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Day of the Dead with Singer Lissie

Day of the Day known as Dia De Los Muertos is a huge celebration in LA, taking place on November 1 and 2. Since a large majority of LA is Mexican, this cultural Mexican holiday is a big part of the city of Los Angeles. Even the well known massive Hollywood Forever Cemetery is transformed with joyful celebrations under the stars amongst alters, art, music, and crafts.

The entrance to Noche de Agave - Writer Melissa Curtin (left) with Star Naturals sunscreen owner Amber Nowland (right). (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

The entrance to Noche de Agave – Writer Melissa Curtin (left) with Star Naturals sunscreen owner Amber Nowland (right). (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

Day of the Dead is also observed around the world in other cultures as well. It is a time where people remember their ancestors and celebrate the dead. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

Did you know that November 1 is often referred to Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) or Día de los Angelitos (“Day of the Little Angels”) to honor dead children and infants, while November 2 is referred to Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos (“Day of the Dead”), the day honoring deceased adults?

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Noche de Agave flyer for the event. (Photo credit: http://www.la.com)

After living in LA now for seven years, I have always been intrigued by this holiday that seems to embrace more symbolism and meaning than our typical Halloween. Thus, this year we decided to dress the part and join the festivities on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the newly renovated 1920’s theater, The Paramount right in the heart of the Boyle Heights community.

Hosting “Noche de Agave,” my friends and I shared an intimate night in this transformed space of flowers, alters with items for the dead, artwork, traditional flower crowns, art, skull make-up art, live screen printing, authentic Mexican food, prima agave y los muertos and live music by the renowned singer-songwriter, Lissie and her band. She sure is one bad ass chick! She passionately sang and strummed her guitar to a packed standing cheering crowd. I was amazed by her sultry bravado and saucy lyrics.

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Lissie at Noche de Agave. (Photo credit: http://www.facebook.com/lissiemusic)

Lissie’s debut album, Catching a Tiger, co-produced by Reynolds and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon), earned Lissie a Q Awards nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist, the Best New Solo Artist nod by Paste Magazine and a coveted spot as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist.

Other highlights of Noche de Agave included KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox kicking off the night with an Agave Bar where patrons tasted avid tequila enthusiast Lissie’s special edition Metl Mezcal and Reposado Tequila.

We remembered our lost loved ones as we felt part of this special cultural experience of Los Angeles.

Writer Melissa Curtin with Amber Nowland in our Day of the Dead wear.

Writer Melissa Curtin with Amber Nowland in Dead of the Dead wear.

 

 

 

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