEYO, J2 The King Of Re-Imaginations Releases SABOR A MI

Latin powerhouse vocalist LEYO in collaboration with British Producer J2, releases a re-imagination of the legendary romantic track “Sabor a Mi.”

This will be the first single from J2’s forthcoming album “The Iconic Series Latin Vol 1.”“Sabor a Mi” Single:

LEYO and J2 aimed to reinvent the song with a contemporary twist, while maintaining the authentic feeling of romance the lyrics provide.

The 1959 classic by composer and singer Alvaro Carrillo was popularized by the Latin trio, Los Panchos. This new “Sabor A Mi” pays homage to Carrillo and iconic artist covers by Jose Jose, Javier Solis and Luis Miguel.
Even today the song remains as one of the most beloved Spanish songs of all time.Both Leyo and J2 have been riding waves of popularity. Leyo recently released the single “Enamorado” and partnered with the Ford Motor Company and BYGMusic to fund a new musical project that was supported by thousands of fans.

J2 has been creating enormous buzz in the industry with the tracks “Adrenaline” and “We are the Warriors”, which were featured in the trailers for HBO’s “Ballers” and the latest Bruce Lee film “Birth of a Dragon” respectively.“Sabor a Mi” was released on Oct. 26 on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

About LEYO
LEYO (Leonardo Mendez) was born in Orange County, California. Growing up in a Mexican household, he listened to the greats of Spanish romance music and discovered his deep connection to the genre. LEYO has been greatly influenced by artists such as Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Christian Castro, Luis Fonsi, George Michael, Josh Groban and Ricky Martin. His deep, rich tone and wide vocal range allows him to tell the story of the greatest ballads with immense intimacy, tenderness, and power. Leyo who has been gaining the attention of veterans in the music industry as a Latin star on the rise recently released the single “Enamorado.” which is gaining immense popularity amongst his fans. Leyo is currently in the studio, putting his final touches on his debut EP that is to be released later this year. Ford Motor and BYG Music have partnered with LEYO in a grassroots campaign to support emerging Latin Artist.

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About J2

Jay Singh, known professionally as ‘J2’, is a self-taught British artist, music producer, and composer. He brings his stylistic signature sound to music across all genres His work has been featured in numerous entertainment properties and campaigns and is known for his hit single Dare “La La La” on Shakira’s 10th studio album which was also the official “FIFA 14” world cup song. J2 has entrenched himself in the highly-coveted film and TV trailer market. His sublime emotional intense productions can be heard in many blockbuster movies, trailers, video games, prime-time television shows, and advertisements, including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Hunger Games,” “Tomorrowland,” and “Django Unchained.” J2 has created a brand for his unique renditions and epic productions of modern songs called “The Iconic Series.” which engage millions of listeners around the globe. His forthcoming album, “The Iconic Series Latin Vol 1” will be his most unique yet featuring “Sabor A Mi” and many reimagined versions of treasured Latin classics.

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@Thisfunktional #Podcast – MUSIC – Dario Castro VERDE70

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El vocalista de Verde70 Dario Castro habla con Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional de, de el ultimo sencillo “Ultimamente” de el album “Verde70.”

Castro hablo de traer el grupo a los Estados Unidos, la inspiración del videoclip de “Ultimamente” y lo que sigue para Verde70.

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El grupo de rock de Ecuador VERDE70 
lanza su nuevo sencillo “ÚLTIMAMENTE” 
La banda ecuatoriana se presentaron en Los Angeles 
el 18 de julio en el Hotel Cafe 

El grupo de rock Ecuatoriano presento su nuevo sencillo “Últimamente” en Estados Unidos en un concierto intimo en Los Angeles, California el 18 de julio en el Hotel Cafe.

VERDE70 recién lanzo el videoclip del sencillo “ÚLTIMAMENTE,” tema con el cual cierran la etapa de su cuarto álbum (homónimo VERDE70), el mismo que protagonizó su extensa gira de conciertos por Ecuador y Estados Unidos con el#TourLaEdadDeLaZebra y el #Tour15Años.

Por esta razón, la banda ecuatoriana junto a TFM CINE, LA PRODUCTORA y RADAR MUSIC apostaron por un material audiovisual de alta calidad para ÚLTIMAMENTE que resultó mezclado en 5.1 y formato DCP exclusivamente para el cine, el día del estreno, donde más de 200 invitados de prensa, fans y artistas disfrutaron de la proyección del video que ya está disponible en el canal VEVO de VERDE70.

La presentación del nuevo video en la gira “Últimamente” se llevó a cabo en Quito en dos fechas: 20 de junio en Cinemark y el 23 de junio en Gastrópolis; Guayaquil, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, entre otras son las plazas que la banda visitará entre julio y agosto, para luego extender esta gira de conciertos hasta diciembre del presente año.

@Thisfunktional Podcast – MUSIC – Dakota Gartner NAKED WALRUS

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Musician Dakota Gartner talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of, about his band Naked Walrus and being part of Vans’ Warped Tour.

