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Mezcal mixes Latin grooves and rock riffs

Mezcal mixes Latin grooves and rock riffs

Local band uses unique blend of Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms to get people dancing

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VISALIA – Like a cross between Gloria Estefan and Carlos Santana, Mezcal’s music is both rhythmic and smooth.

Mezcal will perform at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at the Cellar Door. Submitted photo.

Mezcal will perform at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at the Cellar Door. Submitted photo.

For more than a decade, Mezcal has kept audiences moving to their mix of Rock and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Their Latin groove’s have taken them from Visalia’s annual Dia Del Niño Celebration at the Manuel Hernandez Center to Las Vegas for the nationally televised America’s Next Great American Band competition in 2007. Out of over 10,000 acts, Mezcal was chosen as one of the top 60 bands for the Fox series. They have shared the stage with the likes of Los Lobos, Malo, El Chicano, Tierra, and Poncho Sanchez.

Named for a Mexican liquor that is smokier and sweeter than tequila, Mezcal heats up the dance floor while still performing slow ballads with a Latin twist. The band consists of Alejo Delgado on bass, and family members Carlos Delgado on guitar, with drum beats provided by Estevan Delgado on congas and Marisa Rodriguez on timbales. Over the years, In addition, core members Carlos, Estevan, Marisa, and Alejo actively participate in community events to support local youth and migrant farm workers through volunteer work and music workshops/performances. Their involvement with organizations like CASA, Sound & Vision Foundation, and other groups has helped raise funds and/or spread awareness for the enrichment of community interests.

Mezcal will perform at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at the Cellar Door, located at 101 W. Main St. in Visalia. DJ Sal Cortez spins from 8:30-9:30 p.m. followed by the band. Admission is $10. For more information, call the Cellar Door at 559-636-9463.

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