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Sal Santana with Merciless Jive and Gio Castilhos

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Sal Santana: Music is a burst of choices. Not only what note to play when and with what instrument, but whether to play a note at all. Salvador Santana, the 28-year-old keyboardist, vocalist, composer and songwriter with strong Bay Area roots, knows what it means to navigate the infinite options of music.

Gio Castilhos: Giovanni Castilhos: Gio, brazilian born in 1980 moved to California in 2004, bringing his exotic melodies to the westside. Composer and singer for his former californian based band Birdfish, formed in 2005, Gio has surprised fans by his unique blend of styles into a comfortable and progressive melodies. He released the first full album with the band in 2006, called "Birdfish in town" where they mixed Reggae, groove, punk and brazilian music altogether. Two years later, he released the "Moonfire Acustico", which has had amazing reviews throughout the brazilian community in Southern California. After that, his composing abilities and production techniques helped him to evolve onto a live acoustic looping production performance. Laying tracks from his guitar and wavedrum on top of another, he blends contemporary brazilian groove and californian styles. His contemporary approach to music appreciation and his roots in the brazilian culture allowed him to come up with an interesting fusion. Always supporting the local scene hosting events and promoting artists, he has helped several music projects to come into reality. "An urban appeal mixed with the peaceful paradise breeze" resume the sensation to listen to Gio's music. Beach vibe melodies to an subtle message of love and understanding craft the songs he always put up an is known by. A rounded, grasp and young voice followed by dynamic slap attach approach on the guitar creates the ambience and natural bonding with his music. Played at several venues in Los Angeles and San Diego, such as Whiskey gogo, The Joint, The Lighthouse, Cannes, Wavehouse, Brennans and several festivals and venues in Brazil. Surfer spirited, his appreciation of the nature reflects on his music as his awareness message travels with his sounds.

Merciless Jive: Like a feather on a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Merciless Jive brings explosive Latin Funk while drawing from a range of influences that include; Blues, Jazz and Rock. Four men from diverse musical backgrounds have formed to create a new Los Angeles sound. High energy shows, mixed with high caliber musicianship is what separates Merciless Jive from the rest.

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