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Returning once again to the area as part of Kesta Rocks Fest II is crowd favorite Argentinian band Vilma Palma e Vampiros. Los Vampiros will be onstage July 10 at Echostage in Washington DC as headliners and making another one of our nights unforgettable with their parade of hits like “La Pachanga“ “Auto Rojo“ and “Ya No Llores Nena“, among others. Started in Rosario, Argentina in 1990, vocalist Mario “Pájaro” Gomez and guitarist Jorge Risso decided to start a project after their old band called Identikit did not get the reviews they desired. Along with drummer Carlos González, bassist Gerardo Pugliani, keyboardist Gustavo Sacchetti, and singers Karina Di Lorenzo and Natalia Moscariello, Vilma Palma was formed. Playing in night clubs in Rosario, the band gained notoriety and in 1992, they were signed on to record their first album, Vilma Palma e Vampiros. Perhaps one of their most recognizable songs, “La Pachanga”, was the part of this first record and helped them achieve great commercial success not only in Argentina, but other South American countries such as Chile, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The album sold a million copies and earned the band gold and platinum awards.

their musical style. Other hits from this album include “Voy a vos”, “Fernet con coca” and “Cazafantasma”. 1996’s Sepia, Blanco y Negro, Vilma Palma’s next recording, marked a new beginning for the band as the first album recorded under the band’s new label, EMI and recorded in the United States. Several albums later, and after waning enthusiasm for the band and musical differences, the band decided to disband in 2001 after completing an extensive tour to promote their album 7. The band was to be revived again in 2002 by Gomez and Pugliani with a newly formed lineup based out of the United States. The band recorded Vuelve A Comenzar, an album that gained new fans and a renewed interest for Vilma Palma as they find their niche in popular Latin radio stations. The band then started a large 2-year Que no Pare tour in 2003, visiting all of the Americas.

DiLorenzo. The band continues to record new albums, including a greatest hits live album in 2008, En Vivo Grandes Éxitos Buenos Aires. Their latest album is 2012’s Agarrate Fuerte, containing 15 new songs, including the title track which mixes different rhythms like bossa nova and ska. The band has been touring since the release of Agarrate Fuerte throughout Latin America and this is how, once again, they return to bring us their infectious and energetic live show.

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Do not miss hearing a few new songs and tons of their older Vilma Palma hits live at the Echostage on July 10 at the Kesta Rocks II Festival. Argentina will be presente as the openers will be a Fabulosos Cadillacs tribute band. Tickets are on sale now at tickeri.com █

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In 2004, the band records Histeria, which saw the return many of Vilma Palma’s original line up including drummer Carlos González and singer Karina

Their following album, 3980, recorded in 1993, included hits songs like “Auto Rojo”, “Mojada”, and “Me Vuelvo Loco Por Vos”. The album earned the band further notoriety, expanding their music to other countries they hadn’t reached before including Mexico and Spain. The band earned their first few important international awards including Premio Arce and Premio Prensario. 1995’s Fondo Profundo earned them further accolades as the band embarked in expanding and evolving their style. The title track, “Fondo Profundo”, mixing pop and flamenco influences, became a hit and is a fine example of the band’s effort to move forward in

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Taking her Merengue bandera across the world, Miriam Cruz is an example of determination and dedication. Get ready to welcome one of merengue’s leading ladies to our city because she is here to give you a night filled with female power anthems and tropical music classics that will have you dancing all night long!

By Kala Fryman

A DRIVING FORCE IN THE BACHATA GENRE SINCE HIS BEGINNINGS IN AVENTURA, ROMEO SANTOS HAS CREATED AN EMPIRE AND LEADS FORWARD WITH THE SHAPE OF BACHATA TO COME. Following the immense

success of his solo debut, Santos’ second album, Formula Vol. 2 has been dominating the charts since its release in February and after July 12, Santos can claim the title of being the first headlining Latino artist to play the new Yankee Stadium. After more than 10 years of growing success as an artist, there is no debate that the “king stays king.” Though self-described as shy, Santos developed a passion for performing at an early age. Born and raised in the Bronx to Dominican and Puerto Rican parents, he grew up bilingual, multicultural and a lover of music. At age 12, Santos joined the church choir. Santos’ introduction to bachata came when his father gave him a cassette tape of Anthony Santos, who later became one of his largest musical idols and influences. Enamored by the unique sound and wistful lyrics about love, romance and sadness, the young Santos began writing his own songs and developed an equal passion and talent for composition. Though bachata was shunned and considered crude, rural and low class until as recently as the late 1980s, Aventura, and Santos specifically, are noted with

mainstreaming and popularizing the genre by keeping with the traditional style and adding more recognizable touches of hip hop and R&B. Santos distinguished himself as more than just a vocalist since his days in Aventura. In addition to producing, Santos composed all of Aventura’s songs, as well as songs performed by popular artists such as Thalia, Hector Acosta, and even his idol, Anthony Santos. With the advent of his solo career and release of Formula, Vol. 1, Santos proved that he could recreate himself as an artist and create a new legacy apart from his success with Aventura. In his second solo release, Formula Vol. 2, Santos called on some of the biggest names in music to collaborate with, such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Marc Anthony, and Tego Calderon. Though some may consider Vol. 2 a crossover album, Santos is careful to distinguish himself within the mainstream American market. In an interview Santos commented, “I’ve never visualized myself as a crossover artist, what I want is the Anglo market to crossover into my genre. Every time I have the opportunity to work with artists like Usher, Drake and Nicki, I always do something Latino because I feel proud of my race, my culture and my genre. This allows the genre to experience a bigger growth.” Maintaining his signature passionate and swoon worthy songs, Santos has outdone himself on Vol. 2 with the steamy tracks “Propuesta Indecente” and “Eres Mia.” Santos

also delves into deeper themes on the album that he hasn’t quite touched before. “No Tiene La Culpa” is the narrative of a homosexual man who feels trapped in his own body and has an unaccepting parent. “Si Yo Muero” is one of Santo’s most personal and introspective songs and vents about his personal life being constantly put in the spotlight. The dramatic and poetic lyrics are cutting, and beckon to be accompanied by a glass of good whiskey in a dark corner of a bar. The sounds on Vol.2 are more diverse than his last album and speak to Santos’ growth and exploration as an artist. The reggae-infused track, “Fui a Jamaica” is one of the most interesting songs on the album, as it effortlessly blends bachata with reggae through smooth transitions that highlight each musical style. “Yo Tambien”, a collaboration with Marc Anthony, is a lively salsa track that will undoubtedly get you dancing. The tracks “Odio” and “Animales,” featuring Drake and Nicki Minaj speak to the modern bachata, with strong infusions of hiphop and rap. Santos loves to keep his fans on their toes, and is constantly doing so by reinventing himself and the modern bachata genre as a whole. Judging from Santos’ long list of sold out concerts, bachateros and music lovers alike should not miss the opportunity to see him live! Santos will be performing on June 11 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Tickets are available on www.ticketmaster.com. █

Known for her participation in the iconic all-girl merengue group Las Chicas del Can, as a young teen Miriam began taking over the Tropical genre with her unmistakable voice and not to forget, wicked sense of style. Classics like “El Negro No Puede”, “Culeca” and “El Africano” which took these chicas to the top of the charts throughout Latin America. Miriam’s talent, energy and on stage persona blended with her charisma and Latina sensuality brought her center stage to eventually becoming the leader of Las Chicas del Can. In 1991 Miriam decided it was time to branch out and she officially stepped to the forefront and the group was renamed Miriam y las Chicas. Now as Miriam y las Chicas, she had the opportunity to tour extensively and successfully around countries like Venezuela, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States. The success of Miriam y las Chicas even took them to select cities throughout Europe such as Spain and Holland. During this massive tour Miriam y las Chicas were promoting their most successful album to that moment “Nueva Vida”. The standout track from this album is the timeless piece “Te Propongo” which was written especially for Miriam by none other than Bachata and Tropical music icon Juan Luis Guerra. Years passed and Miriam’s popularity grew, especially in her native Dominican Republic where she was dubbed as “la voz más dulce del merengue” (the sweetest voice in merengue) this title solidified her as a crowd favorite in the Tropical music world. In 2004 Miram reached a milestone moment interpreting the lead role in the musical “Evita”, a first for the merengue sensation. Her role in the musical highlighted her abilities as an actress and singer. This newfound confidence and success led her to venture on multiple successful albums and tours that have kept her active in the music business. Ten years later, the DMV will get the chance to dance the night away with merengue’s sweetest voice at CocoCabana on Friday, May 16. Get your dancing shoes ready because Miram Cruz will be here with her signature voice and sultry moves! █


