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May 20, 2016 5 min read

Ingleside’s Latin Music Trio El Guajiro Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Musicians perform
Lead singer and guitarist Johnny Escobedo, percussionist and backup singer Norman Downing and flutist and saxophonist Mario Vega. Courtesy image

Ingleside Latin music trio El Guaijro has been playing in the neighborhood for over 13 years.

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Editor’s Note: El Guajiro is performing at Ocean Ale House on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 starting at 7 p.m. This article first appeared in The Ingleside-Excelsior Light’s May 2016 print edition. It has been updated.

For the three core musicians in the local band known as El Guajiro, playing Latin music is in their DNA. All three are of Hispanic descent and were exposed to their musical heritage at an early age. The band has attracted a loyal and enthusiastic following among aficionados of Cuban and Salsa music over the last decade.

El Guajiro (the name roughly translates as “country boy” in the Cuban Spanish idiom) plays the gamut of popular music from all over Latin America, including cha cha, boleros (ballads), Latin jazz as well as different varieties of Cuban music.

The trio has played a variety of venues in the Bay Area and beyond, including clubs, restaurants, public festivals, benefits and private parties.

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