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Ricardo's versatility performing different musical styles and strong abilities as a singer, pianist, and guitarist have given him the opportunity to work with top blues, country, rock, and salsa bands. Ricardo has performed with Blues greats such as Alvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Curtis Salgado, Deanna Bogart and Tab Benoit and he has opened concerts for Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, and Robben Ford to mention a few. He has performed and toured all over the US, as well as Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. In 2011 Ricardo won the International Blues Challenge as a member of the Lionel Young Band. The IBC is the largest competition of Blues bands in the world and it's held in Memphis, TN every year. This great honor gave him the opportunity to tour the US, Mexico and France with the Lionel Young Band and to perform at the Legendary Rhythym and Blues Cruise. The annual cruise features the best blues acts in the world and was referred to by Johnny Winter as "better than Woodstock!"
The Ricardo Peña Band is a variety band composed of some of the finest musicians in the state. The band is well known for their impressive musicianship and versatility. Whether they are playing the best of Latin Rock, Classic Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Beatles, Salsa, romantic Bolero, Pop, Jazz or Country, their sound is always authentic to the style, their dancing beats impossible to resist, and their vocals and harmonies hard to beat. Colorado audiences are always amazed to hear this level of musicianship in a "local" band! The standard band line up is a 5 piece band composed of drums, bass/vocal, guitar/vocal, piano/vocal and vocalist/percussionist. They also perform as larger ensembles that include Latin percussion and a horn section. Ricardo Peña can perform as a solo act or a variety of line ups up to an 11 piece band to suit your budget. The band is equally comfortable performing concerts, corporate events, private parties and weddings and they are sure to make your event unforgettable!
Standard 5 piece line up
1. Ricardo Peña –vocal, piano, guitar
2. Ed Edwards- vocal, guitar
3. Amy Biondo- vocal, hand percussion
4. Mark Diamond –upright bass
5. Dean Kielian- drums
-Anya Thomson- vocal, hand percussion
-Mickey Donofrio- vocal, bass guitar