Los Angeles, CA – Antonio Pelayo is proud to announce “El Velorio 2014”, an annual Day of the Dead multicultural event celebrating the traditions of Day of the Dead and featuring live music, an art exhibition, a large scale altar installation, skeleton iconography, festive costumes in Day of the Dead tradition, special Day of the Dead inspired face painting by 15 makeup artists from April Love Pro Makeup Academy, food vendors from around Los Angeles, arts and craft vendors, cocktails, a 21+ beer garden, traditional dance performances, and DJ’s. Day of the Dead attire strongly encouraged. El Velorio 2014’s memorable experience is hosted this year by actor and philanthropist Mike Shouhed of Shah’s of Sunset and ABC7's Alysha del Valle and takes place November 8, 2014 from 7pm – 1am at Plaza de la Raza, a beautiful cultural center for the arts located at 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031. El Velorio 2014 is open to the public, family friendly and free for children under 5. Pre-Sale tickets are now on sale for $20 and can be purchased online at: http://www.elvelorio.com/ticketsales.
El Velorio is a celebration presented by Antonio Pelayo that started in 2010, with the idea of giving emerging artists a platform to exhibit their work. From there it became an event/benefit for a different non-profit every year. In the last 4 years El Velorio has raised about 100k to benefit selected Non-Profit Organizations. This year El Velorio will give back to LA’s only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Plaza De la Raza. To read more about Plaza de la Raza visit: http://www.plazadelaraza.org/about/history
Curated by Erika Hirugami, this year's aesthetic development and exhibition will feature a wide selection of works in a variety of media and genres relating the Day of the Dead and its subjectivity as interpreted by local contemporary artists. El Velorio’s exhibition will feature hyperrealist depictions by Otto Stürcke, alongside the suprarrealism of Isaac Pelayo’s drawing and the magical realism of Katherine Brannock. Eriberto Oriol and Estevan Oriol’s portrayals of contemporary LA will be featured beside Miguel Angel Mejia’s modern Mexico via photograph. Steve Grody infuses the artistic tone with photography of graffiti art, while Skyler Gray antagonizes pop culture, David Flury, Uninanti and Erica Friend’s paintings take a deeper look at Hispanic elements in traditional aesthetic production, while Nikko Hurtado and Mark Mahoney, tattoo artist by trade give us a glimpse into a wider range of art forms. El Velorio is proud to present these contemporary artists based out of Los Angeles, and provide an alternative space for an aesthetic converge of mediums and styles at Plaza de la Raza.
El Velorio 2014 Exhibiting Artists:
Freddy Negrete · Germs · Jeo Villegas · Louie Perez III · Mark Mahoney · Miguel Felipe
Mike Miller · Nikko Hurtado · Oscar Magallanes · Pep Williams · Sergio Rueda
Skyler Grey · Steve Grody
Aric Taylor · Azul DelGrasso · Bibi Burciaga · Bryan Avila · Carlos Rojas · Cesar Franco Daisy Gomez
Daniel Galindo · Dante Orpilla · Denovo · dfrnt · Diana Muñoz
Edgar Vazquez · Edward De La Torre · Erica Friend · Eric Merrell · Eye One · Ezra One
Galo · George Labrada · Gustavo Rimada · iBelieve · Isaac Pelayo · Isaiah Negrete · J-Open · Jamie Schene
Javie Martinez · Jeff Lee · Jennifer Korsen · JohnAnthony Tuason · Katherine Brannock
Lauren Terese · Mark Sandoval · Mat Hurtado · Memo Ortega · Miguel Angel Mejia
Nobody Photography · Otto Sturke · PhotoJenInc · Ralph Silerio · Rachel Ayesha Ying
Richard Duardo · Robert Bauder · Sal Coria · Scott Kiche · Steven Correa · Steven Lopez · Taadow69k
Tabitha Rose Tania Zatikian · Thomas Mayfield · Valeria Ponce De Leon · Victor Sepulveda
Uninanti · Zach Oldenkamp · Vyal
Musical Performances include headliner El Conjunto Nueva Ola, a peculiar band with unique characteristics; the group has drawn attention from thousands of people, a fact that has led them to be known also as “los enmarscarados” (“the masked ones”). Their faces are covered with “luchador” (wrestler) masks at all times, hiding the true physiognomy of each group member. Their mission is simple: bring flavor and get the attendee’s of El Velorio to dance to the rhythm of cumbia, mixing new wave, rock and disco sounds into hits from various iconic groups. Also performing and bringing the party funk, hip-hop, psychedelic, rock and the chica flavor, Viento Callejero.
Alongside the jam packed musical performances, El Velorio 2014 features a special guest DJ line up who will be setting the nights vibe with an eclectic selection of rhythm, beats and melody. Featured special guest DJ’s include Jeremy Sole (KCRW), DJ Sloepoke (Feel Good Musik/Humble Media), Herick Hell (Happen), Gazoo (SUBSUELO), Toks, ALTER and DJ Santi.
Other performances of the night: Inspiraciones De Danza Mexicana performing colorful renditions of popular Mexican dances by children, ages 4-7, under the direction of Susana G. Hinojosa
Video and photography coverage on the night of the event by Crystal Martin | Cristina Talavera
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