September 4, 2006 |
The lineup sounded suspiciously tepid to begin with. Artists as disparate as syrupy Puerto Rican crooner Luis Fonsi, visionary Cuban trio Orishas and former Kumbia Kings vocalist Frankie J packaged together by McDonald's at the Gibson. No wonder the amphitheater was half empty Friday for the latest edition of Lo McXimo de la Musica. You need a little more star power (or at least a defined aesthetic direction) to fill up a venue of that size.
August 25, 2006 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was widely criticized in May for ending its four-decade support of the Monday Evening Concerts, will offer a new musical series beginning in November that will cover some of the same ground. The main difference is that "Art and Music: Concerts at 8," which is scheduled to premiere Nov. 9 and run once a month through June 2007, has been designed to complement LACMA's special exhibitions as well as its permanent collection.
August 21, 2006 |
When Cuban singer Celia Cruz died three years ago, it seemed salsa music died along with her. Not that her death caused the demise. But in retrospect, it's almost poetic how her life paralleled the ebb and flow of the music itself: Cruz's career saw its own ups and downs over half a century. Yet she always found herself at the epicenter of salsa's most exciting moments. Those moments and more are the focus of a new exhibit titled "¡Azucar!
July 31, 2006 |
As Mexican electro-pop group Belanova waltzed through a truly abominable version of the Cure's classic nugget "Boys Don't Cry," all lovers of quality Latin music who were present at the Reventon Super Estrella festival on Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum must have said to themselves: "Why am I here?" But that's OK. Now in its ninth edition, the annual Reventon, organized by local radio station Super Estrella (107.
July 13, 2006
The inaugural Juntos en Concierto ("Together in Concert") tour last year pooled the drawing power and hunk appeal of three Latin music luminaries, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernandez and Chayanne.
May 4, 2006 |
HE lists Thomas Pynchon, Jean Cocteau, Charles Baudelaire and John Cheever among his favorite authors. Onstage, he wears dark makeup and sports the kind of androgynous outfits that would make a young David Bowie proud. In interviews, he is quick to forsake the false humility favored by celebrities, openly proclaiming the poetic grandeur of his own creations.
May 3, 2006 |
IT'S the last call for the Conga Room. After eight years at its Miracle Mile location on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles' premier Latin music nightclub is going dark at the end of the month -- at least for now. Although owners plan to reopen in about two years at a new, larger location within the downtown entertainment complex being built across from Staples Center, the demise of the trailblazing club's first incarnation leaves a vacuum in the city's cultural landscape.
May 2, 2006 |
It's been a long time coming, but at last, a large body of music composed in the Spanish New World from the 16th to the 19th centuries is reemerging. Although this music isn't absolutely rooted here -- much of it comes from composers born in Europe who migrated to North and South America -- it is homegrown, and some of it sounds as if it could have been written only in Latin America.
April 16, 2006 |
REGGAETON may be running out of gasolina. Radio stations that flocked to the thumping Latino hip-hop style have seen their ratings slip in recent weeks. In at least three markets -- Las Vegas, Dallas and Miami -- stations that gambled on the music's growing popularity have since switched back to more traditional musical formats.