Cultural Center hosts Bay Area’s
first tribute to the great Mexican songwriter
José Alfredo Jiménez
Theresa Perez and Alfredo Gomez
the King of the Mariachis Oct. 9
singer-songwriters will offer the Bay Area’s first tribute to the great
Mexican songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez
on Thursday, Oct. 9, starting at
at La Peña Cultural
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors.
For details, please see: http://www.lapena.org/event/880
or call 510-849-2568. La Peña
is wheelchair accessible.
Gomez was born in Guadalajara,
in October 1958. In 1976 he entered the MusicSchool
in the University
where he graduated as a music instructor. Gomez participated in vocal
groups formed at the same school, participating in works of what is
known today as the Orchestra Filarmónica
de Guadalajara. He sang in festivals at the state level, as well as in
local music communities, and won prizes.
In 1981, Gomez immigrated to the United
where he temporarily left the music scene, and dedicated himself to
literature and learning the new language. Arriving in San
in the ‘90s, Gomez took up the guitar again and performed at venues
such as La Peña Del Sur in SF, La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley
and in Latin music shows organized by NochesBohemias
(today called La Bohemia Productions). He began to write songs as well.
Today, Gomez plays an integral role in the Bay Area’s Latin and
bilingual musical movement not only as a solo artist but also as
accompanist for other excellent singers and groups. In 2007, he
recorded his album “Quien
Es?” (Who Is it?) that
includes ten of his own compositions. He is now working on his second
Alfredo Gomez nace en
Guadalajara Jalisco en Octubre del 1958. En 1976 ingresa a la Escuela de Música de la Universidad de
Guadalajara donde se gradúa de instructor de música. Participa
en la mismaescuela, participando
en trabajos de la hoyOrquestaFilarmónica
de Guadalajara. Canta
en festivales a nivelestataldondeganaalgunospremios, asícomo
en peñas locales. En
1981 emigra a Los EstadosUnidosdondeporalgúntiempodejo de actuarpúblicamente,
y dado a la falta de foros, se dio a la lectura
y a aprender el nuevoidioma.
San Francisco en los
90’s, toma de nuevo la guitarra
y se encuentra con foroscomo
La Peña Del Sur, La Peña
Cultural Center en Berkeley y NochesBohemias (hoy “La Bohemia”) dondedespierta
y empieza a escribircanciones.
Participaactivamente en el movimiento musical latino y bilingüe
en el área de la Bahía no solo comosolistasinoacompañando
a cantantes y grupos locales. En el 2007,
Alfredo grabasuálbumtitulado “¿Quien Es?” comoproducciónpropia con 10 canciones de suautoría.
Continua trabajando en susegundo
one-word description of Theresa Perez is “multifaceted.” This young
artist is as versatile on stage as she is in the studio and in her
From singing and playing the guitar to roaring on the piano or becoming
lost on the rhythm of the drum, Perez’ stage presence captures you and
invites you into the mystery of spontaneous creativity. Pick a genre –
from Hip Hop to Samba to Gospel – and it is likely this performer has
fused it into one of her original compositions, lyrics or beat boxes.
Perez has already written and produced her own album and two others
from past band experiences … and a new EP is the way. Her comfort in
the studio is extraordinary, and her willingness to learn from her
elders is inexhaustible. Venture into her world – it is a unique
offering that will leave you in bliss, peace, excitement and enthusiasm
appeal of Steve Taylor-Ramírez’
music crosses borders of age and culture. “I love it!” said
multi-platinum songwriter/producer Eddie Galen of Steve’s song ONLY
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"Critic's Choice: Fancy finger picking, weathered vocals ... charisma
... socially conscious originals," wrote j. poet, music critic for the
East Bay Express (as well as No Depression, Harp, Paste and other
magazines). “Stellar gig,” said senior music critic Joel Selvin of the SF Chronicle.
Contra Costa Times critics have given Steve's shows "Best Bet" ratings
“Steve’s a finger-pickin’
pro with songs of revolution and love,” said KaitlinMcGaw,
formerly of the SF Grammy office, which she left recently to devote her
life to performing and marketing her critically acclaimed children's
CD, Alphabet Rockers.
Steve's work has also earned praise from Kevin Vance (host of "A
Patchwork Quilt," KALW 91.7 FM); Alan Kalter
of The Late Show; Corey Mason of worldOneradio
(KECG 88.1 FM); and bluegrass Grammy winner Laurie Lewis. Steve’s songs
have aired on radio stations KALW, KUSF, KYCY and KECG. He's performed
live on KALW, KALX and KUSF.
"I like music that has an edge," he says, "songs that deliver a
message, a story, and a bit of humor." For two years, Steve was
guitarist for an Oakland
gospel band. He first performed his own songs in 2004 at a UC Berkeley
International House concert. That fall, he formed the band Cowpokes for
Peace and played in the "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade.
Steve has since performed at La Peña
Cultural Center (as headliner), Starry Plough Pub (twice as headliner),
Make-Out Room, Café duNord, SF Folk Festival, L's
Cafe, Plough and Stars Pub (headliner), the MissionCulturalCenter
and many other venues. He will open for Tania Libertad,
one of the main voices of the "trova"
movement in Latin
at the GreatAmericanMusic
SF, on Oct. 26
Steve worked as a journalist after earning a master's degree in Latin
American studies and journalism at Columbia
and a BA at OccidentalCollege,
He began his career as a newspaper reporter, and served as a
correspondent for the AP and SF Chronicle, and as book critic for the
Napa Register. He’s also worked in radio as a news writer, reporter and