Behind a microphone has always been a natural place for Phoenix native Ochoa, who first envisioned himself working in the radio industry while mixing and emceeing at high school events. He broke into the biz at 19 with Univision Radio, and got his first chance on the mic in 2010, on Radio Phoenix KHOT La Nueva 105.9. He quickly progressed to a full-time weekend DJ position on sister station KQMR La Kalle 100.3. Working under the moniker DJ Ocho, bilingual Ochoa connects with his listeners. You can catch him 3-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday on 99.3-FM’s Latino Mix.
Best Latin Night
Saturdays at Señor Frog’s in T.I. (702-894-7777, SenorFrogsLV.com), you can find hot young Latinos and couples, dancing the whole night to a variety of Latin music: reggaeton, banda, hip-hop, EDM, Top 40, salsa, merengue, cumbia and much more. It’s a fun environment with two-for-one yard drinks specials, balloons and streamers at the peak of the night, and there’s even hookah service available. The fun starts at 10:30 p.m. and goes till 3:30 a.m.
Best Live Latin Band
Volumen 1 (Facebook.com/Vol1Music) covers all the cumbia, salsa, merengue and rock en Espanol hits: “Juana La Cubana,” “Oye Mi Amor” “Vivir Mi Vida.” Not only do they sing, but they will also pull you onstage and dance with you!
Best Latin DJ
It’s a tie! DJ Beto (Facebook.com/RobertoDJBetoOrtiz.Ortiz) has been playing for almost 15 years, all in Las Vegas. You can find him Friday and Saturday evenings at Rhumbar in The Mirage and Tacos & Tequila in Luxor, and Saturday nights at Señor Frogs in T.I. He also mixes with me at 99.3-FM. DJ Gil Barba (GilBarba.com) has been playing for nearly 10 years in Las Vegas, and you can find him Thursday and Saturday nights at Blue Martini in Town Square and Wednesday nights at Luna Lounge.
Best Latin Vibe Dining
Not only can you get your dance on at Noche Azul Thursdays at Blue Martini in Town Square (Facebook.com/NochesAzul), you can also enjoy some good food. Try the lemon-pepper chicken, and be sure to get there early to take advantage of the drink specials.
Best Latin Nightlife Promoter
It’s always a party with Pepe Ortiz from BP Brothers Entertainment (702-604-9836). Working in the Vegas Latin nightlife scene for nearly 15 years, Ortiz consistently books the best DJs and emcees for his events, and recently brought Mexican rock band Rostros Ocultos and Mexican comedian Platanito to a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd at Señor Frog’s