DJ Dirtyverbs (aka Logan Phillips) uses cumbia and tropical bass as a lengua franca to connect communities and cultures on the dancefloor. Dirtyverbs got his start playing backyard parties and mezcal speakeasies in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2007, after falling in love with cumbia sonidera in Querétaro in 2003. Born and raised in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands and now based in Tucson, Arizona, Dirtyverbs has been a resident DJ at Tucson’s historic Hotel Congress since 2012 and is lead organizer and host of El Tambó (“Best Danceparty,” Tucson Weekly).
Via Vox Urbana — Vox Urbana is a seven -piece band that combines Latin-based sounds with stories and experiences that occur in the Arizona/Sonora border region. The bi-national band is based in Tucson, Arizona and has been creatively narrating stories of the border community since 2010. The band’s original repertoire breaks any language barrier through its 100% danceable grooves. Vox Urbana’s instrumentation consists of guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, bass guitar, congas, and drums. As a collective composing body, Vox Urbana continuously aims to learn and expand its musical influences.
Via Frontera Bugulú - Frontera Bugalú is a musical project founded by accordionist and composer Kiko Rodriguez in El Paso, Texas in 2011. Originally established to cover songs by border composers from Texas, it eventually became its own creative project with the release of its debut album in 2011. The band made its name by performing an energetic fusion of border folk and cumbia music.
Via Sister Mantos — When Sister Mantos takes the stage, their psychedelic blend of LATIN BEATS, PUNK ATTITUDE, and FUNK RHYTHMS invigorate the crowd to dance, sing and rejoice. Sister Mantos sings songs in Spanish and English about love, QUEER & POC empowerment, and utopias that are free of war and oppression. Sister Mantos is a solo performance band or a huge orchestra depending on the time and place but a guaranteed party either way.
La Diabla is an infectious rhythm, five faces strategically concealed behind sunglasses and bandanas, and is credited with creating an appetite for Colombian Roots Cumbia in Tijuana and its sister city of San Diego. This band stays true to traditional instruments such as the accordion, guacaracha, and caja valleneta. La Diabla translates to "The She-Devil," and will seduce audiences with Cumbia Sabanera throughout Los Angeles and Southern California and beyond.
Via Riobamba - Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist based in Brooklyn. Riobamba’s rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance, amplifying connective tissues between YouTube clips, dembow brujería, bodega soundtracks, and noise hyperreality "suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl" (Complex). As a self-made bridge between música urbana’s underground movements and pioneers, Riobamba has recently shared the stage with Tego Calderón, Maluma, Nina Sky, DJ Playero, Rosa Pistola, and DJ Blass.
Via El Dusty — Raised and rooted in Corpus Christi, producer, DJ, and nu-cumbia pioneer El Dusty translates the Southern Texas border experience into new barrio anthems where the MPC2000 sampler and chopped clips of Latin music history collide. Set to drop on September 18th, Trapanera EP marks the first of his collaborative projects since signing with Universal Records, new division AfterCluv, showcasing a turntablist tradition that links Latin classics with the new generation of bass-heavy soundsystem and hip-hop cultures.
Via Late Night Laggers — From our home base in Los Angeles, CA, Late Night Laggers is focused on designing, curating and producing global music and culture experiences that inspire artists and fans to celebrate the world around us.
Through our DJ sets and events, we thrive on highlighting burgeoning underground artists and movements from the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Africa, each time taking a step closer to our ultimate goal of making sounds and cultures from around the world more familiar to all.
(Tohono O’odham Nation) - Bringing native waila and cumbia driven by guitar, accordion and saxophone. A favorite of last year’s Fest returns to Tucson.