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By: Malayna Butler

AT THE END OF THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIS SONG “FLOW VIOLENTO” ARCANGEL AFFIRMS,”YO NUNCA FALLO, POR ALGO ME DICEN ‘LA MARAVILLA’” IMPLYING THAT HE GETS THINGS DONE, SEEMINGLY WITHOUT EXPLANATION AND NEVER FAILING. THERE IS A HIDDEN TALENT. KNOWN FOR HIS SEDUCTIVE AND SENSUOUS VOICE, IT’S NOT DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY HIM ON ANY TRACK. He also

has a face that would stand out in a crowd. Austin Santos was born on December 23, 1985 in New York’s Spanish Harlem to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father. He later moved to Puerto Rico to pursue a career in music and came to make up half of the duo “Arcangel & De La Ghetto”. They signed to Baby Records under Universal Music and fulfilled projects for Machete Music. The pair later separated to launch solo careers, however prior to parting ways, they were featured on Hector El Father’s compilation album “Sangre Nueva” which gave them both notoriety with the song “Ven y Pega”. Arcangel’s mother, who had been a member of a merengue group “Las Chicas del Can”, eventually took on a role as his manager. He founded Flow Factory in 2008 and released “El Fenomeno” that same year, then “The Problem Child Mixtape” (2010), “Optimus A.R.C.A” (2010) and “Sentimiento, Elegancia y Maldad” in 2013.

In addition to the aforementioned tracks, Arcangel has laid down songs heard on other compilation albums and mixtapes, including DJ Nelson’s “Flow La Discoteka 2”. Arcangel is becoming a veteran in the game and worked with Farruko on “Mi Vida No VA a Cambiar” and was featured on Daddy Yankee’s “Llegamos A La Disco”. He appeared in that video drapped in Gucci, his fashion preference. He even has a song called “Gucci Boys Club”. My favorite Arcangel songs are “Pa’ Que La Pases Bien” and “Chica Virtual”. Despite pressure from the record label to release “Sentimiento, Elegancia y Maldad”, Arcangel wanted to take his time and give fans a more authentic and genuine record. In fact the album took over 3 years to complete and there are 18 songs on the album. Arcangel speaks about putting off this highly anticipated record for so long in an interview. “I took my time, although the record label was pressuring and I continued to say ‘No’. I have to live my life fully [in order to make good music]. If I don’t live, laugh, love… If I don’t have any problems, then I don’t have anything to talk about.” He didn’t want to be rushed into producing an album just for the sake of selling a product. He spoke openly regarding the leak of the album’s tracks online and in retrospect thanked those who were responsible for it since momentum and interest was generated and had an overall positive effect. He actually wished that they

had done so sooner. When asked about future projects he confirmed that promoting this release on tour was his primary focus for 2013 and 2014. In addition to “La Maravilla” other nicknames have also stuck. Arcangel has been referred to as “Mr. Cash on Carry”, “Arcangel Prrra” and “El Fenomeno”. His talent doesn’t end with the songs that he creates. His music videos show him taking on character roles and provide a deeper sense of the messages in his music and a heightened sense of creativity. He also attempts to make magic on screen. You see him travel throughout Europe in “Hace Mucho Tiempo”, then as a school student in “Me Prefieres A Mi”, then as a prison inmate in “Por Amar A Ciegas” and as a young man sneaking into his girlfriend’s house clandestinely in “Contigo Quiero Amores”. This dramatic aspect and his versatility may be the reason that he was cast in the movie “Muerte en el Paraiso”, a film about two brothers who live drastically different lives while touching on issues prevalent throughout the music industry. Witness Arcangel “La Maravilla” on stage with Ken-Y on Thursday, May 22 at Echostage. For tickets and more information visit, www.tickeri.com. █


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By: Malayna Butler By: Darlene Campos

Zion y Lennox are a Puerto Rican reggaeton duo bringing their music to stages all over the world. The duo is made up of Feliz Ortiz, known as Zion, and Gabriel Pizarro, known as Lennox. Ortiz and Pizarro have been friends since childhood and they grew up in the city of Carolina, Puerto Rico, where they began as next door neighbors. As children, they realized they had the same musical tastes and as adults decided to produce their own. Since their founding in 2003, the duo has released over fifty singles and five studio albums. They are currently working on their sixth studio album which will be titled “True.” The album is under production by Pina Records and is estimated to be yet another success for the duo. Zion y Lennox also made a musical appearance at the 2014 Carnaval in Brazil. They were recently nominated for Premios Juventud ( Young People’s Choice Awards). Ortiz and Pizarro love music and they aim to make others love their music. They compose lyrics without using profanity or obscene language towards women. They also refrain from singing about sex, drug use, and violence. They prefer to sing about love and relationships instead. In addition, the duo have collaborated with other reggaeton artists. They have created music with Pitbull, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderon, Akon, and Elephant Man. These projects have earned Billboard chart spots for the duo, as well as, international fame. In fact, Zion y Lennox’s forthcoming album will feature Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Plan B, and De La Ghetto. Zion y Lennox enjoy making music together, but they have created solo projects as well. Ortiz is known for his song “Yo Voy a Llegar” (I Will Arrive) and Pizarro is known for his song “Abuso” (Abuse). Their latest hit, com-

posed as a duo, titled “La Botella” (The Bottle) is now available for download through iTunes. Ortiz has his record label called Baby Records where he serves as CEO. For a time, Pizarro was occupied with other musical projects, so the duo briefly split in 2008, but the childhood friends were soon reunited to make even more music. Zion y Lennox will be making an appearance at CocoCabana on Friday May 2nd. The venue is located at 2031A University Boulevard in Hyattsville, Maryland. The concert is free, but registration on the guest list is required. For more information, please visit www.kestadc.com. █

Although widely known as “The Most Powerful Rookie” Farruko’s work is reaching heights that take him out of the category of newbie. With successful world tours and popular songs like “Besas Tan Bien,” “Nena Fichu,” “Titerito,” “Dime Que Hago,” “Cositas Que Hacíamos,” “Hola Beba,”“Chuleria en Pote” and his most recent Billboard chart topper “6 am” recorded with J Balvin, there’s no telling how much further this artist from Bayamon, Puerto Rico will go. He’s a risk taker who enjoys XTreme sports. So it’s no surprise that Farruko is known to take risks in his music as well. He’s not shy about deviating from his urban music sound to dabble in bachata, merengue, pop, R&B and other genres. He also happens to be a fan of norteño and ranchero music, Larry Hernandez and La Arrolladora Banda El Limón. He’s versatile and has transformed his personal style along with the times. In 2013 Morales Distributors Inc. signed him as the face of XTreme Gel. Fans young (and old) identify with his music for common themes related to finding love and enjoying life. Some of his songs articulate the challenges that youth face in relationships while others are just straight up club bangers. “Vas A Ser Abuela” relates the story of a young couple preparing to have a child unexpectedly. He reaches out to the mother of the girl in hopes that she will embrace the situation. He tries to connect one-on-one with the father of a love interest on “Su Hija Me Gusta” a tune in which he collaborated with Jose Feliciano. Carlos Rosado Efren Reyes, AKA Farruko, was born on May 2, 1991 and is the proud father of a son who he cited in an interview as being his motivation and for whom he strives to leave a

legacy. He is well on his way, since releasing his first solo album “El Talento del Bloque” in 2011, he has laid down tracks with Arcangel, J Alvarez, Yomo, Omega, Juan Magan, Cosculluela, De La Ghetto, Voltio and many others. He also added life to the iconic “Llegamos A La Disco” along with Daddy Yankee, Nengo Flow, Baby Rasta & Gringo and others. Farruko’s “TMPR: The Most Powerful Rookie” was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of “Best Urban Album” of 2012. Now Farruko, who would someday like to work with Drake, Ricardo Arjona, and Chris Brown is helping other artists to take off. He is working on an album of artists whom he is promoting to be released as “Los Menores” while simultaneously promoting his latest album “Imperio Nazza Farruko Edition”. Experience Farruko live in concert (on his birthday) with J Quiles on May 2nd at The Palace in Woodbridge, VA. Tickets available on www. tickeri. com!


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By: Ellen Flores

Along with Cumbia, Vallenato is a popular folk music of Colombia. It primarily comes from Colombia’s Caribbean region. Vallenato literally means “born in the valley”. More importantly, Vallenato and it’s unmistakableable accordion will get you on your feet and dancing all night long. Who better to get you in a Vallenato dancing whirlwind than none other than Los Diablitos del Vallenato! Get ready DMV cause these devils are coming to El Boqueron II on Friday, May 9 and they are taking Vallenato to another level at this one night only presentation!

