We are a Dobro-driven duo that plays original alternative rock music and fun guitar based cover songs. We are Dobro and drums; a Dobro is a lap slide guitar that you usually see in Bluegrass music. We apply it to rock and pop music. We also use acoustic and electric guitars in our cover song set(s).
We offer three (50) min sets of music that can be offered in any order:
1) An acoustic and voice, lower volume set of cover songs
2) A fully amplified set of cover songs
3) A fully amplified set of original music
Here are some of the covers songs we play on a Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/toddtate/playlist/2l6MC8fUIgSn0tMXc8gjj4?si=o8_jZqKNTyOTCn1D9oUd7w
What to Expect
If you are an event planner looking for original music, we offer an eclectic alternative to the other offerings. We can provide up to a three-hour experience of acoustic cover songs, amplified cover songs, and our original set of music.
We play amplified acoustic instruments along with live drums and other pre-recorded instruments. The lead instrument being the Dobro, which is a lap guitar played with a slide.
You can expect professional, heartfelt performances, a unique sound and look from Sayla Dobro. Able to offer a duo or trio configuration we can fit on smaller stages, yet our technical set up also enables us to entertain larger venues and provide a full band sound.
Enigmatic doesn’t even begin to describe Sayla Dobro’s presence. Consisting of guitarist and vocalist Todd Tate alongside drummer Daniel Guaqueta, Sayla Dobro was brewed up in the Bay Area, between Marin and San Francisco. Originally created as a stage name for Tate’s persona in a now defunct Marin bar-hopping band, "The Deep Sounds of Bobby Peru", Sayla Dobro has since evolved into a much more complex and mature getup.
The band really kicked off after Tate saw dobro guitar virtuoso Jerry Douglas play live - he instantly went out and bought a dobro guitar and starting writing and recording immediately. Now part of his namesake, Sayla Dobro is characterized by Tate’s customized Regal RD-35 square neck dobro. Enter Colombian-raised, Mississippi-born multi-instrumentalist Daniel Guaqueta. The drummer and Tate came together through mutual friend Michael Starita, President of the San Francisco area Grammy chapter. Starita mixed the first two Sayla Dobro singles, “The Way You Move” and “J-Train”. During this time, he introduced Guaqueta and Tate and the rest was history.
Sayla Dobro’s songs hearken seasoned folk-rockers like Beck and Calexico, thoughtfully self-produced and rough around the edges. It’s no surprise that Sayla Dobro has been able to capture such a potent essence - the band’s frontman and lead songwriter Todd Tate’s industry experience runs deep. In the mid-nineties Tate’s main focus was audio engineering at The Blue Room Studios, working on Grammy nominated Latin jazz with Carlos “Patato” Sanchez, and with popular rock artists like Train. On the brink of the millennium, Tate ditched full-time engineering and went to the other side of the glass to focus on making his own music. He made a rock record with a new group Life Love Misery (members of The Starship and Cacophony).
Meanwhile, Guaqueta has a rich musical background of his own. He’s written and released music with artists including Questions in Dialect, Buddy & The Squids, Mainframe Theory, and Storage 24. He’s collaborated directly with Roy Mitchell-Cardenas (of Mutemath) and Mississippi rapper Kamikaze. His diverse background runs further; Guaqueta’s visual artwork has earned honors for his music videos, including the Telly Award, the Addy Award, and the Ruma Award at Crossroads Film Festival.
Additional Booking Notes
For private parties we come with:
A full drum set
A Bose L1 PA System (on the small side)
2 guitar amps
Multiple guitars & mixing consoles
For events that provide their own PA we need:
Microphones on the drums, at least kick, snare, overheads
2 DI's for our stereo backing tracks
A mic on each of two guitar amps
1 mic for acoustic guitar
Past Booked Events
|December 08, 2018–December 14, 2018 • 6:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|November 29, 2018 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Hotel Utah - J Train Video Release Party - 2 sets!|
|November 10, 2018–November 11, 2018 • 6:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|November 05, 2018–November 13, 2018 • 6:00am - 11:00am||Out of Town|
|November 03, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Goldstein's Mortuary & Deli (Brewery) - Fresno|
|November 01, 2018 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Sequoia Brewing - Fresno Tower Disctrict|
We would be delighted to provide the entertainment for your event and can provide up to three 40-50min sets of popular cover songs and our all-original set that you can hear online on all digital music services such as Spotify and Apple Music/iTunes.
Set #1: Solo acoustic/voice and Cajon cover songs for a light warm-up and lower volume entertainment. We can consider a request in our genre/style.
You and I (Wilco)
Shiloh Town (Mark Lanegan)
Beast and Dragon, Adored (Spoon)
Strange Condition (Pete Yorn)
Honeypot (Bob Schneider)
Strangers (The National)
I'll Fly Away (Hymn)
Change my Head (Autolux)
Nobody's Fault (Beck)
Banana Pancakes (Jack Johnson)
Set #2: Full band cover song set. We sound like a full band, great for the dancers and music lovers.
Skinny Love (Bon Iver)
Bad Things (Jace Everett)
Hurt (Johnny Cash/NIN)
Life on a Chain (Pete Yorn)
New Slang (The Shins)
You Don't Know How It Feels (Tom Petty)
Girl, you'll be a Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)
You Never Know (Wilco)
Set #3: Sayla Dobro Original Music Set - this is why you called us!
The Way You Move
Station Called Love
Flume (Bon Iver)
|Todd Tate||Lead vocals, Dobro, acoustic and electric guitars|
|Daniel Guagueta||Drums, vocals, and programming|
Influences & Inspiration
Beck, Captain Beefheart, Calexico, Bon Iver, Wilco, Mark Lanegan, Spoon, Pete Yorn, Bob Schneider, Autolux, Johnny Cash/NIN, The Shins, Tom Petty, The Killers, The Ramones.
We need a PA and 2-3 stage monitors, cords & microphones. Let's chat.
If you do not have , we can provide.