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Draco Rosa

Draco Rosa

Cuevo Perez

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$33 ADV - $38 DOOR

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This event is 21 and over

Draco Rosa
Draco Rosa
The journey of life for Draco Rosa—from teen pop star to purveyor of poetic darkness, genius latin/crossover pop songwriter to philanthropist and entrepreneur—has had so many twists and turns it can make your head spin. The last few years’ battles and triumphs finally led Draco to make a personal spiritual climb back to his Hacienda Horizonte (his mountain estate) in Utuado, Puerto Rico, his homeland. Eight years after his last original project, Amor Vincit Omnia,which was also recorded in his self-constructed studio, he’s made his latest visionary artistic statement: a collection of high-voltage rock and psychedelic musings titled Monte Sagrado.“The thing about Monte Sagrado is, there’s a ceremonial park near where I live in Utuado, and there’s a very deep spiritual energy up there,” said Draco. “I went up there to do the first song I wrote for this record, and I started reading this prayer about the indigenous people. This album is about paying tribute to it, and asking for permission to enter that space.”While it’s tempting to describe Rosa as enigmatic, it might be more accurate to describe him as legendary, having composed massive hits like “María,” “La Copa de la Vida” and “Livin’ la Vida Loca” for his one-time Menudo-mate Ricky Martin and recording eclectic masterpieces like Mad Love, Amor Vinit Omnia, and Vagabundo, the latter an all-time rock-en-español cult-classic. He’s a multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winner, inductee of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, a bilingual, bicultural poet, visual artist, and explosive live performer.Monte Sagrado was conceived while Draco was at something of a crossroads in his life. Having spent years in and out of doctor’s care due to the onset of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he decided to spend more healing, surrounded by his 100 acre tropical rainforest where his love for coffee and agriculture represents an escape from the chaos that was surrounding him at that moment, while his wife and sons were back in California. While recording Monte Sagrado, Draco decided to focus on old school basics,using standard rock instrumentation and the energy of “live” analog recording.But even though he was ecstatic about the way the rough tracks turned out, the process of putting together the album was interrupted by the devastating destruction of HurricaneMaría, which paralyzed Puerto Rico for months. Having lost 75 percent of his crops, including a thriving coffee cultivation business, Draco turned his mountain estate into a makeshift medical center staffed with 40 doctors and nurses. Through Vox Forte Alliance, his Foundation to raise awareness and help patients through their Stem Cell compatibility and replacement process, he continues to do relief work in towns around the island. He wound up finishing post-production in California.For Draco the musical roots of Monte Sagrado were found on the road.
The opening song, “333,” is built on power chords that burst into rainbows of dense sound, featuring intense interplay between Draco’s electric guitar rythmns, alonside, upright bassist René Camacho, his long time collaborator, drummer Toss Panos and the amazing guitars solos of Doug Pettibone. Draco’s combustible self-searching lyrics. “It all came from one night in Argentina playing a festival and I walked onstage and we were going to play some other thing and I told the band to wait,” said Draco. “I just opened up and played this very simple riff and it was ‘333,’ that was the birth of the whole thing right there.”From there, Monte Sagrado peels off into an impressive array of grinding, post-punk, neo-psychedelic grooves designed to transmit a sonic compliment to Draco’s narrative desire to connect. He’s looking to connect with friends, lovers, the great green earth that surrounds him, and maybe most importantly, himself. On “Que Se Joda el Dolor” (F**kthe Pain), he’s just looking for relief from the constant regimen of medical scans, medications, and hassle in the aftermath of the recovery from his illness.In “Dentro de Ti” (Inside of You), Draco sees the train of his life hurtling toward the glow of an indifferent moon and revels in the magic of his own body’s