By: Sarah Barrie

On Saturday, May 17th the Festival Argentino USA celebrates its 27th year in celebration of el Día de la Patria, the Argentina National Day, in Arlington, Virginia. The festival showcases traditional and popular facets of the richness of Argentine culture through music, food, dancing, singing, crafts, and more. If you can’t make it to Argentina to experience its unique and vibrant culture, then you must make a trip to the Festival Argentino USA to get a taste of Argentina in your own backyard. After all, it’s much cheaper and there’s no long plane ride involved. The festival has a lot of entertainment to offer, and the diverse performances are the heart of the festival. The talented list of performers includes visiting artists from Argentina as well as Argentine local artists. Some of these artists include tango singer, Roberto Leiva, folkloric singer, Ferny & Her Magic Requinto, folkloric musician and flutist Mariana Cayón, folkloric group Cantoral Tr3s, Dario Chiesa, tango dancers Tino Bastidas & Susan Reynolds, Patricio Lizarraga & Nadine Fricke, Elizabeth & Alexey Semyonov, Carlos Gutierrez & Camille, Claudia Gargiulo, guitarist, Cristian Perez, Salvatore, and folkloric vocal group, Los Ceibales, just to name a few. Aside from the impressive lineup

of artists and performances, the authentic Argentine food is also something you definitely don’t want to miss. Traditional dishes such as empanadas (meat turnovers), choripan (chorizo sandwich), milanesa (breaded steak or chicken), asado (argentine barbecue), and alfajores (macaroon type dessert filled with dulce de leche), and Malbec (national drink), maté (special tea you drink from a gourd) are just some of the culinary treasures that await you. You can also purchase Argentine artesanias or jewelry crafts brought directly from Argentina, such as mate gourds and bombillas (straws made from silver or other metal). Make sure to get there early though to get first pick of the unique selection of these unique treasures. Aside from just having a good time, the Festival serves to create cultural awareness among the public, to educate the public of Argentine culture and tradition. With its European flare and Latin American passion, Argentina is known for its world-class soccer players, wine, tango, mate, gauchos, leather, diverse geography and warm culture. It is winner of two world cups, and home to global icons such as Eva Perón, Juan Luis Borges, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and Carlos Gardel. “We invite the whole Argentine, Latin American, and American community”, says Daniel Manzoni, the Festival’s director and founder. “We have a delightful festival with tremendous artists in folk music,

tango, and dance, so we hope for the whole community.” The Festival Argentino USA is the Winner of the 2012 Gold Presidential Volunteer & 2010 Call to Service Award for lifetime community work. A portion of the proceeds from the festival helps to provide both full and partial scholarships to Argentine students and gives aid to schools in Argentina. If you are interested in learning more about Argentine culture and tradition, or just looking for good food, music, and entertainment, El Fesitival Argentino is the place to be. The Festival will start at 4pm on Saturday, May 17th at the Thomas Jefferson Theatre in Arlington, rain or shine! The performances will go from 5:45pm to 10:30pm with an intermission included. Admission is $20 in advance (via Tickeri.com) , or $30 at the door. The price includes parking, access to the festival performances, food vendors, and exhibitions, and participation in a raffle. For more information visit www.festivalargentino.org █

Formed in 1983 by accordionist Omar Geles and vocalist Miguel Morales, the group’s name comes from “el diablito” a nickname Omar was given during his childhood years. It wasn’t until 1985 when the group released their first studio album “De Verdad, Verdad” where the standout hit “Tu” came to life and consolidated them as a nationally recognized and respected group in Colombia. With this album, Los Diablitos del Vallenato left their mark in the expansion of the romantic Vallenato subgenre. Fast forward to 1992, when after Miguel Morales’ departure, Los Diablitos entered into a new era with a new lead singer, Jesús Manuel Estrada. With Jesús, the group continued to succeed and a year later with the album “Sorpresa Caribe”, Los Diablitos del Vallenato recorded one of their biggest hits to date, the song “Los Caminos de La Vida.” Following the success of fellow Colombian superstar Carlos Vives and his song “La Gota Fría”, Los Diablitos’ track “Los Caminos de la Vida” narrated Omar Geles’ childhood experiences and has become their flagship song. Tensions within the group rose and singer Jesús Manuel Estrada left the band, leaving a vacant spot for singer Alex Manga to take the role as lead singer of the group. Their success continued and Los Diablitos del Vallenato toured throughout Latin America. Their songs spoke to the people and told honest stories about life and the lifestyle that they knew from their homelife in Colombia. Songs like “Y Yo Ni Se Diga”, “A Besitos” and “La Tengo” are among the most recent hits the group has had. Now in 2014, Los Diablitos del Vallenato are still holding strong and doing what they do best, performing live and taking their unique blend of Vallenato to multiple stages across the world. Come see for yourself why these Diablitos are still holding strong today! Your opportunity to celebrate Vallenato music is on Friday, May 9 at El Boqueron II, as always, www.tickeri.com has your tickets ready and waiting for you. See you at the show! █


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By: Veronica Brown

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happening in the mid-1960’s. The Beatles came

to America, civil rights activists were protesting, and the sexual revolution was underway. In Mexico City, a revolution in music was underway and El Tri was at the helm. Mexicans wanted to rock and roll and they wanted it now. Founded in 1968 as Three Souls in My Mind, the group, better known now as “El Tri,” is regarded as influential in the development of Mexican rock and roll music. Not just any rock, El Tri’s frontman, Alex Lora wanted to sing the blues. Heavily inspired by American rock and roll bands, El Tri was initially named “Three Souls in My Mind” because, as Alex Lora shared in an interview, “We had to have a long name, every band back then had a long name: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Silver Messenger Service etc.).” As Three Souls in My Mind the band performed mainly covers of famous English rock and roll and blues songs. However, while performing at the Festival de Avandaro, often referred to as “Mexico’s Woodstock,” the band made a decision to switch to Spanish in the middle of their set. From them on, they recorded mainly in Spanish

and began writing their own songs. When asked about the sudden change, Alex Lora shared that it was important for the audience to understand the messages of the songs. Although Mexican fans approved of the new Spanish songs, they did not approve of the long name and started calling the band “El Tri”, forcing the band to officially change their name in 1985. In 1985, El Tri released “Simplemente” which contained “Triste Cancion (Sad Song),” “Violencia, Drogas, y Sexo,” and “Metro Balderas”. The album was hugely popular and changed the name of the game for El Tri, it connected with a young audience who needed a band that represented their daily struggles. When the album became certified Gold it opened the doors for El Tri to become known outside of Mexico. They fist ventured to Peru after their song “Vicioso” became a hit there and they were asked to perform at several festivals in a 7-city tour. Alex Lora is one of the most voracious writers in Mexican music having written

songs for a whooping 45 albums. Alex takes his role as the voice of the Mexican “rocanrol” urbano scene very seriously often taking advice from fans about what topics to write/sing about. In an interview with Batanga in 2006, Alex Lora said, “the fans, they tell me, ‘Hey, write the song of the Pope! Hey, write the song of Che Guevara! Write the song of truck drivers, write the song of taxi drivers, of how it would be if Mexico won the soccer World Cup, write the song of prostitutes...’” and he complies, so that their audience may “feel they wrote it themselves”. Another theme that appears often in El Tri’s music is the idea of “No te olvides de la banda” (don’t forget about the band). Essentially, it means “don’t sell out”. “Don’t forget about the band, not even if you cut your hair, get a job, wear a three-piece suit, get married, or get liposuction. Don’t forget about the band,” are some of the lyrics of the song in their 2002 album by the █ same name. I had the opportunity to finally see El Tri live in Mexico City during a Vive Latino festival and let me tell you, these guys can really rile up a crowd. Their blend of


