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Heads up QL... it's always been there man!
PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA - New Single Release Concert
"Pacific Mambo Dance" @ Space 550 in San Fancisco
*Breaking: PMO to play the Stern Grove Festival w/ Sheila E. & Marlow Rosado
The west coast gears up for the Pacific Mambo Orchestra's release party for their new single and first official video, the "Pacific Mambo Dance". After the closings of beloved venues Café Cócomo and The Addition (formnerly Yoshi's SF), Bay Area salseros and salseras are out in force seeking a new home-base. Let's hope this new Space 550 can rise to the occasion and accomodate this 20-piece powerhouse. The PMO will bring its legions of "música tropical" lovers to this new club next Friday May 15th.
Purchase advance tickets here = http://pmo-dance-party.eventbrite.com
*This event will sell out and tickets are $10 more at the door.
On related news, the PMO is set to perform at the Stern Grove Festival on Sunday June 21st with special guests and fellow grammy award winners Sheila E. and Marlow Rosado. The event should be called Grammys on the Grove if the Academy would allow it. The concert is sponsored by KPFA 94.1 FM. The Stern Grove Festival is FREE and takes place at the Sigmund Stern Grove, a 10,000 audience capacity, beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. More to come on this story. Mambo's gonna rock your world!
CUBADISCO 2015 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
ANUNCIAN LOS NOMINADOS A CUBADISCO 2015
ENGLISH: Cubadisco 2015, a combination of Cuba's equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards, a music symposium, a trade fair, concerts and exhibitions, will take place in Havana Cuba from May 15-24, 2015. The nominees for Cubadisco 2015 were announced at a special gala at the Cabaret Tropicana on April 30. Bill Tilford will be covering Cubadisco in a special section of the From The Studios Report. You can see the nominees here, and special video links have been added to the list when these were available ("pirated" links were not included).
There is a special Video Clip category in Cubadisco, and the nominees are:
ESPAÑOL: Cubadisco 2015, una combinación del equivalente cubano de los Premios GRAMMY, un simposio de música, una feria comerciál, conciertos y exposiciones, tendrá lugar en La Habana, Cuba a partir de 15 a 24 mayo, 2015. Los nominados a Cubadisco 2015 se anunciaron en una gala especial en el Cabaret Tropicana el 30 de abril. Bill Tilford estará cubriendo Cubadisco en una sección especial de From The Studios. Puede ver los nominados aquí, y enlaces de vídeo especiales se han añadido a la lista cuando disponibles (no incluimos enlaces "pirateados").
Hay una categoria especial, Video Clip, en Cubadisco, y los nominados son:
1. Oshún (Adrián Berezaín)
2.. Hablando con Juana (Alaín Pérez)
3. Canción fácil (Haydée Milanés)
4. Cuando tú dices que me amas (QVA Libre)
5. La Moda (Los Van Van)
ENGLISH: Congratulations to TIMBA.com's Michael Lazarus; he co-mixed and mastered Septeto Santiaguero's album No Quiero Llanto, which is a nominee in the Traditional Son category.
ESPAÑOL: Felicitaciones a Michael Lazarus de TIMBA.com; él co-mezcló y masterizó el álbum No Quiero Llanto de Septeto Santiaguero, que es nominado en la categoría Son Tradicional.
Peter Maiden Update
New Beyond Salsa Mini-Documentary
"¡Ahora sí!" Andy Montañéz at Roccapulco in 2001, one of the multitude of photos Peter Maiden took of Salsa and Timba giants during his intensive 17 years of coverage of the scene. He is stepping down from regular work in music, but says he will definitely still be around. "If you can handle the time involved, the crowds, if you have fast lenses, this work is incredible, and the familiarity with the musicians is wonderful." Peter is currently working on a fiction project as he recovers from a bicycle accident, and he is mastering iPod Touch photography.
Meanwhile, I've finished the latest Beyond Salsa video - this one on Salsa, Songo & The Roots of Latin Jazz - featuring a priceless video of Dizzy Gillespie talking about meeting Chano Pozo, the creation of Manteca, and the importance of Chano's legendary bass tumbao in the development of North American music.