Be sure to get here early for a great seat on the expanded Playground rooftop! Renovated, yet still featuring those great views of downtown’s skyline, our famous sunsets & mountain ranges.
Fans of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Buena Vista Social Club, Jarabe de Palo, and Manu Chao will love Santa Pachita’s horn-infused blend of Rumba, Salsa, Ska, Cumbia & Bolero rhythms & vibes. Get here early for a great seat on the newly remodeled Playground rooftop, still featuring those great views of downtown’s skyline, our famous sunsets & mountain ranges.
Santa Pachita is a 9-piece Tucson band that has been playing together since 2012. Guitarist, Miguel Reyes, and bass player, Victor Cruz, started the band after working together on other musical projects. They brought in talented musicians that have a variety of different musical backgrounds. The result is a danceable fusion of ska, cumbia, and rumba-salsa. The congas, flute, and trumpet add depth to the energetic music that is influenced by bands like Manu Chao.
The focus of the band is to explore and fuse rhythms like rumba, salsa and son and create an interactive musical experience for the audience.
Check out video samples from a recent performances at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyC-Sj3U_MS4kT3tL-TVXYQ
More info on Santa Pachita at https://www.reverbnation.com/santapachita4
Bass Guitar, Vocals, and composer – VICTOR CRUZ : Victor grew up in Mexico City and Guadalajara where he formed his first bands influenced by urban music, rock in Spanish, reggae, etc. Influences -cafe tacuba, caifanes, maldita vecindad, the cure, sublime, Manu chao, fabulosos cadillacs, smashing pumpkins, nirvana, la barranca, etc
Guitar, Vocals, and composer –MIGUEL REYES: From Veracruz, Mexico, Miguel has performed all over Mexico and plays with Tucson’s A Son Y Sol. His varied musical styles include salsa, classical, bossa novas, ska, and metal.
Justin Ostrowski-Justin Ostrowski is a Midwestern musician who joined Santa Pachita this year. He began learning guitar and piano at 12 years old, mostly by listening to and mimicking Vanessa Carlton and others. Justin has played and toured with many groups all over the United States and Europe playing jazz, blues, pop, punk, and many other genres. He has also been featured on television as well as radio in Austria and the United States. Justin currently lives in Tucson teaching private lessons and playing saxophone for Santa Pachita.
Drumkit- Raymond Peralta
Trumpet/Flute – Mike Ankomeous- An excellent addition to SP. An experienced musician and composer that brings the groove and great energy to the dance floor. He also performs with k -bass and Baba Marimba in Tucson AZ.
Trumpet/keyboard- Adam Guenthner. Adam grew up in a small town outside Syracuse NY. He began playing the trumpet in fourth grade and picked up the piano soon after. He received his Masters in Music education from NY and moved down to Tucson where he teaches today. He has played with many bands across the country from DARE, Second Best in NY, to Defcon 5, Latin Society in AZ. He has studied under great musicians of Dr. Sapprocetti and John Ellis. He currently plays with the bands Santa Pachita and K-Bass.
Congas-Joe Whitley. Born in Hermosillo, México, Joe “Profe” Whitley grew up in the cultural crossroads between Sonora and Arizona. His musical journey started in a spiritual setting: Nyabinghi drumming in Rastafarian meditations. Due to being fluent in French, he had the cosmic fortune to meet and eventually start playing the djembe with brothers Adama and Mamadou Dembele from the Ivory Coast– master players who for their family represent the 33rd generation carrying on the rich traditions of West African drumming. Profe then incorporated playing the congas making his percussion set-up a somewhat unique African and Latin hybrid which is how his style can be described.