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A Night of Visual Radio

Upcoming Radio Azt?n Music Festival serves as a cultural bridge

By Veronica Hernandez
Published on LatinoLA: July 8, 2002


A Night of Visual Radio


Within the boundaries of Riverside County can be found an annual concert of Chicano/Latino artists and performers similar to events held in the likes of Los Angeles.

The 6th Annual Radio Aztl?n Music Festival will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2002 at the University of California, Riverside. Musical performances by Grito Serpentino, Skalavera, Lil? Bit of Soul, and Organix include an eclectic range from traditional Mexican folklore to reggae, rock en espa?ol and urban hip hop. Other featured guests will include solo artist, Stefane and rappers, Spooks with Lil' Man.

Highlighted guests include Grito Serpentino, a spoken word music ensemble from the San Jose Bay area. The group is currently on tour with its 2nd CD. Other performing artists include a comeback performance by La Banda Skalavera, a rising local talent hitting the club circuit with an electrifying sound of ska with rock en espa?ol. Organix produces a synergy of reggae and alternative blends. Solo artists, Stefan?, and Spooks with Lil Man each bring their own sense of style. Rounding out the show with a blend of oldies/soul is Riverside?s Lil? Bit of Soul. A special tribute will be held in memory of longtime Casa Blanca musician, Joe Tavarez co-founder of groups ?Heart & Soul? and ?Thee Dupremes?.

The Radio Aztl?n program is a Chicano Alternative radio program that exists on the airwaves of KUCR 88.3 FM at the University of California, Riverside. Radio Aztl?n is now celebrating it?s 18th year in existence.

Radio Aztl?n emphasizes the need to preserve, educate, and entertain. The program entertains in a musical format to promote cultural awareness and pride in the Chicano/Latino community. By presenting relevant information, news and events the program provides educational media to further empower the Chicano/Latino community towards self-esteem, pride and self-determination for its people.

Comprised of community volunteers and university students, the staff provides weekly programming, culminating from Friday evenings through Saturday mornings. The programming format includes music, on the air interviews, recorded speeches, historical highlights and community news.

Initiated in 1984 by university students, the program has become a staple of radio diversion serving the Chicano/Latino community of Inland Empire. In its common goal of serving the Chicano/Latino community, the program has developed a familiar existence with its audience. Families of listeners look forward to the cultural enrichment and musical entertainment that can be found in any of the Radio Aztlan?s program segments.

Another familiar atmosphere derived from Radio Aztl?n is their annual Music Festival. An annual concert event, the Radio Aztl?n Music Festival is held on the University of California, Riverside campus. What was established to further develop a cultural bridge between Chicano/Latinos and the university setting, the Music Festival has become a night of ?visual radio?.

The festival features local and upcoming Chicano/Latino performers and the diversity of their music, along with a Life Time Achievement Award presented for outstanding contribution to the importance of Chicano/Latino music. Past recipients include Eduardo ?Lalo? Guerrero, Jose Montoya, Jesus ?Chuy? Negrete, and Agustin Lira.. Those attending the Music Festival enjoy a family night of entertainment and music variety.

7/13 - 6:30PM to 10:00PM - Music
6th Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival
The best in oldies * r&b * rock en espanol * trio * musica Chicana y mucho mas. Performances by: Grito Serpentino, Skalavera, Lil Bit of Soul
Organix and Solo artist Stephanie. Tune into KUCR 88.3 Fm Friday nights 5:30 pm - 7am Saturdays or visit http://www.kucr.org
Address: University of California, Riverside , Riverside
Ages: Family Event
Admission: $10 Advance / $12 Door
For more information call: (909) 787-3821
Or visit: http://www.kucr.org
Email: estellaa@pop.ucr.edu







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