Musical Notes in Sonoma County

by Shekeyna Black ~ 

Sonoma County, CA. ~ “Suavecito”, the 1972 hit song that was written and sung by Richard Bean, has often been called the Chicano National Anthem. Bean reminisces, “It was a show I did with Jorge Santana,

(Carlos Santana’s

brother) down in L.A., at Griffith Park (Greek Theater in the mid 1980’s). We had thousands of people there, it was for Cinco de Mayo. We had just started playing “Suavecito”, when I saw these four Hispanic gentlemen com- ing behind me with a huge Mexican flag, it took two guys on each side to hold it. The stage-hands were telling them to get off the stage and I could hear them behind me saying, ‘not until the song is over’. It almost made me teary-eyed because I really felt it was an honor that they did that and as soon as the song was over,

they walked off the stage. It is something I will never forget.” Bean hails from El Paso, Texas and moved to California when he was only 6 years old. One of his first bands was called, The Dynamics, and also fea- tured

Carlos Santana while

they attended Mission High School in San Francisco. Bean joined The Malibu’s which; included Jorge Santana and it morphed into the band, Malo. Bean broke off from Malo and formed the band, Sapo, who got signed to a record deal in 1974.

Richard Bean & Sapo play on Saturday, September 21 in Cotati. Bean says of this show, “We have new music that we are going to be playing at the Redwood Cafe. It’s a mix- ture of all the things that I’ve done; music from Malo, mu- sic from Jorge Santana, music from Sapo and some original

stuff that I’ve written as well.” Bean continues, “I’m always writing and I plan to possibly do a new album by next year.” Regarding the current line- up of Sapo, Bean explains, “I have a three-piece horn sec- tion, a three-piece percussion section, bass, keyboards and guitar as well as myself. It’s a 10-piece band. People can expect a high-en-

ergy, Latin-rock flavored show.” Asked what he likes best about performing in front of a live audience, Bean re- plies, “You see their smiles, you see their movements, just the happiness I see, I feed off them and it goes back- and-forth. I enjoy performing and as long as I see that from them, I put it right back out so, it’s like an energy thing.”

Jokes & Humor # 2

A man takes his large rottweiler to the vet because he's very cross eyed.

Man: "My dog is cross eyed! Can you help him?"

Vet: "Let me have a look"... the vet picks up the dog.

Man: "Is he gonna be okay?"

Vet: "Im gonna have to put him down..."

Man: "Because He is cross-eyed?"

Vet:…"No! of course not! It's because he’s very heavy!"

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step

forward, you're always in the same place. Nora Roberts

On your journey to your dream, be ready to face oasis and deserts. In both cases, don't stop. ~ Paulo Coelho UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2019 • Pg 11

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