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Jorge Drexler

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Marc Anthony

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Eva Ayllón

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By: Juan Leon

va Ayllon, born in 1956 as Maria Angelica Ayllon Urbina, took her stage name from her grandmother who influenced her early singing career greatly. A schoolgirl singer who graduated from local competitions to TV and radio, Ayllon eventually found her way into the musica criolla bands (peñas criollas to the local folk) that would define her legendary style. As early as “Que Somos Amantes” (“That we are lovers”), one of her first hits, Eva Ayllon displayed a sensibility that would remain prominent throughout her long, long career. From her 1977 album, Kipus y Eva with musica criolla group Los Kipus, “Que Somos Amantes” establishes Eva Ayllon’s empathic, compassionate worldview of community. The song’s opening stanza, “El lugar de siempre/ La misma penumbra/ Los mismos bohemios/ La misma florista/ Vendiendo sus rosas/ Y claveles blancos/ A la media noche” describes the mysterious yearning of day to day existential suffering that unites the artist to her audience. While the second, “Cuantos años juntos/ Huyendo de todo/ De los moralistas/ De los puritanos/ Los que no perdonan/ Los que no comprenden/ Que somos amantes” identifies human forgiveness and love as edifying, life sustaining sources in the face of societal oppression.

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A boundless, all-encompassing search for love and meaning in the mysteries and silences of the world characterizes Ayllon’s work, and the Romantic weight and power of her poetry ties her to a distinctly Peruvian lineage that stretches back to Chabuca Granda and even further to Cesar Vallejo. Part of the Afro-Peruvian music revival which began in the 1950’s, Ayllon’s deeply felt contributions to Peruvian folk style are immeasurable. A proper cataloguing

of her vast career is impossible in an article piece. From the aforementioned Kipus y Eva in 1977 to Al Ritmo de Eva Ayllon in 1980 to Eva Siempre Eva (Sono Sur, 1990) to Ritmo, Color, y Sabor (Discos Independientes, 1996) all the way up to 30 Años en Vivo to her first US release, Eva! Leyenda Peruana (Times Square Records, 2004) and even to her latest record, Celebra 40 Años Enamorada Del Peru (11 y 6 Discos, 2010), Ayllon’s albums have not only led to an increasing worldwide recognition and respect of AfroPeruvian and Peruvian folk music, but have been individual works of great artistic distinction, sincerity, and feeling.

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As with many great artists, Eva Ayllon is likely best experienced in the small moments of revelation her work provides. Getting at a summation of what Ayllon’s work means to music and humanity is perhaps most fittingly expressed through her own work and the words of a great Peruvian influence. Chabuca Granda’s “El Surco”, which was unforgettably covered by Ayllon on her 2009 release Eva Ayllon Canta A Chabuca Granda, comes to mind-“En una hora triste quise cantar Y dentro de mi canto quise gritar Y dentro de mi grito quise llorar Pero tan sólo canto para callar” (“In a sad hour I wanted to sing And inside my song I wanted to shout And inside my shout I wanted to cry But I only sing to silence myself.”)

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By: Kala Fryman

Uruguay’s Jorge Drexler is much more than just a renaissance man. As a musician, composer, actor and doctor, Drexler is more of a fluid person rather than someone who is just simply good at many things. His journey across countries and professions is a reflection of his love for the “plot” of life; the space between the beginning and end, in which things happen. With 12 studio albums, 14 grammy nominations, and being the first Uruguayan to win an academy award for his composition of “Al Otro Lado del Rio” from the film Motorcycle Diaries, Drexler is an artist marked with much international acclaim. Born in Montevideo, Drexler’s father is a German Jew who fled to Uruguay during the Holocaust, and his mother is a Christian of mixed descent. Although Drexler had an interest in music at a young age, he took after his parents and became a doctor. Though he released two albums in Uruguay while in medical school, Drexler’s musical career took a more solid beginning after an invitation to go to Spain by composer Joaquin Sabina in 1995. He recorded his third album, Vaivén in Spain in 1996 and then moved there to record his next four albums. Though Drexler spends most of his years in Madrid, his last three albums have been partially recorded in Uruguay. Drexler who was raised Jewish, integrated the diversity around him with ease which greatly influenced his words and sound. Much of Drexler’s lyrics center on themes of identity, love and life; touching on global nomadism, race,

After a 3-year gap in recording, Drexler and religion. For example in “Milonga del came back this year with his innovative Moro Judio” he says, “I am a Jewish Moor “N” project. Conceived as a way to that lives among Christians, I do not know use technology as a poetic tool; N is a which God is mine.” Lyrically Drexler space for art and creativity to meet with captures these sentiments in a simplistic science and math. N is an app available way. His language is not overblown but for smart phone and tablets, featuring 3 hits your mind and heart. His lyrics remind interactive “appsongs.” The first song, me of an assuming man sitting quietly Room 316 allows users to listen in English in the back of the room. He doesn’t say or in Spanish, and change or combine much, but when he does, everyone stops lyrics and arrangement in real time while and listens closely. While Drexler’s past listening. The second song, Driftwood, recordings have combined elements of thematically expresses drifting through life. electronica, milonga, candombe, pop and Consequently, the instruments and vocals jazz, Amar La Trama is a step in a different change based on the direction including mostly user’s exact location. wind instruments and LYRICALLY DREXLER Lastly, Décima to the percussionists. Lyrically, the CAPTURES THESE Power of Ten changes 2010 release Amar La Trama SENTIMENTS IN A with the current stands in stark contrast to SIMPLISTIC WAY. HIS time, as the number the gritty and melancholic of verses increase as LANGUAGE IS NOT 12 Segundos de Oscuridad, the day goes on. The yet musically is a return to OVERBLOWN BUT HITS also change the simplicity of Cara B. YOUR MIND AND HEART. singers based on the time, Amar La Trama was inspired HIS LYRICS REMIND ME and include vocals by Madrid and Drexler’s OF AN ASSUMING MAN from Kiko Veneno and daily life and travels, with SITTING QUIETLY IN THE Residente from Calle the same literary lyrics that BACK OF THE ROOM. HE 13. The idea behind elegantly dance the line N is that “these songs between serious and playful. DOESN’T SAY MUCH, are not solid, but are The immensely sensual track BUT WHEN HE DOES, liquid. They are half“Toque de queda” features EVERYONE STOPS AND living things: always guest vocals from his wife LISTENS CLOSELY. the same, yet always Leonor Watling, as the different. “ couple sings critically about life with the solitude of the Don’t miss out on seeing Jorge Drexler curfew (toque de queda), a concept not live on October 10 at the Birchmere in unfamiliar to people living in Latin America Alexandria, VA! Tickets available on www. during times of war or chaos. In contrast, █ ticketmaster.com. in “Tres Millones de Latidos,” Drexler sings forlorn lyrics against an upbeat tempo with horns; “If I wanted to go back, I wouldn’t know where to go. There are people who are from a certain place; it’s not my case. I’m passing through.”


