Buddy Craig Leaving in the Morning -2004 and this new gem by Martin Holland.


Friday Night Live (Roseville Cable access TV) October 15th, 2004 featuring Buddy Craig, Sean Barfly, Bruce Spencer, and Marty Holland. Original music and words by Buddy Craig.

This band is so “California” yu can go out into a little town and suddenly hear the most amazing music. These guys know their instruments. For instance, Martin Holland who is the bassist in this video.  He played with the industry-greats and he plays no matter what, since he is a true musician.   Check out this gem.

It is from Martin Holldand with this quote to y’all:

“The test subject for the next test subject. The wheels go round and round, as always! With LOVE and hamburgers to all my friends!”

Learn more about Martin Holland by visiting:  www.martinholland.com

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Faye Carol is a Star. She has amazing range, knowledge and grace.

Faye Carol, photo by Jim Dennis
Faye Carol, photo by Jim Dennis

Faye Carol is one of the most amazing ladies you will ever meet.  She is grace personified.  She electrifies the room with her presence.  When she walks into a place you feel that you are in the presence of greatness.  She is quiet and humble yet, she has an amazing way to uplift people’s spirit.  Soul music in the Bay Area would not be the same without her.

Tomorrow, Thursday  October 11, 2018,  she will be performing in Mill Valley at the Mill Valley film festival.  This is a “can’t miss event”.  Although you may want to check to make sure you still can get tickets.  She will be performing at the Sweet Water Music Hall.

Another way to experience her is to take her 4 week music lesson.  They are a Bay Area treat not just for people who want to learn how to perform in front of crowds, but also for those who want to sound great at a wedding, bar mitzvah, or at the next family gathering.   It is also wonderful for people who enjoy learning about music.  Ms. Faye Carol has encyclopedic knowledge about American music. She leads with grace, knowledge and soul.

Fun Fact: March 13, 2018 was declared “Faye Carol Day” by the city of Berkeley.


Faye Carol & Her Quartet – Willow Weep For Me

Faye Carol teachers music with love, grace and knowledge
Faye Carol teachers music with love, grace and knowledge

Do yourself a favor and find a way to meet, hear and experience this “Living Legend.”  You will be glad you did.  To learn more visit her websites at:  www.fayecarol.com

 

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Deva Mahal – “It’s Down to You” has soul, Run Deep is interesting.

Deva Mahal - amazing lady and soul singer.

Deva Mahal grew up around soul music.  We all can be sure she was inspired by her dad, Taj.  Her voice is full and rich.  Her modulation is professional.  Most importantly she it is a joy to hear her.  She makes you feel her songs. Such a treat!

Deva Mahal – Run Deep
140 Gram Single Disc

“Fabulous…” – Elton John (Beats 1)

“Fantastic…” – RuPaul

#1 “Best New Bands at SXSW 2018” – Grammy.com

“Run Deep filters Lauryn Hill vibes into an Amy Winehouse earworm…”
– The Observer/The Guardia

And now we find that it is Daughter like Dad

Love this photo that I found on a wonderful online public station from NYC

Deva Mahal - amazing lady and soul singer.
Deva Mahal – amazing lady and soul singer.

Check out John Schaeffer’s shows.  He is so interesting and eclectic.

https://www.newsounds.org/story/alice-coltrane-turiyasangitananda-ashram-experience-bam

https://www.newsounds.org/artists/fela-kuti

Motema.com  has interesting vinyl records.  Check them out.

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Rolando Morales Octobr 2018 Calendar

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Rolando test-hikes his health in Oakland

October 2, 2018

¡Hola, Mi Gente!

Given the spectrum of crazy things happening in the world, I should count my blessings.  I’m still dealing with shoulder issues with Kaiser and am finally getting over that nasty bug.  That was a challenge given my 6 gigs in 5 day schedule last week!  I did some test hikes in Oakland and am definitely feeling better.

My debut last week at the Casa Bella Event Center in Sunol was such a hit that they’ve invited me back to play each Thursday this October.  The staff and public were great to play for, and the tacos were really good!  They’ve only been doing this for a few weeks now, so come and enjoy the rustic elegance of this fine property.  Details below.  This Thursday October 4, I’ll be playing indoors 5-8pm in the Event Center.  Let’s discover this gem together.  www.sunolscasabella.com

I’m also looking forward to this Saturday October 6, about 8:30-11pm when I return to Havana in Walnut Creek, this time with the delightful Sonya Jason, the saxophonist who has played with Sheila E. and the Brothers Johnson.  We’ll be doing a unique Latin-jazz fusion with some classic Grover Washington and Gato Barbieri thrown in.  This is only the 2nd time we’re doing this here, so don’t miss it!  Details below.

The duet series continues on Friday October 12 with the great Latin percussionist-vocalist Estaire Godinez, and then Saturday October 27 with the Grammy-winning Latin percussionist-vocalist from Venezuela, Omar Ledezma.  It all happens at Havana in Walnut Creek.  It’s turned into quite a scene!  Details below.

I also have a smattering of Maria, Maria gigs this month at both locations, starting this Friday night October 5 from 6-9pm in Danville.  That’s always a fun hang.  See below for the other dates and locations.

See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando

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New venue, EVERY Thursday this month

Thursday Oct 4, Casa Bella, 11984 Main Street, Sunol, 5-8pm.  Rolando’s debut last week at this unique venue was such a hit that he has a standing invitation to play here on as many Thursdays as he can.  Casa Bella is normally a private event center, but now they will open once a week on Thursday nights to you, the public.  The property blends elegance in a rustic setting in the quaint historical section of Sunol.  For this night, Rolando performs on solo guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic indoors in the Event Center for Taco and Tequila Night.  Authentically grilled with all the trimmings you desire.  This will be only the 5th week they’re doing this, so gather your friends and let’s discover this magical place together!    Free!  sunolscasabella.com,   (925) 939-4555.

Friday Oct 5, 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 out on the patio by the fire pits.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 820-2366.

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Saturday Oct 6, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight Rolando welcomes the delightful saxophonist Sonya Jason, who has shared the stage with Sheila E. and the Brothers Johnson; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare opportunity to catch this inspiring duet laying down their unique blend of Latin-jazz fusion.  Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Thursday Oct 11, Casa Bella, 11984 Main Street, Sunol, 5-8pm.  Rolando returns to this unique venue that blends elegance in a rustic setting in the quaint historical section of Sunol.  Catch Rolando on solo guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic on the brick patio in the pergola surrounded by beautiful landscaping.  The perfect setting for Taco and Tequila Night!  Kid and dog friendly, so gather your friends and family and bring on the night together!    Free!  sunolscasabella.com,   (925) 939-4555.

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Friday Oct 12, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Great Cuban cuisine, ceiling fans swirling lazily and Rolando’s vast Latin repertoire and beyond.  Tonight Rolando welcomes the charismatic Latin percussionist-vocalist who played with George Benson and Prince, Estaire Godinez;  and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together, they’ll be blending all kinds of musical treats.  Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Saturday Oct 13, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando makes a rare Saturday night appearance at Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant.   Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  If it’s too cold, he’ll play indoors in the restaurant.  See if he is joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Thursday Oct 18, Casa Bella, 11984 Main Street, Sunol, 5-8pm.  Rolando returns to this unique venue that blends elegance in a rustic setting in the quaint historical section of Sunol.  Catch Rolando on solo guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic on the brick patio in the pergola, or in the Event Center if it’s too cold.  The perfect setting for Taco and Tequila Night!  Kid and dog friendly, so gather your friends and family and bring on the night together!  Free!  sunolscasabella.com,   (925) 939-4555.

Thursday Oct 25, Casa Bella, 11984 Main Street, Sunol, 5-8pm.  Rolando returns to this unique venue that blends elegance in a rustic setting in the quaint historical section of Sunol.  Catch Rolando on solo guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic either on the brick patio in the pergola, or in the Event Center if it’s too cold.  Taco and Tequila Night!  Kid and dog friendly, so gather your friends and family and bring on the night together!  Free!  sunolscasabella.com,   (925) 939-4555.

Friday Oct 26, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for a rare Friday night performance.  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound either out on the front patio or in the restaurant, depending on the weather.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

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Saturday Oct 27, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight, for only the 2nd time at this venue will be the remarkable Grammy-winning Latin percussionist-vocalist from Venezuela, Omar Ledezma, from the Pacific Mambo Orchestra; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they create fire.  Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

CD SALES

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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Rolando Morales is joined by Janice Maxie-Reid at Havana's on September 15, 2018
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Rolando a few years back in Kauai

September 12, 2018

¡Hola, Mi Gente!

I had turned down FOUR gigs this week, two of them private, because I was scheduled to be in Kauai this week.  Unfortunately, two potential hurricanes had the same idea and were working their way to the islands to hit just after I would have, so I had to pull out at the last minute.

So I’m still here in Oak-town catching up on work and clients, and resting my back and shoulder a bit before  jumping back into the fray on Saturday September 15 for a special public appearance at Havana in Walnut Creek, with the great Janice Maxie-Reid on keys and vocals.  We don’t get to do this often, so I’m really looking forward to playing in duet with her again in this really fun room!  We’ll probably include a couple tunes for the Queen of Soul.  Details below.

 And the other great duets lined up include the amazing Carlos Reyes on Saturday Sept 22; and Santana rock guitarist Carlos Hernandez on Friday Sept 28all at Havana in Walnut Creek.  These are all exciting and unique combinations with different repertoires, so if you come to each of them, you will be thoroughly entertained each time and amazed at the different talents each musician brings to the table!  (And maybe by the versatility I possess to shift with the styles each musician brings to the show!)  Details below.

 See you at the show!

Aloha,

Rolando

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 

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Saturday Sept 15Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns for a special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight Rolando welcomes the charming keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid, who has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and Sting; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare opportunity to catch this inspiring duet… Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Tuesday Sept 18Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Friday Sept 21Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally 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.     He may have a musical guest sitting in.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 820-2366.

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Saturday September 22Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the incomparable Paraguayan violinist-bassist who has played with Arturo Sandoval and Steve Miller, the great Carlos Reyes; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll light up Havana like only they can.  They only do this a couple times a year, so don’t miss it! www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Tuesday September 25Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally does a Taco Tuesday at Carlos Santana’s Danville restaurant.  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing on the patio by the fire pits.  (925) 820-2366,  www.mariamariarestaurants.com.

