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Marlow Rosado

Marlow Rosado_Grammy 

Hi-energy, eclectic and amped-up Grammy winner, pianist, producer, songwriter: Marlow Rosado, has over two decades experience in the music industry.  With eleven nominations and one American Grammy under his belt, Marlow is a driving force in the Latin music industry.  From salsa to rock, from bachata to merengue, from Regueton to hip hop, Marlow Rosado has had his strong creative hand in all of it.

After over 15 years of being the go to musical director for artist like Tito Nieves, Tito Puente Jr., Larry Harlow, Jerry Rivera, Cee lo Green among so many others, Marlow Rosado "SALSANIMAL" took center stage in 2009 when he successfully produced his first record "SALSALSA", which was signed to legendary record company Fania Records.  Marlow became the first artist signed by Fania in over 18 years, making him part of a historic family which includes Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, and many of the other legendary artists under the umbrella of this emblematic label.  In 2012 Marlow Rosado released his seconf album entitled "RETRO".  This record surprised the entire Latin music industry when it won the 2012 American Grammy for "Best Tropical Latin Album" beating out Bachata sensation and Latin music's Romeo Santos.  In 2014 Marlow Rosado released production number three, this album is a true image of Rosado's personality.  The aggressive producer/songwriter shows us why he is, as the title of the album describes, the "SALSANIMAL", the heavy-metal band of salsa as written in the LA Times.  

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Lydia Pense and Cold Blood

Lydia Pense

The word legend certainly applies to Lydia Pense and Cold Blood…and not in some past tense-make-a-living-as-an-oldies-act sort of way either.  Pense can still shout like a 60's soul diva and purr a slow blues tune with spine-tingling subtlety.

Lydia and the band debuted when the Filmore was at its peak as one of the nation's musical Mecca's.  Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia's voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label.  During the span of six original late-60's, early-70's albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease.  That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come.  Lydia Pense and Cold Blood still fill halls with cheering, dancing, foot-stomping fans.  Far from fading over the years, Cold Blood has flourished.  

Cold Blood, as a whole, features a stellar group of musicians who have been playing together for nearly 20 years including Steve Dunne on guitar, Steve Salinas on keyboards, a gritty-growling horn section comprised of Rich Armstrong and Rob Zuckerman along with a stellar rhythm section featuring Evan Palmerston on bass and Donny Baldwin on drums. The band members are all veteran Bay Area musicians who have played with many great artists including Elvin Bishop, Jefferson Starship, Boz Skaggs, Albert Collins and more.  Of course there is Lydia who still has the chops with the patina of a seasoned veteran who's done and seen it all. Together she and the band continue to twist together R&B, (both Old School and New School); into something that doesn't have a label.

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood