The Echo & Dub Club Present
2 Room Dub Club
DJ Tom Chasteen
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
with Resident DJs:
The bass will be booming, the dance floor will be moving, the vibes will be nice, the sweet Reggae music will fill the air. With DJs Tom Chasteen and Boss Harmony and MCs Jah Faith, Ras Benji, Tippa Lee, and special guests. Hope to see YOUR face in the place!
Opening up the show is LAs own MEXICO68.
MEXICO68 is a 12 piece afrobeat band based out of
Los Angeles’ Eastside, California and is heavily influenced by the polyrhythmic
sounds of Nigerian Recording Artist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Africa 70. MEXICO68 juxtaposes Chicano funk with the
body-moving and elucidating vibes of Fela.
The MALABOMBA! Selector Crew will be on hand jockeying an intoxicating assortment of Black Sea Cha-Cha, Balkan Brass Beats, Turkish Garage, Gypsy Punk, Chicha, Dabke Drums, Bollywood Breaks, Shotgun Wedding Coceks, Raï Rebels, Punjabi Funk, and more all night!
This inner city band has its roots in the Los Angeles activist music circuit. Pachamama Estela is an “independent” band in every sense of the term. In their 7 years as a group of musicians they have managed to write, record, produce, and tour independently.
’Pachamama' meaning 'Earth Mother', pounds out sound as heavy as its namesake. The sub-name 'Estela' is a female personification of the band's hometown, East Los Angeles (Este Los Angeles in Spanish).
Pachamama is a “punky” fusion of soul, reggae and traditional ska... As well as the many influences that have captivated the musical senses of the group’s members since youth. Started as young teenagers playing in local Punk bands, Pachamama has always carried a deep appreciation for the Jamaican music format…
“Punk and Reggae Music have always been close cousins to me”
– Frontman of Pachamama Estela,
Guillermo Tejeda (also Punk bands Carbomber and S.O.U.P.)
The band was initially the brainchild of singer/songwriter Guillermo Tejeda in 2004 upon his return from a trip to South America...he was 17 at the time.
The band’s first show was a community benefit event for the South Central Farmers in Los Angeles, in October of 2005. Soon After in 2006, UFWC Activist Dolores Huerta funded the bands first out-of-state trip to perform in Denver Colorado for a Student Leadership Conference. This momentum set the tone for the kind of sound Pachamama wanted to produce and the kind of Vision the band would pursue.
Since 2006, Pachamama has released a small string of rare recordings independently and along with the help of producer Sergio Rios of Orgone Funk. These rarities are currently out of print and unavailable. In 2007, The band recorded hours of unreleased material with producers and Reggae pioneers Mizraim ‘Limon’ Leal and Martin Perez of the legendary Quinto Sol for their first debut album, but due to several line-up changes and rigorous work/school schedules, Pachamama was unable to produce the kind of record they were aiming for.
“I always felt that if we were going to do something for real, we should do it right. It has to mean something. You can’t go back from something once you stamp it and it say its finished…patience is key, it will be right, when it’s right” – Front man, Guillermo Tejeda
Since 2008, the band has had major line-up changes, but has continued to record and perform consistently…In the following years, Pachamama would make a name for itself in the music circuit without even releasing a full-length record… With their ecstatic on-stage charisma and original Reggae repertoire, Pachamama quickly distinguished itself among audiences as one of the more notable bands in Los Angeles.
In 2010, Pachamama began production on their full-length album once again, this time with producer Clemente Ruiz of La Resistencia and Evoekore Records. Along with Joe Quinones (Bass Guitar and Saxophone) and Anthony Medina (Hammond) of The Delirians, Pachamama was finally finding their definitive studio sound…in the following years, Pachamama would continue to record and perform- occasionally taking seasonal hiatuses.
Since 2012-2013, Pachamama has re-grouped once again and is currently wrapping up their long-awaited debut release along with Producer, Andrew Williams. Release date for the full-length debut is expected in early Summer 2014. Pachamama has released newer songs available for FREE on sound cloud.com. Guillermo Tejeda plans to re-record and release these songs along with others on a separate record release in 2014.
“I feel like I have been working on this my whole life. Like all of our life experiences are culminating for this moment...but really, This first full length album has been a 4 year process…It’s been like jumping through hoops considering all the changes we have undergone…Thanks to Andrew Williams, It is now in its Senior Year of production and is just about getting ready to Graduate at the top of its class” – Frontman, Guillermo Tejeda
Pachamama will be licensing their music for numerous independent Feature Film soundtracks in 2014-2015
Since 2005, Pachamama has frequently performed at such top live entertainment venues as The World Beat Center (Balboa Park San Diego), The Glass House (Pomona), The Yost Theater (Orange County), Levitt Pavilion (Los Angeles), House of Blues (Sunset), The House of Blues (Anaheim), The Highlands (Hollywood, CA) As well as other L.A. venues like The Mint, The Henry Fonda Theatre, The Roxy, & The Conga Room, and others.
They have been featured at music festivals such as Earth Day Music Festival (Worldbeat Center), LASS International Ska Reggae Festival, The Sun God Festival, & Evoekore Ska Wars Festival, among others.
Since 2005, Pachamama has shared the stage with such legendary Jamaican performers like Barrington Levy, Yami Bolo, The Melodians, Gregory Issacs and even the Father of Rock Steady music, Alton Ellis, as an opening act for his very last performance in Los Angeles. …Pachamama has also played alongside L.A. Weekly Award Veterans, Quinto Sol, Grammy Nominated artist, Estelle, as well as with Grammy Award Winning artists like, Quetzal, La Santa Cecilia, & Mariachi Divas…Pachamama has also shared the bill with artists like Tom Morello & Zack De la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, The Low Rider Band (Original members of WAR ), and as well as with internationally acclaimed bands like Panteon Rococo (Mexico), La Maldita Vecindad (Mexico) & Cultura Profetica (Puerto Rico).
Since 2005, Pachamama has made numerous appearances on major television networks, including Fox Television. The band was also featured on major Spanish television network, Univision Ch. 34, and on Spanish Pop radio station 107.1fm Super Estrella. In addition, Pachamama has also been featured on independent media sources like Pacifica Radio 90.7fm KPFK…and was most recently (2014) featured on “La Hora De Lala” an independent public access Latino talk show produced by Playback Media on Channel 26 in Los Angeles.
Since they first hit the LA music scene in 2005, This band has managed to catapult Reggae music into the LA backyard ska-punk scene. They have made Reggae music relevant to younger audiences and have helped usher in a whole new wave of young L.A. musicians with a new enthusiasm for Jamaican Music.
“We have fun playing good music together. It is like holding conversations. Music is our voice… Our message is simple… we want to share a consciousness with our audience…help wake some people up and tell them the news… that there is no stronger weapon than love for these times…this is our message”
– G. Tejeda
DJ Tom Chasteen
Free before 10pm, $7 after