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MERCURY NEWS: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Terrific Lineup for Virtual Festival

VALLEJO, CA – JULY 2: Sons of the Soul Revivers, from left, Dwayne Morgan, Ronnie Smith, James Morgan, Walter Morgan and Quantae Johnson are photographed in Vallejo, Calif., on Thursday, July 2, 2020. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Hundreds of thousands of music lovers will have to break from their regular tradition [...]

MERCURY NEWS: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Terrific Lineup for Virtual Festival2020-09-24T20:57:49+00:00

Sonny Green

Sonny Green - Found! One Soul Singer Produced by Kid Andersen at his Greaseland Studio, USA We are beyond excited to announce the new recording from Little Village Foundation – the debut full length album from the best real deal soul singer you've never heard…SONNY GREEN!!!  We truly [...]

Sonny Green2020-09-24T21:22:40+00:00

HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS LIVE STREAM OCT. 3rd TO INCLUDE THE SONS OF SOUL REVIVERS

Sons of Soul Revivers will be performing as part of "Let The Music Play On", Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ journey to bring the music we all enjoy in the park to you in your living rooms and backyards. The one-time broadcast will air on October 3, from 2-5pm PT, 5-8pm ET. Tune in to watch [...]

HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS LIVE STREAM OCT. 3rd TO INCLUDE THE SONS OF SOUL REVIVERS2020-09-24T19:57:41+00:00

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson - From the Patio: Live At Poor House Bistro Vol. 1 Recorded live at the Poor House Bistro, San Jose, CA on June 4 and August 6, 2014 Produced by Kid Andersen at his Greaseland Studio Little Village Foundation and San Jose’s Poor [...]

Ron Thompson2020-09-01T03:08:40+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 10: Segelstein and Horowitz of Veretski Pass

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week’s episode features Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz, founding members of Veretski Pass. Founded in 2002 by Segelstein, the band takes its name from the mountain pass in the Carpathians through which the emigrating Jews [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 10: Segelstein and Horowitz of Veretski Pass
2020-07-15T19:54:41+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 9: Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week’s episode features Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove, carrying on the legendary Tulsa sound of forerunners like Leon Russel, JJ Cale, and Elvin Bishop. Their new record, Heaven Forever, is out now on Little [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 9: Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove
2020-07-08T23:06:51+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 8: John “Blues” Boyd

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week’s episode features 75 year-old blues singer and Little Village recording artist John “Blues” Boyd of Redwood City, CA, accompanied on guitar by the one and only Kid Andersen. John worked hard labor all his life, starting as [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 8: John “Blues” Boyd
2020-07-06T18:15:31+00:00

BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE: FEATURED INTERVIEW WITH JIM PUGH

Check out the interview with Jim Pugh in the June 25th, 2020 Issue of Blues Blast Magazine. "There is little doubt that Jim Pugh is one of the elite keyboard players in blues music. His resume and recording discography is a virtual who’s-who of legendary blues artists as well as some top-selling rock musicians. [...]

BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE: FEATURED INTERVIEW WITH JIM PUGH2020-09-24T20:38:15+00:00

The Sons Of The Soul Revivers

THE SONS OF THE SOUL REVIVERS - SONGS WE'LL ALWAYS SING - A TRIBUTE TO THE PILGRIM JUBILEES Gospel music has a fundamental heart magic, a soulful joy in the positive things in life that summons a response from believers and nonbelievers alike.  That joy is embodied in the [...]

The Sons Of The Soul Revivers2020-08-13T02:36:00+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 7: Aki Kumar and Rome Yamilov

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. Aki Kumar left his native home in Mumbai, India for the United States with the intention of working as a software engineer. Then he discovered the sounds of the blues, and his life changed dramatically.  One of [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 7: Aki Kumar and Rome Yamilov
2020-06-24T20:47:13+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 6: Wilson Savoy

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week’s episode features Cajun dynamo Wilson Savoy at home in Lafayette, Louisiana, bringing you a little bit of everything — from traditional Cajun accordion and fiddle to rockin’ Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles tunes on [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 6: Wilson Savoy
2020-06-19T20:35:33+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 5: Mary Flower

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week's "Working From Home" features award-winning Portland, Oregon-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Mary Flower, a prodigious talent whose seasoned skills have established her as one of America’s foremost roots performers. So much so that legendary Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 5: Mary Flower
2020-06-09T22:04:57+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 4: La Familia Longoria

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week’s episode features three generations of La Familia Longoria from Brownsville, Texas. Juan Longoria Sr. has performed for over 50 years throughout the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas as the accordion player and [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 4: La Familia Longoria
2020-06-04T23:10:50+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 3: The Sons of The Soul Revivers

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week "Working From Home" features a fan favorite: The Sons of The Soul Revivers. Walter, James, and Dwayne Morgan grew up singing together in San Francisco. Living now in Vallejo, Ca. their love for quartet [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 3: The Sons of The Soul Revivers
2020-05-26T22:09:30+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 2: CJ Chenier

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. This week we present C.J. Chenier, coming to you straight from his backyard with a short set of zydeco and blues. Behind him are some personal mementos and a photo of his famous father: the late [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 2: CJ Chenier
2020-05-22T00:41:07+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 1: Xóchitl and Anaí Morales of Mariachi Mesitzo

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US. First in the series will feature sisters Xóchitl and Anaí Morales of Mariachi Mesitzo singing and playing from their family's home in Delano, CA, accompanied by their father Juan. Note: Xóchitl and Anaí self-quarantined for 14 [...]

WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 1: Xóchitl and Anaí Morales of Mariachi Mesitzo
2020-05-22T00:43:09+00:00

WORKING FROM HOME: NEW LVF / ARHOOLIE LIVE VIDEO COLLABORATION

Just about everyone has been affected by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the music world, no one knows when the box office will open again, and even as many of us return to work in the coming weeks and months, working musicians will continue to be cut off from the clubs, [...]

WORKING FROM HOME: NEW LVF / ARHOOLIE LIVE VIDEO COLLABORATION2020-07-15T20:06:45+00:00

HARD TIMES VIDEO: WE SHELTER IN PLACE BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP US

Last week 34 Little Village musicians gathered online to deliver this powerful message: Music Binds Us Together Musicians everywhere have lost their means of making a living due to the pandemic. This loss of performance income has made the sale of artist's recordings more critically important than ever before. Help us [...]

HARD TIMES VIDEO: WE SHELTER IN PLACE BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP US2020-06-30T00:59:13+00:00

THE CORONAVIRUS IS LEADING TO MASSIVE CANCELLATIONS

Sporting events, concerts, schools closings, businesses big and small requiring stay at home telecommuting, all are directly affecting our lives. This has had a major impact on Little Village and more specifically it’s artists. For the past week or so there’s been a steady stream of emails coming in canceling concerts and festivals. For [...]

THE CORONAVIRUS IS LEADING TO MASSIVE CANCELLATIONS2020-06-30T00:48:32+00:00

SOUND AND SOUL: It Makes Sense: Jim Pugh of the Little Village Foundation on Music, Diversity & Service

Check out this insightful interview with LVF founder Jim Pugh at Sound and Soul: "Little Village has never actually sold one CD because we don’t own any of the CDs. I give them– and downloads in any format– it’s all owned by the artists. It’s not by the record label. I don’t pay them. [...]

SOUND AND SOUL: It Makes Sense: Jim Pugh of the Little Village Foundation on Music, Diversity & Service2020-09-24T20:40:02+00:00

OAKLAND CIRCA 1973

A.P.U.M.E.C. HALL I’d shlep my stuff out of my broken down van and through the backdoor. I’d beg somebody to help me gorilla the Hammond B3 organ up the few steps to the stage. APUMEC Hall- it stood for something I never knew what- was a rickety old Mexican dance hall on East 14th (now [...]

OAKLAND CIRCA 19732020-02-20T22:50:05+00:00

Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove

Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove - Heaven Forever Casey Van Beek was born in Holland but raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, and fit right in to the burgeoning local ‘60s rock scene. By his teens he was playing bass [...]

Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove2020-07-08T23:26:07+00:00

The Mike Duke Project

The Mike Duke Project - ... Took a While Acclaimed Musician/Songwriter Mike Duke Unleashes Southern Soul Sounds on First-Ever CD,  ...took a while, Due October 11 from Little Village Foundation NICASIO, CA – Singer/keyboardist/songwriter Mike Duke has flourished as an in-demand musician and performer for over 45 years, [...]

The Mike Duke Project2020-03-15T23:18:15+00:00

Junior Watson

PURCHASE AT JUNIOR'S WEB SITE Junior Watson - Nothin' To It But To Do It “I have never heard any guitarist combine the blues with such jazz-tinged playfulness and unpredictability, and with such a seductive fat and greasy tone. Instantly recognizable and 100% original.  There is no [...]

Junior Watson2020-03-15T23:11:02+00:00

The Second Annual Arhoolie Awards and Benefit Concert

We are proud to announce the second annual Arhoolie Awards and Benefit Concert, to be held November 22nd at San Francisco’s The Chapel. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Awards program and help further the mission of the Arhoolie Foundation. This year's award recipients - who each receive $10,000 to support their [...]

The Second Annual Arhoolie Awards and Benefit Concert2020-02-19T20:35:26+00:00

MIKE DUKE: RANCHO NICASIO RECORD RELEASE SHOW 9/29 | MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLE

MIKE DUKE PLAYS RANCHO NICASIO ON SEPTEMBER 29th! VISIT RANCHO NICASIO WEBSITE FOR INFO Hit songwriter for Huey Lewis finally has an album of his own, after 40 years West Marin singer-songwriter Mike Duke wrote some of the biggest hits of the 1980s for Huey Lewis and the News. He’s spent most [...]

