Thursday, Nov 07 2013 09:00 AM

Pacific Mambo Orchestra to play at LPAC

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Established as one of the most exciting live acts in the Bay Area, San Francisco's premier Latin Salsa Big Band, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, is set to take the stage at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m.

This 19-piece, percussive and brass-driven orchestra has created quite the "buzz" in a short period of time, and is currently the only Latin Big Band active on the West Coast. PMO's Music Director, Marlow Rosado, recently won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Album for his album "Retro," which included a roster of talent from the Latin music world including that of Tito Puente, Jr.

Joining PMO on tour this fall, Puente's fiery timbale playing and vocals, along with his passion for Latin music, honors his father and establishes him as a celebrated musician and performer on a mission to keep his father's legacy and music alive. Audiences who crowded venues to see Tito Puente, Sr. in the past are returning to see his son, and are rewarded with that same high voltage celebration inherent in the Latin sounds as he partners with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra live on stage.

Co-founded by pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, PMO's illustrious members have performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry; Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Isaac Delgado, Victor Manuelle and so many others. Kuehn and Tumalan build on the great Big Band Latin sounds of the 1940s through the 1960s by using both traditional and original arrangements that, when brought together, creates the sizzling Salsa sound of the future. They have created some of the hottest, dazzling orchestrations for an exceptional lineup of brass, winds, percussion and vocal musicians that "play" homage to Latin music giants like Machito, Tito Puente, Sr., Tito Rodriguez and Celia Cruz.

Seats are available at $35 and $29. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 661-723-5950 or in person at the LPAC Box Office, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Box office hours are noon until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon until 4 p.m. Saturday.

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