Grand Avenue Get Down Brings Lowriders, Latino Art, and Customized Auto Culture to Downtown Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: Visual Art

Courtesy of El Moises
El Moises and his painting Xicanindio on a Indio.
When El Moisés began planning this weekend's Grand Avenue Get Down, he initially envisioned it as an stunning convergence of Latino culture, art, and automobiles of every shape and size. But one thing the 38-year-old artist didn't want, however, was for the two-day event to be considered "just another Cinco de Mayo thing," despite the fact it's occurring in the midst of the annual holiday.

"They've made Latino culture into a drinking cliché, so we wanted something to avoid all that and incorporate more of a celebration of art and culture," Moisés says. "Since it's going to be on Grand, I thought, 'What better place to line up all these cars from one side to the other?' And also line it up with this multicultural crossover between artwork, cars, lowriders, bikes, and all these other vehicles."

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Moisés states that the Grand Avenue Get Down! -- which takes place both tonight and Satuday -- will be a showcase and feting of Latino artistic verve, as well as lowriders and custom vehicle culture as a whole. His goal was to fill the one-mile stretch of the thoroughfare that passes through the downtown Phoenix arts district and many of its galleries with both customized rides and evocative artwork.

The event will do just that, as art and customized rides will be featured at such Grand Avenue establishments as 1205 Space, The Sagrado, {9}: The Gallery, Funk Lab, and Jackalope Trading Post.

"We're calling it Grand Avenue Get Down because we're having everyone getting down with their skills, showing off live art, airbrushing, and all the cars," he says.

Moisés -- who's energetic Chicano pop paintings can be seen in and around Barrio Café, outside of Scratch Pastries new Roosevelt Row location, and as part of the Calle 16 Mural Project -- has been big into lowrider culture since birth.

Location Info


1205 Space

1205 W. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

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The Sagrado

1023 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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9 The Gallery

1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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The Funk Lab

1007 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Jackalope Trading Post

1504 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Shane Richardson
Shane Richardson

Hello. I'm really interested in this event! Where would Jackalope suggest as a good parking/ starting point? Thanks :)

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