An LA  Original

An LA Original

Buddy Zapata’s Junkshop Republic lights up the Barkley

By John Sollenberger 08/14/2014

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South Pasadena’s venerable restaurant the Barkley, on the corner of Huntington Drive and Fremont Avenue, is a friendly neighborhood eatery and a venue for live music several nights a week. This Friday it welcomes LA original Buddy Zapata’s Junkshop Republic. 


Guitarist Zapata was raised in East LA and Whittier. Growing up, in the 1960s and ’70s, he soaked up Mexican rock and the sounds of AM radio. In high school, he discovered the primitive sounds of Hollywood’s notorious underground clubs and combined these influences to make something all his own. The result is back-to-basics blues music with Mississippi Delta melodies, Eastside spice and California-grown soul. The band’s live shows are downright awesome. 


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Music starts at 9 p.m. Friday at the Barkley Restaurant, 1400 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena. No cover. Call (626) 799-0758 or visit  


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