Conjunto Karabali At Cafe Cocomo 4/2, 4/3

Start Time: Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 10:00pm End Time: Friday, April 3, 2009 at 1:00am Location: Cafe Cocomo Street: 650 INDIANA STREET City/Town: San Francisco, CA

Conjunto Karabali is San Francisco’s newest and hottest Latin dance band, featuring some of the finest talent in the Bay Area. The band is co-led by two of the United States’ most renowned percussionists, Mike Spiro and Karl Perazzo, who have joined forces to create a group specifically for the dancer’s enjoyment.

They describe Karabali’s style as “old school” salsa, and they bring to the Bay Area for the first time the traditional NY conjunto sound, popularized by Johnny Pacheco, Conjunto Clasico and Conjunto Libre. This band is about swing and joyful energy, and the dancers can’t wait to hit the floor when Karabali kicks into high gear.

The band boasts a who’s-who of SF Latin music all-stars in its line-up, starting of course with its leaders, Mike and Karl. These two internationally recognized drummers have performed and recorded with almost every major Latin artist of the last 30 years, from Eddie Palmieri to Carlos Santana, from Tito Puente to Celia Cruz. This is to say nothing of their credits as producers, bandleaders, and clinicians. Their extensive recordings over the last 25 years include internationally recognized jazz, Latin-jazz and pop artists, for which they have each received multiple Grammies and Grammy nominations.

When organizing the band, Mike and Karl asked Edgardo Cambon, the multi-talented vocalist/percussionist to take on the lead vocal chores, and then added Bob Karty on piano, Steve Senft-Herrera on bass, and the latest addition to the Bay Area music scene Miguel Martinez on flute. They then asked two of the finest trombone players in the area, Jeff Cressman and Marty Wehner, to come on board, along with the great Bill Ortiz on trumpet.

There is no greater collection of musicians in any Latin band in the Bay Area, and with this caliber of musicianship and the hard driving swing the band brings to every performance, it is no wonder that club owners and concert promoters throughout California can’t wait to get Conjunto Karabali on stage. For more info on Mike and Karl: Contact information: Debi Perazzo/Band Representative P.O.Box 381 San Leandro, Ca. 94577 Office 510-633-1877 [email protected] -Conga skins, drum restorations, conga finder service, Ashe! Producions, Gig finders and percussionist for hire. Contact Tony - [email protected]