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By: Maria Veronica Cevallos

Returning once again to the area as part of Kesta Rocks Fest II is crowd favorite Argentinian band Vilma Palma e Vampiros. Los Vampiros will be onstage July 10 at Echostage in Washington DC as headliners and making another one of our nights unforgettable with their parade of hits like “La Pachanga” “Auto Rojo” and “Ya No Llores Nena”, among others. Started in Rosario, Argentina in 1990, vocalist Mario “Pájaro” Gomez and guitarist Jorge Risso decided to start a project after their old band called Identikit did not get the reviews they desired. Along with drummer Carlos González, bassist Gerardo Pugliani, keyboardist Gustavo Sacchetti, and singers Karina Di Lorenzo and Natalia Moscariello, Vilma Palma was formed. Playing in night clubs in Rosario, the band gained notoriety and in 1992, they were signed on to record their first album, Vilma Palma e Vampiros. Perhaps one of their most recognizable songs, “La Pachanga”, was the part of this first record and helped them achieve great commercial success not only in Argentina, but other South American countries such as Chile, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The album sold a million copies and earned the band gold and platinum awards. Their following album, 3980, recorded in 1993, included hits songs like “Auto Rojo”, “Mojada”, and “Me Vuelvo Loco Por Vos”. The album earned the band further notoriety, expanding their music to other countries they hadn’t reached before including Mexico and Spain. The band earned their first few important international awards including Premio Arce and Premio Prensario. 1995’s Fondo Profundo earned them further accolades as the band embarked in expanding and evolving their style. The title track, “Fondo Profundo”, mixing pop and flamenco influences, became a hit and is a fine example of the band’s effort to move forward in

their musical style. Other hits from this album include “Voy a vos”, “Fernet con coca” and “Cazafantasma”. 1996’s Sepia, Blanco y Negro, Vilma Palma’s next recording, marked a new beginning for the band as the first album recorded under the band’s new label, EMI and recorded in the United States. Several albums later, and after waning enthusiasm for the band and musical differences, the band decided to disband in 2001 after completing an extensive tour to promote their album 7. The band was to be revived again in 2002 by Gomez and Pugliani with a newly formed lineup based out of the United States. The band recorded Vuelve A Comenzar, an album that gained new fans and a renewed interest for Vilma Palma as they find their niche in popular Latin radio stations. The band then started a large 2-year Que no Pare tour in 2003, visiting all of the Americas. In 2004, the band records Histeria, which saw the return many of Vilma Palma’s original line up including drummer Carlos González and singer Karina

DiLorenzo. The band continues to record new albums, including a greatest hits live album in 2008, En Vivo Grandes Éxitos Buenos Aires. Their latest album is 2012’s Agarrate Fuerte, containing 15 new songs, including the title track which mixes different rhythms like bossa nova and ska. The band has been touring since the release of Agarrate Fuerte throughout Latin America and this is how, once again, they return to bring us their infectious and energetic live show. Do not miss hearing a few new songs and tons of their older Vilma Palma hits live at the Echostage on July 10 at the Kesta Rocks II Festival. Argentina will be presente as the openers will be a Fabulosos Cadillacs tribute band. Tickets are on sale now at tickeri.com █


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LATIN ALTERNATIVE

By: Kala Fryman

THE LOS ANGELES BASED BAND OZOMATLI MORE THAN CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF THEIR HOME CIT Y; THEY EMBODY LOS ANGELES AND DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE CIT Y’S PEOPLE AND STRUGGLES ALIKE. During the political, economic

and racial struggles that marked LA in the 90s, workers at the former California Conservation Corps were trying to form a workers union and held a month long sit in. Though the activists were eventually fired, they were granted the lease on the building in the legal settlement. The space transformed into the Peace and Justice Center, a youth community center that offered dance, band rehearsal opportunities and a space for the community’s arts scene to thrive. To cover costs, musicians and bands would come together each weekend for fundraising parties. These were the early days of Ozomatli- born out of protest, activism and a shared vision of community development and unity.

Since their beginnings nearly 20 years ago, Ozomatli has produced 7 studio albums, one live album and an album of children’s’ songs. In addition to winning Grammy’s, April 23rd 2010 was officially declared “Ozomatli Day” by the Mayor of Los Angeles in celebration of the group’s 15 year anniversary. As a testament to the immense diversity in LA, the various band members throughout the years have represented a wide array of ethnicities and races which has distinguished them as one of the most culturally diverse bands of our time. From their first studio release in 1996, Ozomatli, to their current album, A Place in the Sun, lyrics are multilingual, as well as a mélange of sounds, genres and styles. For Ozomatli, anything goes and within a single album one can hear cumbia, garage rock, rap, jazz and salsa. Saxophonist Ulises Bella perfectly describes Ozomatli’s sound saying, “You drive down Sunset Boulevard and turn off your stereo and roll down your windows, and all the music that comes out of each and every different car, whether its salsa, cumbia,

merengue or hip-hop, funk or whatever, it’s that crazy blend that’s going on between that cacophony of sounds is Ozomatli.” More than just the pride of Los Angeles, the band served as cultural ambassadors for the US State Department. As ambassadors they visited countries throughout South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, giving free public concerts, and workshops to local musicians and conveying goodwill in places where westerners are rare and/or not well received. Ozomatli was one of the first American bands to perform in Nepal, and recall the success getting a crowd of 10,000 people moving and engaged who’d never heard of them before. The band’s name comes from the Aztec symbol of a monkey representing fire, passion and harvest. A very suiting name, as Ozomatli’s sound and lyrics exude fire and passion. Never shying away from their activist roots, Ozomatli’s songs have deep political messages while voicing the need for unity and social change. A political attitude has always been an integral part

of band’s identity and each member individually. “Magnolia Soul” chastises President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina amidst a backdrop of funk infused rap. While “La Temperatura,” reminiscent of a mambo, was written in response to 2006’s pro-immigration marches, calling on everyone to rise up, raise the temperature to burn the borders and barriers that divide us. Ozomatli’s latest release, A Place in the Sun, is a culmination of the band’s evolution and struggle in the last two decades-- it is a symbolic album from a group who has managed to make a lasting mark in the ever changing music scene. The lively tracks “Burn it Down” and “Prendida” are a burst of energy, conveying messages of hope and growth. Don’t miss out on the chance to see this legendary band’s high energy live performance on May 7th at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA. More information can be found at: ozomatli.com and thestatetheatre.com. █


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T H E C O N S E C R AT E D L E G E N D By: Ellen Flores

THEY SAY THAT LEADERS ARE BORN AND THAT LIFE EXPERIENCES WILL TAKE THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO FULL BLOOM. MANY LEADERS CAN BE INFLUENCES INTO WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE LISTEN TO. To consider someone influential is a flattering accolade but to call them a legend is a league far beyond leadership and not many people can truly fit into this category. Case in point, reggaeton superstar, innovator and now legend, Yandel. He is the man that has gone from leader to legend in the span of a career bursting with worldwide recognition. Get ready DMV because this legend will claim his throne at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, June 20 and trust us when we say that the Fillmore will be taken over like never before.

RISING FROM THE CHAOS Like any relationship, a breakup is a game changer. It takes a strong personality to overcome the aftermath surrounding the announcement of the “temporary split” from the duo Wisin & Yandel. Where many would flail and cash in their chips, Yandel decided to surpass the drama and deliver one of the

best albums in the evolving Urban Latino movement, spearheaded ironically by Wisin & Yandel and their “Los Extraterrestres” album. Yandel’s most recent solo project “De Lider A Leyenda” is an attention grabbing and dance worthy effort that is being hailed by critics and fans as a “plentiful, bold and brash” production that has debuted in the number 1 spot on the Top Latin Album charts. “De Lider a Leyenda” is an album that spans sounds. A leap from his first solo album “Quien Contra Mi” (2003) the new album focuses on the evolution of the genre by highlighting the skills that Yandel has as a vocalist, lyricist, producer and overall flow. With over 14 years in the music industry, this album reaps all the benefits that this legend has gained through his worldwide travels and presentations. When talking about the album, Yandel himself summarizes it best: “It’s refreshing, cool, electronic, urban and very danceable. It’s risky, I know. Few have the audacity to attempt what I am doing. I do it because I believe in the music, I believe in this project and I believe in my fans who are a big part of what inspires me and drives me to continue to evolve and create good music for them and for the industry.”

Obviously the dembow and reggaeton beats are the foundation of the sound but this album is all about the layers. A fusion of electronic beats, catchy hooks and on point delivery make “De Lider A Leyenda” an album that will be a milestone moment in the Urban Latino genre and that we will still talk about for years to come. Songs like Hablé de Ti, Hasta Abajo, Nada Que Perder and Moviendo Caderas (featuring Daddy Yankee) showcase the electronic dance movement that the genre is living right now. On the flip side you have songs like Mano Al Aire, Fallaron and Da Show reminding us of the Yandel we knew when reggaeton was called underground and MC’s would battle it out for the appeal of the crowd. These three songs take us back to Yandel’s core with a balanced offering of aggressive vocals and hints of traditional beats with an Anglo flair. Lastly, with this production Yandel caps it all off with two standout tracks that if they are released as singles, Kesta Happening is predicting they will be juggernaut hits. Look out for En La Oscuridad and Plakito two tracks which summarize Yandel’s direction, experience and legacy in a harmonious and infectious concoction that will appease the clubber, the reggaetonero and those that want to roll with the windows down with one hand on the steering wheel, hat tilted to the side.