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Friday September 28Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the rock guitarist from Carlos Santana, the exciting Carlos Hernandez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll rock Havana all night long.  Don’t miss it!   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Saturday September 29Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 945667:45-10:45pm.  After 2 months away, Rolando finally returns to this exciting social hotspot in downtown Pleasanton.  This young, expanding wine bar features fine wines, tapas and now dinners.  Rolando will perform his broad repertoire on solo guitar and voice.  Free!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

CD SALES

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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Express yourselves…

Is Calvin Harris and Sam Smith new video Gen Z’s answer to the Brett Kavanaugh Hearings?

Today 5 times as many people watched this brand new video than watched the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

Bob Woodward came out with a book entitled, “Fear” scheduled appropriately for 9/11, probably for marketing purposes.

There is a certain angsty thread through these simultaneous events. Congratulations Calvin Harris and Sam Smith. Young people bravely expressing what they wish as their freedoms are in question.

When listening to all the videos in short succession or simultaneously it provides a most interesting reflection of life in the USA.

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Maria Maria, Walnut Creek tonight, in Danville this Friday the 7th with Rolando Morales and other September Performances


Rolando Morales NewsletterLabor Day activities

September 3, 2018

¡Happy Labor Day, Mi Gente!

I hope you’re enjoying a paid day off courtesy of the American labor movement and the laws spawned from it.

Speaking of labor, my shoulders, arm and back have been screaming for a day off, so I’m giving them one.  Until tomorrow.

I drop in to Maria, Maria in Walnut Creek on Tuesday September 4 out on the patio from 6-9pm for a little fun.  Also to the other Maria, Maria in Danville on Friday September 7, 6-9pm out on their patio, first time in months.  Details below.  Those will be the only public shows of the week.  All the rest are fun private events.

But I will return from those private events in time for a special public appearance at Havana in Walnut Creek, with the great Janice Maxie-Reid on keys and vocals on Saturday Sept 15.  I’m really looking forward to playing in duet with her again! Details below.

And the other great duets lined up include the amazing Carlos Reyes on Saturday Sept 22; and Santana rock guitarist Carlos Hernandez on Friday Sept 28all at Havana in Walnut Creek.  These are all exciting and unique combinations with different repertoires, so if you come to each of them, you will be thoroughly entertained each time and amazed at the different talents each musician brings to the table!  (And maybe by the versatility I possess to shift with the styles each musician brings to the show!)  Details below.

 Here’s the rest of your Calendar.  See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando

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Rolando’s at Maria, Maria in Walnut Creek Tuesday night on the patio; Friday in Danville on their patio

Tuesday Sept 4Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Friday Sept 7Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  After 3 months away, Rolando finally 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.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 820-2366,

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Saturday Sept 15Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns for a special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight Rolando welcomes the charming keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid, who has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and Sting; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare opportunity to catch this inspiring duet… Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Tuesday Sept 18Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Friday Sept 21Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally 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.     He may have a musical guest sitting in.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 820-2366.

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Saturday September 22Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the incomparable Paraguayan violinist-bassist who has played with Arturo Sandoval and Steve Miller, the great Carlos Reyes; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll light up Havana like only they can.  They only do this a couple times a year, so don’t miss it! (925) 939-4555,  www.havanarestaurant.net.

Tuesday September 25Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally does a Taco Tuesday at Carlos Santana’s Danville restaurant.  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing on the patio by the fire pits.  (925) 820-2366,  www.mariamariarestaurants.com.

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Friday September 28Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the rock guitarist from Carlos Santana, the exciting Carlos Hernandez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll rock Havana all night long.  Don’t miss it!   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

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Saturday September 29Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 945667:45-10:45pm.  After 2 months away, Rolando finally returns to this exciting social hotspot in downtown Pleasanton.  This young, expanding wine bar features fine wines, tapas and now dinners.  Rolando will perform his broad repertoire on solo guitar and voice.  Free!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

CD SALES

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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Rolando Morales at Havana in Walnut Creek tonight and September Calendar.

Omar Ledezma joins Rolando Morales at the Havana Friday, August 31, 2018
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Rolando Morales and Omar Ledezma will perform at Havana on August 31, 2018

¡Hola, Mi Gente!

Summer’s winding down and I’ve got one last public date for August, and it’s a good one.  This Friday August 31stI return to Havana in Walnut Creek, this time with my Grammy-winning friend from Venezuela in tow, the great Latin percussionist-vocalist Omar Ledezma.  This marks his debut at this venue and our first time playing together in about 5 months, so we’re both looking forward to it.  Don’t miss it!  Details below.

My September Calendar kicks off this Saturday September 1stwhen I return to the Marriott Walnut Creek Lobby Lounge and Bar for the last time of this year!  It’s just the way the calendaring fell.  I greatly enjoyed my debut here a couple weeks ago.  It was a sweet, big room with great people.  The acoustics enhanced my rich, full tone to an attentive audience and together we transformed the room into a little concert hall with guests from all around the world. I won’t be back again until next year, so please put it in your book and don’t miss it.  Spread the word!