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SALSA

By: Kala Fryman

After 10 years since his last original salsa release, Marc Anthony is back and reclaiming his space as one of the most iconic Latin artists with a new, fresh outlook. As a performer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist, Marc Anthony has become a household name for Americans and Latinos alike, with timeless music that remains just as popular and relevant as it was a decade ago. As a burgeoning salsera, I recall many moments a few years ago of awkwardly stumbling through the basic steps to many of Marc Anthony’s songs (my teacher and friends’ favorite artist at the time). Although salsa dancing was new to me, Anthony’s music made me feel energized and the music’s passion paired with his voice inspired my feet to dance. Although I still have a lot to learn as a salsera in progress, some of the songs I used to stumble around to like “Vivir Lo Nuestro,” “Valio La Pena” and “Aguanile” still get my blood flowing to get up and dance, without fail! Anthony, of Puerto Rican descent, was born and bred in El Barrio in New York City. He began his musical career as a backing vocalist and songwriter for pop groups like Menudo and the Latin Rascals, as well as, a session vocalist in the

freestyle scene of NY. The little known 1988 release of “Rebel” was Anthony’s first album, though debuting himself as a freestyle artist. In 1992, Anthony was approached by the president of RMM records and asked to consider switching to the salsa genre. Although he considered artists like Tito Puente and Hector Lavoe inspirations, a reluctant Anthony initially declined. However inspiration struck in an unlikely time and place, thus convincing Anthony to rethink venturing into salsa. Anthony heard Juan Gabriel’s “Hasta Que Te Conoci” in a taxi ride and approached RMM to record a salsa version of the 1987 hit. Following the 1993 release “Otra Nota,” Anthony’s first salsa record, he quickly became a new star in the genre and was extremely well received in his tours of the Americas and collaborations with salsa glitterati like La India. Anthony’s switch to salsa proved successful, as he has become the top selling salsa artist of our time. Over the next two decades, Anthony released 10 studio albums selling over 12 million copies, winning 2 Grammy’s and 3 Latin Grammy’s. Throughout the years Anthony also delved into other styles and genres; from ballads to English and Spanish pop to dance music, and also reinventing Latin classics like “Te Lo Pido Por Favor” and “Maldita Sea Mi Suerte.”

Amongst many other accolades and awards, Anthony also broke out in the film and television industry with numerous roles as supporting actor. You can find him opposite of Denzel Washington in the 2004 film Man on Fire, Martin Scorsese’s Bringing out the Dead, as well as the 2007 release El Cantante, in which Anthony portrays salsa legend Hector Lavoe, with his then-wife Jennifer Lopez, playing Lavoe’s wife. Unwilling to slow down, Anthony has also delved into fashion and philanthropy, with his 2012 release of a clothing line at Kohl’s, and creating Maestro Cares, a non profit to help disadvantaged children in Latin America. After a decade of anticipation and waiting, 2013 saw Anthony’s release of 3.0. The album’s single, Vivir Mi Vida, an adaptation of Algerian Cheb Khaled’s “C’est La Vie,” shot to number one on the charts hours after its release, assuring fans that Anthony was finally back, refreshed and ready to deliver another hit salsa album. The songs on 3.0 are a collection of songs he has written and kept over the last 9 years, letting them marinate and reach their full potential. In an interview Anthony remarked about his musical process saying, “Part of my process when I choose a song is I know that I’m going to be with these songs for the next 20 or 30 years and I have

to absolutely love them and be able to live with them.” Truer words haven’t been spoken, as I know personally and many other people still react to 18-year-old songs like “Te Conozco Bien” and “Hasta Ayer” with the same enthusiasm as the first time we heard them. In collaboration with long time producer Sergio George, 3.0 shows an Anthony comfortable, confident and triumphant despite years of silence and complications in his personal life. We see him in a raw in direct light, as if he’s saying, “this is me and where I’m at- take it or leave it.” Regarding his adaptation of the hit single and the album as a whole, Anthony stated in an interview, “Once I realized you only have one life and then you’re gone, it shifted so many things priority-wise in my life. It was that simple realization and it was born from that place. I feel that a lot of people sweat the small stuff, me included. I’ve been guilty of that in my life, and I just thought it was the perfect combination of track and timing.” Embarking on a 15-country tour, Marc Anthony will be joining us at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA on September 10. Don’t miss out on seeing the energetic performance from one of the most influential artists in Latin music. Tickets and more info can be found at www.wolftrap.org █


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BACHATA

By: Cindy Zavala

DOMINICANS HAVE BEEN TAKING OVER THE MUSIC SCENE HERE IN THE DMV AREA WITH THEIR IRRESISTIBLE BACHATAS. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT WE CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THESE BACHATEROS, FROM RISING STARS LIKE LESLIE GRACE, WHO PERFORMED AT THIS YEAR’S 5TH ANNUAL DC BACHATA CONGRESS, TO POPULAR ARTIST PRINCE ROYCE, WHO HAS PERFORMED AT VERANO ZOL. YES, THE DMV WANTS MORE BACHATA! NO LATIN DJ CAN GO TO A FIESTA WITHOUT PLAYING SOME BACHATA.“BACHATEAME!” WE BEG AT HOUSE PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS, AND FESTIVALS! WELL, OUR CALL HAS BEEN ANSWERED BECAUSE EL PRINCIPE DE LA BACHATA, FRANK REYES, IS COMING TO THE DMV AREA THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 AT RIO CANTINA Y DISCOTECA! Before Royce had the “Prince” in his name, there was only one príncipe de la bachata, Frank Reyes! Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Reyes has truly earned himself the title with more than three decades in the bachata business, numerous number one hits, and albums that have