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CLAIMING THE THRONE Now that we have set the stage for La Leyenda, the time has come to conquer the United States with a massive tour that will bring Yandel to stages across the nation. Currently a finalist for three awards at the 2014 Billboard Latin Awards, Yandel’s agenda is ferocious, focusing on showcasing his showmanship, stage persona and bringing full circle his status of legend in the Latin music kingdom. The “De Lider A Leyenda VIP Tour” will bring Yandel to the center stage, allowing Yandel to explore a new facet of his life as this is his first solo tour. Performing as a solo artist is something Yandel is looking forward to. “I’m thrilled with everything. I’m happy with the album and with how my music and my career are evolving. To have this opportunity to work again as a solo artist, is a great blessing.”

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This tour will have multiple stops across the nation, but Yandel will be taking over Washington DC on Friday, June 20 at the Fillmore Silver Spring where you can expect to witness one of the best stage productions to date. If the beats aren’t reason enough, then listen to the lyrics. If that’s still not good enough for you, then come check it out for yourself and witness a live performance of a 14 year career crafted in one of the most competitive genres. Your mind will be blown and you’ll understand exactly why Yandel has risen from leader to consecrated legend. For tickets and information visit: www. fillmoresilverspring.com. █


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By: Rosario Garcia

Before I start off on how DC Brau got its current partnership with DC United, DC’s popular soccer team, I’d like to take you back in time. It was the week 9/11 happened, since time stopped I spent a couple of weeks at a friend’s apartment in Brentwood near Catholic University. Her next door neighbors were Jeff, a drum and bass DJ, and Mari his quirky easygoing sidekick who was pursuing her Bachelor’s. They had a serious love for beer and they hosted a beer tasting I attended later that year. “I remember we drank alot of beer that night,” Mari recalls. Over a decade after that beer tasting, Jeff Hancock, along with childhood friend Brandon Skall, are now the co-founders of DC Brau. Mari Rodela is still the quirky sidekick, only with an amazing new title, DC Brau’s Chief Community and Culture Officer. Still a DJ, Jeff has been slightly busier for the past three years being President and Head Brewer at DC Brau. Brandon leads the company as President & CEO. Located behind a post office near the outer limits of DC on Bladensburg Road in NE, I loved everything about DC Brau. From the quaint 50’s style booths in the main office, to the graffiti art, to the alternative rock music playing loudly inside, only slightly overpowered by the sound of the cool canning machine where empty cans appear to do the conga before zipping down a conveyor belt, and getting filled with one of the many varieties of DC Brau beer before being sealed at a beat of about 30 cans per minute. At the time of the interview, the ink was barely dry on a recent distribution deal with Reyes Beverage Group’s Premium Distributors which Brandon shared, “Will definitely increase DC Brau’s market presence and we’ll be able to accomplish more. Just in time since we’re in the process of our second largest expansion, we’ll be increasing our production capabilities by almost a third. So we’ll have alot more beer and we’re going to need a home for it.” I mentioned that the Latino market is largely untapped when it comes to craft brews. Jeff and Brandon agreed and laughed when I mentioned that Kesta often warn venues hosting events to stock up on beers, because let’s face it, we Latinos drink alot. “Alot of the times with craft beer it’s an acquired taste. So it takes some time to really develop the character especially with a really hoppy beer or a dark roast beer, that’s why I think ‘The Tradition’ is such a success because it’s such an approachable beer. You don’t have to be a craft beer aficionado or enthusiast to enjoy it,” shares Brandon.

“We were very interested in the idea of reverse engineering a beer for mass appeal for DC United. I wanted to give them a beer that is great for tailgaiting, essentially something you can drink alot of and not get totally sideways. Something you can enjoy under the sun,” Jeff shared. By all accounts, DC Brau’s catalog features strong beers with higher alcohol content, which makes “The Tradition” at 5% ABV, one of the lightest beers currently offered. In terms of the Latino market, Jeff and Brandon hope that “The Tradition” will serve as a stepping stone for Latinos to crossover and try out some local craft beers. DC Brau’s staple beer is “The Public”. “The American style Pale Ale is kind of the benchmark. It’s how you can measure a brewery’s chops, the hops and bitterness make it the most easily identifiable.” Updating oldschool laws to become the only brewery that packages their own product within city limits, DC Brau fought for its right to brew. Although DC Brau just turned three last month, Brandon and Jeff have come a long way. “I remember our launch party, we had it at Meridian Pint and neither of us expected such a big turnout. We had a line around the block and Jeff and I alleviated the tension by handing out french fries to those in line,” Brandon shares. Being Mexican, I asked which beer would go best with my current addiction to micheladas (a version of a bloody mary made with beer, tomato juice, lime juice, and hot sauce). Mari, who is also Mexican, immediately told me The Tradition would make a great one and even offered up her cousin’s recipe. If you’ve never tried a Michelada or craft beer for that matter, Brandon has a message for you, “Be adventurous, try new beers, see what you like. You won’t know until you try it.” “We offer great beers, free tours, and we often have a food truck catering on Saturdays from noon to 4. You can make a day of it and learn about how beer is made,” Mari added. Definitely try out The Tradition, On the Wings of Armaggedon, the Penn Quarter Porter (a Gold award winner), and NATAS a Belgian style porter that is pitch black in the glass and wafts an aroma of burnt sugar and caramelized fruit that is to die for. Is it beer o’clock yet? For more information, visit www.dcbrau.com. █

For a standard 12 oz glass. •the juice of 1 lime •a few shakes of salt and pepper •2 few dabs of Worcestershire sauce •Louisiana hot sauce (as much as you want to taste)

•a pinch of cucumber salt •3-5 oz of Clamato juice (depending on taste)

•DC Brau’s The Tradition Prepare your glass by salting the rim. Mix lime juice, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Louisiana Hot Sauce, cucumber salt, and clamato juice into a glass. Stir until mixed and add as much of The Tradition as your glass can take. Give it a quick stir and enjoy!


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LIVE SHOW

By: Darlene Campos

ingling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey has been considered “the greatest show on earth” since their merge in 1919. Prior to the circuses merging, the Ringling Brothers Circus and Barnum and Bailey Circus were two separate companies but then joined together to create the ultimate circus experience for audiences all over the United States and in Mexico. Currently, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is in its 143rd tour called “Built to Amaze.” The Built to Amaze experience brings surprise and wonder to delight audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power

meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and aweinspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance. In addition to witnessing an engaging show, those who attend have the option to make their circus experiences even more unforgettable. The “All Access PreShow” gives audience members the option to go behind the scenes of the circus. Attendees have the opportunity to try on circus costumes, learn tricks, have a meet and greet with the performers, and take pictures with the clowns. There is also a chance to win a pachyderm painting which is trunk painted by a circus elephant right before the winner’s eyes. The “All Access Pre-Show” is one hour before the main performance begins and there is no additional charge since it is included in

the price of the admission ticket. Certain All Access Pre-Shows offer an Animal Open House, which is a chance to meet the elephants an hour and a half prior to the main show. However, the elephant meet and greet is not available for all performances, so it is recommended to check on the circus’s website if an “Animal Open House” is taking place. The Built to Amaze experience brings a modern flare of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes. From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high wire, witness the spectacle as Built to Amaze measures out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus constantly tours in all 50

states and in Mexico as well, but from March 20th to March 23rd 2014, the circus will be making a stop in Washington, DC. In addition, from April 9th to April 20th 2014, the circus will be performing in Fairfax, VA. All ages are welcome to see “the greatest show on earth.” Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey offers 100% free admission tickets to children who are age two and under to provide these young kids with their first circus experience. Admission tickets for both the Washington, DC and Fairfax, VA performances start as low as $15, but ticket fees may vary depending on demand and the market seller. For further information on ticket pricing, the show, meet and greets, merchandise, and more, please visit www. ringling.com █


