Rolando Morales Upcoming Performance Update

Horse-drawn carriage rides right along side our stage at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland last Saturday night
Horse-drawn carriage rides right along side our stage at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland last Saturday night

Aug 6, 2019

¡Hola, mi Gente!

Thanks to those of you who came out last Saturday to our show, “An Intimate Evening 2019” at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland.  Estaire Godinez lead our great band, Bob Crawford, David Belove, Celso Alberti, Beatrice Godinez and Yours Truly in 2 blazing sets of Latin and Brazilian jazz.  We all wished we could do more of this…

For those of you who missed it, I have a public show coming up this Saturday Aug 10 at Havana in Walnut Creek from 9-11:30pm.  I’ll be leading Estaire Godinez on Latin percussion and vocals and myself on guitar and vocals through a huge variety of music.  Plus, I just learned today that we may have a very special guest sitting in: none other than the great Carlos Reyes on violin.  Anyone who has seen him knows he always gives the night a huge lift!  Details below.  Don’t miss it!

Remember, too, that we have a cool version of my Trio which hasn’t played together publicly in many years making it’s debut at Havana in Walnut Creek on August 17.  David Belove on bass and the great David Flores on drums.  I’m really looking forward to playing with these two again!  Details below.

See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando 

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AUGUST 2019

Violinist Carlos Reyes may be dropping in on this Havana gig to kick up the excitement level even more

Violinist Carlos Reyes may be dropping in on this Havana gig to kick up the excitement level even more

Saturday Aug 10, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the Latin percussionist-vocalist from George Benson, Ms. Estaire Godinez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.     Together they create a unique alchemy of excitement and fun.  And just added to the mix, the great Paraguayan violinist Carlos Reyes may be sitting in to add his magic to the night.  Don’t miss it! www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Rolando Morales will perform at the Walnut Creek Marriott

Saturday Aug 17, Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, 6-9pm.  Rolandofinally returns to this popular East Bay hotel and gathering spot in the newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and a lovely full menu.  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.  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

Rolando Morales will perform at Pairing Cellar August 25, 2019

Sunday Aug 25, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 94566, 1:30-4:30pm.  After almost a year away, Rolando finally returns to this exciting social hotspot in downtown Pleasanton. They’re introducing a new “Social Sunday”, which will be a wine sipping, live music “chill” event.  Rolando will perform a mellower side of his repertoire on solo guitar and voice to help ease you into your Sunday.  Free!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

Rolando Morales Trio will perform at Havana's on August 30, 2019

Friday Aug 30, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm.  The Rolando Morales Trioreturns to the East Bay!  This version of the exciting trio makes its debut at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue, featuring for the first time at this venue, the exciting drummer from John Santos and Lauryn Hill, the powerful David Flores;the rock-solid bassist from Pete Escovedo and Tito Puente, David Belove; and on guitar, guitar synth and voice, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare treat, first time publicly in the East Bay in many years.  Make your reservations early.  It’ll fill up!  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 August 2019 Calendar

Vincent, Rolando and Rocco playing for Rolando’s mom

July 30, 2019

¡Hola, mi Gente!

I learned some new challenging material for a big show coming up this Saturday night, much in the Brazilian Latin-jazz mode.  On Monday we had our one rehearsal and played it for the first time.  We’re about ready.  With this crew, you can’t go wrong.  And you’re invited.

This Saturday August 3, I’ll be joining forces with the charismatic Latin percussionist-vocalist Estaire Godinez for “An Intimate Evening 2019” at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland.  They’ll have about 4 music stages, great catering, wine and beer tasting, tours of the mansion and so much more.  It’s the ultimate all white attire summer party!  And we’ll be playing with a slamming 6-piece band: Estaire Godinez who will be leading the band, Bob Crawford, David Belove, Celso Alberti, Beatrice Godinez and Yours Truly.  Check out all the details below.  It should be a really fun Oakland evening under the stars.

And that’s a great way to kick off our new August Calendar.  We’ve got a few public shows in store for you, including a cool version of my Trio which hasn’t played together publicly in many years, making it’s debut at Havana in Walnut Creek on August 17.  David Belove on bass and the great David Flores on drums.  I’m really looking forward to playing with these two again!  Details below.

