Raquel and the other members of the band were on time, they were set up and ready to go before the event. The other band did not show so Bolero y Mas played longer than we agreed on with enthusiasm. They are very professional, I would recommend them to a friend.
Some of her clients: Apple, Adobe, Macy's, Mercedes Benz, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Whole Foods, Disney Museum, Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, wineries, hotels, universities, restaurants, clubs, and more. Find out why clients hire her back again and again.
The band has also played extensively aboard Princess Cruise ships in the Caribbean islands and Mexico. They perform the songs of the Buena Vista Club, Beny More, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Orq. Aragon, Omara Portuondo, and originals. The group can consist of four to six people depending on the client's budget, and Raquel will work with you to find the right music and size of group for your event.
Vocals and Instrumental: Quartet, Quintet, or bigger ensemble
Styles: Latin music: salsa, son Cubano, cha-cha-cha, bolero, guajira, and Latin jazz
Other sytles: jazz, bossa nova, samba, and blues.
Language: English, Spanish, Tagalog
"Raquel and her band has garnered a fine reputation performing in local festivals and clubs…[Raquel's] style is sultry, with a comfortable and elastic range that allows her to softly express boleros or drive Cuban/salsa classics…Raquel is a singer who has finally arrived…… this pint-of-dynamite will demonstrate she has it going on!" (Latin Beat magazine, December/January 2007, cd review of Soy Filipina by legendary Bay Area DJ Chuy Varela of KCSM.)
Here's the review of Raquel and the band from San Francisco Art Magazine:
"If there is such a person in existence who is a Filipina, Spanish-singing, Bay Area-based comparison to Sade, she can be found in a band called Bolero y Más. Possessing smooth sultry vocals with a lightly husky quality, their lead singer, Raquel Berlind, fronts this sensual rhythmic Cuban band. Lovers of good Latin music will appreciate the many styles this aptly named band plays. They are all over the map with music of Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York City, and it works for them beautifully..."
She has 57 more reviews (and still increasing) on her personal website where you can also find more audio/video samples, awards,photos, and performances. You'll be able to get a hold of her and get her website once you select her at Gigmasters first.
Ask for a quote from Raquel, and she'll be happy to assist you to make your event extra special. :-)