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By: Sarah Barrie

rought to you by internationally acclaimed Chef and restaurateur, Richard Sandoval, Toro Toro joins Sandoval’s very popular DC restaurants such as El Centro D.F., Masa 14, and Zengo. Located just steps away from McPherson Square at 1300 I (Eye) Street in NW DC, Toro Toro’s delicious dishes consist of both hot and cold plates, savory steaks, and smaller plates to share, all inspired by a unique fusion of South and Central American ingredients. As I entered Toro Toro’s exquisite foyer, the decor immediately transported me to an elegant Latin American steak house. I thought of Argentina’s gauchos when I saw the waiters walking around with huge portions of asado and plump chorizo on skewers. Looking over the menu the lomo saltado empanadas and pisco sour immediately took my thoughts away from Argentina and towards Peru. You may think you have Toro Toro figured out, but it finds a way to keep surprising and impressing you. As I sat down for dinner with Kesta editor, Rosario García, we had no idea what was in store for us. Rosario started off with the Passion Fruit Pisco Sour, while I sipped on a refreshing Naranja Fizz, made with finlandia tangerine, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and blood orange

soda. The Naranja Fizz was deliciously sweet, cool, and flavorful. To accompany our cocktails, we sampled the Causa Toro Toro, a potato sushi cake, garnished with tuna tartare, rocoto, aioli, avocado, and sesame seeds all on top of creamy purple potato. I could not get enough of these bite size pieces of heaven. They were the perfect combination of flavors and deliciousness. I’ve never tried anything quite like the Causa Toro Toro, and I must say it was truly a culinary masterpiece. We also nibbled on the Lomo Saltado Empanadas and were once again pleasantly surprised. I’m a huge fan of lomo saltado as well as empanadas so the idea of combining the two is genius. Fresh, juicy beef tenderloin, oyster sauce, tomato, onion, and guacamole, all inside a stuffed crispy pastry shell left my taste buds doing the tango! Also from the Hot Shared Plates menu, we tried the Cachapas which are duck carnitas with corn pancakes and Oaxaca cheese tomato jam. A popular choice among diners, the succulent duck confetti was cooked in a flavorful sauce, and sitting upon a thin corn pancake that had a spicy kick to it. The combination of textures and flavors was perfect.

For my entree I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass, a decision I definitely would not regret. The first thing I noticed was the size of the sea sass, it was huge! The presentation was also quite impressive, topped with shrimp, scallops, calamari, fresh onion, caucau sauce and mint leaves, I was in heaven with the first bite. It comes as no surprise that the Chilean Sea Bass is considered one of Toro Toro’s specialty dishes, with its melt in your mouth texture, it is sure to leave you dreaming about it for days. From the Churrasco and Grill menu, Rosario opted for the Ribye, another customer favorite. The 14oz USDA Prime Ribeye impressed us both with its freshness and flavor. I also found this Ribeye to be comparable to some of the best steak houses in Argentina, a country known for having some of the best steak in the world. Our plates resembled an artist’s palette rather than something to be devoured.

Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly eat any more, dessert arrived. Desiring a lighter option, we chose the Coconut Flan Espuma. Made with tangerine granite, tamarind gelée, candied pistachios, orange dust, and garnished with long crisp cookies, the flan was tart, light, and airy. While we worked on the flan, we were told about another dessert, La Bomba. Ideal for two, La Bomba is a heavenly combination of dulce de leche, strawberry ice cream, cream cheese mousse, chocolate cookie crumbs, mixed berries passion fruit sorbet, and vanilla bean cream anglaise, all encased in a chocolate shell that is dropped on your table (over a plastic tablecloth) exploding into sinful goodness. I kicked myself for not saving room to try it, but it definitely warrants a return trip. Toro Toro is one of DC’s must try restaurants. For more information visit them online at http://www.richardsandoval. com/torotorodc/ or by phone at 202.682.9500. █


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the LatiNegro Theater Collective, which brought its socially conscious theatre to schools, jails, and community centers. One can say that he’s specialized in bringing reality, truth, and first-person experience to the unlikeliest of settings.

to show how we all get pulled into the variances of language, how we have to learn the proper lingo depending on who we’re talking to. If you don’t know how to talk the talk you’re not getting into that circle,” says Sheila Mirza.

In his latest performance, Tongue: Sin Pelos en La Lengua, directed by long time friend B Stanley, Quique merges his love for standup with his love for theatre to bring you what he succinctly described as, “some sh*t that really needs to be said.”

The piece gets very personal and autobiographical for Quique, “I talk about learning how to communicate in a nonprofit doing social work, to how I learned to communicate with drug dealers when I was using drugs, to learning what language to use when I was a recovering addict in rehab. It’s all drawn from personal experience. But I also throw it back to the audience and ask questions.”

In Tongue, Quique philosophizes on humankinds’ greatest invention – language. The piece is part monologue, part rant, part poetry, and definitely full comedy. Quique’s reflects on the 30+ years as a resident of the city, navigating Black English and White English, proper English and street English, the language of the gentrified and gentrifier, of the banker and the hustler. “From the very beginning we’re taught that there is good language and bad language. Good language comes with degrees, and bad language comes from ‘motherf*ckers’ like us,” shares Quique. Sin Pelos en la Lengua is the culmination of a two-year process that brought together a multi-ethnic, multi-racial team. Quique’s main collaborator is Sheila Mirza, a Pakistani-American activist, poet, and performing artist originally from Queens, NY. “The whole concept of the show is

Although the piece has its deep moments, Quique gets his point across using humor as well. “One example of humor and language is a piece that dramatizes Ghandi in the middle of his hunger strike. Various characters visit Ghandi and try to convince him to eat using their own language, you have a Cuban, a Spaniard, a Salvadorean, and a Mexican among others,” shares Quique with a laugh. As I listen to Quique flawlessly demonstrating each accent, I already know this part of the show will be hilarious. Both Quique and Sheila Mirza tirelessly conducted research and led multiple interviews with linguists, and characters

throughout the DC area, and people from around the world, some of whom lent their voices for what will be an audio/ visual portion of Tongue. This is the first time Quique has relied on technology to emphasize the impact of his message, “I do touch on the depletion of language through technology in the piece. We don’t read books anymore, we get everything online, and we’re continuously watching videos so our verbal skills are limited. Now everyone texts, so it’s all abbreviations. I talk about my work with the kids and how limited their language skills are. Language is a muscle, you need to practice it or you lose it.”

sexuality that young women face today. “I find a freedom in performing. When you’re on stage you get to unpack and shed what you put on in order to conform. It’s so freeing to let all that baggage out,” shares Alina. Tongue: Sin Pelos en la Lengua by Quique Aviles and Bag Lady Blues by Alina Collins Maldonado will be presented on Saturday, March 29 and April 5 at 8 pm at GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th street, NW, DC. For more information visit: https://www. facebook.com/events/505519019562464

In addition to his solo work, Quique is the founder and current director of Paso Nuevo, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Youth Theater Program. Paso Nuevo gathers high school kids and teaches them about theatre from performing and acting, to writing, to stage-managing, and production. The kids work 20 hours a week for 6 weeks until they’re able to perform their creation at the GALA Hispanic Theatre itself. One of the group’s instructors is Alina Collins Maldonado, who will be performing a special one-woman show titled “Bag Lady Blues” as an opening act for Tongue. In Bag Lady Blues, Alina tells her own story addressing issues of identity, addiction, body image, and


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/ MAY 2014

LOCAL TALENT

By: Sarah Barrie

A great admirer of Michael Jackson, Jason’s style has been described as a mix of Usher and Justin Timberlake, with a touch of Enrique Iglesias. His first album, Till the Last Beat, released in 2010, received more than 120,000 downloads. Some of his hit and trending songs include “Special to Me”, “Addicted”, “Superstar”, “Echate Pa Qui”, and “50 Shades of J”. I got the chance to catch up with Jason as he was heading out of the gym and he shared some insights into his music and personal life. A very easygoing personable guy, he told me he began dancing at the age of 5 and singing at the age of 11. He explored his musical abilities by participating in various talent shows (which he always won) despite often being the youngest participant. By the time he was a senior in high school, Jason was also a star athlete, he was both football and soccer captain and was offered various college sports scholarships upon graduation. He did not accept any of them however, “I dropped it all to pursue my music career,” Jason said. “I was offered a modeling and acting contract, and I did some movies and commercials, but music was what I really wanted to do.” Jason began writing his own songs and released his hit single “Echate Pa Qui” in 2006, which got a lot of exposure getting airtime at XM radio, and el Zol. He appeared on various radio and TV stations including Telemundo, and DC radio stations. Jason has also opened up for popular artists such as, Elvis Crespo, Wisin & Yandel, Ne-Yo, T.I, and T-Pain. He has toured throughout the US, including his native Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. In 2013 he toured in Japan. Jason Cerda is also an amazing dancer. I’ve always been impressed by Jason’s talent and wanted to know how he learned to dance. “This is my favorite story to tell…” Jason began. “I taught myself. Hip Hop classes just weren’t offered back then, and that’s my main style. I took my first dance class when I was 18, ” Jason describes how he taught himself to dance and developed his own style, “85% came from watching Michael Jackson performing. I would record it, and play it over and over.”

