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Mambo Tropical

Salsa Band from San Jose, CA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$1700 - $5200 per event
Mambo Tropical, is a non-stop journey through some of the hottest contemporary and classic Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue and Reggaeton sounds of our time. Steeped in the rich Afro-Cuban music traditions and led by the vocals of Diana Rivera, this collection is sure to be a favorite of Latin music fans everywhere. The band can perform to a wide range of requirements from a small, quiet combo to a swingin' full-on 12-piece powerhouse. We are currently working on a new music video "Mi Suegra" which we plan to have on Gigmasters soon as well as a new CD so please stay tuned..

Mambo Tropical features Vocalists Diana Rivera and Ric Feliciano. The Rhythm Section includes Joaquin Pla on Timbales, Oscar "Papo" Martinez on Congas,Shane Cantanho on Piano, Jim Polizzi on Bass, and various other percussionist of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Diana "Baby D" Rivera, Lead Vocalist and Percussionist, is the baby of the band. Born and raised in Bogota' Colombia, Diana was born with Clave in her heart and has been influenced by all of the classic Cuban and Afro-Colombian sounds; bringing this experience into her music today. Baby D is recognized for her singular vocal style and energy on stage in every performance; making you feel the FUN of Mambo Tropical. Her style focuses on different Latin rhythms like Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue. Baby D's influences are Celia Cruz, Celina Reutilio, La India, Los Van Van de Cuba, and Hector Lavoe.

Ric "Mightybone" Feliciano - Lead Singer, Songwriter, Trombonist, Background Vocals, Keyboardist
Ric, who is a Puerto Rican from New York City (Nuyorican) is a Singer, Songwriter, Keyboardist & Trombonist. Working for 30 years in music business, Ric has performed with Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Foreigner, Pete Escovedo, John Lee Hooker, Jr. and many others. Ric was an integral part the Grammy nominated album, Phil Driscoll's "Warriors" (Word Records 1994). Ric now lends his astounding musical writing talents as well as his gift with arrangements to Mambo Tropical's upcoming album. Ric's influences are Willie Colon, Jimmy Bosch, Hector Lavoe, and Chino Nunez with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Marc Anthony, and Horn Bands from the 60's and 70's R&B era.

Joaquin Pla - Percussion
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia from a musical family consisting of six brothers & two sisters all of which play in different groups. Juaquin has played and recorded with flautist Nester Torres, the Lucho Bermudez Orchestra as well as Grupo Niche.

Shane Cantanho - Piano
Shane began classical training in the third grade & then began playing jazz in high school & won the outstanding solo award at the Herb Patnoe Jazz Festival. He also has a BA in improvised music from SJSU

Jim "Jimbo" Polizzi - Acoustic Bass
Jim brings a great classic sound to the foundation of the band with his classic salsa instrument, the "Baby" Bass. "Jimbo's" captivating and pulsating bass patterns and sounds provokes audiences out of their seat and on to dance floors everywhere Mambo Tropical performs.

Mambo Tropical has come a long way, and has evolved into their own unique sound. What we have today we would have never had without the influence of our dear sister, Yvette Watts, who left us and the world in 2013. We can all still hear her on our first CD which we recorded in 2004 with Percussionist Pete Escovedo. We can still feel her in our music and occasionally she will whisper to us from heaven. Gone but never forgotten.



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Birthday Party (Adult)

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We were extremely pleased with the performance of Mambo Tropical. A full size band was not a good fit for our party, or budget, so it worked out very well that Mambo Tropical was able to scale down to fit both. And they were the only performers who offered to work with us. After experiencing Mambo Tropical with only a couple of musicians/singers, I can only imagine how great they sound with all twelve members. Jim, Orlando, and Teresa did a wonderful job performing and they seemed as happy to be there as we were to have them. They made my birthday celebration very special, and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our guests.

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I was thoroughly impressed with the talent and energy of Mambo Tropical. We will definitely be inviting them back to play again.

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The group was great. Very profesional in all terms.The lady had a beautiful voice! Great trombone player.We recommend mambo tropical to anyone.We had a wonderful time.Thank you for making our party an amazing 50th Birthday Party! Modesto Ca 7/24/2010

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2017
Jan
7
Corporate Function
Fresno, CA
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2013
Jun
29
Wedding Reception
Davis, CA
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2013
Jun
21
Funeral
San Francisco, CA
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2013
Jun
1
Wedding Reception
Carmel, CA
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2013
May
25
Birthday Party (Adult)
Saratoga, CA
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2012
Nov
2
Festival
Stanford, CA
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2012
Aug
4
Wedding
Modesto, CA
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Please note Mambo Tropical will also travel to Santa Clara, Campbell, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Saratoga, Alviso, Los Altos, Coyote, Moffett Field, Mountain View, Holy City, Mount Hamilton, Redwood Estates, Fremont, Palo Alto, Stanford, Newark, Boulder Creek, Portola Valley, Menlo Park, Sunol, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Atherton, Morgan Hill, New Almaden, Union City, La Honda.
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