Entrepreneur: Miguel Ivery (Afro Baile) featured in Phoenix Business Journal | Expose the valley to Latin American Culture!
Steven Totten ReporterOct 1, 2017, 4:06pm MST
In the same way an office worker makes copies or files reports, Miguel Ivery scoures through record collections for his gig as a DJ. It was a fairly typical routine, almost to the point that he’d do it absent-mindedly, which is what happened with a world music compilation he bought.
“I had listened to the front side in the record store and hadn’t paid attention to the back side,” he said.
A short time later he was sitting in his studio, flipped that same record over and found a song that would change his life: a 1969 recording of “Take It Easy My Brother Charles” by Brazilian artist Jorge Ben Jor.
“I listened to it and thought it was amazing,” said Ivery. “I did a lot of digging and found all this cool black music in Brazil from the ‘60s and ‘70s and was like ‘wow.’”
Once Ivery began finding Brazilian music during that period — tropicalia, samba, batucada — he decided to start a monthly event highlighting his discoveries.
Brazilian artists began to take notice of Ivery’s event via MySpace, the prominent social media network at the time.
“I started getting all these bands in Brazil saying they wanted to come and play, sending me hundreds and hundreds of songs, so I made a compilation,” he said. “It skyrocketed with radio play all over the world. I couldn’t even keep up with it.”
The success led Ivery to start his own record label, called Afro Baile, in 2008. It now has more than 20 albums and 40 artists.
All the exposure to Brazilian music inspired Ivery to showcase the culture to the Valley. He founded the Brazilian Day Arizona festival, which features every cultural aspect of Brazil.
What began with 500 attendees in Tempe now has had more than 25,000 attendees since its inception, held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Ivery has accomplished both the record label and the event independently and self-funded.
“I do all the booking, marketing, design and press releases,” he said. “We need a cultural hub to support Latin American arts and culture, because there’s such a stigma of negativity of Latin American culture here. We want to show there’s a positive influence.”
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Check out Karlos Paez from the B-Side Players featured on NBC 7 San Diego! Musician, and business owner. Vintage Cool!
Check out Karlos Paez, frontman for B-Side Players featured on San Diego 7 "
8 SD Musicians Taking Care of Business".
A while back, we clued you into eight San Diego musicians with the coolest jobs. Now we're following that up with a list of local musicians who work tirelessly to bring you rad tunes while operating their own businesses. It's no small feat to do both, and we're all about supporting the music scene -- and that includes area folks and their entrepreneurial efforts, too. The musicians highlighted here are far from the only San Diegans worth championing, but it's a good place to start. If you think of someone whose band/business deserves recognition, let us know in the comments!
Karlos Paez, vocalist in B-Side Players: Paez, the main man behind the B-Side Players, also gets funky at his own San Diego Vintage Company (2185 Logan Ave., located within Barrio Logan's Vecindad artist community market) which specializes in men's and women's vintage clothing and collectibles. No wonder Paez is always lookin' extra sharp!
Music Related | New 45 "All I Want | La Vuelta" available for pre-order Now! (SHOP)
Legendary Latin Jazz King Eddie Palmieri is coming! Afro Baile set to open the event with DJ Miguel and Live Salsa performances
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Orchestra | Concert at 7:30pm.
One of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri has earned multiple Grammy Awards as a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage.
Pre Show @ 6:00pm
Afro Baile is Excited to announce an incredible Latin musical icon is coming to the valley! The legendary Latin Jazz King himself, Eddie Palmieri! The Latin jazz guru will be joined by his Latin Jazz Orchestra at the beautiful Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday November 9th @ 7:30pm!
Join Afro:Baile Records own DJ Miguel as we partner with the Scottsdale Arts to host an awesome pre-show featuring DJ Miguel spinning & mixing up a batter of Latin Jazz y Salsa records on Vinyl! Plus, Miguel will be joined by some Salsa Dancing friends Lawrence Garcia and his amazing dance ensemble who will perform during the pre-show! Come get some pre-show fun, have some cocktails, light eats, and enjoy the concert! Doors at 6pm, show at 7:30pm. Come early, and join us!
Early Arrival Strongly suggested!
Tickets | scottsdaleperformingarts.org
What an incredible weekend! We are overwhelmed joy, happiness, and are thrilled with how amazing the 8th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival was! Roughly 4,000 people attended this year's festival, far exceeding any number we could have imagined! The people, the community, the culture, the vibe, the energy was just incredible, contagious, and full of Brazilian Spirit! You were heard, felt, and loved, and it was tasted, and experienced all at the same time! What a day and night to remember! Can't wait to do it again next year! Thank you to all of you, and you and you! You made our dreams come true! Thank you to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers, staff, friends, family and community~ AXE!
