Voices of Latin Rock Autism Awareness Benefit
The Alex Speaks Foundation's goal is to help support children struggling with an autism disorder by contributing to autistic programs at local schools. The Alex Speaks Foundation was formed to partner with the Voices of Latin Rock event to raise funds for those programs.
This show benefits schools in California dealing with Autism on a daily basis. This disorder has increased recently to 1 in 150 births, up 1 in 166 just a few years ago. When questioned about special needs children in the most recent presidential debates, both candidates mentioned the need for increased funding for research for Autism, specifically as it approaches epidemic numbers. With the Bay Area's support of this event, we can continue our support of both schools and research for Autism.
TIERRA’s invigorating blend of R & B, Latin and Pop is the precursor to many Hispanic artists. They have performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The American Music Awards, The Greek Theatre, American Bandstand, The Rose Bowl and concert venues worldwide. TIERRA, named “Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Group” by Billboard Cashbox, Record World, and BRE
(Black Radio Exclusive), is the first Hispanic act to have four songs on the national pop charts, and two songs simultaneously in the top 100. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest stars of the musical world, including Michael Jackson, James Brown, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lionel Richie, Linda Ronstadt, and many more. Tierra also worked with some of the greatest artists of the Salsa music world such as Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, just to name a few.
Generation Esmeralda, featuring original lead singer Jimmy Goings is the EXCLUSIVE tribute to the music of “Santa Esmeralda”, and includes members of the original touring band: Tom Poole (Malo, Tower of Power) Tony Baker (the DeFranco Family, the Drifters), and Mick Valentino (Prince, Jaco Pastorias). Perhaps best known for their hit disco remakes of the 1960s hits “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “House of the Rising Sun”, the group Santa Esmeralda is now Generation Esmeralda featuring Jimmy Goings. The original concept was formed as a production project in 1976 by Jeanne-Manuel de Scarano and Nicholas Skorsky in Paris, France. Santa Esmeralda was inspired by the heroine of the same name from the Victor Hugo Classic “The Hunch Back of Notre Dame”. The group has come back together through the urging of trumpet player, Tom Poole, from the original “Santa Esmeralda Touring Band” and Brazilian promoter, Sergio Lopes. Goings and band mates return to the stage to tour in this new form as an exclusive tribute to the music and spirit of Santa Esmeralda. The group will also perform as the evening’s house band, with other guest artists to be announced soon.
The band plays high energy Latin Rock music, and was formed in the Mission District of San Francisco. Puro Bandido was instrumental in the development of Border Rock – crossing all borders; having no boundaries. Their sound is a combination of old school and new sounds created by a combination of driving percussion, an incomparable rhythm section and vocals to match. Puro Bandido is a highly acclaimed Latin Rock Band featuring Richard Segovia, Johnny Gunn, Rolando “Choco” Contreras, Angel Arozco, Rafael Ramirez, and Steve Salinas. The members of this band have written and/or performed with the likes of Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Money, Randy Jackson, Tommy Castro, Kool & the Gang, Tower of Power and more.
Dakila was a San Francisco band composed mostly of Filipino-Americans. Their only album, Dakila, was released in 1972, recorded in San Mateo and released by Epic Records. With a Latin infused rock/funk sound reminiscent of Santana, Dakila also brought in Filipino influences, rockin’ in Tagalog on some of the tracks. One of the original members was conga player Raul Rekow, who went on to perform and record with Malo and Sapo before spending much of the past 31 years in Santana. “DAKILA’s music is tribal in a very real sense. Most of the members are brothers or cousins, and all of them are relatives in the huge, soulful family called Mission District (SF, USA).” After many years of requests by different organizations and fans to bring the music of “Dakila” back, one of the original members, David Bustamante, felt compelled to try and organize some performances. Don’t miss the return of this epic band!
with Special Guests Rick Stevens
Rick Stevens’ vocals first came to prominence when he sang on "Sparkling in the Sand" from East Bay Grease, Tower of Power's first album on San Francisco Records. In 1972, he forever etched his place in music history with the memorable "You’re Still a Young Man", from the album Bump City, which went top ten on the Billboard charts. His other signature tracks from that recording were "What is Hip?" and " Down to the Night Club", which remain Tower of Power staples to this very day, 40 years later.
Carlos Reyes recording artist, producer, engineer, harpist and violinist-- has been breaking musical barriers since his first public performance at the age of five. Mr. Reyes has amassed a large and enthusiastic Bay Area following who always wonder what new surprise or style of music he’ll bring to the stage. His charismatic personality and outstanding musical talents are a potent combination with which he performs an extensive and entertaining repertoire.
As a singer/songwriter, the endearing, provocative Colombini performs an inspiring, highly unique show paying homage to the biggest names in rock history. Hints of Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, and McGuinn are channeled throughout his compositions while still retaining their own identity and originality. Then, just when he’s won the crowd over with his material, Rudy electrifies the house with a few Stones Classics in full “Mick Jagger mode,” borrowed from his career as founder and frontman for The Unauthorized Rolling Stones.
and featuring The All-Star Timbale Exhibition!
The All-Star Timbale Exhibition is new to the Voices of Latin Rock Autism Awareness benefit this year, and features the excellent percussion of: Richard Segovia of Puro Bandido; Dale Villavicencio of Tierra; Mio Flores of Sapo, Mystique, Lava, etc.; and Victor Nolasco of Safari, who will be performing a special timbale treat for the audience at Bimbo’s on January 24th.