For the youngsters who think music began in the 1970s hip hop era of the grimy New York City Streets, a San Diego disc jockey is, through the airwaves, teaching music history, from the early roots of jazz to the revolution of funk, soul and yeah, hip hop.
Commercial pop acts like Fifty Cent weren’t created in a vacuum, and they certainly don’t represent urban culture solely. DJ Sachamo (aka Sachboogie) knows this. So, he created a Wednesday night radio show to share the info, and now he spins live at the Onyx Room on Tuesdays.
Sessions begin with the classic Sachamo (pronounced Sach-uh-mo) intro: “A descendant of mother jazz, spilling into genres of soul, hip hop, house and spoken word. The Illfonix Show is the place to be, where Jazz legends cross paths with hip hop scribes… Believe what you hear.”
Sachamo’s real name is Eddie Hernandez, a Chicano music producer who’s been in the mixing business for over a decade. His Illfonix radio show was inducted into City College’s KSDS Jazz 88.3’s repertoire, and since, Sachboogie has introduced local poets, musicians, and alternative funk based music to a late night audience every Wednesday night.
“The objective is to entertain, create, cultivate, educate and simply let people know there’s much more out there than what commercial radio is broadcasting,” DJ Sachamo says.
If names like Saxophonist John Coltrane and Trumpeter Louis Armstrong entice you, then how about if they were accompanied by rap revolutionary KRS-One? Like DJ Premier and James Brown? Those are Sachboogie’s heroes.
You can catch DJ Sachamo’s captivating mix of funk masters on Jazz 88.3 FM every Wednesday night from 10 p.m. to midnight, or you can visit Sachboogie, with fellow artist and trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, every Tuesday night at the Onyx Room (852 5th Avenue) in Downtown San Diego. Show begins at 9 p.m. and is free to the public.
Media Arts Center San Diego’s monthly series, Cinema en tu Idioma, presents the hit Spanish-language film O casamento de Romeu e Julieta on Friday, Jan 12, at UltraStar Cinemas (7510 Hazard Center Drive). Brazilian director Bruno Barreto introduces Julieta, a professional athlete, and Romeo, an oftalmologist, who fall in love. They’re both fanatic soccer fans, who hide adoration for rival teams. Love and lies ensue. For info, call 619-230-1938.
For some late night salsa on el otro lado this Saturday night, Jan 13, check out San Diego’s own Trece de la Suerte. They will be performing at La Antigua Bodega del Papel (11th Street between Avenida Madero and Revolucion). Music starts at 10:30 p.m. Cover. For more info, call 619-633-9174.
The Community Actors Theatre is a seven member cast of 14 to 23 year olds addressing youth dilemmas (drugs, alcohol, family abuse and death) in a five-skit performance called “Making Healthy Choices.” Show runs until Sunday, Jan 14, at CAT Theatre (2957 54th Street). $8 cover. For info, call 619-264-3391.
For Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan 15 , the San Diego Museum of Man (1350 El Prado in Balboa Park) will feature a Family Program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in a special tribute to Dr. King, storyteller Yvonne Bennett-Niang will read stories about the civil rights leader at 11:00 a.m., noon, and 2:00 p.m. This event is free with regular Museum admission. For further information, please call (619) 239-2001
South Bay community residents are organizing a vigil at Paradise Valley Hospital (2400 East Fourth Street in National City) on Monday, Jan 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. to raise awareness about the state of healthcare and the sale of PVH hospital. For info, contact Juan Gallegos at 619-246-7550.
In honor of twelve years of Zapatismo, La Colectiva Zapatista de San Diego is hosting a month long series of events titled Enero Zapatista at Chicano Perk Café (129 25th St) in Sherman Heights. This week, Son Jaracho will be playing at Friday, Jan 12. A Six Points discussion is set for Tuesday, Jan 16, and a short film about indigenous struggle in Oaxaca will be shown Thursday, Jan 18. All events begin at 6:30 For info, email email@example.com.
Find out how to confront racial injustice against migrant workers every Wednesday at 7 p.m. with activist group, The Friends of Day Laborers. Meetings are held at Activist Center (4246 Wightman Street). For info, call 619-528-8383.
Spoken word every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chicano Perk Café (129 25th St), hosted by dub music/spoken word artist Ras Pablo Aztlán. During January, this will be a series in association with Enero Zapatista, organized by Colectiva Zapatista. For more info, call 619-746-2559.
Hola Latin Music Lovers! Join San Diego’s own Latin Jazz group Quinteto Caballero every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. at Dolce Restaurant and Lounge (4014 Bonita Road). $5 cover for non-dining guests. For more info, call 619-628-8568.
(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Chicano community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at raymond.beltran@ covad.net. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)