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JUNGLE FIRE | Facebook Page
Jungle Fire sound digs deep and resurrects classic latin funk music with an approach that is both authentic and highly explosive! Comprised of musicians from the Los Angeles region, JUNGLE FIRE pulls from only those who are dedicated to preserving, protecting and progressing LA’s funk and latin scenes. Such members have performed with Breakestra, Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, Simple Citizens, Celia Cruz, Orgone, The Greyboy Allstars and the list goes on. Keep a watchful eye out as JUNGLE FIRE continues to scorch dance floors and heat up clubs across the nation!
Los Angeles music veteran Joey Altruda has been held in high esteem for the past thirty years for his wide pallet of musicality and positive influence on other musicians. His stylistic experience includes American Roots (Rockabilly, Blues, early Country. Bluegrass etc), Afro-Cuban, Jamaican Ska/Rocksteady/Reggae, Brazilian, and several eras/styles of Jazz. He is also known as an arranger/composer for studio orchestras, film and television.
The Music Of Joey Altruda features a variety of musicians depending upon the context. He has been known for his work with Don”Sugarcane”Harris during the early to mid eighties in the band Tupelo Chain Sex. >From 1989-1999 his band, Jump With Joey gained great notoriety for reviving traditional Jamaican Ska music. In 1993 the band released “Strictly For You Vol. II” which features Roland Alphonso of Skatalites fame. It was co-produced by Joey, along with the godfather of all Jamaican producers, Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd (of Studio One).
His solo CDs “Cocktails With Joey” and “Kingston Cocktail” (Lakeshore Records) have enjoyed international acclaim and feature the likes of legendary tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson (of Pink Panther fame) and Jamaican guitar genius Ernest Ranglin (on Kingston Cocktail). Altruda has been known to work with a plethora of musical greats over the years- Don & Dewey, Bo Diddley, Joe Strummer, Tom Waits, Rico Rodriguez, Leo Nocentelli & Zig Modeliste (the Meters), Lloyd Knibbs (Skatalites), Jack Costanzo, Ernie Andrews, El Gran Fellove, Mongo Santamaria, Chocolate Armenteros, Candido Cameron, Patato Valdez, and many others. In 2006 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the preservation of Jamaican music and culture.
His recent projects include two original songs for Seu Jorge’s upcoming album, as well as a songwriting collaboration on Bebel Gilberto’s latest CD (Tudo).
Lalo Alcaraz is a Mexican-American cartoonist. He is most known for being the author of the comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip.Launched in 2002, La Cucaracha has become one of the most controversial in the history of American comic strips.He is also the creator of the figure “Daniel D. Portado”, a satirical Hispanic character who in the 1994 called on Mexican immigrants to return south—””reverse immigration”—as a response to the controversial Proposition 187. In 2012, Daniel D. Portado returned to the headlines as a result of Mitt Romneys call, during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, on illegal immigrants to exercise “self-deportation.”
A leading figure in the Chicano movement,Alcaraz also contributes political cartoons for LA Weekly and hosts a radio show on KPFK called the “Pocho Hour of Power.” He also contributed a work of art to the 2008 Obama campaign called “Viva Obama”. Alcaraz teaches as a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design.
THE LIONS | Facebook Page
The band draws together a dozen or so of LA’s elite reggae and soul forerunners who loosely coalesced as The Lions in 2007. Members of the legendary ska band Hepcat, Deston Berry and Alex Désert, form half of the vocal team, and the latter also has a successful career on screen, including roles in the films Swingers and High Fidelity. The other half is the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and DJ stylings of Black Shakespeare, the charismatic cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame) and co-runner of the i&i Sound System, a customised ice cream van bringing bass to the streets of the west coast and featured on the cover of both Saul Williams’ self-titled album and an issue of XLR8R Magazine.
Other members include guitarist Dan Ubick, formerly of Breakestra and De La Soul, Macy Gray co-writer and collaborator Dave Wilder on bass, plus musicians who have played with the likes of De La Soul, Barrington Levy, Beck, Raphael Saadiq, Big Daddy Kane and Black Eyed Peas.
SIMPLE CITIZENS | Website
Hailing from Los Angeles, Simple Citizens are one of the few modern-day live hip-hop groups who’s instrumental make-up and on stage energy more closely resemble a 60’s soul/jazz combo than anything else in the contemporary hip-hop scene. With a small musical arsenal and just one MC, the Citizens are able to incorporate not just hip-hop, but heavy doses of soul and jazz that resonate seamlessly with lyrics creating a fresh sound that holds true to the early 90’s hip-hop aesthetic.
WESTERN STANDARD TIME | Facebook Page
West Coast All-Star Ska Big Band paying tribute to early 1960’s Jamaican Ska originators, The Skatalites. Pooling from the best-of-the-best Ska musicians from the last 20 years, Western Standard Time is a groundbreaking project commemorating 50 years of musical heritage. With the shear size of the group, the power and harmonic depth will be revolutionary but at the same time the music and feel will be grounded in its original roots.