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3/10/2014 3:49:00 PM
Cuban Groove is back at Sound Bites Grill
Mercy Bermudez
Mercy Bermudez

Heating up Sound Bites Grill on Friday, March 14, will be "Cuban Groove," a smoking hot six piece group that features Marcos Crego and Mercy Bermudez with their high energy, infectious and eclectic Afro-Cuban music.

Sure to lift your spirits with their sound and performance or onto the dance floor with their groove, the music starts at 8:30 p.m. and doesn't stop until 10:15, with Soundbites offering tasty Tapas on the menu and Latin inspired drinks, Mojitos and Ricky Ricardos.

World Class and two time Grammy nominee Marcos Crego, pianist and arranger, will lead the smoking six piece group featuring Mercy Bermudez on lead vocals. Mercy has been singing with Marcos for the past year playing classic old school Cuban Songs, made famous by artists like Celia Cruz, Bene More, and Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cubanizing classic jazz songs and standards from the Great American Songbook.

Marcos Crego, born and educated in Havana, Cuba is quickly making a name for himself in the U.S. Latin scene. He started his music studies in Havana when he was just 5 years old and has been heavily influenced by his father, the great trumpet player Jose Miguel Crego "El Creco." Continuing his studies in Cuba and after graduation, his career took off as he performed with numerous established bands in Havana and was a regular in Jazz Festivals worldwide. At 21 he produced his first CD "Mi Musica," starting his career as a producer and collaborator. In 2012, he received two Grammy nominations for performing on Edwin Bonillas's CD "Homenaje a Los Rumberos" under Sonic Records.

Mercy has returned to her Cuban roots after having a vast career performing many styles of American music from classic pop to R&B, Motown to rock 'n' roll, and xoul to standards from the American songbook. Having been a signed artist for Columbia and Ariola Records, Mercy released her first Afro Cuban CD "Me Llamo Mercy" as a tribute and expression of love to her culture and Cuban parents, Reinaldo and Paula Bermudez. Her CD was in final consideration for a 2012 Grammy in the Best Latin Tropical category and is receiving great airplay on Pandora and Spotify. Visit www.MercyBermudez.com.

Kicking up the groove are father and son team percussionists, Alex Michel on congas and Caleb Michel on timbales. This fiery team recently played with Tito Puente Jr. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts.

Bassist Dallas Huber has played with a veritable who's who of the best and brightest talent in salsa and latin jazz. He was first call bassist for The Bobby Torres Ensemble (conga player for Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Arlo Guthrie, Jackson Browne), Dallas has played with such musical luminaries as Luis Conte and Tito Puente Jr.

Sound Bites Grill is at the Hyatt Resort in uptown Sedona. Dinner is served until 11 p.m. Cover charge for this event is $15. Purchase at door or pre-buy at 800-838-3006 Brownpapertickets.com. Limited seating. For dinner reservations and more info call at (928) 282-2713.

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