MIKE DUKE: RANCHO NICASIO RECORD RELEASE SHOW 9/29 | MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLE2019-09-25T00:14:33+00:00

PRE HARDLY STRICTLY HOUSE CONCERT 10/3

Date And Time Thu, October 3, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT Description: It's Really Simple Free Food Free Drink Free Music Performances By: Aireene Espiritu Aki Kumar Marina Crouse Maurice Tani and special guests All in support of Little Village Foundation JOIN US! (RSVP For Address) ATTEND

PRE HARDLY STRICTLY HOUSE CONCERT 10/32019-09-24T23:35:10+00:00

LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW ALBUMS

Little Village Foundation Announces Five New Albums Featuring Empowered Multi-Generational Voices of The West Coast’s Foremost Women Artists - Out August 17, 2019 Betty Reid Soskin: A Lifetime of Being Betty (Chosen as one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year 2018”) Skip The Needle: We Ain’t Never Going Back (Featuring Vicki Randle, Percussionist/Vocalist of The [...]

LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW ALBUMS2019-06-07T17:04:12+00:00

LITTLE VILLAGE END OF SUMMER FREE CONCERT 9/8

It's Simple. Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Free Food.   Free Drinks.   Free Music.   Stunning Vista Sunset. Junior Watson. (OC) Sean Wheeler. (PS) Whitney Shay. (SD) Igor Prado. (Ipanema) Attend Event

LITTLE VILLAGE END OF SUMMER FREE CONCERT 9/82019-09-24T23:47:47+00:00

SF CHRONICLE DATEBOOK: SKIP THE NEEDLE RELEASE SHOW

Skip the Needle to bring its joyful funk metal to debut album release show Vicki Randle was no fresh-faced ingenue when she joined Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples as a percussionist and backup singer in 2010. Well-established as a top-shelf Los Angeles studio musician with dozens of albums and major tours to [...]

SF CHRONICLE DATEBOOK: SKIP THE NEEDLE RELEASE SHOW2019-08-22T20:51:57+00:00

SUMMER 2019 LVF ARTIST SHOWCASE AUGUST 17!

AUGUST 17, 2019 FREIGHT & SALVAGE 2020 ADDISTON STREET BERKELEY, CA BUY TICKETS ARTISTS PERFORMING: Mary Flower Guitarist, singer and songwriter Mary Flower is that rare breed of American roots artist. Her devotion to the art form is both lovingly and historically accurate, yet her creativity lends it vitality and energy that it might [...]

SUMMER 2019 LVF ARTIST SHOWCASE AUGUST 17!2019-08-22T20:50:27+00:00

Anaí Adina

Anaí Adina - Espérame En El Cielo 18-year-old vocalist Anaí Adina reveals a visionary mix of tradition and originality on her debut album with Little Village Foundation, Espérame En El Cielo. The youngest of three daughters of noted mariachi musicians Leticia and Juan Morales, Anaí grew up in [...]

Anaí Adina2020-03-15T23:09:22+00:00

Skip The Needle

SKIP THE NEEDLE - WE AIN'T NEVER GOING BACK On their debut album, We Ain’t Never Going Back, the formidable female powerhouse known as Skip The Needle bring a depth of personal insight and performing experience to their politically astute hard rock/funk songcraft. Throughout We Ain't Never Going [...]

Skip The Needle2020-03-15T23:07:15+00:00

Saida Dahir

SAIDA DAHIR - THE WALKING STEREOTYPE “Saida Dahir’s blistering spoken word performance about her fear of school shootings and the political hypocrisy that follows electrified the crowd at Salt Lake City’s March for Our Lives.” –Mother Jones An 18-year-old Muslim Somali refugee living in Salt Lake City, Utah, [...]

Saida Dahir2020-03-15T23:05:59+00:00

Mary Flower

MARY FLOWER - LIVIN' WITH THE BLUES AGAIN "a world-class finger-style guitarist and lap slide player." -DownBeat "There are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music." -Acoustic Guitar "[Flower] plays the blues with the soul and wit they were created [...]

Mary Flower2020-03-15T23:04:27+00:00

Betty Reid Soskin

BETTY REID SOSKIN - A LIFETIME OF BEING BETTY A Glamour Magazine “Women of the Year 2018” Honoree "Betty Reid Soskin is a revelation; her story, a window into a more complicated, heroic, inclusive 20th century; her life a testament to affirmation in the face of adversity. That [...]

Betty Reid Soskin2020-03-15T23:02:30+00:00

THE BLUES FOUNDATION 40th BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS!

Congratulations to these nominees that are part of the growing Little Village Foundation family: And to those who lent their support:

THE BLUES FOUNDATION 40th BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS!2019-06-06T02:34:22+00:00

Maurice Tani

MAURICE TANI - THIS IS IT! Live Acoustic Performance In-Concert Recording NEW ALBUM FROM SINGER-SONGWRITER ON LITTLE VILLAGE Singer-songwriter Maurice Tani’s second album on the Little Village label, “This Is It!”, is a live, acoustic recording capturing the excitement and spontaneity of a live concert. Known for his [...]

Maurice Tani2020-03-15T22:54:47+00:00

MAURICE TANI RECORD RELEASE SHOW FEB 7

New album 'This Is It!' is here. Official release date 2/7 at the scene of the crime: Freight & Salvage. Pre-release copies available at mauricetani .com READ MORE BUY TICKETS

MAURICE TANI RECORD RELEASE SHOW FEB 72019-01-15T00:58:03+00:00

BENEFIT SHOW AT FREIGHT & SALVAGE IN BERKELEY FEB 7

Little Village Foundation Benefit Show featuring Kevin Burt, Mariachi Mestizo (small ensemble), Marina Crouse, Maurice Tani, Sean Wheeler, The Sons of the Soul Revivers w/Marcel Smith, Raise Your Voice - The Sound of Student Protest Thu, February 7, 2019 Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage Berkeley, CA This event is [...]

