A New Wave of Souldies Artists

My latest for KCET is my interview with a half-dozen artists who are part of a new wave of souldies artists. Souldies, a.k.a. Chicano Soul, has a distinct flair and sound that’s also connected to a specific cultural context, which I write briefly about in the story.

The familial connection to the music and the culture is one shared by nearly all the artists involved in this resurgence of oldies music. Samano recalls his parents putting artists such as The Delfonics and Brenton Wood on heavy rotation during his childhood. Lane grew up on gospel and studied “the pillars of northern soul” while studying music in college. Garcia’s father had a record collection that included Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells and Brenton Wood plus dozens of doo-wop artists.

The same goes for Vicky Tafoya, founder and singer of Vicky Tafoya and the Big Beat, who grew up surrounded by the sounds of doo-wop, big band and Motown. As the youngest of 12 children, she inherited the vinyl records that each one of her siblings left behind as they moved out. She became completely enamored with the music and had a life-changing experience in 1989 when she joined The Doo-Wop Society of Southern California. It was there that she would spend years watching and even performing acapella doo-wop on the same stage as the artists she listened to obsessively at home: Vernon Green and The Medallions, The Teenagers, The Six Teens, The Chantelles and many other legendary artists.

You can read the story in full here: https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/a-new-generation-of-musicians-are-revitalizing-chicano-soul-music

The Road To SXSW 2013 feat. QUITAPENAS (preview)

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be returning to Austin for SXSW this year with an added bonus: I’m travelling with a band!

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I’ll be on the road photographing/partying with QUITAPENAS for a tour diary that will be published in Remezcla.

The band is a eight-piece cumbia tropical group from the Inland Empire. It’s their first performance at SXSW and first show outside of California. Stay tuned!!!

Warner Bros. Records presents Summer Sessions feat. Ximena Sariñana

Ximena Sariñana swung by the Warner Bros. Records office this past Friday for a mini-concert before her trip up north to San Francisco for the Outside Lands Festival. I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the event and, as always, took a few photos while there.

The world-famous WB water tower! No word if the Animaniacs still live inside of it:

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Some of Ximena’s younger fans became distracted by the stage props:

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Open bar courtesy of Red Bull:

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There’s a livestream of the show courtesy of the WB which you can find HERE. Look for my cameo halfway through the show. There are a few more photos on my Flickr as well.