gone both gold and platinum. Reyes has won many awards, including the bachatero of the year award (might I add, more than once). He has also participated in creating very unique events, like in 2002 when he helped organize a concert entitled “Bachata de gala” in the Dominican Republic with musical maestro Jorge Tavera. However, bachata is not everything he plays. Reyes also has some merengue with lots of mambo. So you might be asking, how has Reyes been able to succeed and keep succeeding in the bachata business? Well, the answer is in his songs. Reyes is a hard worker and he delivers his songs with such power that people can’t help but take notice. He is amazing live and his lyrics about love and passion, paired with his incredible voice, inspire euphoria both on and off stage. In 2003, his song “Nada de Nada” remained number one in sales in the Spanish market for 18 months in the United States, Europe, South America, and of course in the Caribbean. Since then, you cannot really hear bachata without hearing “Nada de nada” by Frank Reyes, if you know what I mean. His songs “Amor a distancia,” “Vine a decirte adios,” y “Princesa” are heard everywhere, from your backyard radio stations to those abroad. His discography is tremendous, as he has recorded more than twenty albums! Twenty albums, which means he has recorded hundreds of songs!

This November, Reyes is coming to the DMV to promote his newest album “Soy Tuyo” (2012) and his 2013 hit song “Se Me Olvido Que Te Amaba.” Reyes is sure to put on a great show. He is not only known for his amazing live vocals, but his humor and charisma on stage (especially with the ladies). So if you love bachata, get ready to dance with El Principe Frank Reyes! After all, he does not come here every day! Thankfully the bachata universe heard our call here in the DMV, “bachateame!” Frank Reyes will be performing Sept 6, 2013 at Rio Cantina y Discoteca in Sterling, VA in a show hosted by local radio DJ and personality Yernandy el Dominante. Get your tickets in advance on www.tickeri.com! █


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BACHATA

By: Sarah Barrie

enry Santos, Dominican vocalist and composer, is arguably one of greatest performers of the bachata genre. First reaching super stardom for being a member of bachata supergroup, Aventura, Henry Santos is also known for winning Univision’s hit dance competition, “Mira Quièn Baila” (Latin version of Dancing with the Stars). Santos made his solo album debut in 2011 with Introducing Henry Santos, which debuted at #2 on the tropical billboard charts. With his romantic and seductive style, it comes as no surprise that Henry Santos has become a favorite among the female demographic. The album included hit songs such as “Poquito A Poquito”(Little By Little), and “Por Nada”(Over Nothing). Originally, from Mora, Dominican Republic, Henry Santos moved with his family to the Bronx, New York at age 14. Growing up, he was always interested in music. He performed in the church choir as a child and later joined the music group Los Tinellers, a group that later transformed into Aventura. Hennry Santos co-founded Aventura with his cousin Anthony (“Romeo”) Santos in 1994. Breaking away from the more traditional bachata of the Dominican Republic, Aventura had a unique style, fusing R&B, hip-hop, pop and reggaeton rhythms into their songs. In 2002, Aventura achieved international success with their song “Obsesión”(Obsession), which topped the charts in many countries. Henry Santos was a singer, songwriter and producer for the group who along with Romeo Santos, wrote several hits such as “Deja Vu”, “Voy Mal Acostumbrado” (I’m Getting Used), “9:15” and “Princesita”(Little Princess). Despite their extraordinary success, Aventura announced their separation in 2011. Following the group’s separation, Henry and Romeo Santos both embarked on their solo careers.

Although the album title is in English, and aside from a few phrases here and there, the album itself is in Spanish. Songs such as “My Way”, and “Besame Siempre” (Kiss Me Always) quickly became fan favorites. Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects about the album is that not only did Santos produce the album himself, but did completed it in record time (5 months), while simultaneously competing on Mira Quièn Baila. He would spend 8 hours a day preparing and practicing for the dance competition and afterwards spend countless hours working on his album. Santos was crowned “Rey De La Pista” (King of the Dance Floor) on November, 18th, 2012. Upon winning, Santos stated that for him, the greatest award was not winning the competition itself, but that people were able to separate him from Henry of Aventura and were finally able to see him as Henry Santos. When asked if there was competition between himself and his cousin, Romeo Santos, he said the only competition was in video games, but admitted Romeo tends to win more often. Henry Santos will be performing on September 26th, 2013 at the Howard Theatre (rescheduled from the 8/3 show). All tickets from the previous show date will be honored. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 9pm. Tickets are available at www.thehowardtheatre.com and are $25 in advance or $32 at the door. █

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By: Ellen Flores

ummer is winding down and the air begins to change as Fall comes around. Those nights that are perfect to sit and listen to the wind are here. Maybe it’s me or maybe it’s the universe but I can’t help but hear the wind whisper “papara pa pa eu eo” over and over again. It echoes and follows you around everywhere you go, as if the universe itself has a musical soundtrack just for you. Music is a universe in and of itself that rather than keeping secrets, shares in notes, chords and lyrics that take us along on an adventure of sounds like no other. That “papara pa pa eu eo” that you hear announces the return of Café Tacvba, one of the most unique, celebrated and respected groups in Latin Music. Why would the universe pick Cafeta you ask? Read on and understand the musical universe that is Café Tacvba.

