Rafael Tranquilino Band to play benefit concert for Meadowdale Music Boosters on Oct. 11

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Rafael Tranquilino Band

The award-winning local Rafael Tranquilino Band will play a community concert on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood.

The Blues show will be from 6-8:30 p.m. and benefits the Meadowdale Music Boosters. Tickets will available at the door: $5 student, $10 adult, $20 family. The opening act will include performances by local high school student musicians and Meadowdale High staff.

The Rafael Tranquiliono Band has been selected to represent the Washington Blues Society at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. The band consists of a power trio consisting of guitar, bass and drums that fuse rock, blues and funk with an alternative and fresh sound.

Born in Mexico City, Tranquilino’s father started him on the piano when Rafael was just five years old. By the time he was nine, he was playing guitar, bass, and drums. He has performed at many Mexican Music festivals, including the International Festival Cervatino and also well-known venues such as The Hard Rock in Mexico. Tranquilino arrived in the United States in 2006 and was hired as the musical director and lead guitarist for The Randy Oxford Band. He recorded and was featured on three of their albums and extensively toured with them. In 2011, Tranquilino decided to take another creative turn by stepping out on his own and forming the Rafael Tranquilino Band.

Some of his major influences include guitarists such as Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Richie Blackmore, Sonny Landreth and Warren Haynes. Since being in the United States, Tranquilino has performed in numerous festivals including Magic City Blues Festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Safeway Water Front Blues Festival, Playing With Fire Music Festival, Mt. Baker Blues Festival, Winthrop Blues Festival, Untapped Brews & Blues Festival, Ritzville Blues Festival, Sunbanks Blues Festival, Bite Of Seattle Festival, Tacoma Freedom Fair, Taste Of Tacoma, Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival, Big Sky Blues Festival etc. He also has played numerous and well known night clubs and theaters, one being the famous Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tenn. where he competed in the International Blues Contest.

For more information on the band, go to: www.rtranquilino.com

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