Practice paid off, now Jason also teaches hip hop dance classes at the Born 2 Dance studio in Vienna, Virginia. I asked Jason what one could expect from a Jason Cerda dance class. “Expect to sweat your butt off,” he said. “Expect high energy. I teach mainly advanced and intermediate classes because I like to push everyone I dance with, to challenge and surprise themselves and achieve something they didn’t think they were capable of.” Although Jason admits staying focused and motivated is hard, he shares, “My mom is a huge part of my career. She is such a big support system in my life. She believes in me more than anyone. The days I don’t want to go to the studio, she pushes me to go.” Although Jason grew up in Arlington, VA he stays true to his Puerto Rican roots. “I try not to favor one genre. For every English song, I try and write a Spanish one. Lately I’ve been doing a lot more Latin music. I recently opened for J. Balvin, and this has opened the doors for performing for other artists… maybe open for Yandel or Daddy Yankee.” Jason has been voted “one of DC’s sexiest bachelors” by Inside Edition, and I asked him how his aspiring career has affected his social and love life. “My social life consists of maybe a movie here or there, maybe a few birthdays. As far as a love life… for now, music will be my girlfriend On the Latin side, Jason is currently working on a new song, “Al Lado Mio”, a fusion of Samba, Merengue, and Reggaeton. He’s also working on re-releasing his catchy song “Addicted” as it’s getting ready to be played on the radio nationwide. Jason Cerda will be opening for Arcangel and Ken-Y at Echostage on May 22nd at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and available via http://www. tickeri.com. █


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ECHOSTAGE LINEUP

By: Juan Leon

Friday, May 2:

By: Ellen Flores

Shuffling between the radio airwaves, finishing a master’s degree, and working to build a foundation supporting Down Syndrome research and forming part of the global committee in the United Nations creating awareness of violence in Central America, this Salvadorian powerhouse is taking the nation by storm. AJ El Kallejero juggles it all and successfully brings a fresh air of positivity and swagger to Latino audiences in New York, Las Vegas and now the DMV. This month, Kesta Happening is turning the tables and interviewing the interviewer, AJ El Kallejero. This is how it all went down. KH: How did you get into broadcasting? Why radio? AJ: It’s funny you ask because I went to college on a full scholarship to study pharmacy. I switched in my third year and one night I was at a club and I stepped outside and this gorgeous blond lady came to me asking me what I thought of the radio station that was hosting the party that night. I said it was a good station, and that the event was cool. The next day I called the radio station (it was a reggaeton station) and asked for information, ‘cause I needed a job. And who was the boss? The gorgeous blond lady I met that night outside of the club. That was about eight years ago that’s how it all started. After that I found my passion and now it’s what I do. KH: How did you find your flow? AJ: I don’t know, it’s funny you ask me that. I guess it comes with keeping at it. They say the best way to do radio is to do good radio. Radio was never my passion at first, so me talking on a mic I

was petrified; I couldn’t believe I was doing it. But now as time goes, it’s who I am and it’s my passion. KH: Where can we hear you on the air? AJ: Where can we not hear AJ?! Right now I’m on SiriusXM Satellite Radio on 3 channels, Flow Nacion (urban Latino), Caliente (tropical & top 20) and La Mezcla (Electro Latino & English hits). On FM radio, you can hear me in New York on Mega 97.9 Sunday nights from Midnight to 6 am. Currently, I’m living the dream of being in the DMV on El Zol 107.9 on Saturdays from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. KH: What can the DMV audience expect to hear when tuning into El Zol on Saturday afternoons? AJ: I’m a person with positive vibes. They can expect a little humor & some chisme Latino all while bringing good vibes to their afternoons. AJ on the mic is the same off the mic, I’m the same person and I think that kind of makes me different. KH: Which has been your most difficult interview? AJ: What’s funny is that I’ve interviewed different people like J Balvin, J Alvarez, Juanes, Laura Pausini, and I don’t really get nervous before the interview; it’s more about the vibe I get with the person. Your heart starts pumping and it just flows. KH: What motivates or inspires you to keep pushing through? AJ: My motivation is my mother. She worked so hard to give me the life

I’ve lived and also my 7 brothers and sisters from both sides. I sacrifice my family for what I do, but I do it for my family. Everybody doesn’t see the blood, sweat and tears that go into this business behind the scenes. My mom is definitely proud of what I do and I want to continue making her proud. KH: If AJ El Kallejero was a drink, what would it be called and what would the ingredients be? AJ: I would call it a “Tuquitazo”. It would have Patron and Black Label with a splash of lemon. So you can start your night off right. KH: Most embarrassing song you love but hate to admit? AJ: There’s a few, they are gonna make fun of me for it (laughs) Will.I.Am featuring Miley Cyrus “Feelin’ Myself.” The beat is tight but me boppin my head to Miley, that ain’t happening. To find out more about AJ El Kallejero and what does make his head bop, visit him online: ajelkallejero.com.█

wo-headed Euro proghouse attack descends on Echostage to start off the month of May. Make sure to catch German DJ/ Producer Thomas Gold who’s quickly become a huge name in the EDM scene. Support from Norwegian up and comer Fehrplay. (Doors open at 9PM, 18+) Friday, May 9: With George Acosta, Carlos Melange. Well, this should be interesting. Cuban born, Miami raised George Acosta started in trance and transitioned to prog house. His popular Sirius XM radio show The Lost World showcases the kind of crowd-pleasing grooves one can expect from “Miami’s #1 DJ”. DJ Carlos Melange’s mixing style is heavy on the prog house and pop with some nice mashup elements. Paris Hilton= SMDH.(Doors open at 9PM, 18+) Saturday, May 10: -- With GTA. This one’s for those festival ravers. DJ Carnage’s sounds were made for the festival stage as his big room remixes (trap, prog house) demonstrate. GTA is massive. There’s a seemingly never-ending stream of overhyped EDM/festival acts but GTA stand out. Their moombahton influences shine in the tropical and latin flourishes sprinkled throughout their production/remixes. (Doors open at 8PM, 18+) Friday, May 16: Cleveland, Ohio’s MGK is an underdog who made it big. A white rapper with missionary parents who broke into hiphop in a big way working with names like Pusha T, Meek Mill, and Wiz Khalifa. Compelling stuff. (Doors open at 9PM, 18+)

Israel Zohar, AKA Mat Zo, joins forces with Jake Stanczak, AKA Kill The Noise, to become a behemoth of electronic proportions: Kill The Zo. Seriously though this should be pretty sweet. Both Zo and Ewun (Kill The Noise) are talented and spread their talent across diverse and dynamic genres. (Doors open at 9PM, 18+) █


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ALBUM REVIEWS

By: Ellen Flores

Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes, returns with a new full length studio album after a four year absence of any new material. “Loco De Amor” is Juanes’ newest effort, a soulful tribute to the power of love and how it connects us all. With 11 tracks, Juanes manages to fuse acoustic melodies with newer sounds like Colombian Champeta featured in the first single “La Luz”. “Loco De Amor” is lyrically, one of Juanes’ best albums to date. So much so, that Juanes enlisted the help of Spanish icon Miguel Bosé to review the album before the final stages of recording. Songs like “Delirio”, “Laberinto” and “La Flor” are three of the most solid compositions this album has. I like to think that these songs are an intimate view into how the heart of Juanes speaks. In my humble opinion, what also makes this album shine brightly is the co-producer Emmanuel del Real, aka Memme from Café Tacvba. That effortless, airy and arousing emotion that is Café Tacvba’s music, cascades into “Loco De Amor” by taking the listener on a musical cycle of emotions that begin at a rapid pace and travel through an exploration of more acoustic chill sounds. “Loco De Amor” is an album that will bring Juanes back to the forefront of Latin music on a global scale. Like he often says, “lo que nace del amor, jamás se borra” (what is born from love, will never vanish). In “Loco De Amor” his honesty and transparency shines more brightly than ever. █