See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando 

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AUGUST 2019

Saturday Aug 3, “An Intimate Evening 2019,” Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, Event 6-11pm, our show about 6-9pm.  Join us for the ultimate, all white attire summer party!  Rolando Morales joins forces with Estaire Godinez who will be leading the band in this special performance at this historic Oakland venue.  Take a ride in a charming horse-driven carriage and experience an unforgettable evening.  Sample the finest cuisine provided by some of Oakland’s best caterers.  Dance under the stars at the South Pond.  Play in the game lounge.  Tour the 117 year old Mansion.  Enjoy the Gatsby Car.  Relax in the Intimate Martini Bar and enjoy wine tasting.  Live entertainment on 4 different stages and even more!  Fun, right?  

Leading the band will be the Latin percussionist-vocalist from George Benson and Prince, the charismatic Estaire Godinez; on guitar, guitar synth and voice, the passionate Rolando Morales; the drummer from Brazil who played with Airto and Steve Winwood, the exciting Celso Alberti; keyboardist who toured the world with Spearhead, Robert Crawford; the rock-solid bassist who played with Pete Escovedo and Tito Puente, the great David Belove; and Estaire’s sister Beatrice Godinez lending her talents on vocals. See the website for all the headliner performances.  General Admission $35.  See the Events Page at www.anintimateevening.com to buy tix, for more info, including table options.  Or call (510)  615-5555.  Don’t miss it!

Rolando Morales Trio will perform at Havana's in Walnut Creek, Saturday June 27, 2021

Saturday Aug 10, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the Latin percussionist-vocalist from George Benson, Ms. Estaire Godinez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.     Together they create a unique alchemy of excitement and fun.  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555

Rolando Morales will perform at the Walnut Creek Marriott

Saturday Aug 17, Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, 6-9pm.  Rolandofinally returns to this popular East Bay hotel and gathering spot in the newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and a lovely full menu.  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.  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

Rolando Morales Trio will perform at Havana's on August 30, 2019

Friday Aug 30, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm.  The Rolando Morales Trio returns to the East Bay!  This version of the exciting trio makes its debut at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue, featuring for the first time at this venue, the exciting drummer from John Santos and Lauryn Hill, the powerful David Flores; the rock-solid bassist from Pete Escovedo and Tito Puente, David Belove; and on guitar, guitar synth and voice, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare treat, first time publicly in the East Bay in many years.  Make your reservations early.  It’ll fill up!  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 July 2019 Calendar

Havana July Janice Maxie-Reid will perform together at Havana's in Walnut Creek July 19, 2019

July 3, 2019

 ¡Hola, mi Gente!

I have a few public shows you’ll want to catch in your new July Calendar.  I’m finally starting up some Marriott Walnut Creek shows beginning this Saturday July 6 at 6pm.  Details below. 

And this Sunday July 7, after almost a year away, I finally return to the Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton for a special “chill” session from 1:30-4:30pm in the afternoon.  Details below.

Know too that I’m finally back with the great keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid on July 19 at Havana in Walnut Creek.  She’s a true favorite ofaudiences around the world, so don’t miss it!  Details below.

Then yet another version of the Rolando Morales Trio appearson Saturday July 27, 9-11:30pm, also at Havana in Walnut Creek.  This will be the first time we play together as a trio: Grammy-winning Latin percussionist-vocalist Omar Ledezma; bassist from Arturo Sandoval, the funky Dewayne Pate; and Yours Truly on guitar, guitar synth and voice.  We’ll be stretching like never before.  Reserve your seats early, because it will fill up.  Details below.   

Have a great 4th of July break and see you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando  

Rolando Morales enjoying some time playing with his nephews.
Rolando Morales enjoying some time playing with his nephews playing for Rolando’s mom

¡Hola, mi Gente!

After my car repairs, I did a few more gigs and then drove down to my mom’s in So Cal last Monday to join my brother visiting with his family from Michigan.  They had already been there a week and were finishing up their last 4 days.