Gartner talks about the inspiration behind the bands alternative rock sound, being part of the incredible line-up at Vans’ Warped Tour and other tour stops Naked Walrus will be a part of.

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@Thisfunktional Podcast – MUSIC – Jose Pepe Martinez Jr. MARIACHI VARGAS DE TECALITLAN

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Jose “Pepe” Martinez Jr., miembro de el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, habla con Jesus Figueroa, @thisfunktional de, de “El Gran Concierto De Gala del Mariachi.”

Martinez habla de la historia de el Mariachi Vargas, de querer ser nominado por un Latin Grammy y de traer la musica de mariachi a una nueva generación.

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Leyo, The Ford Motor Company Partner in New Musical Project



The Ford Motor Company and singer/songwriter Leyo have joined forces to help fund his new musical project via a BYGMusic social media effort and give fans a chance to win $30,000 towards a new Ford vehicle.

Beginning the week of June 19 until the week of Sept. 12, fans will have to respond to a series of call-to-action posts on Leyo’s official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages (@OfficialLeyo on all platforms) in order to enter the contest. Official Link:

Current Single “ENAMORADO”:

Entering is easy.

Fans are to click on a link that will direct them to Leyo’s personal Ford landing page created by BYGMusic (available in both English and Spanish) and will then be asked to enter their information (name, e-mail and zip code) to become eligible to win the $30,000.

While submitting their information, fans will also be given the option to “Opt In,” agreeing to become a Ford Hand Raiser.

It is crucial for fans to “Opt In” in order for Leyo to receive the maximum amount per action.

Fans will also be asked to watch a short 30-second video for an additional five entries, for a total of 6 after submitting their information.

Fans must be 18 years old to enter the contest.

“It’s an artist’s dream to have a huge brand that you grew up admiring and still believe in, believe in you,” Leyo said. “Having Ford support my Latino culture and my artistry esta padridismo.”

Sabrina Carpenter Announces The De-Tour

Live Nation - Sabrina Carpenter
30+ City Summer 2017 Tour Kicks Off July 6 In Vancouver 
Featuring Special Guests Alex Aiono and New Hope Club 



Following her sold out, first ever headline tour last fall, singer/songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter is set to bring a summer of fun and music across the continent with The De-Tour, a 30+ date summer headline tour.

The De-Tour will begin July 5 in Vancouver, BC and continue across major North American cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville and Boston before concluding on August 27 in Toronto, ON.

The De-Tour, presented by American Tourister, will feature special guests Alex Aiono and New Hope Club on all dates.

Fan club and ticket pre-sales begin April 28 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time, respectively.

Tickets for The De-Tour will go on sale to the general public beginning April 29 at 10 a.m. local time.

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“Ever since I got off the road from my first tour, all I can think about is going back out. Now this time, everything is gonna be bigger, better and very, very unexpected,” Carpenter said. “I can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working so hard on. I want the live experience to be indelible.”

This weekend, Sabrina will take to the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards stage to perform her current, infectious single “Thumbs” off her sophomore album “EVOLution.”

The album’s first single, “On Purpose,” is nominated for XOXO – Best Crush Song.

The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards air April 30 at 7 p.m. on the Disney Channel.

In May, Sabrina will embark as special guest on The Vamp’s UK and Ireland tour and in June, join Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman World Tour in Brazil as special guest.

P!nk Announces Only East Coast Performance This Summer


Tickets Go Onsale to the General Public May 5 at 10 a.m.

P!nk announced she will be performing as part of the 2017 Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series.

This event will take place on July 12 on the Atlantic City Beach.
This is just one of a handful of events where fans can see P!nk live in 2017 and her ONLY East Coast performance.

Fans can expect to see all the jaw-dropping theatrics and acrobatics that P!nk is known for.Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 5 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will be available at or by-phone at 800-745-3000.
American Express Cardmembers will have early access to presale tickets beginning April 28 at 10 a.m. through May 4 at 10 p.m.
There will be General Admission (GA), Gold Circle GA and Silver Circle GA ticket options available for fans, as well as VIP ticket opportunities.

For additional information on the event or ticket options, please visit, the Atlantic City Beach Series featured performances by Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and more.

The 2017 Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series is presented by Live Nation in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and the City of Atlantic City.

“P!nk puts on one of the most exciting and powerful live shows in the industry,” Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President, said. “We, along with our friends at CRDA, the Mayor’s office, and our municipal and casino partners, are honored to kick off the beach series with P!nk.”

“Efforts by the Christie Administration to reinvigorate Atlantic City’s economy are paying off by attracting top acts to the city, such as a superstar like P!nk,” CRDA Executive Director Christopher M. Howard said. “The State and CRDA continue to work to redefine Atlantic City from a gaming destination to an entertainment venue. Whether it’s for a day trip or a longer stay, there is something in Atlantic City for everyone, from major concert acts and dining to shopping and family fun.”

