There is a great opportunity to see live music this evening in Cool Springs. Hands down there is no better choice of events in Cool Springs tonight. Did I mention there there is no cover and its FREE? Order a drink or some food to be polite but enjoy the outstanding performance gratis. The CoolSprings.com pick for tonight is:
101 Market Exchange Ct. ( Off Bakers Bridge across from Hyatt)
Franklin, TN 37067
I have seen the San Rafael Band several times and they are definitely worth venturing out. Wild Ginger is one of the newer Cool Springs restaurants in the area, offering Asian fusion style cuisine and sushi. Here is a description and history of the San Rafael Band from their Myspace page:
“Rafael Vasquez was born in San Antonio, Texas — the heart of the Tejanomusic scene. His childhood was spent in San Antonio and California. During his twenties Vasquez performed throughout the Southwest with Little Joe y la Familia, the first Tejanoband to sign witha major label and the first to win a Grammy. He also played with Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliners, another major Tejanoact, and with Augustin Ramírez, who was inducted into the Tejano Hall of Fame in 1997.
Since 1981 Rafael Vasquez has lived in Nashville where he performs regularly withhis band, the San Rafael Band, and his trio, the San Rafael Trio. Vasquez is a talented songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist who is comfortable with a variety of instruments and styles ranging from conjunto’s bajo sexto to jazz to classical to blues and rock. He is also respected as a bandleader by the local music community. The San Rafael Band has played such local events as Cheekwood’s El Dia de los Muertos, Frist Fridays, the 2003 July 4th Celebration at Riverfront Park, Wine on the River, a Taste of Music City, and the Tennessee State Fair. The Band has opened for Michael McDonald and Kevin Eubanks at the Franklin Jazz Festival and for Los Lobos at the Uptown Mix.
In the last few years Vasquez has begun to work withstudents at Belmont University and in the Metro Nashville Public Schools to share his knowledge of music and Hispanic culture. At Belmont he assisted Professor David Herrera with Música Caliente, the first project of the Belmont’s student record label, AcklenRecords. For his work with that project Vasquez received a plaque of appreciation from the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also participated in the first Belmont Latino Street Fair held in April 2005. Recently he demonstrated guitar techniques for students at Glencliff High School.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Rafael Vasquez is a tremendous asset to the Música de la gente – Music of the People program. His professionalism, excellent musicianship, hands-on experiences with Tejano, conjunto, and norteño music, and involvement in the local Latino community make him invaluable.”