The Latin Recording Academy held its 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 1st. Touting such performances by the great Carlos Santana, grupero-music founder Marco Antonio Sol?s, legendary Bebo Vald?s (father to Chucho) and Diego El Cigala, up-and-coming Akwid and L.A.?s own Ozomatli, the Grammy Awards had something for everyone.
However, none of the performances that evening would have looked or sounded as good without the experts backing up the superstars.
Musicians from the Southland filled the stage throughout the evening starting with LA?s finest bass player Rene Camacho from North Hollywood standing directly behind Jessica Simpson and David Bisb?l during the opening act. Alongside Camacho were guitarist Ramon Stagnaro, percussionist Richie Garcia, trumpeter from Cerritos Sal Cracciolo, saxophone player Pablo Calogero, and trombonist Ira Mepus.
NuYorican transplant percussionist heavyweight Joey De Le?n (pictured), Long Beach percussionist Angel Rodriguez, and bass player Oscar Cartaya backed up Roselyn S?nchez and Akwid. World-renown percussionist Alex Acu?a was amazing next to Bebo Vald?s, Diego El Cigala, and Paquito D'Rivera, as was fellow percussionist Rafael Padilla.
And did you see that fearless drummer up on that three-story platform backing up Paulina Rubio? That was Martin Flores from Burbank.
Also taking center stage was drummer Tikki Pasillas from Signal Hill and veteran trumpet player Ramon Flores from the San Gabriel Valley with Marco Antonio Sol?s. Also on the bill was LA?s very own Ozomatli, who are always a blast.
The exposure these talented musicians received that evening was impressive as it will be distributed internationally to more than 100 countries and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio and Westwood One International.
So, the next time you go out dancing at your local LA salsa club like Mama Juanas, El Floridita, the Mayan, or the Conga Room, keep an eye on the band. These guys are some of the best musicians in the country.