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Barrio Boogie: The Jumping-est Street Party in Boyle Heights


The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. 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The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerthis gentleman was also very enthusiastic about Mr. Trillo's "real old-school" look (see picture #3).; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerexclusively designed by Gabriela Ruiz for Wardrobe Divas (Instagram: @wardrobedivas).; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. 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The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerwho has a regular residence at modern Boyle Heights hub Eastside Luv (https://www.eastsideluv.com/)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerwho has a regular residence at modern Boyle Heights hub Eastside Luv (https://www.eastsideluv.com/)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerMember of the Pachuco vintage car clubThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerold-school Low Riders.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerrun by J. C. De LunaThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerrun by J. C. De LunaThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerrun by J. C. De LunaThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerEat at Big Joe's.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerwhich he is also modeling.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerEspacio 1839The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbooks and music curated by owner David. (Visit Espacio 1839's Facebook page); Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe amazing culture hub of Boyle HeightsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turneroffers t-shirts and other items championing "GENTEfication" as a remedy to soullessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turneroffers t-shirts and other items championing "GENTEfication" as a remedy to soullessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turner"Untitled" by local artist El PonkThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turner"Untitled" by local artist El PonkThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerNever too young to lowride.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnerbut with many twistsThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermaking the event a beautiful showcase of this uniquely Southern Californian style.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo TurnerBarrio Boogie was a huge draw for the style-conscious of Boyle Heights and environs. The look was definitely vintage-influenced (especially the fashions of the 1940s an 1950s)The Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turnermixing-and-matching and reinterpretations. The riffs on the idea of "vintage" were endlessThe Barrio Boogie dancers.; Credit: Gustavo Turner

Last Sunday the historic Plaza del Mariachi in Boyle Heights was taken over by Barrio Boogie, an occasional street fair with music, dancing and the well-know love in the East parts of Los Angeles (don't worry,we're not gonna get into the endless “what's the real Eastside” debate) for all things vintage. Billed as a 1940s- and 1950s-themed musical festival, Barrio Boogie is much more: a meeting point for everyone interested in Boyle Heights culture and, of course, the rich Chicano culture that is such an important part of the Los Angeles experience. Low-rider clubs, vintage cars, motorcycle clubs, swing dancers, Pachuco revivalist, zoot-suiters, artisans reviving roots culture from Mexico, craftsmen and women, food vendors, local dandys, old-timers, punk rockers, young kids, artists—everyone gathered together to stroll, look, peacock, dance and participate in the general merriment. This jumping-est event happens a few times a year (check the Barrio Boogie Facebook page for details) in a wonderful Boyle Heights plaza that, although only 5 minutes from Downtown and 15 minutes from Silver Lake, has been largely undiscovered by many people west of the Los Angeles river. All photos by Gustavo Turner.