To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.
¡Hola, Mi Gente!
Passion is definitely something I bring to every performance. I can’t help it. It’s like breathing for me. The music requires it.
I’ll be bringing that passion all over the Bay this month, and especially this weekend. Cinco de Mayo happens this Saturday, the day Mexico commemorates their victory over the much larger, better equipped French army at the Battle of Puebla.
And I’ll be commemorating it TWICE on May 5 at TWO separate events. The first happens at Maria, Maria in Danville this Saturday May 5 from 1-5pm, out on their patio. I’ll be playing for 4 hours out there, providing a huge sound track for you celebrants. I might be joined by talented friends at different parts of the day. We’ll see how it goes. They’ll also have a 6-piece band for the evening until midnight. Yeah, it’s a big deal. Details below.
After that, I shoot over to the North Bay to make my debut at The Tavern on Fourth in San Rafael from 9:30-Midnight to continue the Cinco de Mayo celebration. They convinced me to swing by and bring the Latin side of my repertoire to their newly renovated bar. If you’re in the North Bay, join me so we can make this a semi-regular venue. Details below.
More highlights of the month include my return to The Vine in Danville on Saturday May 12, where I’ll feature the great rock guitarist who played with Carlos Santana. We haven’t done this in a couple years, so don’t miss it. It’s a lot of fun! Details below.
And make your reservations for our big Saturday May 19 show at the Sausalito Seahorse with another great lineup featuring Carlos Reyes, Estaire Godinez, Celso Alberti, David Belove and Yours Truly. Details below.
And there’s much more in your new May Calendar. See you at the show!
May 2018 Calendar
Friday May 4, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm. Rolando returns to Santana’s Walnut Creek tavern to perform on solo guitar and voice out on the front patio. Flautist Bob Harrison may sit in. Swing by and enjoy the energy.
(925) 820-2366, www.mariamariarestaurants.com.
Saturday May 5, Maria, Maria Cantina Cinco de Mayo Event, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, 1-5pm. Santana’s Danville restaurant breaks out all the stops for this big Cinco de Mayo party featuring live music all day and night long. Rolando kicks it off on the Patio on solo guitar and voice from 1-5pm, doing a huge bunch of tunes, probably with a few special guests taking turns sitting in. Then from 6-Midnight, dance to the fun party band “Power Play” indoors while the food and libations flow. (925) 820-2366, www.mariamariarestaurants.com.
Saturday May 5, The Tavern on Fourth, 711 4th Street, San Rafael, 9:30-Midnight. Rolando makes his debut at this newly renovated North Bay bar, just in time to bring his Latin flavor to this Cinco de Mayo party. Craft and classic cocktails, 18 Nor Cal draught beers and more. This is a special invite to you North Bay friends: Let’s pack the place and make this a semi-regular appearance! (415) 454-4044, www.thetavernonfourth.com.
Rolando’s at Maria, Maria on Cinco de Mayo
The next weekend offers many opportunities as well:
Friday May 11, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns for his only appearance of the month at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue. Great Cuban cuisine, ceiling fans swirling lazily and Rolando’s vast Latin repertoire and beyond on solo guitar and voice. Great hang! www.havanarestaurant.net, (925) 939-4555.
Saturday May 12, Vine at Bridges, 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville, 8-11pm. The Rolando Morales Duet returns to this cool winery and nightspot. Enjoy a wonderful selection of wines, superb dinners and tapas while grooving to this powerful duet. This time Rolando welcomes the fiery Latin-Rock guitarist who played with Santana and local band favorite Ruckatán, Carlos Hernandez. And on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, the passionate Rolando Morales. They’ll blend exciting creations on the fly. It’s been a few years since they’ve done this, so don’t miss it! www.thevineatbridges.com, (925) 820-7210.
Sunday May 13, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 12-3pm. Rolando returns to Santana’s Walnut Creek tavern for a special Mother’s Day performance on solo guitar and voice out on the front patio. This may be the only Sunday appearance he does at this venue. Treat your mom to a special day. (925) 820-2366, www.mariamariarestaurants.com
Friday May 18, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John St., Pleasanton CA, approx 7:30-10:30pm. Rolando returns to one of Pleasanton’s premiere dining establishments. Enjoy exquisite meals and service, libations and Rolando’s vast repertoire in the Cocktail Lounge for a great night out. See www.baronespleasanton.com, (925) 426-0987.
Saturday May 19, “An Evening with Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes,” Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, approx 8:30-11:30pm. After a couple months away, these two passionate musicians return to The Seahorse to put on their unique show at this fun waterfront restaurant and club. The amazing Paraguayan violinist/harpist Carlos Reyes and passionate guitarist/vocalist Rolando Morales will play a short set in duet to close out the dinner hour, followed by a concert and dancing to the World Class Rolando Morales Group featuring the rock-solid bassist to Pete Escovedo, David Belove; from Airto and Steve Winwood, the amazing Brazilian drummer Celso Alberti; from George Benson, the charismatic Latin percussionist-vocalist Estaire Godinez; from Paraguay, the thrilling violinist and harpist from Arturo Sandoval and Steve Miller, Carlos Reyes; and the powerful Rolando Morales leading the journey on guitar, guitar synthesizer and vocals. Don’t miss it! $15. Make your reservations at (415) 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com.
Friday May 25, Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm. Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Danville restaurant. Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing on the patio by the fire pits. See if he has any special guests sitting in… (925) 820-2366, www.mariamariarestaurants.com.
Saturday May 26, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John St., Pleasanton CA, approx 7:30-10:30pm. Rolando returns to one of Pleasanton’s premier dining establishments. Enjoy exquisite meals and service, libations and Rolando’s vast repertoire in the Cocktail Lounge for a great night out. See www.baronespleasanton.com, (925) 426-0987.
Wednesday May 30, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual “Mujer Latina” Luncheon, Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael CA, 11:30am-1:30pm. Celebrate Latina/women-owned business leaders in Marin! Rolando Morales will perform starting at 11:30 for the VIP Reception with wine and appetizers. The Keynote Speaker will be Dalia Ceja, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ceja Vineyards. $50 Chamber Members/$65 Non-Members. $450 Tables of 8 available. Includes pre-lunch Host Wine Reception, complimentary wine with lunch. Register at www.tinyurl.com/MujerLatina2018, (415) 492-4420. www.hccmarin.com.
If you would like to order a CD, read on. If you’d like to order our CD “Rolando Y Qué?!”, you can pick it up at my website, the gigs or by mail. They’re $15.00 at the gigs, or $17.00 by mail to cover postage and handling. TO ORDER THE NEWEST CD “ROLANDO, Y QUÉ?!” by mail: Send a check or money order payable to Rolando Morales for $17.00 for the CD and postage to Rolando Morales, 9028 Burr Street, Oakland, CA 94605. and I’ll send it to you. Let me know if you’d like .it signed.
TO ORDER THE ORIGINAL “PASSPORT: 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” CD by mail, send $17.00 to the same address as above. Be sure to include your return address.
BOTH CDs ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT WWW.ROLANDOMORALES.COM
All other shows are private. Why not hire Rolando for your own private event? He’s available for corporate shows, weddings, parties, concerts and festivals. The Rolando Morales group is available as sextet, quintet, quartet, trio and duo depending on your entertainment needs and budget.
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