“Once again Atlantic City is the leading shore town bringing exciting concerts to the beach,” Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said. “We are very excited that Live Nation will be bringing P!nk to Atlantic City. Her performances are full of excitement and electricity, so there will be no doubt this will be a stellar show.”

@Thisfunktional Talks with Emily Estefan TAKE WHAT YOU WANT, Photo Gallery

@Thisfunktional Talks with Emily Estefan TAKE WHAT YOU WANT, Photo Gallery

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Singer-Songwriter Emily Estefan talks with Jose Torres,, and Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of, about her debut album “Take What You Want.”

A debut night which had Perez Hilton, actor Jaime Camil, from the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” in the front row, actors Eduardo Yanez and Andy Garcia not far behind and actress Kate Del Castillo in attendance along with Estefan’s parents Emilio and Gloria Estefan and music legend Quincy Jones.

Still the singer-songwriter played fantastic while switching up from playing drums to guitar, all while singing some amazing covers and originals.

Emily comes from some of music’s most recognizable voices and artists and yet her style is as unique as the artist.

The mixture of passion and embracing her influences makes for a music style which is seductive and beautiful song after song.

Debut album “Take What You Want” is available now and earned Emily four spots on four different Billboard charts.

Music gets interpreted differently with the experiences the listeners connects with the lyrics and instrumentals and that is exactly what Emily intends with this album. she explained a bit on how she hopes each person who listens can connect with her and enjoy the music no matter in which way they do so.

Emily Estefan’s album “Take What You Want” is available now.

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Netflix’s ONE DAY AT A TIME Theme Song Features Gloria Estefan

Netflix’s ONE DAY AT A TIME Theme Song Features Gloria Estefan

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Sony Pictures Television brings “One Day at a Time” to Netflix premiering on Jan. 6 with a fantastic rendition of “This is it” by Latin singer Gloria Estefan.

A special screening took place at the Sony Pictures Studio lot were press was treated to a special Q&A with producer Norman Lear, writers and executive producers Mike Royce & Gloria Calderon Kellett and actress Justina Machado and Rita Moreno.

When no one else is there to tell you you’re wrong, there’s always family. 

Nobody puts the love in tough love quite like the Alvarez family. 

“One Day at a Time,” a new show from legendary producer Norman Lear, premieres exclusively on Netflix Jan. 6.

I enjoyed the screening and Q&A and can’t wait to binge watch this show on Jan. 6.

Morrison Hotel Gallery Brings PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT IMAGES to Art Basel

Morrison Hotel Gallery Brings PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT IMAGES to Art Basel
N.W.A by Timothy White


A Hip-Hop Event 
and Photography Exhibit
Co-hosted by Timothy White and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from Run-DMC
Exclusively at EAST, Miami
Special Performance by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Dec. 3
EAST, Miami
788 Brickell Plaza
Miami, FL
7 to 10 PM

The iconic Morrison Hotel Gallery is once again on the pulse of culture, combining music, film, photography and art into a one-of-a-kind night at Miami’s Art Basel.

This exclusive event will include an exhibit featuring images of Hip-Hop legends, photographed by Timothy White, Danny Clinch, Janette Beckman, Clay Patrick McBride and others.

There will be a performance by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels featuring songs from Run-DMC.
The evening will include a showing of iconic/never before seen Hip-Hop footage from films, videos and photo shoots that literally brings back the essence of that era.
It’s so much more than a party.
It’s an experience.

About EAST, Miami
EAST, Miami is Swire Hotels’ first venture into North America, following the openings of EAST in Hong Kong and Beijing. Created for unconventional travelers looking for a fun and relaxing place to stay, EAST, Miami offers distinctive experiences for those seeking innovation, style, and personalized service. EAST, Miami offers 352 guest rooms to include eight suites and 89 one, two and three-bedroom Residence Suites (fully equipped apartments with kitchen, laundry facilities and full access to the amenities and services of the hotel). Guests can expect keyless entry, paperless check-in and check-out, a native App with locally curated insights and travel tips, art exhibits, health and wellness programing and array of other happenings to make them feel totally at EAST. The hotel boasts its signature restaurant Quinto La Huella; a poolside bar & lounge and a rooftop destination bar called Sugar; 20,000 square-feet of meeting and banquet rooms with bay and city views; a 20,000 square-foot outdoor pool and deck (with four different pools) which can be used for private events; a lobby café and bar, Domain, and a 24-hour fitness center. Located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, Florida 33131, the hotel is centrally located within a 15-minute drive from the Miami International Airport, and situated on top of Brickell City Centre – conveniently connected to popular districts such as Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach. For reservations please email or call 305-712-7000. For more information, please visit

About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
Morrison Hotel® Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. The partners just launched a new location at Mick Fleetwood’s General Store in Maui, Hawaii.

MHG is the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today’s contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert –