Monday, December 27, 2010

Teena Marie (R.I.P.)

Teena Marie passed away yesterday, Sunday December 26th at the age of 54. This song was one of my favorites, rest in peace Teena!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Live Mix Pt2 10 Year Anniversary

On Thursday Dec 30th all original musicians from the Breakestra's Live Mix Pt2 will performing live at the Root Down to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of it's release on Stones Throw. So join us at the new Gabah (4916 Hollywood Blvd 90027) $10 Cover all night; 21+

Arise at Root Down

Last Thursday Night LA's reggae roots band, Arise blessed the stage at Root Down. If you we're there, then you know the band did not disappoint, it was HEAT! Check out the photo's & join us this week for the 10 year anniversary of Breakestra's Live Mix Pt2

*Photography by Ervin Arana

Monday, December 13, 2010

Arise Performs live at Root Down

This Thursday Night, join us for a night of live Reggae Roots music along with the sounds of the Root Down Sound System. The venue just had some major upgrades, providing a classy setting and improving to the sound system. Free before 11pm, $5 after. Hope to see some familiar faces!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Take Me With You" by DJ Nu-Mark

Recognized for his pioneering work with Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark is best known for his production on the anthem “What’s Golden”. Nu is putting the finishing touches on his debut solo release Broken Sunlight to be released in early 2011.

But in the meantime VTech and Mochilla present an exclusive look inside his forthcoming mix CD “Take Me With You…” with this exclusive 20 minute download. Click the link to download.

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Blue Note Jazz Photography

I've known about this book for years and always forget to pick it up. I think this Christmas I'll buy myself a present. If you know anyone into jazz or photography this might be a great gift!

From 1941-1965 Francis Wolff took thousands of photographs during the rehearsals and recording sessions that made Blue Note Records the world's most famous jazz label. This book presents over 200 of those intimate photographs and the text details the history of the label and the fascinating stories behind some of its most legendary recordings. A valuable reference section includes biographies of the artists and the names and dates of the sessions at which the photos were taken. (Synopsis taken from;

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Billie Jean by Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc was always one of my favorite guest performers at Root Down, but this performances here gives me the chills! Check it out & if you like what you hear, pick up his new album Good Things

Quantic Interview

Digging for breakbeats is definitely what exposed me to other genres of music. Quantic says it best, "There comes a time when you stop looking for break beats.... there's not a funk beat there, but I love it. You're taste deepens." Much respect to Quantic. If you haven't heard his music, you're missing out! Check out this interview he did a few years back.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Low Key Every Wednesday Night

Going on our forth week! Come vibe & lounge with us, we're spinning rare groove, early 90's r&b, neo soul, soulful hip hop and anything else that makes us feel good! Free all night.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Funky Sole

Tomorrow Night, I'm spinning an all vinyl set with Music Man Miles & DJ Soft Touch aka Clifton at the LA's legendary Funky Sole. So bring you're dancing shoes cause we're gonna get FUNKY! ...And it's free all night; The Echo 1822 Sunset Blvd LA 90026

Easy Roc's Halloween Decor

Yes, I know Halloween was a month ago, but a couple days after Easy Roc's Halloween house party, I stopped by his house to shoot all the incredible decor that was still up. Chatting it up with Easy, he was already mapping out his decorations for next year. So again, don't make any plans for Halloween weekend in 2011, lol. His parties truly capture the Halloween spirit!

*Photography by Ervin Arana

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Last night was definitely a night to be grateful for. My night started with my weekly residency "Low Key" at Carbon in Culver City. Lots of folks came to vibe & groove with us. Special thanks to DJ Bennett (Amoeba Music) for coming thru as well.

Then I headed out to the 12th Annual Thanks Givends event to rock with all my LA peeps. Spinning 45's after Japan's DJ Muro & Stone Throws' Peanut Butter Wolf is no easy task, but your boy did it. After seeing those two rock, it's inspired me to hit the lab & sharpen up my skills! Much respect to both of them!

I didn't get say hello to too many folks, but I hope everyone had a great night! And don't forget, be thankful everyday, not just once a year. We're very fortunate to be living the life that we do :D

*Photo by Ervin Arana

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanks Givends 12 Year Anniversary

Every year LA comes together for the Annual Thanks Givends Benefit fundraiser. This year's event will be benefiting Mar Vista Family Center & Peace 4 Kids/Watts Boys & Girls Club Arts. I hope everyone will come out to support this great cause. Music will be provided by just about all your favorite LA DJ's, including yours truly! Here's the info....

Club Seven Forty
753 S Spring St (Corner of 8th in Downtown LA, Enter Alley)
9pm-3am | 21+ | $10 Suggested Donation

Mar Vista Family Center -
The mission is to provide low-income families with quality preschool education, youth enrichment, and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and in their communities. Every program adheres to the basic premise that it is critical to empower children, teens and adults to play vital and responsible roles – as decision makers, community leaders, mentors, classroom volunteers, and fundraisers – at MVFC

Peace 4 Kids/Watts Boys & Girls Club Arts -
Provides programs and services for foster and at-risk youth from ages 5-18, and after emancipation until age 24. Peace4Kids is truly on the front lines in addressing the needs of foster and at-risk youth in the South Los Angeles neighborhoods of Watts,
Willowbrook and Compton. They create a strong foundation
through programs focused on creative expression and life
skills, allowing our kids to discover their unique voice and
limitless potential for success.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Root Down Sound System

The Root Down Sound System doing what we do best. Check us out tonight at the New Gabba 4916 Hollywood Blvd CA 90027; $5 Cover or Free before 11pm with password "The Meters" so tell all your your friends!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Low Key

In the mid to late 90's I discovered what the media labeled, neo soul. Artist like Amel Larrieux, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu & more. As a DJ, this was a sound that interested me the most. However, most DJ gigs required me to play more uptempo music.

Don't get me wrong, I love all types of music. But every Wednesday Night at Carbon, I'll be exploring all the r&b and soul music that moves me the most. I hope you'll stop by and join me sometime...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Breakestra live at the Root Down

The Root Down's back for it's second week with a special live performance by The Breakestra! Join us at the New Gabah 4916 Hollywood Blvd LA 90027. $10 all night!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All Hallows Evil

Some of the best house parties I've ever been to have been hosted by Easy Roc. If you don't know Easy Roc, all you need to know is that when he does something, he goes all out & does it RIGHT!!!

So with that being said, I hope to see you at his annual Halloween House Party this Saturday Oct 30th! Bring all your friends, all cool peeps are invited. I guarantee, you won't be disappointed. Music provided by DJ Wobbles & yours truly! $5 donation, 16636 Georgia Ave in the city of Paramount CA 90723

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Don't Call It A Come Back

...we've been here for years! After a year hiatus, The Root Down has returned. The Sound System's in full effect; Music Man Miles, Loslito, Sloe Poke, Expo, DJ Jedi, Burt Blackarach & of course yours truly! Going down at a new location, G-Club aka Daddy Cools; 4916 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027. Free before 10:30pm w RSVP; $5 After

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sonido Presents...

Another installment of Sonido Presents with LA legendary DJ Marvski along with resident DJ Sloe Poke & yours truly, here's the info, I hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Union Del Barrio Fundraiser

Going down tonight at Sonido Sundays; DJ's Sloe Poke, Expo, Frank(E), Chicus, DJ Ethos, yours truly and special performance by Aztlan Underground. More info...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wake Up

John Legend & The Roots' new album Wake Up was officially released this past Tuesday September 21st. Off the bat, I'm definitely feeling their first single, Wake Up Everyone. I haven't picked up the album yet but I've heard a few snippets of the rest of the tracks so we'll see how it goes. I'm a big fan of the Roots & John Legend so I'm hype to hear what they got for us! Peep the site for more info;

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fat Beats LA

The end of an era, but you better believe Fat Beats is going out with style. Make sure you stop by this week for anyone of their instores.... & shame on you for not supporting the store before it went out of business!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

ANDA w Surprise Guest DJ

Tonight ANDA presents an all vinyl set from resident DJ's Gazoo, Gomez Comes Alive, Juan Lennon & Mando Fever along with Chico Sonido, Glenn Red (Afro Funke'), B+ (Mochilla) & a very, very special guest that you don't want to miss ;)

$10 or $7 before 10:30 w RSVP at 21+ Mal's Bar 2331 S Hill St Los Angeles, CA *100% of the door money will be donated to benefit the LA 4 PK Coalition's flood relief efforts for Pakistan!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sonido Presents...

This Wednesday Night, join us for another night of Sonido Presents with special guest DJ's Ethos, Marvski, Resident DJ's Sloe Poke & yours truly along with a live performance by Mexico 68. Hosted by Artson, all happening at Little Temple (4519 Santa Monica Blvd in Silverlake)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Root Down Back at Lil Temple

For one night only, the usual suspects; Music Man Miles, Loslito, Sloe Poke, DJ Expo, DJ Jedi, Amani & yours truly spinning all vinyl back at our last residency; Little Temple 4519 Santa Monica Blvd in LA.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Feel Good Music; Venezuelan Zinga Son Vol 1

Los Amigos Invisibles take you on a continuous blend of latin, funk, house, lounge and bossa nova, making this album a unique musical experience! Trust me, you need this album in your life, Listen

Friday, August 6, 2010

Long Beach Funk Fest Schedule

Alright everyone, today is the day. Make your way out to beautiful downtown Long Beach for a day FUNK w special performances & some of LA's funkiest DJ's! Here's the lineup.....

