Biographies of Los Angeles Musicians

Los Angeles
Banda Rap
Consisting of brothers Francisco “AK” Gomez and Sergio “Wikid” Gomez, Akwid is a banda rap group based in Los Angeles, California. Immigrating from Michoacan, Mexico to the multicultural milieu of South...
Los Angeles
East L.A. Punk
The Bags featured the first Los Angeles-based punk woman lead singer -- Alice Bag, Alicia Armendariz's furious alter-ego. At the ramshackle underground club Masque -- ground zero for the collection of misfit artists,...
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Chicano Rock
Who could forget the words to "Land of a 1000 Dances?" Frankie Garcia did.   But Frankie, as the lead singer of the Chicano rock band Cannibal & the Headhunters, covered his slip-up with an improvised...
Los Angeles
Latin Jazz, Pachuco Boogie
Don Tosti, born Edmundo Martinez Tostado in El Paso, Texas in 1923, grew up in the infamous Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas. Opportunities in public music programs protected him in a neighborhood with a tough reputation. At age...
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Chicano Rock, East L.A. Punk
El Vez, also known as the “Mexican Elvis,” is the stage name of singer Robert Lopez. He took the popular Elvis-impersonation phenomenon and reinvented it into a cross-cultural live performance combining a love of...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock
In 1962 while watching a bullfight in Tijuana, Mexico, Jewish trumpeter and A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert was inspired to capture the excitement and mariachi horn section he experienced at the bullring. Adapting a song...