Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Get your groove on with Benito Cereno

By awoodall
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 at 4:15 pm in Night Owl.

The Bay Area’s newest Latin Groove sensation performs at the East Side Cultural Center.  A celebration of the unity between African and
Latino rhythms. Come celebrate and dance with us!
Also featuring DJ Aztec Parrot spinning Boogaloo & Latin Funk


Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9pm    $12
East Side Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland (nr. Fruitvale Bart Station)
INFO: 510-533-6629


BENITO CERENO mixes Puerto Rican rhythms (salsa, bomba, plena and
bolero) with funk, rock, reggae, blues and other world beats to create
a unique urban-inspired danceable groove seeped in Caribbean flavor. As
a reflection of the band’s leader and lead singer, Manny Martinez, it
is the musical by-product of a New York city born Latino who spent his
formative years in Puerto Rico, and the last twenty in California. With
an all-star Bay Area cast of characters that include Fabian Paredes on
drums, Javier Navarrette on timbales and vocals, Hector Lugo on congas
and vocals, Ayla Davila on bass, Peter Meredith on keyboards, Camilo
Landau on guitar and vocals and Sandra Garcia Rivera on percussion and
vocals, Benito Cereno is a bilingual manifestation of the embracing of
cultures with no musical boundaries attached…and the insatiable
desire to get your groove on.

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