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WestFest: Dance Party at The Guadalupe

WestFest: Dance Party at The Guadalupe

 

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Everyone was dressed to impress during the Gala Dinner at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s WestFest. I arrived just as the silent auction was getting under way. Some of the participants stepped up the bidding on the artwork well above my pay grade! Colao, the opening local support, were a perfect segue between formality and dance party. There was a feeling in the air that reminded me of a company or holiday party, or maybe a family function, where we all can’t wait to say bye to our coworkers and say hello to our friends. Ray Colao took us there. He helped loosen some neck ties and brought folks out of their seats and down to the dance floor. Colao played standard covers  like Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” but also (since it was the westside) Colao was bustin out the Juanes.


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Mexican Institute of Sound wasted no time getting the audience moving. They came out energetic and pounded out a couple of tracks off their last release Politico. Camilo Lara’s stage presence was contagious, “you’ll have to excuse me, my English isn’t very good..” he said as he dropped a beat, “but my Spanish is worse!” The crowd loved it and laughed along with Camilo. They played a mix of new(ish) songs and tracks off earlier releases to a dancing audience made of a mix of people from the Gala Dinner and people who came just to see MIS. Camilo used a small controller to trigger samples and a small micro-Korg looking synth, he also had a live drummer and bassist. The live drums and bass added a funk and an energy that can’t be recreated with studio beats. The projections were as satirical and political as the lyrics. I spoke to Camilo briefly after their set and he said an (unnamed) designer in Mexico City helped create the projections. I felt like the reporter on the court after the game asking the star player “How did you kick so much ass??” So I kept it short, it looked like he had a lot to deal with. My favorite part of the night had to be the unexpected transition into “Yo Digo Baila” and when MIS had the crowd singing and clapping along: “TU DICES DANCE!!” The highlight, though, came as the crowd began chanting “Otra! Otra!” at the end of their set. MIS began bringing audience members on stage to dance and sing a long, it made for one unforgettable encore. 

 

 

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June 23rd, 2014

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