Pine Stage
11:00am - 12:15pm DJ Gazoo (ANDA)
12:15pm - 1:10pm Orgone
1:10pm - 2:35pm Ervin Arana (Root Down)
2:50pm - 3:40pm Weapon Of Choice
3:40pm - 5:00pm Thomas PM (Ubiquity)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Yo Mama Big Fat Booty
6:00pm - 7:40pm Glenn Red (Afro Funke')
7:40pm - 8:40pm Bloco Nove

Main Stage
12:00pm - 1:20pm Luman (Bar One)
1:20pm - 2:30pm Big Ol Nasty Getdown
2:30pm - 3:50pm Clifton (Funky Sole)
3:50pm - 4:50pm Stone City Band
5:50pm - 6:15pm DJ Abel (Good Foot)
6:15pm - 7:30pm The Jimmy Castor Bunch
7:30pm - 9:00pm Monalisa (Garth Trinidad Sound)
9:00pm - 10:15pm Ladies Of The P Funk

Rhythm Lounge
12:00pm - 1:00pm Renato (Super Cuts)
1:00pm - 2:00pm Connor Rogan
2:00pm - 3:00pm Gazoo (ANDA)
3:00pm - 4:00pm Laroj
4:00pm - 5:00pm Expo (Root Down)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Bobby Soul
7:00pm - 8:00pm Marvski
8:00pm - 9:00pm Thomas PM (Ubiquity)
9:00pm - 10:00pm Glenn Red (Afro Funke)

DJ Tent
2:00pm - 3:00pm Expo (Root Down)
3:00pm - 4:00pm Marvski
4:00pm - 5:00pm ReMitch (Soul Sessions)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Renato (Super Cuts)
6:00pm - 7:00pm Laroj
7:00pm - 7:20pm Spankie Valentine
7:20pm - 8:00pm Ervin Arana (Root Down)
8:00pm - 9:00pm DJ Abel (Good Foot)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lunch Breaks

This Friday afternoon as part of the Rock Steady Crew 33rd Year Anniversary, DJ's Tony Touch, DV One, Fever One & myself will be Djaying on Lunch Breaks with Crazy Legs! Show starts at 1:45pm-5pm Bronx Time. So for all my Cali peeps that's 10:45am-2pm. Tune in;

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rock Steady Crew 33rd Year Anniversary

Rock Steady Crew has been holding it down for 33 years! I've been down with the movement since Nov 2002 and it's been an incredible journey! I'm in NY right now celebrating with the crew. Saturday July 31st we'll be hosting the UK Champs Qualifier (winning crew & soloist will represent the US later this year in the UK) For more info;

Sunday August 1st, Rock Steady For Life Free Outdoor Concert & Food Drive. Live performances by Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Black Sheep, Lords of the Underground, 9th Wonder, Immortal Technique, Rakaa & Much Much MORE! All going down at Lincoln Park (1 Lincoln, Newark NJ) Free all day 12pm-9pm!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

KRS One Lecture

Wednesday, July 28th at 6pm, Amoeba Music is honored to host a private Lecture, Q&A and book signing with the legendary KRS One aka The Teacha. This special event will take place in Amoeba’s Jazz Room where a smaller group of fans will be able to hear KRS One read selections from his new book and answer questions.

Due to the intimate nature of this event and space constraints, Amoeba will sell advance Gospel of Hip Hop packages. Includes a copy of the book on event date, guaranteed space in signing line to meet KRS One and a ticket to hear KRS speak and answer questions in Amoeba’s Jazz Room.

Package price is $25 and they are available at Amoeba Hollywood now (6400 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028) Get them while they last!

Friday, July 9, 2010


I've been to the art walk in downtown LA a few times before, but this past Thursday was the first time I got to take my time and enjoy the experience. Out of respect to the artist, I didn't post any photo's of any art work (except for images of the protest). But from these photo's you can see that the art walk soon turned into the "ate walk" (as the dapper dames now call it , lol). Art walk goes down every second Thursday in downtown LA. Swing by next time, get inspired, meet new people and grab a bite to eat from one of the many food trucks! Check out the photo's, see you next month.....

*Photography by Ervin Arana

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Long Beach Funk Fest

Ladies of P-Funk, Jimmy Castor & The Bunch, Original Stone City Band, Orgone along with DJ Gazoo, Clifton, Glenn Red, Marvski, yours truly & many more funk bands, artist, dancers & DJ's will invade downtown Long Beach for a free Funk Festival. All going down Saturday August 7th!

Spirits Of A Feather

This Saturday Night, find a friend and share an evening of art & music in my beautiful hometown city of Long Beach! Viento Y Agua Coffee House & Gallery presents artist Steven Lopez; Spirits Of A Feather. Music provided by Glenn Red of Afro Funké. Here's the address; 4007 East 4th St Long Beach Ca 90814

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I feel blessed to be surrounded with such talented people. Mayda del Valle, Def Poet & member the Rock Steady Crew (I told you, we're not just bboys & bgirls) will be performing an excerpt of her one woman show at the Greenway Court Theatre (544 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles CA 90036); Not sure what the cost is, but I'm sure it won't be too expensive. Either way, it's a good to support! Show starts at 10:30pm Wednesday July 7th.

Salida is a work in progress that explores culture, traditions, memory, and the wounds and stories women inherit from their mothers. While trying to break free from her mother’s expectations and restrictions, a daughter uncovers their shared longing for a way out and establishes a healing connection to the grandmother she never met.

*photo by Ervin Aarana