Vacaville-based Sapo Guapo may only have to travel north about 15 miles to get to The Palms Playhouse in Winters for their 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, show, but the Latin and Afro-Cuban music they bring with them comes from significantly farther south.
Sapo Guapo is an 11-piece Latin dance band that has cultivated a sizeable following for its Afro-Cuban sound. The band has a large repertoire of familiar Latin dance music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico and, yes, New York. The band also plays several original songs composed by their co-founder, Juan Alejandro.
Four members of the band have traveled to Cuba to study with famous Afro-Cubano performers; other members have roots in culturally rich “San Pancho” (San Francisco’s Mission District). Sapo Guapo includes Jon Russ (trumpet — also played on Pacific Mambo Orchastra’s recent Grammy-winning album), JB Ramirez (lead and harmony vocals — also with the Time Bandits), Mike Cherry (trombone), Juan Alejandro (lead vocals) and African-born pianist Augie Chukuma.
Tickets are $17 and are available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters and at the door if not sold out.
For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and sapoguapo.com.