miraculous design, connecting it with the relationships that have sustained his life. “Yo Mismo” (Myself) treads on similar terrain, but this time using a kind of psychedelic soul ambience to set off his patented double-tracked vocal choruses, dissolving into a brooding guitar riff to bring the listener down easy.All of this is not to say that Monte Sagrado doesn’t have its simple pleasures, such as the punk-metal burst of “Tu Lado Oscuro” (Your Dark Side) and soul-clapping power-chord crescendos that celebrate life in his one-night stand joyride in “2Nite 2Nite.” There’s even a playful cover of Australian singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking’s “The Thing I Done,” arranged in a languid reggae-style fashion that that makes you feel this Caribbean / New Orleans magic.In many ways, Monte Sagrado will be seen as a newly energized follow-up to 1994’s Vagabundo, which was originally produced by Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera in London re-mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig and re-released in August of this year which also debuted #1 on the Latin Catalog Album Charts of the Nielsen Soundscan (after 22 years). Yet perhaps because it comes out of a period where Draco feels “really healthy and energized,” it seems to contain all of Vagabundo’s mystic genius while pushing the music to even greater heights. “I think with Monte Sagrado, I’m better in every way: I sang better, the songwriting’s gotten better, the players are awesome. It went down in a very natural way within all the chaos that was going on.”As he did with the ethereal majesty of the title track to 2004’s Mad Love, Draco closes Monte Sagrado with the dream-rock fugue “En Las Horas Más Tristes/Espíritu Indio (Hidden Track)” (In the Saddest Hours/Indigenous Spirit). It’s his way of finding ways to heal after the struggles and the heartbreak of hurricanes past and present. “It’s one of the more tender songs for sure—it’s family, it’s love. In the end it’s kind of like El Vagabundo goes to his Monte Sagrado.”
Cuevo Perez
With the essence of a nomadic musician, Mexican
rocker Cuevo Perez, known simply as “Cuevo”, has
been traveling the Latin Alternative rock scene with his
bluesy riffs and lyrics of love, life and rock n’ roll. His
powerful vocals, lyrical originality, and versatility have
been showcased on legendary stages like New York’s
CBGB’s and L.A.’s Whiskey A GoGo, House of Blues
and The Roxy.
His debut solo project “Hasta Que el Sol Se Vaya“,
featuring drummer Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez (Los
Lobos, Aleks Syntek), guitarist Fran Iturbe (Enrique
Bunbury, Mikel Erentxun), and bassist Cesar Pliego
(Kinky), showcases Cuevo’s ability to seamlessly
combine deep, powerful lyrics with pure rock n’ roll
melodies, equally filled with yearning and hope, light
and darkness. Latin indie favorites Kinky, Zoe, Mikel
Erentxun, Ruben Albarran, Mana, Carlos Santana, Ozomatli, Moenia and Juanes, are included in the
long list of stellar musicians that Cuevo has collaborated and shared the stage with.
Cuevo released his next full-length album “Pajaros en la Bruma” in the Summer of 2014. Recorded in its
entirety with Argel Cota (Palenke Soultribe, Ceci Bastida) on drums and Cesar Pliego (Kinky,
Amandititita) on bass, and featuring guest vocals by Claudio Valenzuela (Lucybell), this new journey
hints at an impressive and exciting evolution from his already powerful blues-tinged Latin Alternative
sound, delving deeper into sonic and lyrical landscapes that take longtime and new fans through the blues,
rock and roll, Latin soul, punk rock and even a go through rockabilly and country music.
“Pajaros” made waves quickly, getting exclusive airplay and premieres in some of the most important
independent radio stations in the country, including KEXP (El Sonido), and Los Angeles’ KPFK (Travel
Tips for Aztlan) and world renowned KCRW (Liza Richardson).
As he prepares his next album Cuevo has released his first material of 2019, a cover of Mexican staple
“Esclavo y Amo” by Jose Vaca Flores, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/VbLyAVfj1bk
Cuevo will embark on a promotional tour of Mexico starting in March of this year, playing Mexico City
on March 14th, Guadalajara on the 21st, Oaxaca on the 23rd and 24th and then returning to California to play
Mountain View, San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana in April.
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