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9th Annual Voices of Latin Rock Autism Awareness Benefit Concert at Bimbos SF

January 24, 2013 6:00 pm
BIMBO'S 365 Club
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1025 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States


Voices of Latin Rock and Latin Rock, Inc Present

9th Annual Voices of Latin Rock

Autism Awareness Benefit Concert

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6pm doors

Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco, CA


40th Anniversary

Generation Esmeralda

featuring Jimmy Goings

Puro Bandido


with Special Guests
Rick Stevens – Tower of Power “You’re Still a Young Man”
Carlos Reyes – Renowned harpist & violinist
Rudy Colombini – Unauthorized Rolling Stones

and featuring
The All-Star Timbale Exhibition!

Latin Rock Inc. and Dr. Rock are proud to present the 9th Annual Voices of Latin Rock Autism Awareness Benefit for The Alex Speaks Foundation, taking place on two big nights in 2013: at Bimbo’s 365 Club on Thursday January 24th and at The Fox Theatre RWC on Friday January 25th. The headlining act for both nights will be Tierra, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary with hit songs such as “Together.” “Gonna Find Her,” “Barrio Suite,” and “Margarita”. January 24th at Bimbos SF also features Generation Esmeralda, well known for their versions of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “House of the Rising Sun”, along with the Border rock sounds of Puro Bandido, and the Filipino influenced Dakila. Along with Tierra, Friday January 25th at the Fox Theatre will also showcase Richard Bean and Sapo, celebrating 40 years of Sauvecito, with Ruckatan’s fusion of Latin, Reggae and World Music as well as Puro Bandido.

The Alex Speaks Foundation’s goal is to help support children struggling with an autism disorder by contributing to autistic programs at local schools. The Alex Speaks Foundation was formed to partner with the Voices of Latin Rock event to raise funds for those programs.


Celebrating their 40th anniversary, TIERRA’s invigorating blend of R & B, Latin and Pop was the precursor to many Hispanic artists.  They have performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The American Music Awards, The Greek Theatre, American Bandstand, The Rose Bowl and concert venues worldwide.

TIERRA, named “Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Group” by Billboard Cashbox, Record World, and BRE (Black Radio Exclusive), is the first Hispanic act to have four songs on the national pop charts, and two songs simultaneously in the top 100. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest stars of the musical world, including Michael Jackson, James Brown, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lionel Richie, Linda Ronstadt, and many more. 

Tierra also worked with some of the greatest artists of the Salsa music world such as Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, just to name a few. Leader of the band, Rudy Salas holds the foundation of the group strong as he leads TIERRA into the new millenium. With their new CD, “On the Right Track”, this is one band that will not stop!

http://www.tierramusic.com,     http://www.youtube.com/user/TierraMusic



Generation Esmeralda, featuring original lead singer Jimmy Goings is the EXCLUSIVE tribute to the music of “Santa Esmeralda”, and includes members of the original touring band: Tom Poole (Malo, Tower of Power) Tony Baker (the DeFranco Family, the Drifters), and Mick Valentino (Prince, Jaco Pastorias). Perhaps best known for their hit disco remakes of the 1960s hits “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “House of the Rising Sun”, the group Santa Esmeralda is now Generation Esmeralda featuring Jimmy Goings. The original concept was formed as a production project in 1976 by Jeanne-Manuel de Scarano and Nicholas Skorsky in Paris, France. Santa Esmeralda was inspired by the heroine of the same name from the Victor Hugo Classic “The Hunch Back of Notre Dame”. The group has come back together through the urging of trumpet player, Tom Poole, from the original “Santa Esmeralda Touring Band” and Brazilian promoter, Sergio Lopes. Goings and band mates return to the stage to tour in this new form as an exclusive tribute to the music and spirit of Santa Esmeralda. The group will also perform as the evening’s house band, with other guest artists to be announced soon.




The band plays high energy Latin Rock music, and was formed in the Mission District of San Francisco. Puro Bandido was instrumental in the development of Border Rock – crossing all borders; having no boundaries. Their sound is a combination of old school and new sounds created by a combination of driving percussion, an incomparable rhythm section and vocals to match. Puro Bandido is a highly acclaimed Latin Rock Band featuring Richard Segovia, Johnny Gunn, Rolando “Choco” Contreras, Angel Arozco, Rafael Ramirez, and Steve Salinas. The members of this band have written and/or performed with the likes of Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Money, Randy Jackson, Tommy Castro, Kool & the Gang, Tower of Power and more.




Dakila was a San Francisco band composed mostly of Filipino-Americans. Their only album, Dakila, was released in 1972, recorded in San Mateo and released by Epic Records.  With a Latin infused rock/funk sound reminiscent of Santana, Dakila also brought in Filipino influences, rockin’ in Tagalog on some of the tracks. One of the original members was conga player Raul Rekow, who went on to perform and record with Malo and Sapo before spending much of the past 31 years in Santana. “DAKILA’s music is tribal in a very real sense. Most of the members are brothers or cousins, and all of them are relatives in the huge, soulful family called Mission District (SF, USA).” After many years of requests by different organizations and fans to bring the music of “Dakila” back, one of the original members, David Bustamante, felt compelled to try and organize some performances. Don’t miss the return of this epic band!



Tickets: $150 – $75 table seats sold by groups 10, 6 and 4 only at:

415 -285-7719 or email DrBGMalo@aol

For single tickets at Latin Rock, Inc. B & C tables

please call Sam Totah at 415-404-5780 or e-mail sam.totah@latinrockinc.com

$55 General Admission back tables