The Voices Of Latin Rock 4 - Benefit for Autism Awareness
Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
January 24, 2008
Dr. Bernie Gonzalez
Now its fourth year, VOLR4 churned on with
a historic allstar gathering honoring
San Francisco Latin Rock.
The concert is a partnership between Ron Sansoe
and Dr. Bernie Gonzalez and a benefit for
Dr.B, who is also known as
Dr. Rock, is a seasoned concert presenter. A
onetime employee of SF rock empresario, Bill Graham,
his shows at the Fox and Little Fox Theaters
in Redwood City pack people in to
see Malo, Pete Escovedo, La Ventana and
He also has been a pillar in the
production of the San Francisco Carnaval
in the SF Mission where he has a
Ron Sanoe, along with Jim McCarthy, is
the co-author of the Hal Leonard Book,
"The Voices Of Latin Rock." One has to
give Ron props for initiating this and
using it as a springboard that has revived
The show opened with a children's chorus from
Mill Valley and featured the angelic voice
of Holly Stell.
Following their performance it was time to dig
ourselves into our spots for a roller coaster of
For me Sisters Morales was a refreshing discovery.
I had heard of them but our paths never crossed.
Roberta and Lisa Morales sang heartful
Mexican songs like "Cucuru Paloma" as well
their own country/folk rock originals.
Jose Simon was the MC and the renown
comedian had the crowd rolling
with his chistes.
Richard Bean & Jose Simon
Abel Sanchez, Jose Simon, Chuy Varela, Carlos Reyes
The awards portion of the show included honoring the original members
of MALO which included Arcelio Garcia, Jorge Santana, Leo Rosales, Pablo Tellez, Richard Bean,
Abel Zarate, Raul Rekow, and Tom Poole. Then musical director Albel Sanchez brought
on an allstar band of resident musicians under the banner of "The Voices Of Latin Rock Revue."
The cast included Musical Director, Abel Sanchez, guitarist Jorge Santana, & Gabe Manzo, guitar.
David George, Drums, Tony Menjivar, Congas, Gibby Ross, Timbales, Bill Ortiz, Trumpet,
Frank Bailey, Trumpet, Mic Gillette, Trumpet, Marcia Miget, Sax, Victor Bejarano, Keyboards,
Herman Eberech, Keyboards, Greg Errico, Drums, Karl Perazzo, Timbales, Jose Santana, Vocals,
Hererra Sisters, Vocals, Richard Segovia, Timbales, Roger Alves, Drums, Brad T Bird, Bass,
Gary Luenberger, Keyboards, Carlos Reyes, Violin and Harp, and the Original Malo Band
Honorees: Arcelio Garcia, Richard Bean, Pablo Tellez, Abel Zarate,
Raul Rekow, Leo Rosales, and Jorge Santana.
The Herrera Sisters with Jose Santana
The set included classics and originals like
Watermelon Man, Dolores Huerta, Jose Santana doing "Latino Lover" with Hererra Sisters
as background vocalists, El Raton with Karl Perazzo on timbales & Avance vocalists,
the Fania version with Jorge, Rainbows of Love (a new original by Abel Sanchez & Jorge Santana)
and Song for Cesar (by Abel & Jorge). The set concluded with a MALO medley.
Raul Rekow & Leo Rosales
Abel Zarate & Leo Rosales
Los Vatos De Avance
Luis Morales, ??, Armando Cordoba
John Santos also recieved an award for his contributions.
Pete & Arcelio Garcia
Arcelio & Malo
Richard Bean, Ms. Bean, Mio Flores
The sisters of Ritchie Valens
VOLR4 ended with a tribute to Ritchie Valens coordinated by
Rita Gentry. It was a moving tribute to one of
the foundations of Latin rock with Los Lobos paying
due to the Pacoima legend. They kicked off with
"Come On Let's Go" and the place went into a spin!
David Hidalgo - Los Lobos
Steve Berlin - Los Lobos
Conrad Lozano & Louie Perez
Cesar Rosas - Los Lobos
Los Lobos with Jackie Green (left)
Los Lobos with Santana singer Tony Lindsey
"What's Going On" sang Tony!
George Clinton made a guest appearence and got the crowd riled with
"We Got The Funk."
The Legendary Sly Stone made an appearance and jumped on stage briefly
doing "I Want To Take You Higher."
Overall VOLR4 was a memorable show.
I emceed a portion of the event with Jose and
the love in the sold out art deco palace that is Bimbo's in North Beach
was very special. One of the best gigs happening for a good cause.
I can hardly wait for VOLR5!
VIVA LATIN ROCK!