viva las vandal 2017!

May 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm

VIVA LAS VANDALS 2017

 

A couple of years ago I had the idea of throwing a paint jam. My idea was pretty basic in the beginning, have some friends come out and paint and have a good time. So first I needed to pick a city to host it. I naturally thought of Los Angeles, but I wasn’t sure about finding enough wall space in one area that was easy for people to paint at once. I also had to take into account that LA is far on the west coast for a lot of people traveling.  And also LA can be a territorial place to paint for some outsiders.

Then I remembered Las Vegas. Vegas is a city made for travelers and hold events. It has space for painting with a good grouping of walls close to one another. And I had spoken with Ras One before about possibly throwing a jam. The other thing that made Vegas a great choice is it’s an easy city to fly into, get hotels and an easy city to get people to come visit for whatever reason.

 The 1st VIVA LAS VANDALS in 2016 was pretty laid back with about 30-40 people painting, very easy going. The 1st year people hadn’t heard much about the event. I had only advertised on Facebook and Instagram. I reached out a little and figured whoever was going to come would enjoy themselves and I wasn’t going to stress on it. I just wanted to get VIVA LAS VANDALS consistent, something people could look forward to. The first one was cool, mellow and a good time.

 This year I started reaching out 6 months before the event and people were definitely interested. I started putting a lineup together and posted about the event coming up and was instantly flooded with people wanting to paint. The 2017 VIVA LAS VANDALS  was filled with many great artists from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada.

 People started showing up throughout the first day on Friday the 21st Quickly I could tell the event was going to be larger than expected. The store owners and shop people in the area were a little weary at first, not wanting to change the art from 2016.  But once they saw the quality of artwork being done, they got excited about the event itself. Some store owners even opened up a few new walls for people to paint.

Saturday went well, with more people showing up to paint, plus lots of spectators and people taking pictures. There were also custom bicycle clubs riding through the Las Vegas Art District that day, who meshed in well, and were happy to see so much painting. On Saturday night the “Can’t Be Stopped” movie was played in an outdoors area attached to storefront/full bar, so the party continued on!

Here’s a few pics of the movie screening, and then the completed walls of Viva Las Vandals 17…

 

 A word of advice to anyone painting in Vegas. Try to finish on Saturday.  Between the sun, the drinking, and general craziness, it’s hard to give it your all on Sunday unless you’re strict! Pace yourself homie! By sunday you could walk around the 2 block area and take in all the fresh walls painted from that weekend.

The walls came out amazing. Both SOA’s wall on the gym and Gear’s sci fi themed production were amazing with everyone painting and killing it! The UTI’s also brought heat and Thanx One went wild on his solo wall. One of my personal favorites was Jaber and Fishe’s wall.

There were a few headaches, but still it was mostly fun, with the fun out weighing the bad by far. Next years event will be much much better with heads coming in from Europe to paint, as well as a larger vendor area and gallery shows at night. NHLV plans on having VIVA LAS VANDALS become a west coast event that people look forward to attending with more and more amazing artwork year after year.

A BIG thank you to the Las Vegas locals who helped with buff and clean up, and thank you to everyone who came out, brought heart and made the event fun. Next year will be right around the corner.

If you enjoyed this article please promote it, talk about it, or come check it out next year. Please hit the like button, or copy and paste this article so the word gets out, thanks again!

Neighborhood Love Radio #118

October 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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Sittin’ on a milk crate. Hearing good music with a full belly and an iced tea. This is the Valerio Street playlist.
This week los Angeles DJ Astro 138 (Vinyl Record Association)comes past to speak about tings.
#118 is go!