I also have some special duet gigs in September at Havana in Walnut Creek, starting with the great Janice Maxie-Reid on keys and vocals on Sat Sept 15the amazing Carlos Reyes on Saturday Sept 22; and Santana rock guitarist Carlos Hernandez on Friday Sept 28.  These are all exciting and unique combinations with different repertoires, so if you come to each of them, you will be thoroughly entertained each time and amazed at the different talents each musician brings to the table!  (And maybe by the versatility I possess to shift with the styles each musician brings to the show!)  Details below.

I also have a good handful of appearances at both Maria, Maria restaurants in Walnut Creek and Danville.  All details below.  See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando

LAST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE FOR AUGUST 2018

Friday Aug 31Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight, making his debut at this venue will be the remarkable Grammy-winning Latin percussionist-vocalist from Venezuela, Omar Ledezma, from the Pacific Mambo Orchestra; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they create fire .  Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 

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Saturday Sept 1Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek6-9pm.  Rolando returns for the last time this year to play at this redesigned East Bay hotel and gathering spot.  For only the 2nd time, he plays at this newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and bites.  Enjoy a sophisticated environment with an international clientele and great acoustics, perfect for Rolando’s vast repertoire on solo guitar and voice and your wonderful night out.  He won’t be back until next year!  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

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Rolando has multiple appearances this month at Maria, Maria in Walnut Creek and Danville

Tuesday Sept 4Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Friday Sept 7Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  After 3 months away, Rolando finally 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.  (925) 820-2366,  www.mariamariarestaurants.com.

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Saturday Sept 15Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns for a special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight Rolando welcomes the charming keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid, who has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and Sting; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare opportunity to catch this inspiring duet… Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Tuesday Sept 18Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Friday Sept 21Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally 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.  (925) 820-2366,  www.mariamariarestaurants.com.

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Saturday September 22Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the incomparable Paraguayan violinist-bassist who has played with Arturo Sandoval and Steve Miller, the great Carlos Reyes; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll light up Havana like only they can.  They only do this a couple times a year, so don’t miss it!   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Tuesday September 25Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando finally does a Taco Tuesday at Carlos Santana’s Danville restaurant.  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing on the patio by the fire pits.   www.mariamariarestaurants.com (925) 820-2366.

Friday September 28Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the rock guitarist from Carlos Santana, the exciting Carlos Hernandez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll rock Havana all night long.  Don’t miss it!   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Saturday September 29Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 945667:45-10:45pm.  After 2 months away, Rolando finally returns to this exciting social hotspot in downtown Pleasanton.  This young, expanding wine bar features fine wines, tapas and now dinners.  Rolando will perform his broad repertoire on solo guitar and voice.  Free!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

CD SALES

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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Rolando Morales and Omar Ledezma at Havana on August 31, 2018

Rolando Morales at a private gig in August 2018
Rolando Morales at a private gig in August 2018

August 21, 2018

¡Hola, Mi Gente!

I completed an exhausting but satisfying week of public and private events, including an all day wedding in the Oakland Hills Saturday (with a lot of stairs!), the last part done with my talented friend Sonya Jason on sax.  It’s been a great feeling making deep musical connections with new multi-ethnic audiences from around the world.  Lots of love, happiness and new friends.

Speaking of friends, my lovely friend Chenda Chhi, who is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, has created a wonderful organization, The Coral Tree Foundation, which aims to help the Cambodian children, descendants of the Killing Fields, to overcome poverty and receive an education.  Tomorrow, Wednesday August 22nd from 6-9pm in Menlo Park, they’re throwing a Cambodian Food & Fine Wine Tasting event.  I encourage you to look into this.  It’s a worthy cause and a heart-warming opportunity to do something good for the world while having a great time doing it.

I am unable to make it, but I arranged for my former partner of Passion & Grace, guitarist-vocalist-song writer Carlos Godinez, to perform a set for the event.  You’ll meet wonderful people, enjoy expertly poured libations by a gorgeous, talented bar tender, enjoy Cambodian food, bid for exotic and wonderful goods and services and hear Carlos’ great music.  I wish I could go!!!  All the details are below.  If you can’t make it, feel free to make a donation.  http://www.coraltreeeducation.org/upcoming-events/.

I’ll mostly be doing private events this week except for this Saturday night, August 25th when I return for only the 2nd time in about 1½  years to Piacere in San Carlos on solo guitar and voice.  Spread the word and lets have some fun in the bar!  Details below

And remember, on Saturday September 1st, I’ll be returning to the Marriott Walnut Creek Lobby Lounge and Bar for the last time of this year!  I told you before, scheduling this one has been a challenge.  I greatly enjoyed my debut here a couple weeks ago.  It was a great room with great people!  The acoustics enhanced my rich, full tone to an attentive audience and together we transformed the room into a little concert hall with guests from all around the world. This will be the last one I’m doing this year, so please put it in your book and don’t miss it.  Spread the word.

See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR AUGUST 2018


Carlos Godinez will play at the Cambodian Food & Wine Tasting Event in Menlo Park Wednesday August 22nd

Wednesday Aug 22, Cambodian Food & Fine Wine Tasting Event for the Coral Tree Education Foundation, event at BootUp World, 68 Willow Road, Menlo Park, 94025, event 6-9pm, music about 6:15-7:30.  Rolando Morales lends a hand to this magnificent organization founded by his friend, a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor.  They aim to educate a new generation of young Cambodians  to fight poverty, help rebuild their country and contribute to the world to maintain peace and prosperity for all.  100% of proceeds raised go to support the work of Coral Tree Education Foundation.  Rolando has arranged for his former musical partner from Passion & Grace, fine guitarist, vocalist and song writer Carlos Godinez to perform a set for the event.  (Rolando will not be performing.)  Fine wines, Cambodian food, auctions and great people!  Don’t miss it!     Info, tickets, donate at http://www.coraltreeeducation.org/upcoming-events/

Saturday August 25, Piacere, 727 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070, approx 8:30-11:30 pm.  Rolando finally returns for only the 2nd time in 1½ years to this fine Peninsula restaurant that takes you on a culinary tour of Italy.  Rolando will take you on a sensory tour of the Americas and beyond on solo guitar and voice in the fun, lively bar area.  www.piacererestaurant.com, (650) 592-2040.

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Friday Aug 31, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight, making his debut at this venue will be the remarkable Grammy-winning Latin percussionist-vocalist from Venezuela, Omar Ledezma, from the Pacific Mambo Orchestra; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they create fire .  Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

And don’t forget to join Rolando for his last appearance of the year at the Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar on Saturday September 1st, 6-9pm, solo guitar and voice, 2355 North Main Street in Walnut Creek

CD SALES

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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Where my Patriots? Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes Saturday at The Vine and more

Republican Patriots: Where are you???
Republican Patriots: Where are you???
Republican Patriots: Where are you???”  

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s tweet after watching Trump’s Helsinki news conference where Trump chose not to condemn Russia for it’s cyber operation to meddle in our elections, and  chose instead to condemn the FBI for investigating it.

¡Hola, Mi Gente!

Well, America voted for a man who would shake things up.  Mission accomplished!

Now seasoned veterans on both sides of the aisle seem equally enraged by his actions and words.  We’ve known for some time now that the democrats have been short of spine, voice and message.  Concurrently, the republicans have been scrambling to “explain” his words and actions and remained in lock step support with his actions and increasingly questionable policies.  Party first, country second.

Where are the real patriots?  Isn’t it time we all say enough is enough?  Isn’t it time we all acknowledge he doesn’t really care about putting America first?  He really only values himself.  Even when confronted with undeniable evidence of Russian interference, he perceives only that it threatens the legitimacy of his own election win, despite the report saying there was insufficient evidence that the meddling affected the election outcome.  There’s a big, black hole in him that he just can’t fill.

The world was replete with memes and cartoons that touched on the events of the last couple days.  Pretty good ones, too!  The one I posted here is comparatively tame and artful against so many of the angrier, bawdier ones that are so prevalent.

Through it all, I’ll keep pushing forward with my music, bringing what I hope is an uplifting, personal experience we can share together.  I won’t be doing as many public shows the rest of this month, but I do have a great one happening this Saturday July 21st from 8-11pm at The Vine in Danville, when I’ll be playing with the great violinist Carlos Reyes.  We don’t do this often at this venue, so don’t miss it!  Details below.

There are a few more things happening, including my rare duet with Latin rock guitarist from Carlos Santana, Carlos Hernandez, making his debut at Havana in Walnut Creek on Friday July 27.   Details below.

See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando

Carlos Reyes joins Rolando Morales at the Vine at Bridges, July 21 2018
Carlos Reyes joins Rolando Morales at the Vine at Bridges, July 21 2018

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR JULY 2018

Saturday July 21, Vine at Bridges, 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville8-11pm.  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 astounding Paraguayan violinist who plays with Arturo Sandoval and Steve Miller, Carlos Reyes; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, the passionate Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll create an exciting and unique musical alchemy.  Don’t miss it!  www.thevineatbridges.com, (925) 820-7210.

Tuesday July 24Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Rolando Morales- Carlos Hernandez joins Rolando Morales -July 2018
Rolando Morales- Carlos Hernandez joins Rolando Morales -July 2018

 

Friday July 27Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the electric rock guitarist from Carlos Santana, the exciting Carlos Hernandez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll rock Havana through the night.   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

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Rolando Morales Calendar for July 2018 at Maria, Maria WC, San Carlos Thurs, Havana WC with Janice Maxie-Reid and more

Janice Maxine-Reid joins Rolando Morales at Havana, Walnut Creek on July 13
Janice Maxine-Reid joins Rolando Morales at Havana, Walnut Creek Friday

¡Hola, Mi Gente!

What a whirlwind of a week!

After doing my last gigs of June, I flew down to So Cal for a few days to see my mom and visiting brother and family from Michigan.  There I closed some last-minute gig offers.

Last Thursday I flew back in time for The Vine.  The following morning I said goodbye to my friend at her funeral who I wrote you about last week.  It was a beautiful, heart-felt service.

From there, I went to the Mission in San Francisco to play with old and new friends at Cafe La Taza.  It was a wild scene and our quartet blew the walls out of the packed house.  They were watching from the sidewalk through the windows because they couldn’t get in.

Then on Saturday I learned of more life-threatening issues impacting more close family in Southern Cal.  Then that night I kicked it strong with saxophonist Sonya Jason at Havana.  By the end of that day, I was emotionally drained.

