Luis Sabor performs songs from the 60s and 70s as well as various classics from all over Latin America (en Espanol) This repertoire is enough for a 4 hour show, with about half in English, half in Spanish. Luis also has access to many talented musicians to perform as a duet, trio or band size of your choice.
Luis Sabor played at our wedding reception recently. He was very friendly, professional, and entertaining. He played for 3 hours straight until our ceremony was coming to a close. Our family and friends really enjoyed his music. We all loved him! I would recommend him to anyone needing a musician for a nice evening with friends and family or any variety of events where a musician may be needed. He is affordable and very accommodating. We will definitely be hiring him again in the future. Thank you Luis for making our wedding ceremony a very memorable one!
Response from Luis Sabor:
Thank you so much Mary! It was my honor to perform for such a great group of folks. Congratulations. I look forward to playing at your 50th anniversary! Yours, Luis
Price Range: $50 per hour as soloist
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Luis as a solo performer is mellow and relaxing, whether playing songs by the Beatles, Eagles, or Mana', La Quinta Estacion, Pedro Infante, or his own compositions. Add a few members, like a conga player or violinist, and the group produces very danceable latin rhythms. Luis is very responsive to the audience regarding what they seem to prefer, crafting the show towards pop, country music, folk, or latin sounds.
Luis Sabor started his music career in Victoria, Texas before moving to the capital city of Austin, where he lived for 15 years. At that time Luis was a bassist, playing in such bands as Normal Noise, Sea of Green, and Los Locos, which were pop rock, metal, and latin pop, respectively. He also studied audio communications at the University of Texas, receiving a bachelors degree, and worked as a sound engineer at Austin’s Riverside Sound Studios, a division of Austin Records. Later Luis opened his own recording studio—Breakfast Surreal Studio, where he was chief engineer.
In 1997 Luis moved to Tucson, Arizona where he worked as sound engineer for the salsa band Ache’ Pa’ Ti. It was with Ache’ Pa’ Ti that he had the opportunity to attend the Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba and enjoyed a month-long stay becoming immersed in the Cuban culture. Luis took dance lessons as well as lessons in the quintessential percussion instrument for salsa music—the Guiro (gourd in Spanish.) Since then Luis has played Guiro with bands in Tucson and Austin.
In 2009 Luis began to implement his plan to develop a solo singer/guitarist act. He has played his acoustic guitar in such Tucson venues as Sky Bar, Shot in the Dark Caf, Sullivans, Rock n Java, Bella Vita Pizzeria, and Rigos Restaurant, where he currently plays every Friday night.
In 2012 Luis toured Central America informally, playing in restaurants and hostels, as well as in the plaza or wherever an audience gathered. This broadened his experience and added numerous Latin songs to the repertoire.
Luis Sabor has developed a unique style of acoustic guitar playing that revolves around picking arpeggios rather than straight strumming of chords. This guitar style is reminiscent of the guitar styles sometimes used in the music of Chris Isaac, Gordon Lightfoot, and Harry Nilsson. The best example of this would be “Blackbird” by the Beatles. The premier instrumental in Luis’ repertoire is “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. He has adapted his style to such unlikely songs as Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and Willie Colon’s “Gitana.”
Luis has a varied vocal style that has developed with the eclectic mix of his repertoire. He may have a pronounced “twang” while singing George Jones’ “The Race is On” and the old time country “Man of Constant Sorrow,” then switch to imitate Bienvenido Granda for Sonora Matancera’s “Cuando Sali de Cuba,” or John Lennon for “Across the Universe.” His original tunes reflect his roots in country and rock.
Additional Booking Notes
Luis performs solo with single amp/speaker for both his acoustic guitar and voice. Group performances may include a standard sound system that is sufficient for all but the largest venues.
Influences & Inspiration
I have been influenced by a plethora of musicians throughout my life, and it is my goal to re-inject into our culture the soulful pop songs of the 60s & 70s by such artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Nilsson, and of course the Beatles. I grew up surrounded by the Mexican culture, so "rancheras" are prominent in my repertoire, and I fell in love with Cuba and Cuban music, so there is a healthy dose of "salsa".
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