BENEFIT SHOW AT FREIGHT & SALVAGE IN BERKELEY FEB 72019-01-09T00:42:43+00:00

TIGERBEAT: A new album protesting gun violence includes students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school performing the original song, ‘Shine.’

The students of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are raising their voices for good. In February, the lives of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students were changed forever when an active shooter took the lives of 17 students and staff within the school. Since then, the survivors have launched the March [...]

TIGERBEAT: A new album protesting gun violence includes students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school performing the original song, ‘Shine.’2020-09-24T20:37:23+00:00

GRATEFUL FOR THE PEOPLE I’VE WORKED WITH

I’d been at Kenney’s house the day before.  Back then we had lived near each other out in The Richmond. He knew a secretary at Warner’s that would send him new releases every month. Like clock work. Kinda pissed me off but we would sit and listen to some stuff while we talked and drank [...]

GRATEFUL FOR THE PEOPLE I’VE WORKED WITH2018-11-22T00:41:35+00:00

FORBES MAGAZINE: Jim Pugh On Building Empathy Through Diverse Music Of Little Village Foundation

As the major record label system continues to evolve, different sounds and different artists have become more marginalized than ever before, thanks to the never ending search for the quickest, easiest hit record possible. Songs get more and more formulaic and homogeneous sounding and artists are cast aside quickly, easily disposable in a world where [...]

FORBES MAGAZINE: Jim Pugh On Building Empathy Through Diverse Music Of Little Village Foundation2018-11-10T00:15:53+00:00

Raise Your Voice

MAKE A DONATION TO THE RAISE YOUR VOICE PROJECT LISTEN TO THE ROUGH DRAFT DIARIES PODCAST VARIOUS ARTISTS - RAISE YOUR VOICE The courage and moral clarity shown by the student survivors of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida struck [...]

Raise Your Voice2020-03-15T22:53:07+00:00

RAISE YOUR VOICE: The Sound of Student Protest

MAKE A DONATION TO THE RAISE YOUR VOICE PROJECT The courage and moral clarity shown by the student survivors of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida struck an immediate emotional chord with the American public, bringing home the reality of [...]

RAISE YOUR VOICE: The Sound of Student Protest2018-11-10T00:17:22+00:00

SF CHRONICLE: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass offers politically charged musical weekend in the park

On the Bandwagon stage earlier in the day, students from all over the country came together to perform songs and poems featured on “Raise Your Voice,” an album released nationally on Friday, Oct. 5, by Jim Pugh‘s nonprofit Little Village Foundation, written in response to the recent spate of school shootings. Madison Yearsley of New [...]

SF CHRONICLE: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass offers politically charged musical weekend in the park2020-09-24T20:49:05+00:00

KEVIN BURT: LVF To Release The Debut ‘Heartland and Soul’ October 29th

We’re very excited to share this huge musical talent to the world with this much-anticipated, stunning debut recording from Kevin Burt - HEARTLAND & SOUL out October 29th on Little Village Foundation Records! The Iowa based Burt’s vocals are absolutely amazing – extremely powerful, rich, warm, expressive and exploding with SOUL!! Another killer sounding album [...]

KEVIN BURT: LVF To Release The Debut ‘Heartland and Soul’ October 29th2018-09-27T06:12:28+00:00

Kevin Burt

KEVIN BURT - HEARTLAND AND SOUL 2018 International Blues Challenge Winner in 3 categories!! 1st place Solo/Duo, best Solo/Duo guitarist, & best harmonica player award!! BIG MAN, BIG VOICE, BIG HEART, BIG LOVE! We’re very excited to share this huge musical talent to the world with this much-anticipated, stunning [...]

Kevin Burt2020-03-15T22:49:52+00:00

LIVING BLUES: Aki Kumar ‘Hindi Man Blues’ Review

In 2016, Aki Kumar turned heads with Aki Goes to Bollywood, an unprecedented project that fused blues with Bollywood- style Indian pop—two genres not known for breaking with tradition. The unlikely union led Jason Ricci to lovingly pronounce it a “marketing nightmare” in the album’s liner notes, but it went on to establish the Mumbai [...]

LIVING BLUES: Aki Kumar ‘Hindi Man Blues’ Review2018-09-01T20:39:39+00:00

LIVING BLUES: Marcel Smith ‘Everybody Needs Love’ Review

Sacramento singer and multi-instrumentalist Marcel Smith was still in his 20s when he first recorded back in 1993 for the hometown Have Mercy imprint as a member of a group called the Soul Prophets. With Smith’s soul-searing vocals and Robert Nakajima’s fire-spitting guitar, that set, Coming From the Old School, ranks as a serious contender for the Best Album That Nobody Heard award, but [...]

