OC: Oct 15, 2022

DW3

With the release of their highly-anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse DW3 lets the world in on a cool “Vintage Truth.” Driven by the ever-evolving musical vision of core members – brothers Eric and Billy Mondragon and Damon Reel – their deepening artistry continues to transcend a well-earned reputation as a high energy, fun and freewheeling party band. While they continue to anchor Thursday nights and the 94.7 The Wave Sunday Brunch at Spaghettini in Seal Beach and electrify festival and cruise-goers as they have for more than a decade, the versatile ensemble is rapidly emerging as a multi-faceted recording outfit in their own right.

Mariachi Ángeles

PEPE MARTINEZ JR

For more than 30 years, Jose “Pepe” Martinez Junior has lived on-stage inspired by the gift of music introduced to him as a young boy. His biggest teacher and mentor was his own father, most affectionately known as “Don Pepe”, who institutionalized Mariachi Music and led Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán to international stardom over his 40 years of musical direction. Pepe Jr. has been trained by the best, performed with the best, and is committed to making sure the next generation of mariachi musicians receive the highest quality and most authentic instruction possible. With over 25 years as a leading member of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Pepe Jr. now brings his experience, professionalism and leadership to his new group Mariachi Ángeles.

Ricardo Soltero​

Born in Nayarit, Soltero has been the scenery director and stage-set designer for the biggest Day of the Dead celebration in the US, which takes place annually at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

His pieces have adorned and colored an array of cultural exhibits, fundraisers and he has transformed ball rooms into magical environments with his paper mache, recyclable material, wood and styrofoam sculpted works. As well as iron rod sculptures for a flash mob performance at Union Station.

A list of his current and ongoing project collaborations include: Hollywood Forever Day of the Dead, Meet me at Metro, 20 years of Friday Kahlo with Sinergy group, 24th Street Theater set design, Semblanza Latinoamericana, The Autry Museum, East L.A. Meets Napa, Denver Botanical Gardens, Santa Clarita Day of the Dead, La Vista Memorial Park Day of the Dead, UNICEF’s Annual Gala and Metropolitan Fashion show.

Soltero’s work can be found through the City of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Mexico during different times of the year.