From traditional Mexican sounds to innovating modern alternative rock, Café Tacvba has made a career of not caring what others think and making music that speaks straight from the heart. From inside the masterful minds of Rubén, Meme, Joselo and Quique, these four “chilangos” began in Mexico united by cosmic forces to create music that would impact generations and continually keep us on our toes along the journey. Their career has been an exploration into sounds and individuality ever since their first self-titled album Café Tacvba in 1992. With support by the musical genius and otherworldly ears, producer Gustavo Santaolalla, Cafeta began to craft their music to a few hundred followers at first. Those hundred became thousands and those thousands became millions in a generation that made Cafeta’s music part of their life soundtrack. >>>>>>>


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Fast forward and you have anthems like “Ingrata”, “El Baile y el Salón”, “Eres”, “Mediodía”, and the untouchable Juan Luis Guerra classic “Ojalá Que Llueva Café” cover that the Tacvbos have made their own. This is what makes Cafeta’s music tried and true. They take something familiar, take it into the studio or infront of a live audience and spit it back at you in a way you’ve never experienced before. Cafeta’s latest release “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco” (The Object Formerly Known as Album) takes us back to the days when you would listen to a recording from start to finish without skipping songs. In today’s single-release economy, do you remember what an actual album is? Cafeta wants you to remember and desire that >>>>>>>

feeling once more. In “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco” Cafeta has taken the time to go back to the starting point to resurrect the art of making an album. “La creación es vibración y ésta, es música. (Creation is vibration and this, is music.)” “Vamos pues alegremente, a hacer música, todos juntos. EL OBJETO ANTES LLAMADO DISCO. (Let’s go about joyfully to make music, all together. The Object Formerly Known as Album)” “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco” is Café Tacvba’s tribute to the craft of making music, being creative and being fearlessly unique. Recording El Objeto has been an evolution in the band’s way of doing things. The songs were

performed and recorded in front of live audiences in México, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile) and Los Angeles; something they had never done before. Songs like “Olita De Altamar”, “De Este Lado del Camino” and the new single “Aprovéchate” are portraits in the musical voyage through landscapes that excite the senses and connect us. Songs like “Zopilotes” are testament to the Cafeta style with haunting tones that enrapture the listener with the melodies and vulnerability in Rubén’s voice. Then you have songs like “Espuma” which take us to a zen place of tranquility and comfort all in a way that El Objeto does. Connection has always been an anchor in the life span of Café

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Tacvba. Their connection with each other and with their legions of fans is the glue that has kept them creating, composing and interpreting for over two decades. This fall will mark the first Café Tacvba tour in the United States in over five years. Washington DC will get their visit on September 17, at the Fillmore Silver Spring when we will embark with Café Tacvba on a musical voyage through sights and sounds that will excite our senses and connect to our souls in a way that only Cafe Tacvba can. Get your tickets early, this show is sure to sell-out! Visit www. fillmoresilverspring.com for tickets and information. █


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MUSICA CRIOLLA

By: Juan Leon

va Ayllon, born in 1956 as Maria Angelica Ayllon Urbina, took her stage name from her grandmother who influenced her early singing career greatly. A schoolgirl singer who graduated from local competitions to TV and radio, Ayllon eventually found her way into the musica criolla bands (peñas criollas to the local folk) that would define her legendary style. As early as “Que Somos Amantes” (“That we are lovers”), one of her first hits, Eva Ayllon displayed a sensibility that would remain prominent throughout her long, long career. From her 1977 album, Kipus y Eva with musica criolla group Los Kipus, “Que Somos Amantes” establishes Eva Ayllon’s empathic, compassionate worldview of community. The song’s opening stanza, “El lugar de siempre/ La misma penumbra/ Los mismos bohemios/ La misma florista/ Vendiendo sus rosas/ Y claveles blancos/ A la media noche” describes the mysterious yearning of day to day existential suffering that unites the artist to her audience. While the second, “Cuantos años juntos/ Huyendo de todo/ De los moralistas/ De los puritanos/ Los que no perdonan/ Los que no comprenden/ Que somos amantes” identifies human forgiveness and love as edifying, life sustaining sources in the face of societal oppression. A boundless, all-encompassing search for love and meaning in the mysteries and silences of the world characterizes Ayllon’s work, and the Romantic weight and power of her poetry ties her to a distinctly Peruvian lineage that stretches back to Chabuca Granda and even further to Cesar Vallejo. Part of the Afro-Peruvian music revival which began in the 1950’s, Ayllon’s deeply felt contributions to Peruvian folk style are immeasurable. A proper cataloguing

of her vast career is impossible in an article piece. From the aforementioned Kipus y Eva in 1977 to Al Ritmo de Eva Ayllon in 1980 to Eva Siempre Eva (Sono Sur, 1990) to Ritmo, Color, y Sabor (Discos Independientes, 1996) all the way up to 30 Años en Vivo to her first US release, Eva! Leyenda Peruana (Times Square Records, 2004) and even to her latest record, Celebra 40 Años Enamorada Del Peru (11 y 6 Discos, 2010), Ayllon’s albums have not only led to an increasing worldwide recognition and respect of AfroPeruvian and Peruvian folk music, but have been individual works of great artistic distinction, sincerity, and feeling. As with many great artists, Eva Ayllon is likely best experienced in the small moments of revelation her work provides. Getting at a summation of what Ayllon’s work means to music and humanity is perhaps most fittingly expressed through her own work and the words of a great Peruvian influence. Chabuca Granda’s “El Surco”, which was unforgettably covered by Ayllon on her 2009 release Eva Ayllon Canta A Chabuca Granda, comes to mind-“En una hora triste quise cantar Y dentro de mi canto quise gritar Y dentro de mi grito quise llorar Pero tan sólo canto para callar” (“In a sad hour I wanted to sing And inside my song I wanted to shout And inside my shout I wanted to cry But I only sing to silence myself.”) Eva Ayllon comes to the Howard Theatre on Monday, October 28th. Doors open at 6:00PM. Showtime is at 8:00PM. Tickets are $37 in advance, $45 on the day of show. Tickets are on sale through ticketmaster.com. █