LIVING BLUES: Marcel Smith ‘Everybody Needs Love’ Review2018-09-01T20:47:52+00:00

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Releasing ‘Raise Your Voice’ Album Before Midterm Elections

After a group of students from Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School crisscrossed the nation this summer on their "Road to Change" tour, they will now lift their voices before the November midterm elections on an inspiring collection of songs titled Raise Your Voice: The Sound of Student Protest. The 11-track album, due Oct. [...]

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Releasing ‘Raise Your Voice’ Album Before Midterm Elections2018-08-22T20:29:48+00:00

BLUES JUNCTION: Artist Spotlight: Little Village Foundation and Founder Jim Pugh

Jim Pugh, who many of our readers know as the longtime keyboard player in the Robert Cray Band, has recently embarked on a very exciting and interesting endeavor called the Little Village Foundation. I sat down with Jim recently and we talked about this project, his life in music and his own road to the [...]

BLUES JUNCTION: Artist Spotlight: Little Village Foundation and Founder Jim Pugh2018-07-12T01:37:49+00:00

KPCC TUESDAY REVIEWSDAY: Aki Kumar

Aki Goes to Bollywood, is an unexpected and unexpectedly wonderful meeting of American blues and Indian pop. The meeting happened, though, in California’s Bay Area. The project is part of the Little Village Foundation’s mission to uncover the hidden cultures and music of the state. Other releases have covered folk, blues, mariachi and Latin American [...]

KPCC TUESDAY REVIEWSDAY: Aki Kumar2018-07-02T02:31:27+00:00

PRI’S THE WORLD: Aki Kumar “I wanted to be bigger than Bill Gates — but I fell in love with the blues”

LISTEN TO THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW Aki Kumar moved to Silicon Valley at the age of 18. His goal, like many others, was to be a successful software engineer. But, something happened along the way. Kumar discovered the blues — the music of Howlin' Wolf and of blues clubs in the San Francisco Bay area. Eventually, [...]

PRI’S THE WORLD: Aki Kumar “I wanted to be bigger than Bill Gates — but I fell in love with the blues”2018-07-02T01:41:35+00:00

LVF ANNOUNCES SEVEN NEW ECLECTIC ARTISTS

Little Village Foundation Releases Eclectic Series of Seven New Recordings Featuring California’s Foremost Underground Artists "Nonprofit helps worthy California musicians get wide attention.” -San Francisco Chronicle “[Little Village] label boasts some of the best musicians you’ve never heard of.” -San Jose Mercury News Now in its third year of nationally releasing critically-acclaimed recordings [...]

LVF ANNOUNCES SEVEN NEW ECLECTIC ARTISTS2018-06-29T23:03:20+00:00

Whitney Shay

WHITNEY SHAY - A WOMAN RULES THE WORLD A  two-time  San  Diego  Music  Award  winner  for  “Best  Blues  Artist,”  vivacious  young  vocal  phenom  Whitney  Shay  sings  with  a  commanding  authority  that's  usually  associated  with  artists  twice  her  age.  No  less  an  authority  than  soul  legend  Candi  Staton  called  Shay  "one [...]

Whitney Shay2020-03-15T22:48:18+00:00

Mestizo

MESTIZO - XX ANIVERSARIO Mariachi Mestizo is a modern ensemble that preserves and expands Mexico's centuries-old mariachi tradition. The youthful players, mentored by the veteran mariachi master Juan Morales (Los Camperos), dig deep into the music's history and timeless emotional appeal to make the music vital and current. The young [...]

Mestizo2020-03-15T22:46:45+00:00

Ada Pasternak

ADA PASTERNAK - SWEET DREAMS Ada Pasternak is that rare artist who lives and breathes music while expressing her singular life experiences through unforgettbale art. Born in Moscow to musician parents, Ada came to the U.S. with her family at the age of six to escape persecution along with many [...]

Ada Pasternak2020-03-15T22:44:48+00:00

United By Music

UNITED BY MUSIC - YES WE CAN CAN “There's nuthin' like it! I love everything about it. HOPE! United By Music gives people HOPE! I can't wait to get back to playin' with them.”-Bobby Rush: GRAMMY Award-Winner, UBMNA Mentor “These guys are off the chain! I just love playin' with [...]

United By Music2020-03-15T22:41:13+00:00

Marcel Smith

MARCEL SMITH - EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Marcel  Smith's  debut  solo  album,  Everybody  Needs  Love,  marks  the  belated  emergence  of  a  commanding,  massively  talented  vocalist  who’s  been  honing  his  skills  on  the  gospel  circuit  for  decades.  Everybody  Needs  Loveshowcases  a  persuasively  soulful  voice  that's  been  burnished  through  years  of  high-energy [...]

Marcel Smith2020-03-15T22:38:32+00:00

Aki Kumar

AKI KUMAR - HINDI MAN BLUES Indian-born,  San  Jose-based  Aki  Kumar,  aka  "The  Only  Bombay  Blues  Man,"  left  his  home  in  Mumbai  with  the  intention  of  working  as  a  software  engineer  in  Silicon  Valley.  Then  he  discovered  the  blues,  and  his  life  dramatically  changed.  Singing  and  playing  harmonica,  he  steeped  himself  in  the  music  and [...]

