This year’s band for the Mountain Chile Cha Cha, to be held Aug. 27, is Manzanares., an award -winning Latin music group led by brothers David and Michael Manzanares.
Their music has been placed on the soundtracks for films including the Tobey MaGuire film “Brothers,” “SchoolDaze” and many othertelevision programs and commercials.
They are the past recipients of the Independent Music awards Latin Album of the Year and placed top three latin songs worldwide for Billboards International song contest and best Album for the NM Mic Awards.
Members of Manzanares were cast as musicians in the film “Crazy Heart.”
Manzanares is hot Spanish guitar, sizzling Latin percussion, and soulful vocals; a high-energy and fiery sound with a dazzling repertoire that ranges from Spanish and Middle Eastern guitar melodies to flamenco to pop to latin rock; it’s an authentic roots musical experience including lilting romantic ballads to up-beat infectious and irresistible dance rhythms sure to get you going!
Led by multi-generational Abiquiu, N.M., natives, brothers David and Michael Manzanares, Manzanares gained both national and international attention by placing in the top three Latin songs worldwide for the 2006 13th annual Billboard World Song Contest and winning the Latin Album of the Year for the 2006 Independent Music Awards, which included musical groups from around the globe.
As small children, they began their musical journey and education by capturing the essence of the Northern New Mexican rancheras, corridos, huapangos, boleros and valses of a past era. Their father’s early musical influence is a big source of their inspiration.
The band includes some of the most prolific and talented musicians in the music industry:
• The explosive percussion of Mark Clark, a native New Mexican. His musical career includes performances, tours or recordings with renowned musical acts including James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Kip Winger, Ottmar Liebert, and Jono Manson.
• Kevin Miller, a native Santa Fean and cousin of Michael and David, has also had a rich musical history. His multi-musical talent adds an exciting percussive texture to Manzanares. He plays congas and percussion as well as lending a hand on guitar and vocals.
• Kanoa Kaluhiwa joins the band on tenor saxophone. His silky smooth jazz infusions add yet another dimension to the music of Manzanares and his sax riffs stand out on their award winning CD, Nuevo Latino. He has also recorded and toured with Ottmar Liebert and the popular latin group “Sparx”.
• Jose Romero has been a part of the Santa Fe music scene ever since he could hold a guitar. This multi-talented musician rocks on keys, guitar, bass, and just about every musical instrument he picks up. He holds down the big bass sound for Manzanares.
• Mark Alan “Chief” Sanchez, was born in Santa Fe. His incredible talent on trumpet eventually led him to Las Vegas, where after several years of freelancing he achieved the first call status for incoming acts such as Martha Reeves and The Vandelas, Frankie Avalon, Rich Little, etc. You’ll feel his world class musical talent the moment he hits that first note! Chief now resides where it all started, home sweet home, Santa Fe.
• Mikey Chavez is from Albuquerque, N.M., and has played with the top local acts for the past 10 years. Prior to Santa Fe, he was involved in the Austin music scene. His influences range from Latin, Funk, Jazz, to Rock and Blues. Michael also continues to tour with recording artist Ottmar Liebert.
The electricity and raw energy of their performances continue to push this exciting Nuevo Latino act into the forefront of Latin Music. Be sure to come to Mountain Chile Cha Cha Aug. 27 at Town Park and enjoy Manzanares.