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Latin Rock Exchange

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Band Members Resource Page
Currently booking gigs into 2024


Full band rehearsals are on the next three Tuesdays from 7pm - 11pm. The next one is Feb 19th.

    Hello fellow Latin Rock Exchange musicians.

    This is a page of resources to learn songs and get a sense of what the plan is for this project.

This is the Spotify playlist of songs to learn. exactly as these arrangements are performed:


Band Mission.

• To produce a diverse high-demand act for both private events and public performances around the PNW.
• To have fun, make decent money, and gain notoriety for being a tight, class act.
• To reproduce accurate and consistent facsimiles of the songs from the Spotify list, then make them even better!

• To mix humor, choreography, and a little theater into our musical production that everyone will remember.

Practice and Rehearsal

Know the difference, please.
Here is someone else’s rant. I could not have put it better. Burn this into your soul!


Rehearsals are mandatory.

They are for sculpting our balance, tempos, sound, dynamics, and vocal blends.
Songs will be played back to back without breaks, just as we would in a gig.
Technical, theatrical, and cue issues are addressed during rehearsal.
Rehearsals need to begin on time and end on time because we will have three to five hours of material to cover, but only a two or three-hour rehearsal with ten people.

Arrive early to be set up and ready for rehearsal start time. Chat less, we don’t have much time. This is not a jam!
If you cannot make it to a pre-committed rehearsal, please give 48 hours' notice so that the rehearsal is postponed for everyone. Understand that rehearsal is for everyone together. If you cannot make a rehearsal, it is a waste of everyone else’s time to get together. Refer back to the link above.
If you have a boss who demands that you work extra time, try to prioritize your time with the band and understand that as many as ten other people will be affected by your tardiness or no-show. It makes us all late together on the rehearsal schedule.

Leaving a rehearsal early is also wasting everyone's time. Don't leave early!
Do not waste everyone’s time by not knowing your material. The moment I hear a song not practiced, we stop and move on.
Do not waste time by playing your instrument between songs. It's an excruciatingly annoying habit that will lose you jobs in the future, I promise.

You are responsible for creating your own charts. Always have your charts ready in an order that you can quickly get to each song. Any kind of chart. Whatever kind of guide or map you need to navigate through the song.  Make sure you learn the specific arrangement and parts. Do not just find a generic chart that does not match the actual song in the Spotify playlist.
Do not double-book rehearsals with other bands. If you have a sudden commitment to another rehearsal, it steals the rest of the band’s time from us.


Watch me for cues and directions, but know your parts so well that they become muscle memory.

As a guitarist or bass player, pick out the parts and the phrases and details, not just the chords. We are doing very tight covers of these specific arrangements. Simply mimic what you hear in the recordings. Once we really know them, they we can make them more of our own. But if we just slide through the songs with just strummed chords and unclear melodies, it will only sound lazy. 
When possible, try to pick out melody lines from the horns to double up on.

Same for keyboardists, Stick to the recordings as your guide to the keyboard parts and sounds. Do not just play the chords. Play the parts as the original recording intended. We can embellish and deviate later. But for now, just KNOW these songs as the recordings tell us.
Especially for the Cuban and Santana songs, be sure to use the accurate montuno (left-hand syncopated bass lines) parts properly. They are usually cues that go with singing parts and percussion breaks and are integral to the song structure.

I pick players because I do want them to be awesome soloists and let them loose. But, please control the beasts within you to wait until it is time to blaze a solo. Patience and subtlety, especially for the first two verses and choruses.

Singers need to adapt to a variety of songs and timbres, so there must be a collaboration between lead and harmony singers. I expect at least two, but preferably four-part harmonies. Our repertoire will be so wide that we must share the burden and responsibility carefully. So far we have done two 1 -hour sets and, according to the professional critiques I received, we quickly lost power in vocals where we needed the most support. There needs to be more vocal participation, especially in the choruses by as many of us as possible. We will be expected to deliver four or five hours of music which is impossible for one singer to lead. We have to assign lead and harmony roles based on strengths and weaknesses. This can only be determined during full rehearsals and by how much each singer has prepared for each song. And once we begin full rehearsals in March, the singers must find some other times to do their own sectional vocal practices together. This is imperative. When singing in unison or harmony, the timing of the lyrics has to be very accurate. Just copy the phrasing of the recording and you cannot go wrong.
Singers must be aware of all the other harmony parts so they can cover for each other. In a live situation, if a singer loses power or voice, they will need to find a more comfortable pitch on the fly and trade harmony or lead with another singer.

Singers will challenge and support each other to make them both sound as great as they need to be. They should have a vocal coach and daily vocal regimen in place. I will need a pool of four or five singers so that we can always have two ready to sing a gig together in the very likely event of illness or schedule conflict. I have a few standing by. 
Even though we will always have music stands available, singers must memorize lyrics. They emote much better when not being read. Try to memorize songs soon.



Just know the rhythms and the signature breaks and solo opportunities. I am adding a percussion-only song called Backbeat which is by my old boss Michael Beach and Santana drummer Michael Shrieve. We used to play it live and it always killed.



Well, that’s really just James, who’s killing it with Eric Beam, a trumpet and percussion total pro and Sammy Lett, former sax player and manager of the late renowned Ghanaian drummer, Chatta Addy.  They are building a three to five-piece horn section for bigger budget gigs, festivals, and the PDX Parks and Rec Music series.


Turn up on time.
Be useful. There is always too much to do. Ask me how you can help when you get to the gig. Set up stage, percussion stations, Merch, music stands, set lists, music stand mics, water bottles etc. I will delegate, but please volunteer to help the band set up in every way. Also help other bands and the sound person on and off the stage. Be friendly and courteous, that’s where you get more gigs, projects, and opportunities. 
Singers must do warm-up exercises and be available to help set up and sound check. 

I strongly advise everyone to arrive in work clothes and wait until after sound check to put on your gig outfit. 
Do not disappear. Everyone stays within earshot of the stage!
Do not arrive to sound check inebriated. You’ll be sent home.
Be always mindful and courteous to the venue and everyone in it, especially the sound person, door person, manager, and wait staff!
We may need to clear the stage quickly immediately after we play. Please make this easier by everyone chipping in BEFORE we go socialize.

Especially when there is a green room, let's always make time to check in together right before we go one. 

Bring fans and friends! This is still fundamental. So far Aidan and I are winning with the number of people we invited and who came. I've heard a few of you say how good you are at promoting yourself, but few have actually delivered. If you are proud of being in the band, please ask people to come and see you play.

If, as a singer you feel a sore throat, ear infection, cold or other flu symptoms coming on, be sure to tell me ASAP and we will rearrange the roster. 
If you turn up sick and unable to fulfill four hours of singing, you jeopardize the whole band’s reputation. The whole idea of Latin Rock Exchange is to have community be able to cover for each other when schedules or illnesses conflict.


Do not dash off after a gig. Please take some time to schmooze the crowd and socialize (again, that’s where you get more gigs, projects, and opportunities). Most of you missed the best part of the night once Son De Cuba warmed up by midnight.  There were fans and potential clients who would have liked to talk to some of you.


That should about sum it up. Now please re-read and absorb. Then let me know you understand and are ready to raise our standards.


I am just looking for a higher standard than just barfare music. To get the $300 to $500 per person gigs we have to be the best at what we do. None of us can do this alone, it has to be a collaborative effort. We must support each other all the way. 

Many thanks,


Dos GardeniasIsolina Carrillo - Buena Vista Social Club cover
00:00 / 03:07
TuyoRodrigo Amarante cover
00:00 / 02:40
No One To Depend OnSantana cover
00:00 / 05:37
Guajira 2023Santana cover
00:00 / 05:51
Spill the WineWar cover
00:00 / 04:11
Lost Due To Incompetence 2023 - 2_25_23, 10.16 AMYesca cover
00:00 / 03:59
Oye Como VaSantana cover
00:00 / 04:29
Flor De Luna 2023 - 3_1_23, 11.01 AMSantana
00:00 / 05:14
Turn to LoveBarrabas cover
00:00 / 05:01
AquamarineSantana cover
00:00 / 06:04
In These Shoes no voxKirsty MacColl
00:00 / 03:41
The Sensitive Kind 2023 B - Quiet voxJJ Cale cover
00:00 / 05:18
Samba Pa Ti 2023 - 11423, 10.48 PMSantana cover
00:00 / 04:57
Smooth 2023 - No VoxSantana cover
00:00 / 05:02
Waters of March - 11923, 9.26 AMJobim cover
00:00 / 03:58
SwayBublé cover
00:00 / 03:12
Cancion del Mariaches 2023 - 11623, 6.14 AMLos Lobos - Banderas cover
00:00 / 02:11
Are You Going With Me - 11523, 7.02 AMMetheny Group cover
00:00 / 06:04
Ipanema 2023 - Instrumental versionJobim cover
00:00 / 05:26
Cajun Moon - Sayvionne voxJJ Cale
00:00 / 05:40
Havana - PDXLRECamila Cabello
00:00 / 05:17
I Scare Myself - PDXLREThomas Dolby version
00:00 / 06:06
Quando - PDXLREBuble version
00:00 / 05:00
Ran Kan Kan - PDXLRETito Puente
00:00 / 08:10
Black Magic Woman - PDXLRE - 11_13_23, 8.34 AMSantana
00:00 / 06:41
Half a minute - PDXLRE - 11_13_23, 8.29 AMMatt Bianco
00:00 / 03:50
The Horse - PDXLRE - 11_13_23, 9.05 AMBarrabas
00:00 / 05:44
They All Went To Mexico - PDXLRE - 11_13_23, 9.02 AMSantana & Willie Nelson
00:00 / 05:06
Perhaps - PDXLRE - 11_13_23, 9.27 AMDaniel Boaventura version
00:00 / 02:58
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