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The B-Side Players Tackle Social Justice, Chicano Power In New Album, ‘California Brown’

Russ Gonzales, Paul Lopez, Reagan Branch, Maureen Cavanaugh, Karlos Paez, Rob...

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Above: Russ Gonzales, Paul Lopez, Reagan Branch, Maureen Cavanaugh, Karlos Paez, Roberto Perreta, Brian Jordan, Issac Lewis, Mike Benge and Omar Lopez at the KPBS studios Aug. 23, 2017.

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After more than 20 years of getting San Diegans up on their feet to dance, The B-Side Players are a bona-fide musical institution.

The band plays Latin global funk with a message. Their lyrics can be as powerful as their rhythms. The B-Side Player's latest album, “California Brown” hits on themes such as social justice, human rights and Chicano power.

"This record was inspired by not only San Diego culture, but I've been spending a lot of time in Barrio Logan and the whole gentrification of a very historical place in San Diego. There still is a strong culture there, I'm very proud of Chicano culture. I'm very proud to be part of it. And also the people, the locals that live there, it's inspirational to me," said Karlos Paez, vocalist for The B-Side Players.

The B-Side Players stopped by the KPBS Midday Edition studio this week to perform songs from "California Brown." The group, which has won 11 San Diego Music Awards, is holding a record-release party Saturday at the Music Box in Little Italy.

"For us, the number one thing is to create a good vibe and get people on the dance floor. It's important that when people come see us play, that they get a little loose and they forget about the 9-to-5 and they kind of let go and get lost in the music," Paez said.

The B-Side Players Record Release Party

When: Saturday 9:00 p.m.

Where: Music Box

Cost: $20-$22


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