By: Juan Leon

Los Rakas first album under Universal Music Latin Entertainment is a continuation of their excellent past work: El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo (ENDD&R) sees the Panamanian duo branching into conceptually more ambitious territory while remaining true to everything that made them great in the first place. The complexity of Los Rakas’ latest comes partly from the “double-sided” nature— Raka Dun handled musical duty on the first half of the album, while Raka Rich took care of the latter half— and partly from the group’s bold aspirations toward a richer sonic palette. Flowing wildly from dem bow (“No Tan Listo”) to salsa influences (“Periodic de Ayer”) to reggae (“Africana”), ENDD&R is as ecstatically, soulfully pleasurable as it is a marker of the ingenuity that’s possible in the current global/Latin dance music landscape. Whether tenderly paying homage to the overlooked and discriminated against (“Africana”) or laying down a street ballad, Los Rakas’ gift for melody, cool, and emotional connection shines through. This sort of talent and ambition is hopefully destined for eventual pop success. And with the duo’s sincere, empathetic identification with the underdog (i.e., humanity over money/ fame), they are the kind of popstars we sorely need. In ENDD&R past, present, and future merge in a way that’s authentic and joyous. This is the kind of universally enjoyable album that’s also distinctly Latino in feeling. █


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/ MAY 2014

KE PASÓ

LOVE

By: Ellen Flores

Last month, Kesta Happening celebrated a huge milestone, we turned 10! And how better to celebrate than with a major party at one of DC’s hippest and biggest arenas, Echostage with none other than Spanish rockers Jarabedepalo performing live! As part of the 2014 SOMOS tour, Jarabedepalo’s stop in Washington DC did not go unnoticed as Washingtonians gathered in full assembly for a night of new music and classics that had us all dancing, singing and swooning as soon as Mr. Jarabedepalo himself, Pau Donés stepped on stage to do what he does best. He served us a heart filled performance with melodies straight from the soul. With a jam packed set list, Jarabe did not disappoint. Although “Somos” is still a new release, the crowd knew a good portion of the songs and danced along to those they didn’t. According to Pau,“it’s always nerve-wracking presenting new music to a big crowd that is waiting to hear their favorite hits” well Pau, we’d say it was a total success! Songs like ¿A Dónde Vas?, Hoy No Soy Yo (piano version), Bala Perdida and the ultra funky title track Somos, showed the DC crowd that these songs are sure to become staples in future Jarabe shows. Echostage’s huge light projections helped to blanket the stage and create a dazzling electric backdrop to Jarabe’s already vibrant show. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jarabe show without songs like Depende, El Lado Oscuro, Bonito and the iconic Latin rock staple La Flaca, which turns 18 years old this year! Another reason why we celebrated the night away! When it comes to having a memorable night, Kesta Happening’s Birthday and Jarabedepalo in concert are a winning combination that goes down in the history books of unforgettable shows! █

Help! I think I’ve been friend zoned! I met a guy a little while ago and immediately thought he was cute and smart and wanted to get to know him better so I invited him to some “group events”. I didn’t want to seem too forward, so I made sure it was a group thing and he immediately agreed to hang out and has met up with me at multiple social events since (bars, concerts, festivals etc). We have a blast when we hang out but we are always there with other people. He often messages me to ask me what I’m up to and just when I think he’s about to ask me out we end up just doing another hangout with friends. As far as I know he’s single... I’m single...we have a lot in common and have a great time together, so how do I get out of the friend zone?

Dear Frustrated Friend:

By; Malayna Butler

Bottles were popped in the VIP section, lots of selfies were taken in the ladies restroom, and attendees danced their hearts out to bachata and reggaeton music while waiting for Jowell and Randy to take the stage at The Palace on Friday, April 4. By a show of hands, some had seen them 3-4 times at other venues in the DMV, but this was their first time performing in Virginia. While the concert wasn’t entirely packed, folks still came out to support “Los Más Sueltos” even with the pouring rain outside. When they finally hit the tarima at around 1:30 am the audience was reawakened and pumped full of an energy that permeated throughout the dance hall. Fans from Puerto Rico were sure to bring their native flag to represent, making this urban music team feel right at home. They took an Instagram pic with the audience while holding up la bandera. This duo who has established a solid footing in the reggaeton genre, gave a lively show in which they sang “Soy Una Gargola”, “Hey Shorty”, “Sensación del Bloque”, “Dandole”, and “Ya No Te Veo” among other popular songs. They have a “Kid and Play” feel – appearing to have a good time on stage and seem to have a good synergy with each other in addition to the fans to who they reached out their arms on many occasions. Jowell constantly expressed his thanks to the audience and especially acknowledged their fans from El Salvador. Although it was played by a DJ during the postshow Meet and Greet session with concert goers who committed to the fee as part of their ticket purchase, I would have liked to have seen them perform “Bailalo A Lo Loco” live. Days later I found the shirt that Randy wore during the show, at a nearby local mall and couldn’t help wondering if he made a shopping trip prior to the show…? Hmmm. █

-Frustrated Friend in DC

I think first you need to figure out if you’ve been intentionally friend zoned. He may be just as frustrated as you are trying to interpret your signals and not seem too forward. There are so many possible explanations for what’s going on: maybe he’s just interested in a friendship with you and nothing more, or maybe he’s weary of entering into a relationship with anyone at the moment, maybe he likes someone else, or he could be working through trust issues from past relationship drama, or maybe he’s just shy and wondering if you’ve friend zoned him! You can spend all day trying to read his mind, but I don’t recommend it. Much like playing games in relationships, reading minds and making assumptions don’t usually lead to satisfying and connected relationships in the long run. I do think honesty is the best policy. Since you guys have a blast together and you are frequently in touch about making plans, maybe next time he reaches out wanting to hang out and asking you what you are up to, you can be brave and say something along the lines of “I don’t have any group plans tonight, how about the two of us make some plans together?” I think if you clearly put out there an offer to meet up just the two of you, and he doesn’t show any interest in taking you up on it, then you would have a clearer answer about whether you’ve actually been friend zoned. Maybe next time you hang out as a “group” you could ask him more about his dating history, or get a sense of his general philosophy on relationships. I think it helps to just stay curious about what’s actually going on and learning more about what he’s really about. You might find out he’s very avoidant, or commitment phobic, and potentially not a good match for you after all (which would mean the friend zone is where he belongs!). The important thing is that whatever you end up finding out will help you make better decisions because they’ll be based on facts and not assumptions. Good luck! █

Jazmin Moral www.jazminmoral.com is a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Rockville. This column is meant for entertainment only and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. If you have a love, dating, or relationship question, send it to us via our confidential online form at www.kestadc.com/love.


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KE? KESTA HOROSCOPE Aries: Orquesta Guayacán says:

“Estos tiempos sin motivos para escribir una canción, pocos regalan poemas, serenatas o una flor”

-“Mujer de carne y hueso”, Orquesta Guayacán

Taurus: Ozomatli says “Today is another day. Can’t stop now. Today is another day ”

GIVEAWAYS: Libra: Grupo Niche says: “...Dicen que no hay mujer fea. Siempre que halla cuchilla, la plata sale de donde sea ” -”La Biselada”, Grupo Niche

Scorpio: El Tri says: “Echa tus broncas

a la basura. Grita conmigo y serás feliz “

-“Can’t Stop”, Ozomatli

-“Echa tus broncas a la basura” -El Tri

Gemini: Farruko says: “Que se caiga el mundo olvídate de lo que está pasando afuera” -“Apaga la luz”, Farruko

Sagitario: Gloria Trevi says: “Cada

Cancer: Romeo Santos says: “... Smoke

that Mary and I plane Jane and everything is just fine” -”All Aboard” Romeo Santos

Leo: Zion y Lennox says: “Dale más!

Hasta abajo, hasta abajo! ” -“Hasta Abajo”, Zion y Lennox

Virgo: Arcángel says “Porque te encuentras solita (sola)? Tu mereces ser amada” -“Ayer te vi bonita” -Arcángel

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sueño de cartón cobra vida en su interior. Nada es imposible en su corazón” -”Nada es imposible”, Gloria Trevi

Capricorn: Los Diablitos del

Vallenato says: “Busca un confidente y cuentaselo todo“ -”Busca un confidente”, Los Diablito del Vallenato

Aquarius: Vilma Palma says: ”De

tanto tomar tequila con sal, hermano tu cabeza da mil vueltas”

-“Te lo dije”, Vilma Palma e Vampiros

Pisces: Jorge Celedón says: “Recuerda que la claridad no siempre no las brinda el sol. Hay tantas cosas por lograr. A todo ponle corazón. Que lo que hoy va quedando, atraz alguna enseñanza dejo” -”Después de tanto amor” -Jorge Celedón

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In this issue: Yandel, Farruko, Ozomatli, Vilma Palma, Arcangel, Romeo Santos, Los Diablitos del Vallenato, West Side Story, Zion y Lennox,...

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