(Note: Raquel has 33 excellent reviews and it's still increasing! She has 24 live videos, samples, awards, and more. Find out why clients hire her back again and again. Raquel has been hired by wedding clients from all over the United States as far as North Carolina, Florida, New York and more!
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Raquel and Bolero y Más is a classy and talented band that plays classic Latin dance music and Latin jazz. Their repertoire includes salsa, son cubano, cha-cha-cha and romantic boleros, and they can play for both dancing and background music. Says legendary Bay Area DJ Chuy Varela of KCSM, "Bolero y Más has garnered a fine reputation performing in local festivals and clubs…[Raquel's] style is sultry, with a comfortable and elastic range that allows her to softly express boleros or drive Cuban/salsa classics…Raquel is a singer who has finally arrived…… this pint-of-dynamite will demonstrate she has it going on!" (Latin Beat magazine, December/January 2007, cd review of Soy Filipina). The band performs the songs of the Buena Vista Club, Beny More, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Orq. Aragon, Omara Portuondo, and originals.
Bolero y Más is lead by multi-award winning singer-songwriter Raquel Berlind, and plays at festivals, weddings, private and corporate parties, clubs, restaurants, and casinos. They have also played extensively aboard Princess Cruise ships in the Caribbean islands and Mexico. The group can consist of four to six people depending on the client's budget, and can also provide a duo or a trio performing jazz, bossa nova, Latin and rumba flamenco songs. Raquel will work with you to find the right music and size of group for your event.
Here's the review of Raquel and the band from San Francisco Art Magazine:
"If there is such a person in existence who is a Filipina, Spanish-singing, Bay Area-based comparison to Sade, she can be found in a band called Bolero y Más. Possessing smooth sultry vocals with a lightly husky quality, their lead singer, Raquel Berlind, fronts this sensual rhythmic Cuban band. Lovers of good Latin music will appreciate the many styles this aptly named band plays. They are all over the map with music of Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York City, and it works for them beautifully..."
Please read the reviews to see the praise of past clients for the band. More reviews, video samples, and references are available on request.
Raquel con Bolero y Mas plays salsa, Cuban son, cha-cha-cha, bolero, Latin jazz, and Jazz. Their influences include Beny More, Eddie Palmieri, the Buena Vista Social Club, and the great bands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and New York.
Fundraiser in Danville, CA on 05/05/2012
"Raquel and the other members of the band were on time, they were set up and ready to go before the event. The other band did not show so Bolero y Mas played longer than we agreed on with enthusiasm. They are very professional, I would recommend them to a friend. "
- Palmyra M.
Wedding Reception in Martinez, CA on 10/08/2011
"Raquel and her band Bolero y Mas were amazing at my wedding. Everyone kept coming up to me to tell me how good they were and how it was so much better than hiring a DJ. Raquel is very professional in that she is accomodating, easy to reach and great to work with.
If you are looking for a band that will get your people up and dancing this is the band to pick. They were able to get people who don't dance on their feet!
They were worth every penny....and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a band that is lively, energetic, professional and fun!"
- Daniela M.
Graduation Party in San Francisco, CA on 06/13/2009
"My family and guests thoroughly enjoyed Bolero Y Mas's performance. They kept the music playing and made the environment friendly and fun. Raquel is an amazing singer and the band is full of talented musicians. I would highly recommend her for any type of social event. My graduation party was a huge success and the type of music they played was for all ages. They were great when it came to song requests and can play all different types of Latin music. If you are looking for a versatile salsa/Latin band-here they are!"
- Dominique F.
Graduation Party in Walnut Creek, CA on 06/27/2009
"The hotest day in July 2009 over 100 degrees and they performed miraculously. Wonderful sassy Latin music set the soft background stage for our backyard party of 80 guests. Everyone from the very oldest to the youngest child enjoyed their music. Raquel was very accommodating of our requests and I would definitely hire them again!"
- Marge J.
Bolero y Más’s Response:
"Thank you so much, Marge! It was my pleasure to be part of your party. I hope to see you again at your future events. :-)
Thank you again for having us, and for your excellent rating for me and my band!"
In addition to Oakland, Bolero y Más will also travel to Alameda, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Emeryville, Moraga, Berkeley, Hayward, Orinda, Rheem Valley, Canyon, San Francisco, South San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Belmont, Albany, Lafayette, Brisbane, Alamo, Danville, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Mateo, San Ramon, Union City, Burlingame, Daly City, Diablo, Dublin
and many other locations in and around the Oakland area.
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