Aki Kumar2020-03-15T22:35:44+00:00

Marina Crouse

MARINA CROUSE - NEVER TOO SOON Opera isn't normally thought of as a path to success in the world of jazz and blues, but it's the route (with some detours) that Marina Crouse took to become one of the most notable rising talents  on the San Francisco/Bay Area music scene. Her  early classical training is reflected [...]

Marina Crouse2020-03-15T20:49:37+00:00

LVF SUMMER SHOWCASE AT THE FREIGHT AUGUST 1 – Six Singers And A Mariachi

On August 1st, Little Village Foundation will celebrate the release of 7 new LVR releases at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA with a Summer Showcase performance featuring LVF artists Ada Pasternak, Aki Kumar, Marcel Smith, Marina Crouse, Mariachi Mestizo, Maurice Tani, Whitney Shay. Six singers and a Mariachi! Doors open at 6:00 and [...]

LVF SUMMER SHOWCASE AT THE FREIGHT AUGUST 1 – Six Singers And A Mariachi2018-08-03T21:31:56+00:00

ELMORE MAGAZINE: Marcel Smith ‘Everybody Needs Love’

The eclectic nonprofit record label Little Village Foundation, which exists to shine a light on underground artists in and near California, has found its voice. From a young age, Marcel Smith’s dynamic vocals—transitioning from smooth, tender and soulful to raw and feverishly uplifting in short order—have electrified churchgoers for years with undeniable conviction and passion. [...]

ELMORE MAGAZINE: Marcel Smith ‘Everybody Needs Love’2018-07-19T19:17:53+00:00

LVF 2018 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Congratulations to all these people who have recorded/produced or performed with LVF for their 2018 Blues Music Award Nominations! Wee Willie Walker The Paul deLay Band June Core Tony Braunagel Chris Cain Christoffer “Kid” Andersen Rick Estrin Nancy Wright Jim Pugh Curtis Salgado

LVF 2018 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS2018-02-14T21:17:00+00:00

VIDEO: A CALVACADE OF LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION STARS

On January 19th, 2018 Little Village Foundation Artists gathered at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA featuring Aireene Espiritu (Aireene Espiritu & The Itch), Aki Kumar, Chris Cain, Howell Devine, Maurice Tani (Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora), The Sons of The Soul Revivers, and Xóchitl Morales. Watch the video here:

VIDEO: A CALVACADE OF LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION STARS2018-02-15T05:26:19+00:00

DESERT SUN: SEAN WHEELER HAS CONQUERED HIS DEMONS

The Desert Sun Bruce Fessier Wheeler has led more than a dozen bands over 36 years, playing hybrid genres he’s invented, such as “political sleng teng,” “proto-emo jangle rock” and “glam-inspired punk pop.” He might have set the precedent for desert rockers such as Josh Homme and Brant Bjork to feel it’s more important to [...]

DESERT SUN: SEAN WHEELER HAS CONQUERED HIS DEMONS2018-06-29T03:23:26+00:00

Howell Devine

HOWELL DEVINE - HOWL “…a real King Biscuit Time vibe in sound, groove, and attitude. Joshua Howell, the band’s guitarist and harmonica player, plays wicked harp loosely in the Rice Miller tradition, with traces of Jaybird Coleman and Little Walter… emotive, straight blues, with sharp and superb guitar sliding & [...]

Howell Devine2020-07-15T20:28:40+00:00

LVF ADDS HOWELL DEVINE TO THEIR ROSTER

Music reviewers have had a delicious time with the name of this Bay Area-based blues trio ever since their first record came out in 2012. Their “divine howl” is official now with the Oct. 13 release of HOWL, their fourth album and debut release on renowned musician Jim Pugh’s new label, Little Village Foundation. "These [...]

LVF ADDS HOWELL DEVINE TO THEIR ROSTER2017-11-20T01:24:29+00:00

XOCHITL MORALES FEATURED ON THE CALIFORNIA REPORT

There is a great feature on Xochitl Morales on the California Report.  "Seventeen-year-old Xochitl Morales has been surrounded by music since she was in the womb. “It’s eat, breathe, sleep mariachi,” she says, as she points out trophies and event posters in her family’s music studio. On the California mariachi scene, everybody knows the Morales family of [...]

XOCHITL MORALES FEATURED ON THE CALIFORNIA REPORT2017-08-22T22:02:36+00:00

SF CHRONICLE: NONPROFIT HELPS WORTHY CALIFORNIA MUSICIANS GET WIDE ATTENTION

Little Village Foundation was featured in The San Francisco Chronicle today! "Listening to the radio as he drove home that night to Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara County), Pugh heard a classic ’50s Frank Sinatra orchestral track recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, where Pugh decided on the spot to record the young mariachis because he [...]

SF CHRONICLE: NONPROFIT HELPS WORTHY CALIFORNIA MUSICIANS GET WIDE ATTENTION2017-06-27T03:54:36+00:00

LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION RELEASES NEW RECORDINGS

Featuring Bay Area, Coachella Valley and Central Valley Artists, Bringing Backroads Music from the Fringes to the Masses Santa Ynez, CA – Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Every year, thousands of North American artists release new music vying for the spotlight, trying to break through the noise to get heard and build their fanbase. Through [...]

LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION RELEASES NEW RECORDINGS2017-06-16T22:17:18+00:00

Wee Willie Walker

WEE WILLIE WALKER AND THE GREASELAND ALL STARS - LIVE! NOTODDEN BLUES FESTIVAL, NORWAY “If enough of the right people hear If Nothing Ever Changes, Wee Willie Walker’s world will change, and he will become the award-winning, highly sought-after soul/blues singer he has deserved to be since the 1960s…….  Not enough good [...]

Wee Willie Walker2020-07-15T21:24:52+00:00

NEW VIDEO: XÓCHITL MORALES INTERVIEW

17-year-old Central Valley high school student Xóchitl Morales is a rising voice amongst the California spoken word scene after her poetry went viral with Buzzfeed’s Pero Like Facebook page spotlighting her piece “Latin-Americans: The Children with a Dark Past.” A member of the Los Angeles “Get Lit” slam poetry group, Xóchitl has performed for California [...]

NEW VIDEO: XÓCHITL MORALES INTERVIEW2017-06-27T17:14:34+00:00

Maurice Tani

MAURICE TANI - THE LOVERS CARD Writing a sentence is hard work. One with a clean line and a nice shape. Good luck with that. So too is writing a melody that’s musical and appears original. Combining both into a song involves talent. Real talent. Like jumping from the [...]

Maurice Tani2020-03-15T20:40:57+00:00

Sean Wheeler

SEAN WHEELER - SAND IN MY BLOOD Desert Legend Sean Wheeler is an American musician and singer-songwriter whose music is generally characterized by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and theatrical, charismatic live performances. He is best known as the frontman of Throw Rag. A lifelong resident of California’s Coachella [...]

Sean Wheeler2020-03-15T20:39:19+00:00

Xochitl Morales

XOCHITL MORALES - DESCANSOS Xochitl Morales is a 17 year old high school student from Delano, California. She the assistant director and trumpet player for Mariachi Juvenil Mestizo, and she plays all of the instruments in the mariachi as well as sings. During the week, she teaches mariachi music to the children [...]

Xochitl Morales2020-03-15T20:33:14+00:00

Chris Cain

CHRIS CAIN - CHRIS CAIN The East San Jose rundown of Chris Cain’s youth was a full cross polination of influence. Cliff Coulter and Robin Ford. Los Tigres del Norte and Smith Dobson. Tons of bars and clubs. Arturo’s Tropical Village, The Starlight Ballroom. Twenty Grand. Hell, The Saddle Rack! On [...]

Chris Cain2020-03-15T20:31:33+00:00

The Sons Of The Soul Revivers

THE SONS OF THE SOUL REVIVERS - LIVE! RANCHO NICASIO For this extraordinary album, The Sons of The Soul Revivers were recorded live at Rancho Nicasio, a Marin County (Ca.) roadhouse famed for presenting roots music, during two sold out shows for the kind of mainstream audiences that don’t [...]

The Sons Of The Soul Revivers2020-03-15T20:29:54+00:00

SF GATE: JIM PUGH ON FOUND MUSIC IN THE BAY AREA

Check out the feature on Jim Pugh and the Little Village Foundation in SF GATE: "Jim Pugh, the veteran keyboard player who toured the world with Etta James and Robert Cray and now roams the Central Valley and Bay Area byways looking for unknown musicians to savor and record, first heard the Filipino American singer [...]

SF GATE: JIM PUGH ON FOUND MUSIC IN THE BAY AREA2017-04-18T23:07:52+00:00

Aireene Espiritu

BACK WHERE I BELONG In spite of the fact that Aireene has never been here, this is where she comes from. ARTIST BIO This album is a prequel. The missing link between the songs she never sang and everything she has done to date. On this album, [...]

Aireene Espiritu2020-03-15T20:27:15+00:00

Aki Kumar

AKI GOES TO BOLLYWOOD Muddy Meets Mumbai PRESS PBS NEWSHOUR - Art Beat Meet San Jose musician Aki Kumar today, and he’ll proudly introduce himself as “The Only Bombay Blues Man.” But there was a time when Kumar, while making a name for himself on the Bay Area blues scene more than a decade [...]

Aki Kumar2020-03-15T20:24:52+00:00

Dave Ellis

WITH ANY LUCK BUT BAD Fireside songs from the cowboy trail sung by someone who's lived them PRESS MIDWEST RECORD RECAP Dave Ellis/With Any Luck But Bad: When it comes to cowboy music, if you aren't really into the culture, which runs pretty deep, you only really [...]

Dave Ellis2020-03-03T02:58:18+00:00

John Blues Boyd

THE REAL DEAL A retired roofer and migrant farmworker from Mississippi, singing his own compositions PRESS **** All About Jazz- James Nadal For those who love the blues, the thrill of discovering a new artist is still special. Blues singer John “Blues” Boyd just released The Real [...]