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WORLD MUSIC

By: Aline Barros

said Aaron Cohen in a special for the Chicago Tribune. Mariza is a unique artist. Her music is poetry, art, and very passionate. She sings the kind of music you don’t need to understand the lyrics to feel the melody. The tenacious voice crosses any language barrier, and Mariza just takes you on an unforgettable music journey. The singer, who enchanted Washingtonians in 2009, is back at the George Washington University Center for the Arts, Friday October 18 at 8 p.m. Praised by Rolling Stone Magazine, New York Times and The Guardian for her stunning voice, Mariza’s music touches the heart and soul, deeply with each word and the melody of her voice. “Mariza’s warmth and amiability on stage is a significant change from most fado singers. Traditionally, Portuguese fado singers (fadistas) have delivered their songs of longing while seeming to embrace shadows,” said Cohen. The “Concerto em Lisboa” 2006 live album with 18 Fado songs, reaffirms what many around the world tell about the connection Mariza establishes with the audience. “Filling such an enormous space could pose a challenge for a singer known for creating a cozy intimacy with her dazzling stage presence. But Mariza’s new album, Concerto em Lisboa, recorded live with the Lisbon Symphony Orchestra, demonstrates how she will achieve it, her golden voice soaring effortlessly above the strings, the audience in the palm of her hand,” writes Andrew Meldrum from The Observer. “Fado” (which translates to destiny or fate) is known as the poetry of the Portuguese people and dates back to the 1820s or earlier. Like tango, this deeply emotive art form was traditionally associated with the working classes and was created as a result of the intermingling of diverse cultures. Fado originated in the streets and tavernas of Lisbon, and is a fusion of Gypsy, Arabic, AfroBrazilian and Andalucían influences. In a little more than a decade, Mariza has moved

beyond being one of Lisbon’s greatest local treasures to one of the world’s most acclaimed global musical artists, selling more than one million records worldwide and performing to countless audiences across the globe. Born Marisa dos Reis Nunes (but known to the world simply as Mariza) was born in Mozambique, but raised in the old district of Mouraria in Lisbon. Mariza became fascinated with soulful music and guitar as a child. Throughout her career, she has shared the stage with big names in the music industry including Brazilian Grammy Award-winning Milton Nascimento, American songwriter Lenny Kravitz, and English musician Sting. Although she has tried distinguished styles of music, from bossa nova to funk to American R&B, it is fado that has Mariza forever in love. Her first album “Fado em Mim” was released in 2001 and promptly lead the singer to perform in famous venues such as New York City’s Central Park, the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Festival Hall and the WOMAD Festival. Consequently, Mariza gifted her fans with the albums “Fado Curvo,” “Transparente,” “Terra” and “Fado Tradicional.” Each album opened doors and made the singer grow into one of the most well known Fado artists. She has received two Latin Grammy Award nominations, and was placed on the Billboard World Music Chart. Mariza was also appointed as Ambassador of Goodwill by UNICEF, the Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by the president of Portugal and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts and Lettres by the French government. Mariza was also the subject of Spanish director Carlos Saura BBC documentary titled “Mariza and the History of Fado.” Mariza’s concert is one you won’t want to miss. She will begin enchanting the audience at 8 p.m. in the George Washington University Center for the Arts, Friday, October 18. For more information and tickets: 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu. edu. To learn more about this stunning Portuguese-Mozambican Fado singer, check out facebook.com/MarizaFado. █


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By: Rosario Garcia

If you’ve been to the H Street corridor in Northeast DC lately you may have noticed a brand new Mexican food spot that opened up in July 2013. Owned and operated by Fernando and Julio Postigo, these Bolivian brothers have taken their love of Mexican food and culture, and infused it into Sol Mexican Grill y Cantina, making their restaurant a diamond in the rough for authentic Mexican food lovers everywhere. Fernando and Julio’s initiation into the culinary world was born when they worked in construction and used to patron the food trucks that serviced the various sites. Fernando and Julio caught the bug and almost a decade later have grown their successful food trucks into Sol Mexican Grill. The restaurant is divided into two separate parts. “Downstairs we serve tacos de lengua (beef tongue), barbacoa (shredded beef smothered in sauce), chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage), carnitas (pork) and burritos. It’s basically what we have in our food trucks but in a sit-down place,” says Fernando. The upstairs is a more comfortable restaurant, bar and lounge complete with a large covered and seated patio. The full service bar features over 30 types of

tequila and more than your average run of the mill margarita. A house specialty that immediately called to me were the “Aguas Frescas (Fresh Waters)”. Fernando shared, “These are not your average Aguas Frescas.” Typically made of 100% fruit juice mixed with water, sugar, and ice, the Aguas Frescas at Sol Cantina come in Tamarind, Mango, Watermelon, and Maracuyá (Passion Fruit) flavors but are mixed with something more robust than sugar, and it rhymes with tequila. Actually, it’s definitely tequila! The tangy sweet tartness of the fruit juice mixed with the bold tequila taste is so refreshing it’s life altering! My personal favorites were the maracuyá and watermelon flavors. Another house specialty are the “Palomas”, a sweet and sour concoction made up of Mexican tamarind or grapefruit soda (known as “Jarritos”), mixed with (you guessed it), tequila! You can also try a “Sangrita” which is a delicious two-shot combo reserved only for the adventure seekers out there! Any tequila of your choice is chilled and garnished with a lime. Seems normal enough, until they hand you a shot of salsa extract, which the bartender Seth Elias refers to as “Salsa juice”. You take your “salsa juice” (extracted from the home-made salsa ranchera), followed

by the shot of tequila and bite down on the lime. This delicious combo is not technically on the menu but you can tell them I sent you (you’re welcome)! One house specialty currently being served is the lamb barbecue (or barbacoa) which Fernando tells us contains, “over 14 varieties of chilies including pasilla, guajillo, ancho chilies and lots of other secret ingredients, it’s all homemade,” he assures me with a smile. Actually everything at Sol Cantina is made in house from the chips and salsa ranchera, to the frijoles charros (refried pinto beans cooked with bacon, onions, and chorizo), to the Mexican fried rice, to the chunky guacamole, to the corn tortillas. It’s hard to find some good enchiladas that actually have some spice to them (hello they are called enchiladas for a reason!). The ones at Sol Cantina don’t disappoint. Tasty marinated chicken is cooked with green peppers, wrapped in a corn tortilla, and then covered in a spicy green tomatillo/ cilantro salsa before being topped with melted cheese. You can also ask for a combo, which will include a shredded beef enchilada cooked in a chipotle chili broth with red peppers that adds a definite sweetness, making these a slam-dunk.

