Orquesta Saboricua is made up of some of the Bay Area’s best salsa players; together, they make magic. Founder Mike Ramos, keyboards, has been involved with salsa in the Bay Area for 10 years and has performed with such well-known groups as Orquesta Soroa, Cimarron and La Verdad. His musical influences include both Palmieri brothers, Papo Luca, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans Y “El Maestro” Carlos Frederico. Tony Acevedo, vocals, sang in regional radio competitions in his native Puerto Rico and has a smooth sonero style reminiscent of Adalberto Santiago and Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez. Julio Colon, trombone, started playing at age 13 when he heard Willie Colon’s amazing sound.
Steve Marshall, saxophone and flute, began his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the age of twelve and has performed with Charanga ’76, Orquesta Broadway and Potato. He brings his pacheco style flute and smooth sax playing to round out the Saboricua horn section. Jose Santiago, bongo, was selected for the Pan American Games Big Band. Santiago’s major musical influences include Chucho Valdez, Paquito D’Rivera and Cal Tjader. Ali Choco Luna, conga, has been performing since he was ten years old. He’s shared the stage with artists like Edwin Pabon, Chichito Cepeda and 2013 Summer Fest artist John Santos.