“HOMETOWN band plays for hometown fans.
The Latin Experience Band Has been the Friday & Saturday night house band at Naperville's Club Mamalu for only a few months, and the band's latinrock rhythms already have attracted quite a following."We got to know our audience,"said band leader Alex Martinez of Chicago,IL.People dance packed all the way up to the stage."”
“The Latin Experience Band got its break when the band Producer (Carlos Martinez) Gave Riff Menza Club Mamalu owner, a demo tape of the group's music just as the upscale restaurant - now jamming in between Frankie's Blue room and Features Bar and Grill on Chicago Avenue - was being built. All three establishments are owned by Menza,who tries to find bands that will fit in with the atmossphere he is trying to create at each club.”
“Because many patrons are still dining when Latin Experience starts playing, the band's first set at Club Mamalu has a "nice,mellow sound,"Martinez said.For the second show, they "just explode" while playing their originals songs he added. And during the third set, they take requests."Everyone ask for Santana,"he laughted. How does Menza feel about the band he's chosen to help him create Naperville's Latin Explosion? "It's a great relationship,"he said."If it wasn't, they probably wouldn't be here."”
“Most of the members of Latin Experience have day time jobs, but the rest are full time musicians, they are hoping that will change when their new compact disc comes out next month. Back (in the 70s and 80s), Latin Music meant Mariachi Music or La bamba,"said Martinez, who has been writing, singing and playing Latin rock since he was 12.”
“It wasn't until the recent popularity of Latin Music,he explained, that his band could finally play what they really wanted. We uses to do cover of top 40s,"he said, but "even with the Doobie Brothers, we would throw are Latin flavor in there. Any cover we do now, we re-arrange it to our taste." Martinez contends that his band is ripe to take off,and that the current crowed reaction is a sign of future success.I see them looking at us,dazzled,moving with the rhythm."he said."This is just the beginning." Still need to be scouted by A&R people and Manangers.”
“Alexander Martinez (aleX aleXander)guitar,singer ,songwriter has spent the last few years working on a CD Produce by Arcelio Gracia and Jorge Santana "brother of Carlos Santana. He has performed at the Taste of Chicago, The Viva Chicago, Joliet Latin Festival,Black Label Events and the Cognac Festival.”
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