Spaceland & MOCA: MUSIC Present
MOCA Music: The Marias
Jarina De Marco, Sister Mantos, Chulita Vinyl Club
Thu May 17, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
This event is all ages
Alongside the performances will be food trucks, drinks, and regular museum programming at MOCA Grand Avenue. The MOCA Music series is FREE with RSVP, priority entry for MOCA members.
MOCA Music is a free, ongoing series of music at MOCA. MOCA will be collaborating with Spaceland, who is among the most legendary presenters of new and emerging music in L.A., regularly producing events at The Echo, Echoplex, and The Regent Theatre in DTLA.
Formed in Los Angeles in late 2016, The Marías are the psychedelic-soul lovechild of LA native, Josh Conway and Puerto Rican-bred, Atlanta-raised María. A smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos, there’s something undeniably sensual in the group’s dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge.
With María on lead vocals and Josh on drums, the couple is joined by their closest friends and fellow musicians. On guitar, Jesse Perlman, born and bred of LA, with ‘tones that can melt steel,’ say his bandmates. On bass, Canadian born and Berklee trained Carter Lee. On keys, Edward James.
As they take to the stage, dressed like a dream from another era – it’s clear why fans cheekily compare their sound to ‘having sex in the 70s’ or like ‘pouring cream into coffee.’ Watching them, you feel transported, taken over by a sultry tranquility as you drift into a timeless space.
They recently released their first EP, titled ‘Superclean Vol. I,’ in the fall of 2017, and it'll be followed by ‘Superclean Vol. II’ in early 2018.
Jarina De Marco
Jarina De Marco and her sound embody the multi-ethnic future. Her work defiantly transcends categories and borders. She is a creative visionary who sings in four languages and spearheads all aspects of her project: songwriting, production, visual design and video direction.
Jarina's first single "Tigre" was released as part of the Broad City (Comedy Central) soundtrack, and is one of many songs of hers featured on the show. Pitchfork and FADER were among her early supporters as well as Mark Ronson and Major Lazer who have collaborated with her as a vocalist for their projects. Watch Tigre video.
Following the success of “Tigre,” she released "Release The Hounds" in support for the people of Standing Rock’s movement to protect their land against the Dakota pipeline. Rosario Dawson, Chris Rock, Laura Gomez and others joined in the cause to create this moving visual piece.
Most recently Jarina released her “no fucks giving” single “STFU” or “Shut The Fuck Up” on Diplo’s MAD DECENT, which features a VIDEO full of lavender clad disciples, worshipping their deity and having their “fucks” washed away, one by one.
Jarina’s childhood and family inform her genre-defying sound and politics. She was born in the Dominican Republic and spent her early years traveling in remote parts of the Amazonian rainforest and Dominican countryside, cataloguing indigenous sounds and rhythms with her parents, both renowned musicologists and musicians. As part of the resistance against the brutal dictatorship of Joaquín Balaguer, her parents performed a protest song in front of a large public gathering and had to immediately flee the country as they were forced into exile, relocating to Montreal until it was safe to return home.
As an outspoken advocate of women's rights and human equality, Jarina's music is a unique blend of global consciousness and global rhythms. She simultaneously supports the message of resistance, while creating a colorful sound entirely her own.
When Sister Mantos takes the stage, their psychedelic blend of LATIN BEATS, PUNK ATTITUDE, and FUNK RHYTHMS invigorate the crowd to dance, sing and rejoice.
Sister Mantos sings songs in Spanish and English about love, QUEER & POC empowerment, and utopias that are free of war and oppression.
Sister Mantos is a solo performance band or a huge orchestra depending on the time and place but a guaranteed party either way.
Audiences are sent on a spaced out psychedelic road trip and treated to mystical experience of spastic dancing, bumping beats, and POSITIVE ENERGY.
Originally started as an alias for a solo music/art performance project by Oscar Miguel Santos in 2008, Sister Mantos has transformed into a live band multi-instrumental band that traverses sonic genres.
Chulita Vinyl Club
Chulita Vinyl Club was launched in December 2014 as an all-girl all-vinyl club for self-identifying womxn of color in the context of providing a space for empowerment and togetherness. We stand united as a female DJ collective spanning 7 national chapters bringing together a community of vinyl loving girls.