The playlist:
1) “We’ve Only Just Begun (TM Juke Remix)” Lee McDonald
2) “Family Tree” Sharon Brown
3) “Girl (feat. Kaytranada)” The Internet
4) “Descent” Ticklah
5) “The Offering” Ikebe Shakedown
6) “Trying to Get Over” Sparkles
7) “A Funky Space Reincarnation” Marvin Gaye
8) “Baba Hya” The Lafayette Afro Rock Band
9) “Jan Jan” The Fabulous Counts
10) “Bull” Ego Ella May
11) “I Heard That” Eddie Russ

Neighborhood Love Radio #117

October 1, 2015 at 11:33 am

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Autumn begins and red super moon. Please enjoy number one one seven assembled with love in Downtown Los Angeles.

The list:
1) “Hot Shot” Saun & Starr

2) “Cincinnati Growl” Roy Ayers Ubiquity

3) “Calabash” Georgia Anne Muldrow

4) “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” Mayer Hawthorne

5) “A New Constellation” Quantic presents The Western Transient

6) “Feel Like Makin’ Love” D’Angelo

7) “Street Life” The Crusaders featuring Randy Crawford

8) “De La Soul (feat. Biz Markie)” De La Soul

9) “Politickin” Beastie Boys

10) “Groove City” T-Connection

11) “West Coast Poplock” Ronnie Hudson

12) “Yes You Do” Fanny Franklin

Neighborhood Love Radio #116

September 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

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Hey, loved ones. you like soul music? Kick back and put your feet up. It’s all gravy from here on out. #116 for the chill.

The list:
1) “The System” Silk Rhodes
2) “Listen (feat. Ta’raach & Black Shakespeare)” Connie Price & The Keystones & Zach Lucas
3) “Don’t Push Your Luck” Orgone
4) “Under the Spell of the Handout” Cody ChesnuTT
5) “The Scarab” The Shaolin Afronauts
6) “Dance Wit Me” Chaka Khan & Rufus
7) “Izabella (feat. Lee Fields)” An Apple A Day
8) “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” Hot 8 Brass Band
9) “Ur Life One Night” Unknown Mortal Orchestra
10) “Sly” Jesse Fischer & Sly5thAve
11) “Remember the Rain” Kadhja Bonet
12) “Closer” Corinne Bailey Rae
13) “Always On The Run” Lenny Kravitz

Neighborhood Love Radio #115

September 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

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Another fine day in L.A. It is our pleasure and privilege to playing some good Soul music for you this evening.

New music from The Soul Surfers, Odesza, Dungen, and mo’ mo’ MO!

#115, loved ones. Hop in.

The list:
1) “Completion” The Souljazz Orchestra
2) “All Together” Monophonics
3) “Straight Up” The Soul Surfers
4) “Phoenix” Paul Weller
5) “Flowers” Leon Bridges
6) “Bakar” Boozoo Bajou
7) “Can’t Wait” Jill Scott
8) “Light (feat. Little Dragon)” Odesza
9) “It’s Your Touch” The Black Ghosts
10) “All I Do Is Think About You” Tammi Terrell
11) “Franks Kaktus” Dungen
12) “Nereci” Djavan
13) “Thinkin’ About Your Body” Bobby McFerrin
14) “Gooey” Glass Animals
15) “Untitled 3” Kankick

Neighborhood Love Radio #114

September 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

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L.A. underground hip hop legend EXISTEREO comes past the studio to speak about playing music across the globe, creative process, graffiti, and we even get into some existential shit.
Click play, loved ones.

 

The list:
1. “Metropolis” Walter Hawkins
2. “Git Up” Brian Auger & Julie Tippetts
3. “The Chrome Shoppe” Janelle Monáe
4. “Mouth A Massy” Alton Ellis
5. “Dove” Cymande
6. “Know Me At All” Existereo & Paris Zax
7. “Blue Soul (feat. Lady Tigra)” Existereo & Paris Zax
8. “Enjoy It (feat. Giovanni Marks)” Existereo & Paris Zax
9. “The Chief” Colman Brothers
10. “What You Want (Instrumental)” Dizz1
11. “You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good” Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
12. “Devil’s Pie (Acapella Interlude” D’Angelo
13. “Jealous Guy” Donny Hathaway

Neighborhood Love Radio #113

September 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

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#113 is lit. Your boys Johnny & Jeff steppin’ in the studio with a satchel full of the finest in soul ‘n funk. This program was assembled with love in DTLA. Come past.

