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Cali-Hustle! 07’08’14

Cali Hustle has been happening for a while, yet I made a stop until recently… tsk tsk tsk.

Hosted by the resident DJ Miss Sunny Z dropping the grown and sexy cuts and resident band QVLN performing live with full band, Cali Hustle can turn The Virgil into a hot California night any time of the year.   I am uncertain if it is due to the flattering looks of Quetzal Guerrero holding it down behind his blue violin, or is it because of Miss Sunny Z’s have body shaker tunes, OR is it thanks to the love that one to another shout out through out the night (damn lovely!) but the majority of the audience is formed by beautiful women dancing the night away… men, you are sleeping.


This party travels to the North and deep down in the South of the continent with sounds of Afrobeat, Samba, Soul, Cumbia, Salsa, Reggaeton, Rock, Hip Hop, Reggae, Funk. QVLN masterfully switches from folk and rock to heavy hip hop bangers with smooth transitions keeping you moving nonstop. This is an experience that needs to be felt live and the opportunity is every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

For even more photos visit FARAHSTOP the music photography archive.

See QVLN’s new video “Burning Fire” … it is sizzling.

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Quetzal Guerrero video shoot – 02’22’14

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I’m always thrilled about the opportunities that arise from this music photography venture of mine.  I was stoked to be asked to do the stills for the video shoot of Quetzal Guerrero aka Qviolin a multi talented musician, violin virtuoso, super cool cat that with whatever beat he picks, from Brazilian grooves to a Jimmy Hendrix kinda vibe, will get your body grooving.

The filming of his upcoming video was no exception.  Quetzal and partner in crime Ms Sunny Z put together a dream team composed by artists and technical collaborators that greatly enjoy creating beauty with whichever tools are available.  I’m a big fan of team work! and this night had it written all over.  I’m not going to disclose much about what’s coming up but do check the photos (even more at FARAHSTOP the music photography archive) as they will give you a tad little bit of the heat that #qvln has coming up.

Highlight:  Social media!  we tweeted and instagram and all during the shoot so check #qvln if you are curious 😉

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Subsuelo ft. GARTH TRINIDAD (KCRW) and DJ EKO – 02’19’14

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I am one of the founding members of Subsuelo, a global bass party happening at Eastside Luv every third Wednesday of the month.  We are a collective of artist and all  provide our own pieces of magic to our very warm night.  Or February edition was a tad little bit different than others, we were missing DJ Ethos since he is on tour with Los Rakas and our flamenca La Tigresa is out of town.

We are surrounded by tons of talent so the night got bumpy how we like it when our flamencos Gerardo Jerry Morales and Gabriel Lautaro Osuna were joined by the lovely flamenco dancer Wendy Castellanos taking over the tablas for the night.  DJ Eko did a fantastic DJ set with influences of AfricaLatina and KCRW‘s DJ Garth Trinidad surprised us with an all vinyl set, one banger after the other (he played Eurythmics, one of my favorites… I’ve sang Sweet Dreams to my nephews when newborn to put em to sleep).  To see the whole thing please visit FARAHSTOP the music photography archive and wait for Subsuelo March, tons of surprises right there.

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Grand Park’s Valentine’s Day ft Funke Sole DJs Music Man Miles & Clifton + Orgone & Breakestra, 02’14’14 – Review

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I shared more than one time in my social media sites how much I like Valentine’s day.  Is not about the mushy crap, or the religious myths behind it. Is about people, worldwide, focusing their energy in one of the strongest feelings:  Love… And that my friends is powerful.   I couldn’t do anything other than doing what I love, around music I love, with the people I love.

LA had a major concentration of my favorite loving things at it’s still fresh and gorgeous Grand Park who hosted a free night of LOVE  with the support of Nance Arte Productions and The Echo.  Funky Sole is LA’s premiere raw/funk soul party. 1960s – Now sounds adorned Grand Park  where lovers and friends (many single groups of friends) turned to the park to share a night under the stars and get their funk on!  DJs Music Man Miles shared the rare grooviness usually found at The Echo every Saturday night.  The bands Orgone and Breakestra gave amazing performances  under the LA sky while the lines for the beer garden where long, yet tolerable.  Check FARAHSTOP the music photography archive for even more images of how it all went down !!! and if you are still craving a bit of funk, visit Funky Sole.

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Bob Marley’s Birthday ft The Lions + DJ Boss Harmony & MC Junor Francis, 02’06’14 – Review

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Every year I’m stoked to celebrate the birth of the man who provided me with a daily mantra:  Every little thing is gonna be alright.  Bob Marley gave so much to reggae music and culture and this past February 6, The Lions paid their tribute to this legend with a very rowdy show at La Cita.

The crowd was already was already steamy with the sounds of Punky Reggae & Dub Club’s own DJ Boss Harmony making everyone irie.  When MC Junior Francis took the mic and introduce The Lions you can feel the uproar of eager attendants waiting for their live reggae fix.  Progressively the night got hotter and hotter to the sounds of these grown cats surrounded  by sweaty bodies twisting to the beat of The Lions.   Thus far, they are one of my favorite reggae bands and if you don’t know em, check out the video bellow and follow them! … Find even more photos at FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.

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U.S. Department of Bhangra Los Angeles ft Jeremy Loudenback 01’30’14 – Review

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I highly favor Bhangra music, that jumpy punjab beat that emerged late 70’s.  I like for many reasons, the way people smile when they move their arms as if they were changing light bulbs, the energy from the dancers but mainly:  the beat.  There are so many genres that depart from bhangra (or so I hear in my head).

This seems to be a season for new nights happening in Los Angeles and Bhangra is taking a special spot in the non mainstream scene.   U.S. Department of Bhangra , a night that had its residency in Washington DC lead by DJ Saadat Awan for 5 years, has now moved to LA.  This was my last January stop and I hope it keeps going strong.  This 1st night was programed to be in the upstairs small room at Los Globos, however due to a cancellation, they were forced to do it at the large room downstairs, perhaps a premonition of future full nights? Guest DJ Jeremy Loudenback from Discostan lead the ship long enough to warm up the crowd until Saadat took over the decks DC Bhangra style.

If life allows, I’ll be there again, in the meantime I’ll leave you with even more photos at FARAHSTOP the music photography archive.

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Funky Sole ft DJ Greg Belson + Djs Cris Cado & Dj Ghost 01’11’2014 – Review

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On January 11 I made a late, short, punctual stop at Funky Sole, LA’s premiere raw/funk soul party. 1960s – Now sounds.   While Mean Mr. Mustard was holding it down in the patio along with guest backyard DJs Ghost and Cado, DJ Chico was getting his groove on… and inside, cupcakes were getting lit up to celebrate the life of resident DJ Music Man Miles (Rootdown/Breakestra).  Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch (Sonic, Underground, Transistor) was getting his funk looking classy -as always- on the dance floor.   My visit was short, yet long enough to get the energy of the crowd stoked to celebrate the life of the Music Man.  I wasn’t gonna to my FARAHSTOP thing, I went to share birth day hugs, but then my photographer friend Chuck Chilla says “you shoot, I video the candle…”; guest DJ Greg Belson then announced the life celebration and that’s what happened.

For even more photos visit the photo blog FARAHSTOP.

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ECLÉCTICA 2014 OPENER ft The Sweeney Brothers Band & DJ Fresko – Review

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This is officially the first event I go out and shoot in 2014. I started (without a resolution) seeing friends more often, life set it up like that, and Ecléctica gave me the chance to have the best of my worlds, friends, music, photo and pretty much family.

Ecléctica happens every 1st Wednesday of the month at Eastside Luv; as a one time only the gorgeous gallery and art space Tropico de Nopal welcomed the 2014 party opener.   Doors opened at 8PM, I got there at 9ish and the party was already happening.   I missed the forró dance class happening at the beginning of the night with Fabio and Andrea from FORRÓ IN L.A (sorry!), class that I recommend a lot, happening every Wednesday 7-8PM at Tropico de Nopal. However, every one else must have got there on time because there were serious moves happening on the dance floor.  I even brought a friend and your awesome host Daniel French helped me out with a mini class lesson. Many Capricorns were celebrating including  your resident DJ Reyes who along fellow Glenn Red were making magic behind the turntables traveling with sounds around (very hot parts of…) the world.

Once the audience was nice and cozy and sweaty and unstoppable, The Sweeney Brothers Band took over to room.  This special treat had Kahlil Balandugu Kan(percussion), Tutu Sweeney(keys, trumpet) Daniel Richardson(sax) (WILBERTA), Fabio Santana De Souza(trombone) Dustin Gwarren(vocal), Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney (percussion) and special surprise guest Quincy McCrary (keys)(mayer hawthorne).   For moments I felt as in the middle of a fantastic jam session and not.   Fire.  And afterwards, special guest DJ Fresko got to keep all the dancers moving; ain’t that great?

Sweet highlight of the night: Raymond’s Caipirinhas and Ms Sasha Ali’s smile (Capricorn girl).

For more photos please visit the photoarchiveblogetc ->FARAHSTOP.

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GLOW at Zanzibar – First post of 2014!!!

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Happy New Year world!  This is not only the first post of 2014, but also the first one of FARAHSTOP – The Review.

I LOVE doing music and nightlife photography, not only it provides me a myriad of music influences but it allows me to share what I lived through the night. I ended 2013 and started 2014 shooting at one of my favorite venues in greater Los Angeles, Zanzibar.

This night was titled GLOW it it was certainly that, black light, neon accessories and all kinds of freebies to their guests to be glowing along this spot.  It isn’t difficult at all to visually document a crowded night, at venues filled enough to let you feel the heat in a comfortable space, but also to be surrounded by a stellar staff that know how to do their job.  In big cities you may come across with security bullies but that is not the case at all at Zanzibar, not only these guys look spiffy but they make you feel welcomed and take care of you (dancer, drinker, staff) all night.  Don’t give em reasons to get on your case tho, they do their security thing.

A favorite of the night was the awesome host, KGSuperstar dancing along with the glowing dancers and singing along with the crowd.  DJ Cali and DJ Looney brought heavy hitters that the audience would grind along with and oh yeah, we popped (abundant) champagne! Major MAJOR respect to the woman behind the glowing light, Destiney Rose.  Building such a fantastic atmosphere from behind the scenes and from the view point of  the audience is made possible thanks to the creativity and dedication of caring leaders such as Destiney.  There were tons of options to ring 2014 in Los Angeles, I am glad to have shared such a special transition with this crowd.

The slideshow above is just a preview of the night… for even more photos, visit FARAHSTOP

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