The Susie Hansen Latin Band is a popular and well-known Southern California band, playing around 150 weddings, special events and concerts every year. Our specialty is Latin dance music - Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Bolero, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha and more. For your private event, perhaps you also want some pop music? We can include disco, swing, R&B, funk, Motown, classic rock and jazz standards. Our six-piece band is a great dance band, and reasonably priced. For a larger and more elaborate event, we can go as large as a twelve-piece band.
Susie fronts the band on electric violin and vocals, along with two other terrific singers -- a wonderful vocalist/percussionist from Venezuela who sings lead in Spanish, and a British-American guitarist who sings lead in English. For a more intimate event, we suggest the Susie Hansen Latin Trio -- Susie on violin and vocals, our Venezuelan lead vocalist/conga player, and our keyboard player.
Susie and the band have received many wonderful reviews. According to Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times, "Hansen was a ball of energy, creating an atmosphere of high voltage excitement." Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner describes the band this way: "It's a sizzling, swinging band. The whole room was jumpin' for joy."
Contact us for you special event, wedding, holiday party, gala non-profit fundraiser, corporate function, Quinceañera, anniversary, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, birthday, concert or festival.
Getting married? For a complete wedding package, we can play your ceremony with a duo of violin and piano. We recommend classical music for your ceremony, and can also play sacred, romantic and ethnic music (such as Jewish, Italian or Bolero). For cocktail hour, we suggest lively jazz and Latin jazz with a quartet. Then the band starts at the beginning of dinner and plays you into the room for your Grand Entrance just like it's the Academy Awards! Your dinner music will be beautiful – Bolero, Bossa Nova and swing (like Frank Sinatra) -- and never too loud. For dancing, we'll keep your guests dancing with our extensive song list of the best in Latin and pop music. Please see our 4-page song list at "EVENT BOOKINGS" on our web-site. Also, we're happy to emcee and coordinate your wedding at no extra charge. We'll meet with you in advance and work out the timeline for the entire event. It's like getting a wedding coordinator and an emcee for free!
If you are having a gala event that includes an awards presentation, we have a large repertoire of lively and up-beat "play-on" music that the band can perform as presenters and awardees walk onto the stage, during any photos, and as the luminaries of your evening leave the stage. This is perfect for fundraisers, non-profit events and other special events.
For a great party package, we can include our terrific Salsa dancers who will provide a lively and flashy floor show, teach the Latin dance steps to the guests, and break the ice on the dance floor. The dancers can start a line dance, mix and mingle with the audience, dance individually with the guests or lead a conga line. Together with the band, it a makes for a terrific package at a themed party like "Old Havana Days," "Night at the Copacabana" or "Mexican Fiesta."
Another great package deal is our band and DJ together. The DJ plays during the band's breaks, and until the wee hours of the morning. You'll be surprised at the low price! Call us and ask us all about it.
As for our band resumé, we have played many high-profile events, including Oscar parties (such as for "Titanic"), premiere parties (such as for the "Wedding Planner" with Jennifer Lopez), the Chicano Music Awards, the Estrella Awards, the Spirit Awards, the 100th anniversary for Actor's Equity, a party at the home of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the inauguration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the 70th anniversary party for L.A. newspaper "La Opinión," corporate events for MTV and United Airlines, and music festivals such as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fiesta Broadway, the Oxnard Salsa Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and the San Jose Jazz Festival. We have released three CDs on the Jazz Caliente label.
We'd love to play for your event. You can count on us to do a great job. We're always professional -- reliable, on time, well-dressed, gracious and polite -- and most important, we're lot's of fun!! We'll keep the dance floor crowded. As the band likes to say, "We aim for the feet!"
Susie Hansen (violin, vocals),
Joe Rotondi (piano),
John Belzaguy (bass, vocals),
Kaspar Abbo (vocals, guitar),
Tony Shogren (drums, timbales),
Daniel Castillo (vocals, percussion)