Trendsetting public radio station 89.9 KCRW-Santa Monica and KCRW.com continues its support of Latin Alternative music with a trip to the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City, August 2-5, 2006. As a leading advocate for the Latin alternative genre for nearly ten years, KCRW is a premier outlet for airplay and sought after destination for live studio performances by bands from throughout the Latin music world. It is one of the only stations in the nation to provide such consistent and ongoing attention for Latin alternative artists.
KCRW garnered praise from the Latin music community for its partnership with Nacional Records for the 2005 Sounds Eclectico CD, a collection of in-studio performances from the genre?s most respected names.
The station?s continued commitment to Latin alternative music includes a partnership with Grand Performances to produce two outdoor Sounds Eclectico Live events in downtown Los Angeles. The events (July 1st featured Kinky and Sidestepper and the upcoming July 29th show features Nortec Collective and Mexican Institute of Sound) are a huge draw for LA?s Latin community, showcasing top Latin alternative talent at the spectacular Watercourt Stage at California Plaza. KCRW?s presence at LAMC reflects the station?s role as a key player in the current Latin music scene.
KCRW DJ Raul Campos will act as the conference?s official host, introducing each panel discussion throughout the four-day event. He will also perform two special DJ sets on August 5th. The first will be from 3 to 7 pm as part of the Central Park Summerstage series at Rumsey Playfield. Featured performers for the show include Gustavo Cerati, Mexican Institute of Sound and Calle 13. The second set will be at the official LAMC closing party at 10 pm at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square. Campos hosts Nocturna, featuring deep rhythms and urban soul with a Latin twist, weeknights from ten to midnight on KCRW.
KCRW?s Music Director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic, Nic Harcourt, will also be part of the high-energy LAMC action, broadcasting his influential morning show live from New York on Friday, August 4, 2006 from 12 noon to 3 pm Eastern Time. The show will feature an appearance by Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound, speaking about the future of Latin music and spinning some of his favorite tracks, from 2:15 to 3 pm Eastern Time. Harcourt will also participate on the LAMC panel, ?Getting Heard: Latin Music in Film, TV & Video Games? at 3 pm on Friday, August 3rd.
KCRW-FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, serves Los Angeles and Orange Counties at 89.9 FM, Ventura County at 89.1 FM on KCRU/Oxnard-Ventura, the greater Palm Springs area at 89.3 FM on KCRI/Indio-Palm Springs and Kern and Northern LA Counties at 88.1 FM on KCRY/Mojave/Antelope Valley. Translators carry the signal to the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley areas at 90.7 FM, Gorman at 89.7 FM, Banning at 90.9 FM, the Ridgecrest area at 107.1 FM, Thousand Oaks/Conejo Valley.Moorpark areas at 102.3 FM, Ojai at 102.1 FM, and Lemon Grove/Spring Valley in San Diego County at 89.9 FM. KCRW can be found on the web at KCRW.com and KCRWmusic.com, streaming, podcasting and on-demand.