Father’s Day: Stern Grove, The Sun and PMO

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

Fathers Day was a great day for Salsa, Mambo and Latin Jazz lovers.  2014 Grammy Award winners Pacific Mambo Orchestra presented a great afternoon of music with special guest stars the one and only Sheila E., 2013 Grammy winner Marlow Rosado and the Salsamania Dance Company. The band was in fine form as they played selections from their explosive repertoire featuring classic big band salsa and an original new takes on Salsa en English and Bachata.  The 21 piece PMO also shined on a Stern Grove commissioned suite combining Afro-Cuban folklore, Brazilian and Timba which showcased the exciting Salsamania dance company led by champion dancers John Narvaez and Liz Rojas.  Guest pianist Marlow Rosado added to the fireworks with his dynamic piano playing and showmanship during his segment of the show.  Sheila E. ended the show playing 2 numbers with plenty of show biz glitz, superstar attitude and incredible percussion chops.   At the end of the day, it was PMO who pulled off a spectacular performance that clearly showed that they were worthy of winning a Grammy and much more!!  Our joint pre-concert talk that I hosted with PMO leaders Christian Tumalan and Steffen Kuehn was attended by a full house of fans.  The talk turned out to be an informative, witty and inspiring talk for all involved.  A huge thanks to Judy Tsang and Monica Ware of Stern Grove for the invitation to host this special conversation.