My little twin nephews are growing up, getting ready to start high school.  Rocco has stretched to 5’9, Vincent about 5’7.  Both had been playing a lot of hoops since I saw them last.  When I told them over the phone that I was driving down to kick their butts on the basketball court, Rocco just chuckled and said, “I don’t think so.”  

A couple days after I got down there, I taught Rocco (guitar) and Vincent (trumpet) an Ennio Morricone piece I arranged for them that morning to play as a duet and played the tune for my mom.  They are both already quite accomplished for their ages.  I think Rocco is better than I was at his age. 

After working a couple hours, Vincent then said, “You wanna go out and play basketball?”  They got big smiles and were ready to kick my butt.  We went out into the hot sun and I schooled them.  They did get a lot better, but they didn’t have a chance.  I beat them 1 on 2, then we did about three 2 on 2 games with my brother in different combinations.  Then I moved ever so slowly into the house and passed out for about 90 minutes on the couch. To quote Danny Glover in “Lethal Weapon,” “I’m getting too old for this shit.” And that’s an old reference. 

I made it back in time for more private shows, including a very special, intimate wedding held on the beach in Montara.  It was a heart-warming international gathering of love.  It was an honor to play for it.

I have a combination of private and public shows all week.  Try not to miss this one: This Friday July 19, 9-11:30pm, I’m finally back with the great keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid at Havana in Walnut Creek.  With her sweet voice, funky playing and charm, she always is an audience favorite.  We’ll be doing our expanded repertoire of classic R&B, soul, and Latin blends and inventions.  Swing by!  Details below.

Then this Saturday July 20, I’m back on solo guitar and voice at the Marriott Walnut Creek in the Lobby Lounge from 6-9pm.  Details below. 

And remember that next week I’ll have another version of the Rolando Morales Trio appearingon Saturday July 27, 9-11:30pm at Havana in Walnut Creek.  This will be the first time we play together as a trio: Grammy-winning Latin percussionist-vocalist Omar Ledezma; bassist from Arturo Sandoval, the funky Dewayne Pate; and Yours Truly on guitar, guitar synth and voice.  We’ll be stretching like never before.  Reserve your seats early, because it will fill up.  Details below.   See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando  

At the Montara Beach wedding

At the Montara Beach wedding

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES JULY 2019

Saturday July 6, Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, 6-9pm.  After 2 months away, Rolando finally returns to this popular East Bay hotel and gathering spot in the newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and a lovely full menu.  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.  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

Rolando Morales Trio will perform at Havana's in Walnut Creek, Friday June 28, 2021

Sunday July 7, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 94566, 1:30-4:30pm.  After almost a year away, Rolando finally returns to this exciting social hotspot in downtown Pleasanton.They’re introducing a new “Social Sunday”, which will be a wine sipping, live music “chill” event.  Rolando will perform a mellower side of his repertoire on solo guitar and voice to help ease you into your Sunday.  Free!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

Rolando Morales Trio will perform at Havana's in Walnut Creek, Friday June 28, 2021

Friday July 19, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight, after almost half a year away, features the return of the charming keyboardist-vocalist who shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and Sting, the charismatic Janice Maxie-Reid; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they create a unique musical alchemy, so don’t miss it!   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Rolando Morales Show returns to the Marriott in Walnut Creek July 6th and 20th.

Saturday July 20, Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to this popular East Bay hotel and gathering spot in the newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and a lovely full menu.  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.  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

Rolando Morales Trio will perform at Havana's in Walnut Creek, Friday June 28, 2021

Saturday July 27, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm.  The Rolando Morales Trio returns to the East Bay!  This version of the exciting trio makes its debut at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue, featuring for the first time at this venue, the powerful bassist who played with Arturo Sandoval and Robben Ford, the great Dewayne Pate; the Grammy-winning Latin percussionist-vocalist from Pacific Mambo Orchestra, the amazing Omar Ledezma; and on guitar, guitar synth and voice, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare treat, first time publicly in the East Bay.  Make your reservations early.  It’ll fill up!  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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