About this show
Tickets $12 advance / $15 day of show / $12 students - www.ashkenaz112412-efbevent.eventbrite.com
Includes Cuban Salsa dance lesson with Karen & Michael at 7:30 pm.
Ashkenaz is always all ages! www.ashkenaz.com
Tito leads his band dedicated to playing authentic Cuban traditional dance music: rumba, guaracha, and son montuno, pioneered by such greats as Arsenio Rodriguez and later revived by Buena Vista Social Club. Before moving to America, Tito played and sang in several of the great Cuban bands – including a Rodriguez tribute group assembled by Arsenio’s daughter. Heriberto “Tito” Gonzalez explains, “Since I was a child I’ve been in music and I’ve always loved it. The music, and especially El Son, is part of my being.” Music eventually led him past his main breadwinning jobs as a taxi driver and a fisherman, and on to the U.S. and the Bay Area. Tito, who now lives in Richmond, sings and plays the Cuban tres guitar that drives the sound of the son, leading a band that includes percussion and horns in shows at clubs and festivals around the Bay. Music is a mix of son classics and tunes from the band’s 2005 self-titled debut CD and 2010’s “Al Doblar La Esquina.”
Making its Ashkenaz and Berkeley debut, Oakland’s high-energy rock band The Jamming Nachos features five young musicians whose ages range from 12 to 17. The band is Elena Ruiz on lead vocals, Rioz on co-lead vocals and lead guitar, Messiah on keyboards and guitar, Rey Aceves on bass, and Jeremiah Cobbs on drums. The group began in the autumn of 2011 with the three siblings, Rioz, Rey, and Messiah. This spring they discovered drummer Jeremiah at the Guitar Center in Emeryville. Lead singer Elena Ruiz auditioned and joined the group a short time later. They recently performed at Oakland’s Oaktoberfest. Their song “Happiness Is Waiting for You” was featured on San Francisco’s KRON 4 News.