Sunday I slept.  I could finally go to the store and then did a challenging, healing hike at Lake Chabot, where I confirmed yet another last-minute gig.

And that one is today, Monday.  I’m off to play with Carlos Reyes and the band for a great private concert in Moraga.

And two more last-minute shows happen on Tuesday July 10 at Maria, Maria in Walnut Creek, and then my surprise return to Piacere in San Carlos on Thursday July 12.  All the details are below in the Calendar.

And remember I’m finally reuniting with the amazing keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid who makes her debut on Saturday July 13 at  Havana in Walnut Creek as I continue my new duet series at that venue.  All details below.

Plenty more coming up in the month including a duet appearance featuring the great violinist Carlos Reyes at The Vine at Bridges on Saturday July 21 from 8-11pm in Danville.  Details below.

Please join me as we continue to celebrate our journey  together.

Ciao,

Rolando

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR JULY 2018

Tuesday July 10, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  After over a year, Rolando finally returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.

Thursday July 12, Piacere, 727 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070, 8-11 pm.  After more than 1½ years away, Rolando finally returns to this fine Peninsula restaurant that takes you on a culinary tour of Italy.  Rolando will take you on a sensory tour of the Americas and beyond on solo guitar and voice in the fun, lively bar area.  www.piacererestaurant.com, (650) 592-2040.

Friday July 13, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the delightful keyboardist and chanteuse Janice Maxie-Reid, who has shared the stage with Sting and Stevie Wonder; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they create irresistible blends of Latin, classic R&B and soulful jazz for the first time at this venue.  Don’t miss it!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Carlos Reyes joins Rolando Morales at the Vine at Bridges, July 21 2018
Carlos Reyes joins Rolando Morales at the Vine at Bridges, July 21 2018

Saturday July 21, 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 astounding Paraguayan violinist who plays with Arturo Sandoval and Steve Miller, Carlos Reyes; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, the passionate Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll create an exciting and unique musical alchemy.  Don’t miss it!  www.thevineatbridges.com, (925) 820-7210.

Rolando Morales with fans by the hot fire at Maria, Maria
Rolando Morales with fans by the hot fire at Maria, Maria

Tuesday July 24, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to Carlos Santana’s Walnut Creek restaurant for Taco Tuesday.  $1 tacos, baby!  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his huge repertoire and big sound out on the front patio.  He may be joined by a special musical guest.  www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.


Friday July 27, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the electric rock guitarist from Carlos Santana, the exciting Carlos Hernandez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they’ll rock Havana through the night.   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

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Brandi Carlile echoes Joan Baez in more ways than one

When you are depressed, get help. People care! Many more people than you may realize, care about you.

Brandi Carlile has a most amazing voice with perfect elocution. Her voice is beautiful and haunting. It stays with you after you heard it. A bit of a siren call like Joan Baez. You can’t unhear their voices. Once you did you know that voice.

Another way that Brandi is impactful like Joan Baez use to be is that she sings ballads that actually talk about things that we care about. Feelings and issues. Relationships gone wrong and the feelings we may experience as we work them out.

When you are depressed, get help. People care! Many more people than you may realize, care about you.
When you are depressed, get help. People care! Many more people than you may realize, care about you. (Official version… click on photo to play)

“By the way, I forgive you.” is related to a friend of Brandi’s who committed suicide when they were in High School. “Hold out your hand” is about gun violence. Brandi supports the effort by Seattle school children who don’t want to get shot. The students behind “March For Our Lives” in Seattle made a video and Brandi decided to support their effort with her song “Hold out your Hand.”

On facebook Brandi exclaims:

“These young people are asking for a change – are you listening?

Responsible gun laws are on a spectrum and as much as we’d like it to be, it isn’t black and white. Some of these kids hunt with their parents, some of them are enlisting into service and will carry a weapon in defense of your way of life. Don’t make the mistake of broad brushing what they’re asking for.

We can’t allow ourselves to be divided and conquered any longer by organizations that profit from our division. There can be and there IS a way that we can create change from the center of the debate.”

A singer songwriter activist who is also amazingly talented like Brandi, doesn’t come along very often.  Let’s support her by purchasing her new album.

http://bytheway.brandicarlile.com/

Or, even better go see her live.  It surely will be an experience that stays with you. You can catch her at the Mondavi Winery in Napa, CA on July 14th, and at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA on August 22nd, 2018.   She is actively touring the entire country.  Check her website for dates near you.

You may also enjoy her YouTube channel.  Or say hello to her on facebook.

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“Sony Hall” with new and exciting technology to Open in New York City Spring 2018

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - GUITAR PASSIONS feat. Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo - Nov 20, 2014
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – GUITAR PASSIONS feat. Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo  – Nov 20, 2014
New Multi-Genre Music Venue “Sony Hall” Open in New York City Spring 2018

Midori Tomita  from Sony announced: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Blue Note on this new music venue set to open this spring and honored to have it be known as ‘Sony Hall.’ It will serve as a staging ground for recording content, testing new and exciting technology, promoting emerging artists, and more. We look forward to engaging with young music fans and those of all ages and continuing to deliver unique and high quality music experiences through this newest venue.”

