Guarandinga, Tracy Sirota, Monica Fimbrez

Guarandinga

Tracy Sirota

Monica Fimbrez

Fri, March 17, 2017

9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Guarandinga
Guarandinga
Guarandinga is Oakland, California’s latest sonic awakening led by singer/lyricist Rowan Jimenez and bassist/producer Jeremy Allen. Their unconventional music weaves heavy Afro-Caribbean beats fueled by folklore, pop, and gritty East Bay funk. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum; their influences range from recognizable artists (Yerba Buena, Bomba Stereo, Anti Balas) to genres and eras that don’t initially appear to fit together (hip hop, alt-latin, rock, early electronica, and dancehall). It is this chemistry and Guarandinga’s Afro-Venezuelan roots (relatively unknown to the pop world) that makes this band’s original music provocative and infectious.
Tracy Sirota
Tracy Sirota
Tracy Sirota is a San Francisco singer-songwriter known for her sultry, soulful voice and her unique brand of indie rock. Her eclectic music crosses a wide range of genres, fusing American folk rock, blues, Latin and reggae into her own smooth and distinctive sound.

Tracy’s first band, The Hillaries, formed in the late ’90s and included well-known Bay Area musicians Moose Letheridge, Sal Bednarz and Mike Neighbor. The group’s debut album, Flowers, was released in 1999. Following The Hillaries, Tracy played the local cafe scene, both as a solo performer and in collaboration with other artists. These gigs evolved into another rock band, the Monkey Ranchhands, which performed around the Bay Area from 2001-2004.

In 2005, Tracy lived briefly in Mexico, where she was deeply moved by Latin culture and music. When she returned to the Bay Area, she sat in with local salsa bands, eventually joining Orquesta Callao as a backup vocalist. She later became lead singer for Seis de Montuno, led by Grammy Award winning trumpeter Julius Melendez. After Seis de Montuno dispersed, she took a break from music to focus on her nursing career and her family family.

In 2015, Tracy returned to her singer-songwriter roots and began recording her first solo studio album, Ready For Love, which was released a year later. The album explores the theme of love through a variety of musical styles and rhythms and through Tracy’s raw, soul-searching lyrics. Joining Tracy on the dazzling record are world-class artists such as Grammy award winning percussionists Karl Perazzo of Santana, Omar Ledezma and Javier Cabanillas, Grammy award winning arranger and producer Christian Tumalan and Grammy nominated guitarist Camilo Landau, among other accomplished musicians. The result is a highly original body of work that could have been a collaboration between Gloria Estefan and Joni Mitchell.
Monica Fimbrez
Monica Fimbrez
Soul y Agua's (Monica Fimbrez) compositions paint the portrait of a soul that illuminates the space around it with love, faith and warmth. Monica's writing is a reflection of her Californian roots mixed with traditional, earthly and contemporary sounds of Latin America. The sound of Soul y Agua is innovative and expressive of a world where cultures coexist, where fear is transformed by compassion, where we learn to truly love ourselves, and where we view the world from an empathetic and holistic state of mind.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/