Mestizo Beat debuts Thursday at Live at Lakeview on Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe.
Mestizo Beat is a Los Angeles-based band blending the styles of Afro-beat, Afro-Cuban, funk, R&B, soul and jazz. The band is comprised of musicians who compose and perform music influenced by the early 1970s era of funk, soul and international sounds, formed by lead guitarist Aquiles “Lito” Magaña along with his brother Gus Magaña on drums. These two would come to share their passion and love for this era of music and become the driving core for the group.
Opening at 4:30 p.m. will be Boca do Rio, which will bring its Brazilian space funk to Tahoe onstage. An Afro-Brazilian world music group from Northern California, Boco do Rio delivers a unique blend of pop hooks, pleasing vocal harmonies, funky rhythms, and African percussion. The music is rooted in distinct instruments that seem both timeless and yet also grounded in the here and now.