Richard Bean & Sapo w/ Raul Rekow (of Santana). Tortilla Soup

40 year Anniversary of Suavecito

Richard Bean & Sapo w/ Raul Rekow (of Santana). Tortilla Soup

Sat, April 6, 2013

8:00 pm

Fulton 55

Fresno, CA

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Doors 8PM, Show 9PM

Richard Bean & Sapo
Richard Bean & Sapo
In the annals of Bay Area music, Malo's "Suavecito" will no doubt go down as the ultimate Latino love song. The San Francisco Latin rock group's 1972 hit featured the voice of Richard Bean, who wrote it. Today the longtime Hayward resident is still going strong with Sapo, now celebrating 40 years of performing his tune with the band he formed after leaving Malo.

Known as the greatest Chicano love song of all time, Malo's "Suavecito" is 40 years old this year. Malo's 1972 Top 20 hit single was written by timbale player Richard Bean, who initially wrote it as a poem for a girl in his high school algebra class. The song has also been called The Chicano National Anthem. "I have heard it so many times that it almost is part of my brain, I think Richard Bean (along with Pablo and Abel) really created a sweet Latin lovers anthem, the song is simple, like all great love songs and I think it is very romantic. Richard was/is a great songwriter with a very different aspect to his writing. I wonder how Malo would have fared had he and Abel stayed in the band. Well, Malo got a Top 20 Billboard hit that has lasted for 40 years and means a lot to Chicanos..." ~ Quote from Jim McCarthy writer for "Voices of Latin Rock" on his opinion of "Suavecito".

Forty years after its release, Bean is enjoying a new generation of fans who recognize his songwriting skills. The song that originated as a love letter that was never opened instead was intercepted by generations of listeners who continue to discover the joy of Bean's lyrics. 'I think it has more meaning to the people who are listening to it now,' said Bean. 'To me, it's always been "Suavecito." I love that song. I don't think about the times when I wrote it. I just think about the people that are listening to it, that enjoy it, and the fact it's brought something to them'.
Raul Rekow
Raul Rekow
Except for a two-year hiatus at the end of the ‘80s, Raul Rekow has been an integral part of the Santana Band since 1976. Joining their ranks was a dream come true for the San Francisco native who, as a teenager, first witnessed Carlos and company onstage at the Cow Palace, appearing second to last on a mammoth bill of twenty acts. The life-changing experience inspired Raul to take up congas, and he soon began playing with Soul Sacrifice, a popular late ‘60s/early ‘70s Bay Area club band specializing in Santana covers. That led to his joining a Latin funk-rock outfit -- featuring Carlos' brother Jorge Santana on guitar—that had a huge crossover hit in 1972 with the song written and recorded by Richard Bean "Suavecito." A stint with Sapo, another Latin fusion act fronted by Richard Bean followed, and then came the call from the Santana office, asking Raul to jam with Carlos and Tom Coster. Soon after, Carlos invited Raul to join the band, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Over the years, Raul has also lent his talents to recording and performing with artists including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Tremaine Hawkins and Herbie Hancock. He has a ‘Signature Series' conga drum and bongo made by Latin Percussion, and along with fellow Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo, recently completed the CD "Just Another Day In The Park," and the video/interactive DVD "Supernatural Rhythm and Grooves," where students and fans can play along with Raul's magical beats.
Tortilla Soup
Tortilla Soup
Tortilla Soup was formed in 2003 with the concept of playing all types of music hence the word "SOUP". With a majority of the band members being of Latin descent, in came the word "TORTILLA". In the beginning the band was made up of current and former members of Tower of Power and Malo from the Bay Area. As they played cover tunes, they added the flavor of Tortilla Soup into the picture and began to call their music Latin Funk. When the band hit the Bay Area performing for Festivals, Corporate Events,Weddings and Private functions the word quickly traveled of the great music and excitement Tortilla Soup would bring to each show. Tortilla Soup began getting calls to open up for artists such as Pete Escovedo, Little Joe y La Familia, GQ, Samuelle of Club Nouvea, Malo, Tierra, Lenny Willaims former lead singer of Tower of Power, Sapo with Richard Bean, and many more. Events throughout the Northern California began asking for Tortilla Soup to headline their functions, such as the Festival De La Familia in Sacramento, The Sunnyvale Music Series, The Alameda County Fair Latino Night, Silicon Valleys Hispanic Charity Ball, San Jose G.I Forum Dance and San Jose's Music in the Park to name a few. What started out mainly in San Jose quickly grew to performances in San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno, with calls as far away as Bakersfield, Los Angeles and Mammoth Lake for a taste of Tortilla Soup.

Leader and founder of the group Robert Payne was reading a leadership book one day and read a line that stated "you don't just load up a bus with people and drive around, you load up a bus with people who believe in a common goal and know where you are going." The goal for Tortilla Soup is to play music that puts smiles on peoples faces, makes people want to dance and forget about the world for a moment in time and last but not least, make them go home wanting more. Tortilla Soup has built a reputation of being a great band with great musicians and will continue to keep its goals high and the level of musicianship stellar.
Venue Information:
Fulton 55
875 Divisadero Street
Fresno, CA, 93721
http://www.fulton55.com/