Sonido Costeño has been in business for over 20 years. It is one of the busiest Latin Bands in NY performing at New York City's best Clubs (check out their calendar on their website), Theaters, Public Libraries, Museums, Botanical Gardens, Restaurants, Cultural Institutions, Private and Corporate affairs, and outdoor Festivals such as: Celebrate Brooklyn, Grand Central Station, Highline Park, Brooklyn and NY Botanical Gardens, Museo del Barrio, Central Park, Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA), SOB's,Subrosa, Havana Central restaurants, Gonzalez & Gonzalez, etc.
Sonido Costeño was founded at NYC Lower East Side (LES) in 1982 through the collaboration of JuanMa with the Nuyorican Poet Bimbo Rivas writing the music score and songs for Bimbo's original off Broadway plays and thanks to the sponsorship of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), LES community organization CHARAS and Joseph Papp's Public Theater.
The band has released seven full length albums: “Waiting”, “Al Bembe”, “De Parranda”, “Decirte Mas”, “Señora”, “Vacilon” and “En Clave” which have been received and well-liked by Latin music lovers here and abroad. “Señora's” single “Las Gaviotas” received the Billboard Latin Music Songwriting Award.
Sonido Costeño features JuanMa on the National instrument of Puerto Rico, the Cuatro, guitar and Vocals. Only the Best musicians paly with the band as a Solo, Trio, Quartet all the way to a full orchestra.It plays hard Salsa for the “salseros” and they also play: Son Cubano, Nueva Trova, old school Boleros & Ballads, Cha, Mambo, Guaguanco, Latin Jazz, and are known
to play Merengue and Bachata on occasion.
Their solid reputation to deliver the best quality entertainment has lead to te following:
What the press has to say about Sonido Costeño:
"This Latin outfit covers the whole spectrum, from the fans at El Museo del Barrio to the suits at Citigroup"(Oumano)
-The Village Voice
"Put on your dancing shoes for the Caribbean-Latin rhythms of Sonido Costeño."
-The Brooklyn Papers
"Sensation is gone from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, but the fun continues at BMA's First Saturdays with the Salsa group Sonido Costeño."
-Time Out New York
"Cada vez que Sonido Costeño toca, es una fiesta no solo para los bailadores, sino para todos los musicos que interpretan nuestros ritmos."
("Every time Sonido Costeño plays, it is not only a celebration for the dancers, but also to all the musicians that play our rhythms.")
-El Diario/La Prensa
"JuanMa y su Sonido Costeño play some of the Hottest Salsa, Cuban Son and Merengue in New York City."
"JuanMa not only wrote the score, he gives a most engaging performance."
"Sonido Costeño's interactive approach doesn't allow you to just sit back and watch the show. If you're there on Salsa night, then you should be prepared to DANCE!"
-Park Slope Reader