Latin Rock Legends Malo and Tierra
November 24 at 8:30 p.m.
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix.
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Malo is one of the most successful and enduring Latin rock bands to come out of the ‘70s. Their smash hit “Suavecito” climbed all the way to 18 on the pop charts and remained on the charts for eight weeks. “Suavecito” (meaning “soft” or “smooth” in Spanish) has been called “The Chicano National Anthem.” The band performed the song live in 1972 on the ABC-TV program ‘American Bandstand.’ A vocal section of “Suavecito” was included in the refrain of Sugar Ray’s 1999 hit song, “Every Morning.” Malo has played all over the world and performed with Queen and The Rolling Stones. The San Francisco-based ensemble was led by Arcelio Garcia and Jorge Santana, the brother of Latin-rock guitarist, Carlos Santana. Some of the best musicians were featured in various incarnations of Malo. Six albums were released on as many labels during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. In 2002, they celebrated their 30th Anniversary. Arcelio Garcia and his bandmates continue to pave the way for others in the genre, and Jorge Santana frequently joins them. Garcia says his immense band truly gives it their all during live performances, “we call it an hour and a half of aerobics.”
Tierra, the band named “Best R&B Vocal Group” by four leading magazines including Billboard, started their career in East Los Angeles with a blend of rock, pop, jazz, R&B and salsa. The result was a Latin R&B rhythm which produced classics like “Together,” “Gonna Find Her,” “Memories” and “Zoot Suit Boogie.” Founded in 1972, the band has performed internationally with their unique smooth and soulful sounds. Throughout Tierra’s history, Rudy Salas has been and continues to be the leader of the band and record producer. Tierra was the first Latino band to have four songs on the national chart and two simultaneously in the Top 100. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, The American Music Awards, American Bandstand, and The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Like co-headliner’s Malo, the group is widely known to have played a role in opening doors for other Latino and non-Latino superstars of today, including comedian Paul Rodriguez, Sheila E., Gloria Estefan, Los Lobos, Latino Comic of the Year, Rudy Moreno, and more. Tierra’s latest much anticipated full-lengh CD “Ya Llegó!” has arrived!
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