The more traditional chicken and shrimp fajitas were so moist and flavorful just writing this review is making my mouth water! Another slam dunk are the appetizer chicken nachos which were a crunchy, melted, cheesy, guacamole, jalapeño-ey goodness that I would have daily if possible. Other menu items I have added to my next trip wishlist are the “pescado a la veracruzana”, “steak a la tampiquena”, and “enchiladas suizas”. It’s clear from my chat with the Postigo brothers that they have big plans for Sol Cantina including integrating with the local community, and hosting various nightly events such as Mariachi Fridays, and an international DJ Night on Saturdays beginning at 10:30pm. They’re also excited about a soon to come Sunday Brunch menu that will feature traditional Mexican food dishes like Pozole (hominy pork stew), Chilaquiles, and huevos rancheros. For more information on Sol Mexican Cantina visit them on Facebook: sol_mexican_grill, www.solmexicangrilldc.com or better yet go check them out at 1251 H Street, NE, Washington DC. █


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best thing about Whats the

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This month we’re celebrating that September marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month! The festivities start September 15 through October 15 with various Latin/Hispanic culture functions organized throughout the United States. This period was selected because it’s the anniversary of independence of eight Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize. We love being Latinos and our fans do to! Check out our social media fans responses to the question:

Malayna: I’m not Latino but I think in a past life I might have been I love learning about the diversity of Latin culture, African influence in particular, in addition to the history of each country that gives each one its own unique flavor. Speaking of flavor I la comida and of course la variedad de música y baile entre los paises. Living in Chile in 2003 was a life changing experience The Spanish language is ultra sexy and sounds so much better than English lol, not to mention los guapos latinos! I’m also incredibly inspired by all of the latinos I’ve met who are on the grind everyday and who are actively setting examples for their families, communities, and who have contributed so much to this country and other nations all over the world. When I speak Spanish and connect with the music and my friends from each country I feel that I am in fact brought to life! Three words sum it up for me: #pasión #sazón y #corazón !

Miriam Jave: Our history, culture, food, language, music, and the passion we have to live and enjoy life!

Javier Corrales: Being very proud of our roots.

Etzy Salazar: The best thing about being a Latino is the rich ethnic background we have. Most of us are a mixture of a pagan and Christian culture. And while most people would tell me I can’t be both, I refute that argument for the very fact that I am on offspring of such mixture... and very proud of it.

Al Von D: Being Latino and living in the USA is the best of both worlds.

Karla Camino Dance: A wider vision of the world. Capable of empathize with other cultures and individuals with different backgrounds.

Iris Chacon: The culture!

DC DjWanako: I feel being hispanic its a bless because our community is growing & I apreciate the unity that is being reflected, movement like your KESTADC Cause Ya are pioneers In theese changes. STAY STRONG We Are Proud Of Ya!!!

Paola Toquica: Our music, our food... bring a latino is the best thing ever! Que viva Colombia!!!

Monica Kinney: Latino come in all colors; they are hard working, innovative, family oriented, in love with life and always surrounded by great music....they represent the best of this world, and I’m proud to call myself Latina.

Daniel Martinez: La malicia indigena!!! Jajajaja

Brenda Lozano: The food, our curves, and our rich history! Oh and our inherited tongue, Spanish!!

Marta E. Cruz-Alicea: EVERY THING!!!

Christina Carrion: It’s a tie between our music and our food!

Will KestaDC: Family, food, music, fútbol, the language and more fútbol. And the fact that we are one of the fastest-growing ethnic backgrounds in the U.S. 4 out of 10 people I meet in the city are Latinos. I bet there are Latinos in some of the most isolated parts around the globe ( I met a couple of Army soldiers from PR in Iceland). We all might not get along, but hey! at least we have somethings in common and we can all relate. Did I mention fútbol?

Rosario Garcia: really love that my Latino heritage is with me everywhere I go.. my tastes in music and food are often influenced by things my ancestors did. I also love being bilingual! Nothing is sexier than speaking Spanish

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STYLE

By: Alicia Yim

FAUX LEATHER IS AN EXCELLENT FABRIC TO WEAR WHILE WELCOMING THE FALL SEASON. The beauty of these synthetic fabrics lies in the many variations that are

being manufactured today. Faux leather can be constructed into any number of different fashion items. We are not only seeing jackets and accessories but also dresses, leggings, skirts, and faux leather accents on cotton t-shirts and sweaters. This is possible because faux leather can vary in thickness, stiffness, and color. Faux leather with built-in stretch makes for a more comfortable fit, especially seen in form-fitting leggings. Leather looks will pair well with snakeskin, metal accessories, and shoes and jewelry that feature Lucite accents. █

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Whats your background? Peruvian/French from China Lake, California! What are your hobbies? I love working out and Zumba, dancing, surfing and playing with my 3 dogs! Whats your favorite food? Sushi. I could eat it every day!” Whats you favorite DC restaurant? Oya Restaurant Whats your favorite drink? Extra dirty Martini What professional carrer would you never do? A veterinarian just because I love animals so much that I couldn’t stand to see them hurt or in pain! What are some surprising songs in your ipod? “At Last’ by Etta James - its such a beautiful love song. Another surprising song is “Day-O” by Harry Belafonte. That song always makes me smile. What do you always carry in your purse? My cellphone, at least one credit card and my favorite lipgloss! Photography: DC Pro Studio


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LOCAL TALENT

By: Rosario Garcia

A BUDDING LOCAL TROPICAL BASS, OTHER WORLDLY DJ MEZKLA SAT DOWN WITH US RECENTLY TO TELL US WHAT PUTS HIM ON THE LOCAL DC MAP. WHEN I TELL HIM I MAY BE TAKING SOME PICTURES FOR THE MAGAZINE HE SAYS, “GREAT! I’LL WEAR MY ALBINO OF COLOR SHIRT!” I LAUGH THINKING HE’S PULLING MY LEG, BUT LO AND BEHOLD AS I MEET UP WITH MR. HUGO NAJERA AT HIS RESIDENT DJ SPOT MAD MOMO’S ON 14TH STREET, HE WALKS UP IN A BRIGHT BLUE SHIRT WITH THE MANTRA, “ALBINO OF COLOR”. “I LOVE IT!” HE REPLIES, “THAT’S WHAT’S UP.” There’s an excitement about Hugo, a local DC native, that’s infectious and rubs off on you no matter what kind of day you’re having. Born with albinism, or lack of color pigment on his skin, Hugo considers himself a person of color due to his Salvadorean/ Guatemalan roots. Hugo’s background is as diverse as his musical tastes. He tells me proudly that his Salvadorean and Guatemalan parents were high school sweethearts (who attended Wilson High School) but had him in Hawaii (his father was in the military). Hugo’s parents moved a lot and he admits to feeling like an outsider growing up. One of the

