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 LionsTHE 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.

boogalooassassinsBOOGALOO ASSASSINS | Website

Boogaloo Assassins are a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band with a sound and style inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, and Latin Funk records of the 1960’s and 70’s. The group’s self-released 2013 vinyl debut “OLD LOVE DIES HARD” spawned the 7” underground cross-over hit single “No No No”, which received regular club and radio airplay around the globe, from BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson to Santa Monica’s KCRW 88.9
to NYC’s pioneering hip-hop Dj Tony Touch.

In 2014 Boogaloo Assassins toured with IL artist Nick Waterhouse, resulting in Nick producing the 2016 7-inch single “One and Only”. In that year, the band also joined the iconic Latin label FANIA Records, with the digital re-release of OLD LOVE DIES HARD and a 5-show celebration of FANIA’s 50th anniversary in San Francisco, LA, and NYC.

Hard at work on their sophomore release, Boogaloo Assassins continue to
reinterpret classic Latin sounds for today’s dancefloor.

Western Standard TimeWESTERN 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.

Ethio Cali EnsembleETHIO CALI ENSEMBLE | Website

Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures across Africa, Central/Latin America and the Caribbean.

AllensworthALLENSWORTH | Website

“Allensworth” is a Southern California Soul quintet that fuses rock and soul into a melting pot of true life anthemic stories. The authentic sound derives from the bands diverse cultures and surroundings. Comprised of musicians from Northern and Southern California Allensworth unites their influences from the Bay area to LA back down to Huntington Beach.


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.