This month, satiate your ravenous audio appetite with a sick calendar of Latin alternative summer concerts. On May 24, we got a summer concert teaser from bachatero rey, Romeo Santos, kicking-off his Forever Vol.2 tour at Valley View Casino Center, which gave us a good sense of what's to come. These concert picks will power your musical adventure through rap, cholo-goth, trip-hop, and Tejano punk rock music. It's a guarantee: Latin alternative music knows how to rock both sides of La Frontera well. Start texting, Facebook or tweeting your friends "save the dates," so you can rock out with these valiente new world musicians.
June 2: Pinata Protest @ Soda Bar - The four-man accordion punk rock band from San Antonio will have you moshing and doing quebraditas seamlessly. Pinata Protest is a delicious burrito mashup of Ramon Ayala, Sex Pistols Bad Religion with the Chicano activist spirit of Edward James Olmos. Read my show preview here. Listen.
June 8: Bostich + Fussible @ CECUT (Tijuana, MX) - The Tijuana duo and pioneers of nortec music will form like Volton with the La Sinfonica Juvenil de Tijuana (SJT) led by Maestro Sergio Ramírez Cardenas. It's going to be a spectacular EDM symphony event. Listen.
June 13-15: All My Friends Music Festival @ Castillos del Mar (Rosarito, MX) - Tijuana's finest indie music festival is moving the party further south towards Los Playas en Rosarito for its fifth annual All My Friends Music. The concert will feature San Diego's trip-hop specialist, Gonjasufi (known for being sampled on Jay-Z's “Nickels & Dimes”). Ramon of Bostich + Fussible make his solo debut as Point Loma. Listen .
June 14: Becky G and Snow tha Product @ House of Blues - These two Mexican-American rappers on the rise will spit bars at Z90's Hot Shots concert. Becky G, notably co-signed by J.Lo, hails from Inglewood and is the new face of Cover Girl. The San Jose-born, and San Diego/Texas-raised, Snow tha Product has rapped alongside Tech N9ne and CyHi da Prince. Thanks to her breakthrough hit, “Holy S---,” she is a new Atlantic Records signee. Given both their irresistibly-cool street style and rap/singing mic-flow, it's not hard to feel their music. Listen.
June 14: Freestyle Explosion @ Valley View Casino Center - Latinos will definitely be in the house for this throwback main event – it is after all a freestyle music goodness. The concert will feature the greats: Stevie B, Expose, the Orginal Cover Girls, Shannon, Lil Suzy, Lisette Melendez, Connie, Trinere, Nu Shooz, Freestyle Evolution. Listen.
June 24: Ceci Bastida @ the Casbah - It's hard not to forget Bastida's contagious 2010 hit, “Ya Me Voy” or her work with Tijuana No! and Julieta Venegas. The Tijuana-born and-raised is back with an ever more reflective album La Edad de la Violencia, recorded in Los Angeles. It's a horn-heavy and melodic ode to her newborn daughter and to young girls worldwide. Her comeback show is not to be missed. Listen.
June 28: Prayers @ Soda Bar - The local duo known as Prayers has ignited the local music scene with their pioneering “cholo-goth” music, so much so they were exclusively booked to open for the Cult's West Coast shows. They are uniting cholos and goth heads one show at a time. Listen.
Dita Quinones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino, Filipino and hip-hop community get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, Fox News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante, San Diego CityBeat and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.