2018 will mark our 9 Year anniversary and we have already started working out details, date, and line-ups!! We are going to top this year's attendance and shoot for the ultimate 10 year anniversary in 2019! BUT!!! until then! check out some of these amazing photos from our photographers friends (Steve Yap), and fans from the festival! There are so many great photos to choose from, so we just shared a some of our favorites that really captures the fun! Enjoy!
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TODAY! SEPTEMBER 23RD 2017 @ 2PM | SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Join us for a fun-filled festival as we celebrate the 8th Annual "Brazilian Day Festival" at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by Afro:Baile, in partnership with The Center; the 8th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival is the largest, most authentic, and award winning Brazilian Independence Day Festival in the valley. The all ages Brazilian Festival is a great opportunity for the whole family to come and experience a variety of Brazilian culture, including – Live Brazilian Bands, DJ's, Dancers, Capoeira, Jiu-Jitsu, Film, Performers, Food, Drink, Shopping and more!
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SAMBA
Brazilian Day Arizona Festival will Celebrate 100 Years of Samba (music and dance) with 2 unique and fun areas both OUTDOOR + INDOOR. The designated areas will allow attendees an opportunity to experience a variety of Brazilian culture throughout the day and night. As the day time party winds down, Brazilian Day Festival will transform from fun in the sun, to a night time Carnaval experience with lights, staging and dancing as the sun goes down. No Passport Required! Bring the kids, the family, the neighbor's and enjoy Brazilian Day! Official: www.BrazilianDayArizona.com
We're excited to debut our New Baile "El Cubano" T-Shirts! We gave you a little glimpse a few weeks back, and now we have pressed them up! Afro Baile's message has always conveyed our support, recognition and love for Afro Latin Culture. Our latest T-Shirt design embraces the love with 3 unique colors to choose from.
Available online in Maroon at www.Afrobaile.com.
In just 3 Days time, Afro:Baile will present the largest, most authentic and award winning Brazilian Celebration in All of Arizona! The 8th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival will ignite souls, bodies, feelings and emotions as the festival takes over the beautiful Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday September 23rd 2017! Join over 50 musicians, dancers, djs, performers, and educators for one of the most unique cultural festivals in all of Arizona. Brazilian Day is a Celebration of Brazilian Independence Day, and a cultural and community favorite amongst all people young and old! This year's festival theme is a celebration of "100 Years of Samba" music and dance! The festival will stage more than 20 samba dancers, percussionist and bands throughout the day! Plus, we'll have lots of great worldly foods, drinks, and local vendors!
Get your Tickets before they run out!
On Sale Now @ www.BrazilianDayArizona.com
Happy Thursday! We're excited to debut some of our New Baile Apparel T-Shirts! We gave you a little glimpse a few weeks back, and now we have pressed them up! Afro Baile's message has always tried to convey a support, a recognition and a love for Afro Latin Culture. Our latest T-Shirt design embraces the love for Afro Latin Musica through guitar, percussion and singing. With 3 unique colors to choose from, we have something for everybody!
Afro Baile is a record label, event company in Phoenix, Arizona. We are proud to support our culture, community and diaspora around the world. We hope you'll support the movement of keeping the culture moving, and looking good while doing it!
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That California Brown Sound! New B-Side Players 45 almost ready for lift off! Who's ready to cruise La Vuelta!
California Brown Sound!!! That New B-Side Players is almost ready! Just a few more weeks till lift off!! New fresh off the cut, 45 double single Vinyl 7"! B-Side Players, one of the most remarkable, notable, award winning, and hardest touring bands on the West Coast are in full swing of a new tour, new album, and this! a new 45 released on Afro Baile Records! Just a few short weeks away till lift off!! We can't wait! Its that Cruising La Vuelta Brown Sound that has this little 45 spinning grooves, funk and soul across the turntables!
Pre-Order Today! All orders come with a FREE Sticker, Free Digital Download, and a THANK YOU from us to you! Available now in our SHOP! <<---
Less than 2 weeks to go! Afro:Baile Presents the 8th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival at the beautiful Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The annual celebration of Brazilian Independence Day will host a fun day time festival, and night time Carnaval! Over 50 musicians, dancers, Djs, performers and educators will gather to bring Arizona the largest celebration of Brazilian Culture in the desert!
Its a Festival you have to experience!
Tickets available online at www.BrazilianDayArizona.com