John Blues Boyd2020-03-03T02:51:15+00:00

Los Tres Amigos

THE THREE FRIENDS FROM WHERE THE CLOUDS DESCEND Rare instrumental tales from indigenous Mixtec tradition by musicians living in California PRESS NPR ALT LATINO KQED FM (California) MIDWEST RECORD RECAP NEW CLASSICS UK ARTIST BIO Los Tres Amigos De Snukivo means “the three friends from where the [...]

Los Tres Amigos2020-03-03T02:34:53+00:00

Mariachi Mestizo

TE DOY LA LIBERTAD Youth Mariachi From Delano, Ca. PRESS “The youthful Mariachi Mestizo, mentored by the seasoned mariachi master Juan Morales, dips deep into the well of tradition to make mariachi music their own. A special bonus is the recording technique used, an inviting story unto [...]

Mariachi Mestizo2020-03-03T02:32:20+00:00

Wee Willie Walker

IF NOTHING EVER CHANGES Slow-burning blues and soul sensation with a voice rich in experience PRESS Nominated for 3 Blues Foundation Awards Featured on Dan Akroyd’s Elwood’s Bluesmobile Radio Show No Depression Review Blues Music Magazine Editors Top 10 Pick for 2015 Living Blues Magazine Feature ARTIST [...]

Wee Willie Walker2020-03-03T02:30:10+00:00

Ron Thompson

SON OF BOOGIE WOOGIE Nimble guitar that growls with rocky, raucous blues PRESS BLUES JUNCTION LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE MIDWEST RECORD RECAP KDHX RADIO ST. LOUIS ALLABOUTJAZZ ARTIST BIO Coming from the poor neighborhood of East Oakland, Ron Thompson has lived a true blues life, working hard at [...]

Ron Thompson2020-03-03T02:28:01+00:00

LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION

What We Do We bring music from next door to the world. Strawberry pickers in California who hail from a village in Mexico where the clouds touch the earth. A lightning-fast roadhouse guitarist who exemplifies Oakland biker mayhem. An old hand with horses who sings cowboy songs with true depth. A hard-working retired machinist with [...]

LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION2017-06-27T00:13:37+00:00

NEW LVF ARTISTS: THE SONS OF THE SOUL SURVIVORS!

Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal Thursday, March 2, 2017 For those of us who don’t get to hear traditional gospel quartets very often, if ever, the fact that the Sons of the Soul Revivers are breaking out of the four walls of the church to perform for secular audiences is something of a musical blessing. [...]

NEW LVF ARTISTS: THE SONS OF THE SOUL SURVIVORS!2017-06-27T00:15:05+00:00

Paul Delay

PAUL DELAY - LIVE AT NOTODDEN '97 Paul deLay's untimely death a decade ago at the age of 55 seemed a cruel trick of the cosmos. His death stilled one of the most original voices in all of blues, an artist at the height of his powers, who transcended notions [...]

Paul Delay2020-03-03T02:18:11+00:00

WEE WILLIE WALKER LIVE!

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WEE WILLIE WALKER LIVE!2020-07-15T21:14:50+00:00

BB KING / BUDDY EBSEN

I had the good fortune to have played on a recording for BB King back in the early 90’s. Honor to have done it but for sure it’s a cred that lots and lots of musicians can claim. Mister King made 100’s of recordings and probably hired 1000’s of musicians. As I recall Albert Collins [...]

BB KING / BUDDY EBSEN2017-06-27T07:11:57+00:00

METRO ACTIVE: Bollywood Blues: Channeling Memphis and Mumbai, Aki Kumar Crafts a Bi-Continental Sound

The blues is a beguiling art form. Tangled up in this country’s legacy of slavery and oppression it is first and foremost a folk tradition. It requires no formal training to play and can be sung without instrumental accompaniment. And yet, its simplicity often obscures its power and scope. Though it is most certainly a [...]

METRO ACTIVE: Bollywood Blues: Channeling Memphis and Mumbai, Aki Kumar Crafts a Bi-Continental Sound2018-07-02T01:53:17+00:00

NO DEPRESSION: The Little Village Foundation finds music that needs to be heard

… More recently, I’ve learned that the greatest musicians and songwriters may live right across the street. That’s also the view of veteran blues keyboardist and founder of Little Village foundation Jim Pugh, who told me that great talent is too often hidden in our towns and cities, far from the spotlight so often reserved [...]

NO DEPRESSION: The Little Village Foundation finds music that needs to be heard2018-07-03T22:51:29+00:00

SF GATE: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Best moments from Sunday

(Luna Soleil dances with a hula hoop during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.) Little Village Foundation Presents ... Veteran keyboardist and producer Jim Pugh brought out some of the Bay Area’s finest to not one, but two stages for three hours [...]

SF GATE: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Best moments from Sunday2018-07-02T01:08:37+00:00

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Aki Kumar fuses blues and Bollywood

Aki Kumar was sure the whole idea was a big mistake. Born and raised in Mumbai, he discovered the blues after moving to the United States, and quit his day job as a software engineer three years ago to focus on his burgeoning career as a harmonica player and vocalist on the South Bay blues [...]

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Aki Kumar fuses blues and Bollywood2018-07-02T01:04:17+00:00