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'Celebrating the Hands that Harvest'

Looking for something fun to do Saturday night?

You could sit outside under the stars and listen to the joyful sounds of Quemando, a 12-piece Latin jazz band that performs annually for Child and Migrant Services in Palisade.

A free salsa dance lesson taught by the owners of La Puerta dance studio will take place a half-hour before the start of the concert.

Quemando plays all types of Latin-style music, including cha cha, bolero, timba, son montuno and bomba.

"We're becoming more of a Latin variety band - we're not just salsa" said Quemando band leader and trumpet player Eric Schneider.

On their upcoming album "Colorado Blue Sky," the group combines Latin, salsa, Caribbean-style jazz, and a little funk.

"It's a great combination," Schneider said. "With a backbone of salsa and Latin, it's a unique, new sound not found anywhere in the world."

Quemando has always created their own sound, partly for Schneider's knack for finding those "gems" of previously unpublished music that the group then analyzes, transcribes and learns to play.

Colombian native Kelly Rizo and Enrique Aguilar of Mexico sing lead for the group.

Band members also include: piano player Ben Jansen, Cuban bass player and background singer Armando Santoyo, Jonny George, who sings and plays timbales; Juan Moreno on bongos (a higher pitched percussion), and conga player Victor Nieves.

The group's horn section is comprised of Chad Schneider on trombone, tenor saxophone player Hunter OdonellyRenner; alto sax and flute player Rick Demay; and trombone and bass trombone player as well as background singer, Gary Mayne.

"Unfortunately, (Mayne) is moving. This will be his last show with us," Schneider said. "His wife got a great job with a top Navy band in Washington, D.C."

Mayne is a "phenomenal trombone player who has been with Quemando since the beginning," Schneider said.

The Quemando concert, presented by Migrant Ministry Community Thrift Shop in Palisade, is part of Grande River Vineyard's "Hear it Through the Grapevine" benefit concert series. The Quemando performance is Child and Migrant Services' annual signature fundraiser.

The nonprofit organization was founded in 1954, and provides and coordinates community services for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families in Mesa County.

Authentic Mexican food, prepared in Child and Migrant Service's Helping Hands commercial kitchen, located in the center's Hospitality House, 721 Peach St., will be for sale before and during the concert. The menu includes tamales (pork, chicken and veggie), rice, beans and nachos with cheese. Ice cream and Grande River wines will also be for sale.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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