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Tropicalia Festival Is Back For Its Third Year With Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis And Chicano Batman Headlining

Southern California music fans are rejoicing. Music festival giant Goldenvoice announced the return of Tropicália Music and Taco Festival on Nov. 9 and 10th. This year’s lineup once again is a showcase of the vibrant and beloved Latin music scene in Los Angeles which crossed every genre from oldies, hip-hop to indie rock. 

While previous lineups have looked like a mash of various genres, the festival is a reflecting playlist of the music many Latinos in Southern California grew up listening to. Acts like Los Angeles Azules, Mon Laferte, and Natalia Lafourcade have all taken the stage at the festival in the last two years. 

The two-day festival will be headlined by Caifanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, and CUCO. Natalia Lafourcade and so many more incredible acts will make the two-day festival a Latin music lovers dream. The Latino-centered festival will be in its third iteration but this time at a different location as the festival moves to the grounds of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena from its previous home, the Queen Mary Events Park.

This year’s festival will have a noticeably different lineup schedule with the two-day event being split into different blocks. 

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Day one is set to feature more of Latin American legacy performers like Los Tigres del Norte, Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G, Caifanes and Paquita la del Barrio. Day two is filled with more modern acts like Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, CUCO and Boy Pablo, who have all previously performed at the event.

The real treat of the festival will be the artists squeezed towards the bottom of the lineup slate. Ivy Queen, Bomba Estéreo, The Drums, La Santa Cecilia, Inspector, and The Marías makeup with the bottom half of Tropicalia this year. 

“[Tropicália] was spawned from the love of going to Mexican nightclubs, backyard parties and all-ages punk shows at community centers,” Jeff Shuman, the festivals lead talent buyer and also oversees the Observatory in Santa Ana, told the Los Angeles Times last year. 

The announcement of Tropicália has many music fans chiming in on what many are calling a “dream lineup.”

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With the Tropicália Instagram page teasing fans for the last week about who would be a part of the show, news of the lineup announcement had fans in a frenzy. Whether it’s a love for legacy acts like Los Tigres del Norte that many Latinos listened to growing up or their fandom for artists like CUCO, it’s been a generally positive response to the lineup. 

“Some of these artists I grew up seeing at the little festivals in my city as a younger teen. Some of the artists got me through some ROUGH times and were the background music to some of the best moments of my life,” one person said on Twitter. 

Yes, there are already some great memes in honor of this year’s Tropicália lineup.

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The two-day musical genre split has gotten the approval from many on social media who have been quick to point out what makes the festival so unique.

“Bruh tropicalia lineup even got my mom excited and wanting to go whoever planned that lineup is really catering to every age bracket,” one fan tweeted

“It definitely comes from local culture, you can see that in the lineup,” Paul Billings, Goldenvoice’s senior VP, told the LA Times last year. “If you look at the comments we get, it’s all ‘How did you get these artists to play together?’ It’s so distinct from anything else we do. Everyone who goes connects to the show, it’s so culturally relevant. The age demographic Is younger but It’s intergenerational, and you don’t see that at festivals that often.”

The festival has become quite popular in southern California among a young Latino demographic where music festivals in the past few years have been curated to specific genres and niches. Whether it be old school hip-hop, 2000s indie rock or Latin-American legacy acts, Tropicália has become an event that showcases the blend of these genres.  

L.A. Taco, a Los Angeles-based taco-focused website, will be curating the taco vendor lineup for the first time. There are already three announced vendors that include L.A. taco staples like Teddy’s Red Tacos, Balam Mexican Kitchen, Triple Threat and with more to be announced. Presale starts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at noon PST with the password TEQUIERO. Prices begin at $99. All passes go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PST.

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato is hardly a stranger to opening up about the things that have plagued her. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long used her voice and platform to shed light on the issues that so many young girls struggle with. Namely body image. Like many young girls across the country (who are reportedly more likely to suffer from the pressures of our society’s pressure to obtain the “ideal body”) Demi Lovato has been open about her years struggling with eating disorders. Moreover, in recent years Lovato has positioned herself as an advocate for young girls suffering from similar issues.

In a recent music video, Lovato is opening up about her pain by doing so with a girl she can relate to on a completely different level: her younger self.

Lovato’s newest song comes with a heartwrenching and brilliant collab with Marshmello.

In her latest video, Lovato finds herself transported to her childhood bedroom, waking up in her old bed. When she looks in the mirror, she finds herself staring straight into the face of her younger self (a la Camp Rock). Marshmello also wakes up in his own childhood room, and the two artists end up settling with their past demons throughout the rest of the video. 

The lyrics of the song detail the process of coming to terms with dark emotions and mental health struggles. “Don’t get lost in the moment, or give up when you’re closest,” Lovato sings in the new music video. “All you need is somebody to say, it’s OK not to be OK.”

Throughout the video, the teenage and adult versions of Lovato and Marshmellow rage in their bedrooms in the video before ultimately finding a balance. The video concludes with both versions of Demi holding hands and meeting up with the teenage and adult versions of Marshmello while dancing down a street.

“I think it’s just such an important subject,” Marshmello said about the song’s release on World Suicide Prevention Day. “I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them are kind of scared to bring it up, scared to talk about it. When in reality, they’re scared because maybe the person won’t relate or the person won’t understand, when in reality most of time the person that you could bring it up to, will most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it’s very important to talk about it.”

Check out the music video below!

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