We had the good fortune of connecting with Elyssa Bustamante and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Like most music bloggers, I love music. But I am also an event planner and CEO of Funky Latina Productions — a company devoted to showcasing Latinx musicians and event production. This is what makes me unique. There are a lot of music bloggers, but only one Funky Latina. And my mission is to spread paz, love, and funk.
One of the first projects I started was hosting a live Instagram talk show called, “Let’s Hear it!” In these one-on-one interviews, I highlight that Latinx musicians are not a monolith. They all have different backgrounds and interests. And that diversity is reflected in their music. Another point that kept coming up was that these musicians are not being invited to festivals.
So this spring, I am creating that space. I founded Arizona’s first Latin Indie Music Festival: The Funky Latina Presents: A Night of Paz, Love, Funk. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, April 30th at Crescent Ballroom in Downtown Phoenix. And features an eclectic line up of music from funk and soul to alternative rock and electronic music. Latinx diversity is our superpower. And that’s what we are celebrating with a Night of Paz, Love, and Funk. I hope you can join me!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, we would start the morning off with a hike at South Mountain. Then, head to Fair Trade Cafe for breakfast. My regular order is the “Phoenix” (cold brew, almond milk, and agave) and a chorizo breakfast sandwich. After a day of crate digging at Grand Avenue Records, we would go to happy hour at Barcoa – where you must try the “Mezcalrita.” Then, shopping for a vintage outfit at Antique Sugar. Followed by dinner at the best Sonoran Mexican restaurant in town: Bacanora. And finally, dancing to funk, soul and R&B music at The Womack.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to every one of my followers on Instagram. I consider the @TheFunkyLatina a community and their positive feedback motivates me to continue working hard to showcase Latinx artists and produce one of a kind events.
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