They came to the US from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a mixture of Latin rhythms, performed with Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajón (box-drum) and harmonizing vocals. Vivacious and infectious, the sound of Los Pinguos has claimed fans worldwide, from their hometown to the streets of Los Angeles. The story began in 1999 when Adrián Buono, José Agote, Juan Manzur, Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Enzo Buono formed the band to play in clubs, bars, and private parties throughout Buenos Aires. Their exciting, passionate live shows garnered a devoted fan base, inspiring the talented ensemble to pursue global attention. So they packed their bags and headed north to the Californian shores. Newly arrived to the City of Angels in early 2001, Los Pinguos began playing at local bars such as The Latin Lounge, The Knitting Factory, Key Club, Temple Bar and Little Temple. As their popularity grew, they were invited to perform at the end-of-season party for the hit FOX show “Dharma and Greg”. It was when they started to perform for the crowds at Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade (a Los Angeles shopping/restaurant hot spot) that the band realized their potential to reach a wide and diverse audience. While performing, they were spotted by a talent scout who urged them to audition for a new television show, “The Next Big Star”, hosted and produced by Ed McMahon of “Star Search” fame. In spite of fierce competition from more seasoned groups, and being the only Latin band to perform, Los Pinguos won the audience vote and rightly claimed the Grand Prize. Soon after this, new bassist Santiago (Fefe) Lee joined the group, giving Los Pinguos a strong backbone and groove to the music, new and old. Since then, they have recorded five new albums –"Camino Bueno" (2002), “Serenata” (2003), “Live In Los Angeles” (2005) a live double CD on Kufala Records “Peripecias” (2006) and “California” (2008). They’ve played with such acts as Ozomatli, Yerba Buena, Charlie Zaa, Pablo Montero, Paul Anka, Plácido Domingo, Charly Garcia and famed Argentinean rockers Bersuit Vergarabat. They also appeared at the 2005 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL with female songstress Suzanne Vega. Los Pinguos’ music has appeared in TV shows such as “The Shield”, “The L Word”, and is featured in the Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson film “Imagining Argentina” as well as the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie. The band also participated in the award winning documentary on street musicians entitled, “Playing for Change”. Most recently, they have appeared on three of the world famous Putumayo World Music compilations, “Baila!”, “Radio Latino” and “World Party”. Currently the band can be found touring throughout the U.S. and beyond, including Mexico, Canada and most recently were invited to play at the renowned Blue Balls Music Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Emanuela Bellezza: “Emanuela Bellezza is like a glass of fresh water in the middle of the desert. She has everything that a voice needs to reach inevitably the heart of the listener”. Beto Cuevas (ex-vocalist of “La Ley”).
Her presence and charisma on stage are fresh a genuine. Singer, pianist, guitarist, painter and polyglot, Emanuela is an artist that will certainly prevail the test of times and leave an impression on every soul that listens to her. Emanuela?s unique voice lead her to perform a duet a version of the song “Fotografía” with 17 Latin Grammy award winner Juanes (arguably Latin America's biggest pop star of the past decade) at his MTV Tr3s Unplugged. Juanes himself hand picked Emanuela among thousands of submissions to be the winner of the MTV Tr3s contest, held nationwide in the US. The final decision was based on her vocal abilities, stage presence and overall artistry.
Born and raised in Italy, Emanuela dreamed of making music since her teenage years in Rome, when she first started writing original songs. With two albums under her belt and a full band backing her up, Bellezza is on the verge of stardom. Her latest album “Matices de Amor” has 7 songs in Spanish, two in English and one in Italian, mixing Latin rhythms, catchy melodies and her trademark soulful voice with her Italian roots, creating a new fresh sound that will captivate the soul of the listener.
For more information visit www.emanuelabellezza.com
Posole : Posole is a San Francisco band originally formed as the brain child of Daniel Martinez in 2010. Starting with just an acoustic guitar, a dejembe, and a laptop, posole was founded with simple rhythms and soaring melodies. Evolving from one or two man shows, Posole evolved into a full four piece band in the fall of 2011 with the addition of Blake Ritterman, Blane Tabor, and Mike Johnston. Inspired by the fog soaked streets of San Francisco, Posole combines the energy of Surf Rock with the rich story telling of Mariachi and patterned rhythms of Afro-Beat to create a hypnotic landscape.