Orquesta Borinquen is a powerhouse Salsa band from the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of the longest running Bay Area salsa bands today.
The group features a mix of young talent backed by established musicians, playing a decidedly dancer friendly mix that covers a variety of genres. Depending on the crowd and night, Orquesta Borinquen plays an exciting live mix, with a set-list that varies from hard and fast “salsa dura” to more relaxed salsa romantica and everything in between. Despite these varied styles, the band is able to bring an authenticity and “naturalness” to their music that allows each song to stand out on its own.
The group’s hard hitting style is a testament to the band’s experience. Individual members have toured and played with some of the biggest names in music, including Latin greats such as Jerry Rivera and Tito Nieves, as well as main-stream acts like Earth Wind and Fire. Borinquen performs regularly throughout the Bay Area, and remains a favorite at many top venues.
In a time of hype and false image built to grab any attention they can, there comes an artist whose music is an expression of his experienced observation of life.
In Aaron Young’s new CD, They Call Me AY, he offers us the opportunity to escape all the 9 to 5 stress we endure by helping us remember that true happiness lies within. In the featured song, Dream, he understands everyone’s desire for all that life can provide and the struggle we find ourselves in from paycheck to paycheck. Aaron reminds us not to let the momentary frustrations of life cloud our vision of what we have learned in the past as he talks about in Early. He asks us to also dig deep as in How Bad do you want it.
But life is more than what circles around us. In his travels throughout the country and
abroad, Aaron calls out to us to learn about and appreciate others as he points out in
Money or Fame and to admire the beauty that already surrounds us in Going Back
to Cali. We all have roots. We all share certain yearnings for life, love, and happiness
that is at the core of our being. Through song, Aaron has opened his soul for all to see.
In a time when everyone wants attention with really nothing to say, AY reminds us of
all the good things in life we already have but have forgotten about.
A staple in the Bay Area nightlife events scene for years, K-Tel has recently been steadily building a DJ Kingdom beat by beat. Known as a tireless event promoter in the 90’s and meticulous organizer, K-Tel has now transitioned and brought his love of music to dance floors
on both sides of the Bay.
His captivating sound spans the eras and blends body rocking genres. He’ll seamlessly segue from boom box classic hip hop to Mothership funk, spin smooth R&B treats along with timeless soul hero and heroines, flip reggae dancehall riddims, and groove the dance floor
with throwback 80’s pop. Some Top 40 can also be found in his repertoire. He can be located most weeks holding down residencies in Benicia and San Francisco as part of the Original DJs Crew. With his dazzling style, fierce determination, and golden touch on the wheels. K-Tel plans to change the landscape while he continues to shine.