ways he found to bridge his feeling of “otherness” was through music. In 2005, Hugo a self-described “Hip-hop boy” went from music lover to producing drum and bass, jungle, and dub-step. His influences came from Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, and underground drum and bass clubs on the U street corridor. But he’s fast to add I also love atmospherics from rock and punk like Radiohead or David Bowie, and I love Jazz and Coltrane. Hugo’s introduction to DJing happened through sheer inertia when he reconnected with friend Quique Aviles, a local Salvadorean playwright who he previously worked with during his advisor job

at University of Maryland. Quique signed Hugo up for a DJ gig at the Occupy Gala Theatre event in early 2012 and the rest is history. DJ Mezkla was born and has been shaking booties and taking names all over the DMV area ever since. Speaking of names, you may have also heard of Hugo as DJ Selecciones, or DJ Selecta but he assures us, DJ Mezkla is his final official name. In 2011, Hugo was introduced to the Maracuyeah DJ crew on a night out in Adam’s Morgan and connected with DJ Rat and DJ Mafe. Hugo tells me whereas before going to regular Latino salsa and merengue nights he felt 40% at home, with Maracuyeah he felt 80% at home, which inspired him to continue down his own path and creating his Tropical bass persona. Hugo feels there is a slice of the DC community who wants tropical bass and is not getting it. “I want to play for both the people that are in the room, and the people that aren’t there but want to be in the room. I want them to say, ‘Here’s someone that gets alternative weirdo’s like me’,” shares Hugo.

One thing that Hugo likes to do is mix dancehall reggae, house, hiphop, tropical bass, and top 40’s all in one 10-minute slot. “I like to take a song like ‘Call me Maybe’ and put a reggaeton beat to make it pop. I also do crazy mixes of the music I listen to, like Wu-Tang Clan, El General, King Chango, and David Bowie,” says Hugo. “I like to play a hybrid culture with a tropical vibe. I mix African music with Shakira, Moombahton, and maybe some Beyonce with a dembow beat underneath.”

Hugo tells me one of the highlights of DJing happened during a set at Zeba bar where a guy who had been dancing all night came up to his girlfriend Sheila Mirza to let wher know, “I love this! I don’t even know what I’m dancing to but I like it.” You can find Hugo and his bootyshakin’ DJ sets on his “American Pupusa” radio show the first and third Friday of the month on Radio CPR 97.5 FM from 9-11pm or at his resident DJ spot at Mad Momo’s beer deck and garden twice a month. For upcoming gigs, contact him directly at djmezkla@gmail.com. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes! █


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This Month at Echostage: Cosmic Lights (Steez Promo)-- High powered lasers and an eclectic EDM lineup featuring Canadian dub/drum-stepper Downlink, Santa Barbara duo Candyland, future funk (check his remix of Anita Baker’s “Ring My Bell”) specialist Kill Paris, Buygore Records’ Ookay, House pioneer Donald Glaude, and the versatile multi-genre DJ (and owner of Santa Monica’s Play Me Records) Reid Speed.

By: Rosario Garcia

KH: Where are you from? M: San Cristobal Ecatepec, Estado de Mexico. KH: How did you get started as a bartender? M: I started 14 years ago as a bar back and then waiter at McCormick and Schmicks. I was studying English and learning the profession at the same time. Now I’ve been at Marx Café as bartender, waiter, and manager for 8 years. KH: Favorite thing about being a bartender? M: Meeting interesting people on a daily basis. I like learning something new from people, listening to their problems, hearing about their lives, and introducing them to new drinks. I like when people

I know come in and tell me they’ve had a bad day or a great day and ask me to make them a drink to match their mood. I help lift their spirits or help them celebrate special occasions. KH: What’s the trick to remembering everyone’s “usual” drink? M: I just do my job. I’m an old-fashioned bartender, I learn about people by what they drink and vice versa remember their drinks every time they come visit me. KH: What is the most popular drink people order? M: A combo. It’s usually a beer with a shot of liquor (usually whiskey).

KH: What’s the funniest drink name you’ve heard about? M: Gorilla’s Fart – It’s aged rum and banana liqueur. KH: What’s the craziest thing that’s happened while you were bartending? M: Once a girl who was super dressed up and who wasn’t a heavy drinker asked me for a French connection (honey liqueur and grand marnier). This is a very strong drink and after a few sips let’s just say her body rejected it and she ruined the fancy outfit she was wearing. KH: What’s your favorite drink? M: Jameson neat.

KH: What’s special about working at Marx Café? M: I love the diversity and mix of people that come here from all over the world. I love Saturday Latin Rock nights because it feels like a community. At other bars, you walk in and everyone is in their own little group, and at Marx everyone knows each other and you feel a sense of belonging. It’s a family bar. I also like they play my favorite artists like Soda Stereo, Los Enanitos Verdes, and Café Tacuba. KH: What do you do in your free time? M: Sleep! I also like going to other local restaurants to support the different businesses █

Dirty South, Morgan Page (GLOW at Echostage)-- Two of EDM’s big names on one bill. Both on the softer, more melodic (prog house), less aggressive side of the EDM spectrum. Check Aussie Dirty South’s “City of Dreams” for an excellent example of his style. Mega DC (Steez Promo)-- A nice, diverse offering on September 13th (Friday the 13th). Headliners Datsik and Doctor P serve up some glitchy, trappy EDM. Also, a live performance by The Genius (you may know him as Wu Tang’s GZA) promises to be very interesting. Luminox, Dodge & Fuski, Bortz, 2Rip, and host MCSL also feature. Armin van Buuren (GLOW at Echostage)-- The man who needs no introduction, legendary trance DJ Armin Van Buuren comes to DC on September 28th. Just for kicks here are a few of this man’s accolades: DJ Mag #1 DJ five times (a record), creator of the legendary radio show, A State of Trance, which has over 20 million weekly listeners, the first Dutch dance music artist to debut an album at number one on the charts, and so on and so forth… Echostage is located 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018. Check www.echostage.com for more details.


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KE PASÓ

By: Gloria Turin By: Rosario Garcia

Argentine romantic ballad singer Leo Dan succinctly summarized the impact his music has had in Latin America and the world when he introduced one of his greatest hits, “Como Te Extrano, Mi Amor” to a packed house at CocoCabana in Hyattsville, MD on August 9th. As the familiar chords to “Como Te Extraño, Mi Amor” started to sound, Leo Dan asked those in the audience who were over 40 to raise their hands. The majority of the audience raised their hands. “You all probably grew up listening to this song,” Dan stated matter-of-factly. “Now who in the audience is younger than 40?” A surprising number of hands went up, “You all were probably conceived with this song,” Leo teased. All jokes aside, the passion and intensity transmitted by this romantic icon and the rapture that seemed to befall the entire audience probably makes his statement close to the truth. Backed by stars in their own right ChileanMexican “balada rockmantica” greats Los Angeles Negros, Leo Dan gave a unique and intimate show to fans of all-ages that came out to dance the night away on a warm summer night. It was a family affair, one example was my friend who took her mom as an early birthday present to relive moments from her youth. I was amazed at the amount of songs I recognized from my own upbringing. Shout-out to my mom and her early morning housecleaning sessions while Leo Dan or Los Angeles Negros were blasting on the stereo. Good times! █

Lee “El Gringuito” and Kat “La Gata” threw the biggest event in the DC area. The Bachata Congress 2013 has been the greatest event I have ever attended. Although the congress focused on Bachata featuring Kizomba, the party was for all Latin tastes and ages. In fact this is the first time I’ve seen children showing their dance skills alongside the adults at the different workshops and throughout the entire event. Every day focused on different themes that included various workshops, performances, concerts and parties that lasted until the next day. One of the highlights of the event was the performance by the “Baila Conmigo Kids Team Colombia”, they really owned the stage! This was a 24/7 event, the DJs got everyone pumped in the different rooms and Leslie Grace and Migz made the end of the night unforgettable, accompanied by the battle of the female DJs featuring “La Alemana” and her group performance. It was an amazing festival from beginning to end, I highly recommend you buy your ticket for next year’s Bachata Congress ASAP! I can promise that you will have a blast! █

By: Ellen Flores

What do you get when you mix Latin pride, political frustrations, alcohol, rock n’ roll and puro desmadre? The answer is Molotov live! We closed our summer with a bang the 26th of August with Molotov at the Fillmore Silver Spring. LGBT protestors and/or press didn’t stop us from seeing the Molochos for their second to last night headlining the Jägermeister tour. Opening act Sangre delivered on getting the crowd pumped with their screaming vocals and face melting guitars. Like Molotov, this show was an explosive cocktail that included a powerful set list with their biggest crowd chanting anthems like “Frijolero”, “Gimme The Power” and “Chinga Tu Madre.” As soon as they stepped on stage, Molotov seeped under our skin and got the mosh pits going where guys and gals both did that tribal dance of pushing and shoving, sort of a musical exorcism for the soul. Only Molotov has the power to make every Latino (Mexican or not) scream “¡Viva México C*brones!” at the top of their lungs. Their DC visit came to an end with the classic and now controversial “Puto”, a song that was the match that lit this Molotov cocktail and got us rowdy and brought the house down. If you didn’t jump your ass off and end up all sweaty at the end of the night, you didn’t do it right. Who needs cardio when you have Molotov! █


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KE? KESTA HOROSCOPE Aries: Marc Anthony says “Siente,

baila y goza, que la vida es una sola!”

-“Vivir mi vida”, Marc Anthony

GIVEAWAYS: Libra: Alex Ubago says: “Si ayer tuviste un dia gris, tranquila, yo haré canciones para ver si así consigo hacerte sonreir, ” -”Aunque no te pueda ver”, ALex Ubago

Taurus: Cabas says: “El amor es libre no se puede comprar con dinero”

Scorpio: Jorge Drexler says: “Cada

Gemini: Tito Rojas says: “Si estas tan enamorado, te aconsejo como hermano, esta es tu oportunidad. No te duermas mete mano.“ -”Claro bruto”, Tito Rojas

Sagitario: Café Tacvba says: “¿Quién construye el escenario, donde actuamos tú y yo?”

Cancer: Jerry Rivera says: “Muevete a

Capricorn:

-“Cadena de oro”, Cabas

oscuras con esta morena, con este son vamos a darle maizena”

-”Boricua siempre seré” -Jerry Rivera

uno da lo que recibe y luego recibe lo que da” -“Todo se transforma”, Jorge Drexler

café tacvba tues, sept 17th @ The fillmore

Julieta Venegas says “...Y poco a poco olvidar, el tiempo y su velocidad frenar el ritmo, ir muy lento, más lento.” -“Lento”, Julieta Venegas

Aquarius: Eva Ayllón says: ”El amor,

Virgo: Cabas says: “Dolores vienen y van pero no el amor”

Pisces: Pericos says: ”Lindo día para estar echado bajo el sol lindo día para estar armando...” -”Lindo

-“Bombom”, Cabas

win tickets to

-”Andamios” - Café Tacvba

Leo: Tego Calderón says: “Apaguen los celulares reportensen a sus hogares, hoy si que si que vamo’a hacer maldades” -”Pa’ que retozen”, Tego Calderón

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siendo humano tiene algo de divino, amar no es un delito porque hasta Dios amó. ” -“El Plebeyo”, Eva Ayllón

Día” -Los Pericos

Download and install a free QR code reader for your phone 1. Open the QR code reader application 2. Take picture / scan the QR code with your mobile device 3. The code willl take you to the Win Tickets Page for a chance to win 4. THE FIRST PEOPLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION CORRECTLY ON THE WIN TICKETS PAGE WINS TICKETS TO CONCERT. Good Luck!


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In this issue: Cafe Tacvba, Marc Anthony, Frank Reyes, Jorge Drexler, Herny Santos, Mariza, Eva Ayllon, Dj Mezkla, Manny Morales, Sol Mexica...

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