Nortec Collective vets and ‘Baja-inspired bites’ should be a tasty combo at downtown UCSD URBAN event

Nortec Collective’s Pepe “Fussible” Mogt (left) and Ramon “Bostich” Sánchez will perform their only scheduled San Diego concert of 2018 on Saturday, adjacent to the downtown San Diego site of the upcoming UCSD URBAN campus.
(Photo courtesy Nacional Records)

It’s been 10 years since Nortec Collective co-founders Pepe “Fussible” Mogt and Ramon “Bostich” Sánchez released their first internationally distributed duo album for Nacional Records.

Entitled “Tijuana Sound Machine,” it was credited to Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible. The album featured a brassy, beat-happy fusion of the electronica and traditional Mexican norteño music, banda and cumbia that the original, seven-man Nortec Collective group had pioneered in the late 1990s in Tijuana.

“Tijuana Sound Machine” earned Bostich + Fussible the first of their two Grammy Award nominations (in the Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album category).

”If we win, we’ll give it to Tijuana,” Mogt told the Union-Tribune in a pre-Grammy interview with Sánchez. The full Nortec Collective had previously received two Latin Grammy nominations.

“Tijuana Sound Machine” marked the first time Bostich + Fussible began working with a live band, rather than relying entirely on synthesizers, samples and sequencers. They have continued that potent combination ever since.

In 2016, Bostich + Fussible performed at the Coachella festival to kick off a one-year farewell tour that never quite ended. Their musical partnership dates back to the mid-1990s, when they worked together in the electronica-oriented Monnithor.

Now, after only four previous Bostich + Fussible concerts this year, the duo is set to perform Saturday with their full band and guest flutist Wilfrido Terrazas, who is a University of California San Diego assistant music professor.

The show is being billed as Bostich + Fussible’s only remaining scheduled concert of 2018, as they are devoting their time to completing a new album, set for release next year.

Saturday’s performance will be held adjacent to the downtown San Diego site of what will become UC San Diego URBAN, the university’s four-story, 66,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled to open in 2021 and will be operated by UC San Diego Extension.

Saturday’s 21-and-up event, hosted by UC San Diego URBAN, will include free samples of “Baja-inspired bites” by eight leading regional chefs. The food portion of the evening is being curated by Vanguard Culture.

UC San Diego URBAN presents Nortec Collective’s Bostich & Fussible, with their full band and guest flutist Wilfrido Terrazas

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.. IDEA1, 899 Park Blvd., downtown. $25 (must be 21 or older to attend).

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