After Playa from LAM NY
[Being one of the original 2001 LAM members, but not having attended a LAM party in California (since I live in New York City), Giovanni asked me to write a few words about the Playa event.]
It was 9 p.m. at Supperclub in the city of San Francisco and all the details of the event were being finalized to make sure everything runs smoothly and people have fun in a safe environment. Guests started arriving and during the cocktail hour one could hear conversations about non-profits, about campaigns to educate Latinos and the importance of higher education, about what it is like to be the only Latino in a JD program or an engineering program, about advancing within the ranks of the Coast Guard, etc. I found myself giving advice about graduate schools and life on the East Coast.
Meanwhile, DJ Rael played a great selection of classic Rock en Español and new music from Latin America. It was indeed the last LAM party for DJ Rael. He started DJing at the early house parties in 2002, later hosted some parties in Treasure Island himself, and then became one of the LAM resident DJs. After graduating with a B.A. in political science from U.C. Berkeley in 2002 and working for the last 7 years as a community organizer for Young Workers United, Rael Guevara will embark on a new adventure, and is heading t getting his Masters in Latin American Studies from Oxford University in England. We will miss you Rael, say hi to Oxford, and go on with your career. We wish you the best of luck!
At 11:00 p.m. the doors of the main room opened, DJ Aykut startd spinning energetic house and world music, and at 11:30 pm Supperclub soon reached capacity (over 550 people).
Great way to get started! From then on, until the end of the party at 2:45 am, we did not stop dancing and having a good time. The visual effects by VJ Mane accompanied the beats making for a great ambiance. The people were friendly, polite, and were having fun in style. At the end we had some dancers on the stage and some drummers complemented the beats as DJ Rael ended the party with all time favorites from Latin America that made Spanish and non-Spanish speakers alike dance and rave. Another successful event for Latinos a Morir! Thank you for being part of it!
I am back in New York working on my dissertation comparing the political integration of immigrants in the U.S., France, and Spain. so I won’t be going to another LAM event in San Francisco anytime soon. But if you live in the Bay Area you have no excuse not to go to the next event. To look at more pictures from the event check out our LAM photo gallery. About the author: Ernesto Castaneda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.