This month's Latin-alternative music calendar is B-A-N-A-N-A-S! ¡Que Viva! Cine Latino Film Series kicks off its first day with Brazilian Latin funk guitarist Israel Maldonado, followed by a free outdoor screening of Gael Garcia Bernal's film No. The screenings are held every Wednesday and will feature an assortment of live local Latino musical groups, including indie-pop singer Lilian Rey, with Anthony Mendez. Café Tacvba and Julieta Venegas, both Grammy-winning acts from Mexico, will finally grace San Diego with their presence in September. Like Venegas, Dancing Strangers are from Tijuana. The cool electronic synth duo make their headlining debut at the Casbah, which is right on time after their recent spotlight interview on SoundDiego TV. And we cannot forget Kid Cudi, probably our biggest mainstream Afro-Latino rapper around, headlining Valley View Casino this week.
Sept. 4: Israel Maldonado @ Otay Ranch Town Center (6:30 p.m.) Film: No
Sept. 4: Café Tacvba @ Humphreys by the Bay
Sept. 4: Dancing Strangers @ Casbah
Sept. 6: Kid Cudi @ Valley View Casino
Sept. 6: Mucho S.D. presents Me Veras Revolver: Soda Stereo Tribute @ Til-Two Club
Sept. 18: Lilian Rey and Anthony Mendez @ Otay Ranch Town Center (6:30 p.m.) Film: La Camioneta
Sept. 19: Julieta Venegas @ House of Blues
Sept. 25: Saul Silva Project performs Afro Cuban Fusion @ Otay Ranch Town Center (6:30 p.m.) Film: The Girl
Dita Quiñones 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 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, and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter.