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.

Where:
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 FordTheatres.org

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

@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:
soundcloud.com/j2producer/j2-sabor-a-mi-feat-leyo

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.

For more information about LEYO
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.

For more information about J2 visit j2producer.com

@Thisfunktional #Podcast – MUSIC – Dario Castro VERDE70

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El vocalista de Verde70 Dario Castro habla con Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional de Thisfunktional.com, 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 Thisfunktional.com, 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 Thisfunktional.com, 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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