The list:

1) “Blue Move” Headnodic

2) “The Quietening” Menagerie

3) “I Am the Black Gold of the Sun (4Hero remix)” Nuyorican Soul

4) “Call It What You Want” Ephemerals

5) “Norman” The Glimmers Present Disko Drunkards

6) “Dirty Hercules (feat Nai Palm)” Ngaiire

7) “Hey Girl/Boy” Romanowski, P.E.A.C.E. & Maya

8) “Earthizen” Public Enemy

9) “Serious Drug” Wildcookie

10) “Do Leme ao Pontal” Tim Maia

11) “Mister Pink” The Electric Peanut Butter Co.

12) “When Everything Changed” Oddisee

13) “Another One feat. Audio Sparks” Harleighblu

14) “Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni” Blackalicious

15) “Scarlet Pussy” Prince

16) “Completion” The Souljazz Orchestra

Neighborhood Love Radio #112

August 25, 2015 at 1:59 pm

 

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It’s a fine time, loved ones.

Let’s listen to some music and talk with the 1 ‘n only Woolfy (woolfy.me) (Woolfy Vs, Projections, Mezcal Valley boys) about playing music across the globe, some tour stories, and communication/creative process.

PLUS a bunch new music. Please enjoy this funky product.

1) “Feel Like Making Love” Gene Lawrence
2) “Oh My God (Remix)” A Tribe Called Quest
3) “The Actual Funk (feat. Sweetpea Atkinson)” Mocean Worker
4) “The Scarab” The Shaolin Afronauts
5) “Shaolin Theme” The Shaolin Afronauts
6) “Take You To Hell” Mezcal Valley Boys
7) “ Mother, Daughter” Mezcal Valley Boys
8) “No Worries” Seven Davis Jr.
9) “Rise With the Blind” The Shaolin Afronauts
10) “Journey Through Time” The Shaolin Afronauts
11) “Bïrdshïte” Rosie
12) “Young Oakland Interlude” Kev Choice
13) “Girl (feat. Kaytranada)” The Internet

Neighborhood Love Radio – episode 111

August 17, 2015 at 9:44 am

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Great show! Evan Skrederstu and Steve Martinez from UGLAR Works come past and we speak about music, the creative drive in relation to other challenges, illegal vs. legal public art, and much, much, mo!
Jeff Roffredo (The Aggrolites) kicks it, too! So should you.

Oh yea… also Earth’s finest playlist in Soul ‘n Funk music. Enjoy!

 

The list:
1. “Unstoppable” Lianne La Havas
2. “Comencemos (Let’s Start)” Jungle Fire
3. “Leanin’ On Slick” Aceyalone
4. “Get a Hold of You” Jr Thomas & The Volcanos
5. “Funk in the Hole” Roy Ayers
6. “The Archipelago” Osaka Monaurail
7. “United Front” Arrested Development
8. “Soul Vibrations” Dorothy Ashby
9. “Drive” Dornik
10. “Damn Skippy” The Electric Peanut Butter Company
11. “Do It” The Glimmers Present Disko Drunkards
12. ”Above The Clouds” Paul Weller
13. “All I Do Is Think About You” Tammi Terrell

Coming soon!

January 8, 2015 at 8:16 am

New interview Victor Malagon.

New article on Designer Con, read as we review and chop it up with artists from the event as well as one of the creators of Designer Con! A true lily great event, we cover Designer Con with tons of great pics!

CBS crew 30 year anniversary! We talk to CBS crew as they host crew members from all over the country for a Great Wall jam in Hollywood Los Angeles!

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