Thank you to our 2018 Bands!
SAN RAFAEL TRIO
Since 1981 Rafael Vasquez has lived in Nashville where he performs regularly with his band, the San Rafael Band, and his trio, the San Rafael Trio. Vasquez is a talented songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist who is comfortable with a variety of instruments and styles ranging from conjunto's bajo sexto to jazz to classical to blues and rock. He is also respected as a bandleader by the local music community. The San Rafael Band has played such local events as Cheekwood's El Dia de los Muertos, Frist Fridays, the 2003 July 4th Celebration at Riverfront Park, Wine on the River, a Taste of Music City, and the Tennessee State Fair. The Band has opened for Michael McDonald and Kevin Eubanks at the Franklin Jazz Festival and for Los Lobos at the Uptown Mix.
It’s been an Incredible Year for the Markey Blue Ric Latina Project, Receiving Several Honors Including A Spot in the National Blues Museum exhibit “Women of the Blues: a Coast-to -Coast Collection,” a TV show in the works and several songs picked up for TV placement and adding international dates to their touring schedule.
The Nashville based duo of Ric Latina, Markey, and their touring band have a combined performing/touring history that reads like a “who’s who” in the entertainment industry. They have been named a Top Ten Act to Catch Live in 2017 by Making a Scene. Reflections in Blue named “the Blues are Knockin” one of the Top Ten Blues Albums of 2016. Markey was Named One of the Top Ten Blues Women To Soar in 2014.
Bresh started writing songs at the age of 13. He has written theme songs for two major motion pictures and had numerous cuts in his career. His quick comedic timing and sharp ear has made him an incredible impressionist. That led to two HBO Specials with Rich Little. Thom hosted his own TV show and has guest starred on numerous others. Behind the scenes, as a producer, he has received two Grammy nominations and one for an Academy Award.
In his own words.. “The guitar is my first love, my partner in life. We grew up together and we’ll most likely die together. Everything I’ve accomplished was with it. Every great moment in my career was because of it. Remember my heritage. To me, playing the guitar is not about licks and speed. That’s only for the insiders. Playing it makes music and music is an emotion. Emotions are stimulated by feelings and sounds.. That works on everybody. When the sound and feel are right... I never really learned how to play the guitar.. I was born with it.. I’m an entertainer... Who happens to play the guitar..”