It is rumored that Sony Hall will feature technology like for instance the “Interactive CUBE” which is an entertainment experience that invigorates the senses by incorporating projected images, sounds, lights, and vibrations on a giant cube. By forming two screens, one of which is transparent, into the shape of a cube and projecting images on them, guests inside the cube will feel as if the images are floating in midair. The settings are changed for the performances to allow the audiences enjoy a vast variety of interactive games and experiences while enjoying the music.

Located in the heart of New York’s Theatre District (235 W. 46th St at the Paramount Hotel, in the space previously known as Diamond Horseshoe), Sony Hall is scheduled to open in Spring 2018.

The venue is owned, operated and programmed by Blue Note. Sony Hall will present world renowned performing artists across all music genres at capacities of 1,000 standing and 500 seated, with a full-service restaurant and bar.  Sony Hall will be equipped with Sony’s technologies, integrated throughout the 12,000 square-foot venue to deliver enhanced entertainment experiences to fans. Grand opening plans, headliners, and additional venue details will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to the opening of Sony Hall, Sony will sponsor the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City, scheduled for June 1-30, 2018. Established in 2011 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club New York, Blue Note Jazz Festival has annually grown into one of the largest music events in New York City, featuring over 100 events in 10 venues over the course of 30 days (June 1 through 30 annually). With nightly events at BNEG venues such as Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, BB King Blues Club, among other locations throughout the city, past festival headliners include Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Natalie Cole, Brian Wilson, and Stanley Jordan.

Sony innovations paired with Blue Notes’ experience operating entertainment properties around the world is a truly unique partnership that will be the ultimate experience for fans, young and older.  Just imagine Stanley Jordan in an AR environment.  Wow!

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Nicolas Bearde performs special December Holiday Show at Piedmont Piano Company

Nicolas Bearde & Friends
Celebrating the Season

Now celebrating his 11th anniversary, this special concert is a “must see” show for all fans of contemporary Jazz and Blues. With holiday classics and carols getting the signature Nicolas Bearde high-energy makeover, it’s a show you won’t want to miss. Joining him on stage are some of the Bay Area’s best: John R Burr (piano), Ron Belcher (bass), and Lorca Hart (drums).

Give the gift of music this Holiday season to family and friends. Make your reservations early. This “one night only concert” always sells out.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$25 in advance / $30 at the door. Meet & Greet and reception to follow.
To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188.


Recording artist, Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal milieu over this past decade. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. Nicolas has 5 CD’s out on his own label, Right Groove Records, and his most recent album release, Invitation in January 2016, rose quickly to the Top 20 on the Jazz Week Charts, garnering rave reviews at home and abroad. nicolasbearde.com

John R Burr (keys)- John R. Burr is that rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. The Philadelphia Weekly said, “Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother-turned-Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell.” Discology wrote, “John R. Burr ranks with the best of the elegant jazzers.”

Ron Belcher (bass)– Bassist Ron Belcher travels the world from France to Japan and throughout the US bringing his rhythmically buoyant, emotionally uplifting style to the stage for a wide diversity of jazz artists. Performing or recording with such international stars such as Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Rodney Franklin, as well as a literal “who’s who” of the San Francisco jazz scene, Ron has garnered a reputation as one of northern California’s first-call jazz bassists.

Lorca Hart (drummer) – Drummer Lorca Hart grew up in Taos, New Mexico in a musical family. He was exposed to a variety of instruments and musical styles as a child but early on it became clear that the drumset was his passion. He has performed with many of the West Coast’s (and beyond) finest artists including : Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, and others and can be heard on recordings by Hugh Masekela, John Heard, Justo Almario, Ronald Muldrow, Dave Pike, Phil Ranelin, and the Cross Hart Jazz Experience.

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Bautista performs at the 2nd Annual Marin Music Festival in San Rafael this Saturday, 4:45 pm

Hello Bautista Fans,

To help bring cheer back BAUTISTA band members and I invite you to a wonderful event in my hometown of San Rafael his Saturday, October 14th on the Marin side of the   San Rafael / Richmond Bridge for the 2nd Annual Marin Music Festival at the Marin Rod and Gun Club 2675 East Francisco Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901.

Bautista, leader of Bautista Band
Bautista, leader of Bautista Band

You know my brother Frank is hurting right now after losing every valuable possession he has to the Santa Rosa fire last Monday night from his Mobile Home, 3 vehicles, and his beloved work shed that all burned down to the ground. My family is in the midst of developing a plan to help get him and his wonderful Lady Linda back on their feet. Like my brother, I hope those who have had any level of loss has a very close circle of family and friends to be there for mental and financial support.

Hopefully by this coming weekend the dust, or more like the ashes and particles, will settle and life will begin to come back better and stronger than before for all of those who have suffered any degree of loss, sad or emptiness. Although fires are devastating, the charred remains somehow turn into a means of refresh.
Join Bautista Band at 5pm this Saturday
Join Bautista Band at 5pm this Saturday, cheer up families who lost everything in Fire.
Come join us to bring cheer back BAUTISTA band members and I invite you to a wonderful event in my hometown of San Rafael his Saturday, October 14th on the Marin side of the SanRafael-Richmond Bridge for the 2nd Annual Marin Music Festival at the Marin Rod and Gun Club 2675 East Francisco Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901. This is an all day event with BAUTISTA closing this water side festival starting at 4:45pm. Weather looks like a sunny 75 degrees so come be in the sun with BAUTISTA!
See you soon!
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Rolando Morales at Barone’s, The Vine at Bridges, Seahorse, and C’era Una Volta,

October 10, 2017

¡Hola, Mi Gente!

