You're probably getting bombarded with all the Labor Day Weekend sales pitches on T.V. No hombre forget shopping! It's time for a celebration of all the hard work you've been putting in this past week. Here's SoundDiego's list of places featuring a fusion of Latin Alternative sounds to kick off Labor Day Weekend. They'll have you yelling Que Viva Labor Day!
Friday, Aug. 31:
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Find out what makes this band truly deserving of the honor of being named “U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors.” Ozomatli is in a class of their own, serving up a modern medley of cumbia, reggae, hip-hop, salsa and dancehall. This multiracial crew has embraced the Latin sounds so beautifully and brought so many walks of life together to their shows it's no wonder April 23 is “Ozomatli Day” in their hometown of L.A. Tickets
Saturday, Sept. 1:
SoCal Music Festival
East Village, Downtown S.D. (Five blocks between 9th Avenue and Park Blvd.)
Talk about taking it to the streets – this is the largest outdoor music festival during Labor Day weekend. This all-day festival will include four music stages featuring DJs and live bands as well as interactive art exhibits displayed throughout the streets. Featuring Latino talents like House DJ pioneer Roger Sanchez headlining the Ocean Stage, the Brazilian DJ duo Felguk and San Diego's own CaliParis. Tickets
Onyx Room, Downtown S.D.
Take your after-hours partying down to Onyx's Latin night and reserve a table. They're offering three rooms of the best in Latin mashups with San Diego's emerging DJs Muzik Junkies, La Mafia, Martin Kache, Jay Valdez and DJ Seize. For more info
Sunday, Sept. 2:
Barrio Film Fest Launch Party
El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, Downtown S.D.
Barrio Logan Arts and Roots Factory have joined grassroots forces to kick off the Barrio Film Fest. Barrio Logan is experiencing its arts renaissance right now and you don't want to miss out on the flourishing creativity that is emerging. Musical acts features National City's ultimate rap package duo, Old English, plus S.D.'s popular Latin jazz band, Agua Dulce. Tickets
Dita Quiñones is a multimedia journalist with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, FOX News Latino, Poder and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter.