Garth Trinidad is an award winning radio personality, celebrated international DJ, and culture critic. He has introduced the world to such artists as Little Dragon and Janelle Monae, interviewed the likes of Quincy Jones and Yoko Ono, is credited in part with shaping LA's modern music landscape, and regarded by press and peers as a key influencer of global music culture. Garth is currently serving as music editor for LA Canvas and crafting a new genre of music dubbed Lit-House with DJ/production partner Mateo Senolia, with numerous EPs and remixes released since 2013. He can be heard most weeknights from 8-10pm on NPR affiliate KCRW 89.9fm in Los Angeles playing his critically acclaimed international mix of music.
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. He just wrapped up a 6 month long residency at THE SLS in Las Vegas in addition to holding a residence at The Natural History Museum's First Friday series for 3 consecutive years. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. Last year, Valadez was invited by Jennifer Lopez to open for her during her return concert in the Bronx. He has released 4 full length albums on indie label Recordbreakin and Plug Research. He can be found hosting Monday nights on KCRW. He is currently the host of Crate Diggers on Fuse TV's sister channel, FM.TV.
The Morning Yells
The Morning Yells is a new Los Angeles-based band comprised of siblings Phil and Laura Stancil, Trevor Smith, and Curran McDowell. In the span of a mere five songs, the band adeptly covers a variety of genres, from the opener “Must Be You,” an easy-breezy number that sounds like Fleetwood Mac’s 70’s heyday if it were laid down in Motown-era Detroit, to the authentic 60’s country of “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing”, and the inspired lead single, “She Got Time”.
Cousin Junebug is an instrumental funk ensemble that plays original tunes and hardcore funk music of the 1970s, much of which has rarely been heard live since their original performances. The band's repertoire includes music by Maceo & All the Kingsmen, the JB Horns, the Detroit Sex Machines, Shamaeezadeh (a 70s-era Iranian funk band), the Meters and more. CJB was an active part of L.A.’s grimy and inspired underground jazz scene at the wonderfully infamous Dinner House M. Around 2 a.m. after other clubs' last call, DHM would begin to rage. Music would go till the sun came up, the room dense with cigarette smoke and drinks served all night. Unsurprisingly, this wouldn’t last; allegedly due to an excess of city citations, DHM closed down. Devoid of a comparably illicit home, CJB stopped playing and the members scattered. For one day only, Cousin Junebug returns to play Taste of the Eastside.
This year, Taste of the Eastside will include a children's story teller! His tales of growing up bilingually in a Cuban and Irish-American household have inspired children worldwide to gather their own family stories and become storytellers themselves. His stories have been published in award-winning books and audio recordings. His Professional Developments and Keynote addresses have helped educators teach writing to students from pre-Kindergarten through graduate school. Now his stories are being developed for film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and two cats. Yes, he's a cat guy.