Since it’s the late Michael Jackson’s birthday today and all, it seemed right that this week’s Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week be Gift of Dreams’ “Moonwalk.” Now go bump this in the bucket!
Girl in a Coma’s recent summer tour was clouded over by an incident that occurred before the release of their second album “Trio B.C.” An altercation took place at a bar in Houston which resulted in the arrest of singer/guitarist Nina Diaz and bassist Jenn Alva. The two had been facing serious charges of felony assault on a public servant until yesterday. The band’s website reported the following:
Many of you know that the band has been dealing with legal issues that we haven’t been able to talk about until now. Today Jenn and Nina went before a Grand Jury in Houston, Texas to face charges of felony assault on a public servant. We are happy to announce that both Jenn and Nina received a “No Bill” which means that they have decided not to indict the girls and the case is over with no criminal case against the girls. The band is relieved that this ordeal is over and that justice system worked. Thank you to our family, friends, club owners and especially all the fans that stood behind us and believed in us throughout it all. xo-Jenn,Nina and Phanie
The legal mess that entangled Girl in a Coma depleted their savings and all the touring they did this past summer, in effect, was to begin recuperating from the losses. Now with the charges finally dropped, the girls can put everything behind them and resume doing what they do best: rock!
Based in New York City, the band Cordero has been quietly perfecting its unique blend of indie-rock rhythms infused with the infectious sounds of Latin music. Fronted by Puerto Rican songstress Ani Cordero and featuring members of various ethnic backgrounds, the band’s songs intermingle her soothing vocals with musical arrangements that are irresistibly danceable on multiple sonic fronts. The Village Voice attests to this phenomenon having said of Cordero’s live performances that they “usually wind up as street parties outside the venue.”
Cordero are making their way once more to the West Coast for tour dates in support of their latest album “De Dónde Eres,” released a year ago to critical acclaim. The band will be making a local stop this Saturday, August 29th at the Levitt Pavilion Memorial Park in Pasadena, an outside venue already conducive to becoming a street party, but before that, singer/guitarist Ani Cordero made time to speak with LatinoLA about her music.
Read our Q & A exchange here:
“Shake Away” your disappointment, Lila Downs is coming back to Anaheim. After fans learned of the unfortunate news that Downs had to cancel her concert that would have taken place last night, the Grove of Anaheim quickly worked with the singer to reschedule the date. Ticket buyers, hold on to your boletos because they will be honored for the new concert date of Sunday, October 25th! If you can’t make the show, refunds are available.
Two days before her scheduled appearance at the Grove of Anaheim, Lila Downs has canceled the show! News of the unfortunate occurrence was posted to the singer’s website with the explanation that she had undergone emergency surgery for appendicitis. Thankfully, Downs is said to be resting and recuperating and left her fans with the following message:
Me encuentro un poco hinchada y somnolienta pero fuerte como un aguila despues de que me echaron cuchillo en esta mañana de agosto. A causa de esta operación tuvimos que cancelar una gira importante para nosotros aquí en los Estados Unidos. Ya salí con bien gracias a Dios de esta apendicitis.
I am a little swollen and sleepy but strong and thankful for a successful operation of appendicitis here in New York. Unfortunately for this reason we needed to cancel our concerts this week in the U.S., but soon enough we’ll be out there doin’ our thing.
Word from the Grove is that they are attempting to reschedule the concert date. When that takes place and a new date is announced, tickets purchased for this Wednesday will reportedly be honored. Get well Lila!
For years, Lila Downs has melded her powerful multilingual vocals with musical arrangements that engagingly blend the sounds of our global village. Of mixed heritage herself, the signature syncretism that has come to define her artistic presentation has been most recently evidenced by the release in late June of the appropriately Spanglish titled anthology The Very Best of el Alma de Lila Downs. The Oaxaca-born singer’s commanding range will be echoing through the Grove of Anaheim this Wednesday, but before that, Downs made time to speak with the Weekly about her music.
Read my exchange with Lila Downs here:
This is the first post in a new series on donpalabraz.com – Anaheim Funk Jam of the Week! Yes, you readers need to be given something once a week so you can bump it in your bucket! This inaugural post is from Vaughn Mason and the song is titled “Feel My Love.” You might recall Mason’s big hit, “Bounce Skate Rock Roll,” and if this jam sounds familiar it’s because Frank V of Proper Does sampled it for the tight as shit track “Somethin’ to Bump.”