Is everyone gagging on the thick, toxic fumes?  Feeling a little sick?  And the fires are bad, too, huh?

It’s been hard keeping up with the the daily barrage of events.  The floods, the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the saber rattling, more sexual oppression, insults launched from the White House and Congress…  And now the fires in our back yard.  Everyone’s on overload.

My private gigs have slowed down a bit which affords a moment to breathe, even if it was smoky this morning…

If you need an escape from the madness this weekend, join me at Barone’s Restaurant in Pleasanton this Friday Oct 13 and leave your superstitions at the door.  We don’t have time for that nonsense.  DO bring your appetite, as the menu here is amazing.  And I’ll be there in the intimate bar on solo guitar and voice.  Details below.

Then on Saturday night October 14, I’ll host the long-awaited return of my dear, talented friend Janice Maxie-Reid to The Vine at Bridges in Danville.  She is the superb keyboardist-vocalist with the 4-octave range who has performed with none other than Stevie Wonder.  We always light it up when we play here together.  The last time was about 3 or 4 months ago, so don’t miss it!  Details below.

And remember that next week Saturday October 21st, my band returns to The Sausalito Seahorse.  Not only will we have a stellar band including the great Carlos Reyes on violin and Paraguayan harp, Danilo Paíz on percussion and vocals, Dave Flores on drums, and Yours Truly on guitar and guitar synth and vocals; We’ll also feature a very, very special surprise guest on bass.  We can’t really advertise him due to contractual restrictions.  Let’s just say we’re all so excited to be able to play with him again and look forward to seeing him on stage again with Tower of Power.  So his picture in the poster is a big Question Marc.  I wonder if he’s arriving in a VW?  Make your reservations at the Seahorse at (415) 331-2899.

Check out below what’s also happening with my return to Havana in Walnut Creek, Maria, Maria in Danville, and Alameda’s own C’era Una Volta.  Details and dates are below.

Come out and say hi and let me know you’re okay.

Ciao,

Rolando

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR OCTOBER 2017 

Friday Oct 13, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John St., Pleasanton CA, approx 7:30-10:30pm.  After two months away, 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.

Saturday Oct 14, Vine at Bridges, 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville, approx 8-11pmThe 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.  Tonight Rolando welcomes the enchanting keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid.  She has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and Sting, so you know she’s doing something right!  And on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, the passionate Rolando Morales.  There’ll be lots of soul and classic R&B mixed into this Latin caldo, so don’t miss it!  www.thevineatbridges.com(925) 820-7210.

Friday Oct 20Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pmRolando returns after his hit debut last month to 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.   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Saturday Oct 21“An Evening with Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes,” Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, approx 8:30-11:30pm.  After two months away, these two passionate musicians finally return to The Seahorse to put on their unique show at this fun waterfront restaurant and club.  The great Paraguayanviolinist/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 a very special surprise guest bassist from Tower of Power to be announced at the show;  from Lauryn Hill, the exciting drummer Dave Flores; from Dizzy Gillespie and Ruben Blades, the powerful Nicaraguan Latin percussionist/vocalist Danilo Paíz; 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 Oct 27Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm.  After a month away, Rolando returns for a Friday night show at Carlos Santana’s Danville restaurant.  Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing out on the patio by the fire pits.  See if he has any special guests sitting in…  (925) 820-2366,  www.mariamariarestaurants.com.

Saturday Oct 28C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street, Alameda, CA 945017-9:30 pm.  After a month away, Rolando returns to this fine Tuscan-style restaurant that welcomes you like family to embrace the spirit of Italy.  Rolando will take you on a musical tour of the Americas and beyond on solo guitar and voice in this intimate room. This is a great match and a rare opportunity to catch Rolando in Alameda!  www.ceraunavolta.us/ (510) 769-4828.

And don’t miss this exciting November 2017 Quintet performance: 

Thursday Nov 2,2017YOSHI’S PRESENTS “CARLOS REYES and the ELECTRICK SYMPHONY” at Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West in Oakland.  Featuring an All-Star band including Santana’s lead vocalist Tony Lindsay, Rolando Morales, Janice Maxie-Reid and more.  Reservations at (510) 238-9200www.Yoshis.com.

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Denise Perrier stars with the Tammy Hall Trio in An Autumn Serenade

Denise Perrier, 2017
Denise Perrier, 2017

Denise Perrier
and The Tammy Hall Trio
An Autumn Serenade
At Piedmont Piano Company
October, 1st

Come celebrate the leaves turning to vibrant colors of red and gold and rejoice in the cool evenings ahead with songs of the season. The night will start with a solo piano set from pianist Tammy Hall, later joined by vocalist Denise Perrier, bassist Marcus Shelby, and drummer Jack Dorsey. They will serenade you with sultry ballads, Bossa Nova, the blues, and unlimited Swing!

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 – To reserve tickets with your credit card,
please call (510) 547-8188  tel:(510) 547-8188)

Learn more about Denise Perrier by visiting  www.deniseperrier.com

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