Members of the Latin music industry and music lovers alike came together on the eve of the Latin GRAMMYs in support of a great cause: the 4th annual Los Producers Charity Show benefitting Education Through Music – Los Angeles (ETMLA). Presented by Broadcast Music, Inc. and Los Producers, the evening was made possible with the generous contributions of sponsors Full Sail University, Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles Film School, Remezcla, Rums of Puerto Rico, SXSW Music, Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner/Chappell Music.
Year after year, the Los Producers Charity Show rounds up some of Latin music’s top talent - a mix of Latin GRAMMY winners and nominees, as well as Latin music trendsetters. The stellar 2013 lineup included Alex Cuba, Aleks Syntek, Black Guayaba, Bomba Estereo, Eliacim, Gaby Moreno, Gian Marco, Illya Kuryaki, Jenny and the Mexicats, Jot Dog, Kany García, La Vida Bohème, Mojito Lite, Tommy Torres, La Santa Cecilia and Ximena Sariñana.
As in the past, these top-notch singer-songwriters treated the crowd to a variety of ‘80s-era pop, rock and soul covers, all while putting their own unique spin on them, such as the salsa rendition of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” by Mojito Lite, Gian Marco’s take on Sting’s “Roxanne” on ukulele and Bomba Estereo’s Spanglish remix of Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam.” Other beloved classics covered included Prince’s “Kiss,” Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You,” Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me,” Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule The World,” Rick James’ “Superfreak” and Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” La Santa Cecilia closed out the night with an accordion-laced medley.
This year’s performers were backed by the all-star Los Producers band, comprised of Sebastian Krys, Dan Warner, Lee Levin, Doug Emery and John Falcone. On-air personality and producer Diablito took on hosting duties, while in between sets El Dusty kept the crowd entertained with an eclectic DJ set.
“We’re just a bunch of friends who met in the industry and wanted to give back. This event is special every year. We have a great lineup, great music, and we’re here to raise funds for Education Through Music. It’s always nice to take a week like this and give it a different meaning,” said Sebastian Krys of Los Producers.
This year’s benefiting charity is ETMLA, which promotes and provides music in disadvantaged schools as part of the core curriculum in order to enhance students’ academic achievement and overall development. ETMLA partners with low-income area elementary and middle schools that lack the resources for a school-wide music program and collaborates with school and district leaders to customize a high quality, sequential music program that serves every child for the entire year.
Those who were not present the night of November 20 and would like to participate in the online auction benefiting ETMLA have a unique opportunity through December 2 to contribute to this great cause by visiting: http://www.biddingforgood.com/etmla.