In the annals of Bay Area music, “Suavecito” will no doubt go down as the ultimate Latino love song. The San Francisco Latin rock group’s 1972 hit featured the voice of Richard Bean, who wrote it. Today the longtime Hayward resident is still going strong with Sapo, now celebrating 40 years of performing his tune with the band he formed after leaving the band he wrote the song with.
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Music is a burst of choices. Not only what note to play when and with what instrument, but whether to play a note at all. Salvador Santana, the 29-year-old keyboardist, vocalist, composer and songwriter with strong Bay Area roots, knows what it means to navigate the infinite options of music. On June 11, 2013 Santana released his new 5 song EP Rise Up, containing the previously released singles “Mi Tesoro,” “Into The Light” and “Rise Up” as well as two new songs “It’ On” and “Gimme Your Best.” With his current solo project, Salvador Santana has truly become a brand of his own. He has spent a good part of the past two years performing live at venues and outdoor festivals throughout the U.S. garnering new fans and inspiring old ones.
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With a soulful voice and lyrics from the heart, Blanca Sandoval has captivated audiences. By means of an unrivaled sound that blends together her Latin musical roots with rock, funk, jazz, and up beat ballads, her style is extremely diverse. Known as “The Sweetheart of Latin Rock, Inc”, Blanca recently brought together some very talented musicians to form the band “BLANCA” which includes Robert Zamora (lead guitar), Mike Juarez (drums) and Oscar Tablada (bass). The four piece has been pulling in their own audience and recruiting new fans everywhere they play.
Learn more about www.blancasmusic.net.
Ruckatan Latin Tribe is composed of seven players who have all contributed to the local Latin Rock scene in the Bay Area and internationally with various Latin, Reggae and Rock acts. Ruckatan is a fusion of Latin and Reggae. Members hailing from three different continents infuse their culture and love of their roots into this new band called Ruckatan, which includes Carlos Elizalde on vocals and hand percussions, Jose Angel Amador on vocals and keys, Blaine Hoopes on keys and various woodwinds, Derek Rolando on congas & timbales, Brian Camara on drums & percussions, Ray Uribes on bass and Carlos Hernandez (Los) on guitar.
Learn more about www.ruckatan.com.
The legendary 1970’s Latin rock band that made its glorious return to the stage at the 2013 Voices of Latin Rock, and were the hit of the show. Dakila lives on this Latin Groove band is taking the city and their fans to a new high. Latin Rock usually brings thoughts of Hispanic or South American artists. But for the group Dakila, mixing the latin beat with Filipino flair works well for them.
Learn more about www.dakilaband.com.