The 20-piece Bay Area-based Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the only one of its kind on the West Coast. PMO fuses the booming, classic sound of the mambo-crazed orchestras of the 1950s with modern arrangements of hit songs. The group's sizzling, self-titled debut record honors the sounds of the great Latin Big Bands of the 1940s through 1960s including Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez, while infusing them with an intoxicating new energy. The album won the group its first Grammy Award in 2013.
The daughter of famed Bay Area Latin percussion master Pete Escovedo, Sheila E. made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on his funk-fusion album Yesterday's Dream in 1976. By her early twenties, her resume included stints with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock and Diana Ross. But she would find her biggest success in the pop realm after being taken under Prince's wing. In addition to playing drums on some of his most celebrated albums and tours, Sheila E. scored hits in her own right with "The Glamorous Life," "Hold Me" and "A Love Bizarre." Rosado has built an international reputation working with pop and Latin jazz artists like the late Tejana signer Selena, legendary pianist Larry Harlow, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and Desmond Child. For more information on the Stern Grove Festival, please visit the official Stern Grove website.
Stern Grove Festival: Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Sheila E. and Marlow Rosado
Sunday, June 21, 2 p.m. Free