Sol Peligro to play final scheduled show of the year at Nooner


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From left to right, band-members Will Scharff, Todd Perez, Cesar Mena, Curtis Blakenship, Sam Miranda, Kenny Rego, Mario Bonilla, Richard Gonzalez and Marti Sarigul-Klijn of Latin reggae band Sol Peligro will perform their last performance of the year at the Nooner concert Sacramento State’s Serna Plaza on Wednesday.

Sharlene Phou

Latin reggae band Sol Peligro will make its last stop of the year at Sacramento State, where it will bring infectious melodies and Latin grooves to the Nooner stage.

The 9-piece ensemble consists of founder and lead vocalist Sam Miranda, keyboardist Will Scharff, guitarist Todd Perez, bassist Cesar Mena, drummer Curtis Blankenship, percussionist Kenny Rego, saxophonist Marti Sarigul-Klijn and trumpeters Mario Bonilla and Richard Gonzalez.

“I’ve been very fortunate with the guys I have now and very grateful for them as well,” Miranda said. “We’re all on the same page, with rehearsal and writing. When we’re on stage, we’re all in tune. We just click with each other.”

Sol Peligro started out playing at Sacramento venues like Concerts in the Park, Harlow’s Restaurant & Night Club and local festivals. As the band began to gain more traction, they branched out to play at venues in different regions of California. Last year, they performed at Dodgers Stadium for Viva Los Dodgers, a free pre-game festival for ticket holders held every last Sunday each month.

Miranda described Sol Peligro as Latin reggae, Latin alternative or dance music. He said that their sound is a combination of reggae, Spanish lyrics and a traditional Latin rhythm called “cumbia.”

A majority of the lyrics are sung in Spanish and although not everyone can understand the words, Blankenship said they are still able to get a response from the audience. In fact, it’s not rare to see people dancing at a Sol Peligro show.

“I barely speak Spanish, there are many times where I’ve asked Sam, ‘Exactly what are you saying there, Sam?’ Just to find out exactly what the heck our song was about,” Blankenship said. “So, I know what it is (that gets people responding to our music]). It’s the rhythm and the melodies that are just infectious.”

Ajamu Lamumba, UNIQUE Programs adviser, said that he booked Sol Peligro as the first Nooner of the semester because of the band’s ability to get the audience excited.

“They are an awesome band that gets people up and moving,” Lamumba said. “Last time (they played here) they had like 35 people up and dancing, which is a rarity for a Nooner.”

The band’s lone album, 2005’s “Los Gritos de Mi Pueblo,” may soon have a partner. After years of performing and building their fanbase, Miranda said he and his bandmates want to take the next step by releasing a second album, hopefully by next year.

“It’s a great thing that we are at Sac State because it was earlier this year that we played for a Nooner and the crowd was great,” Miranda said. “When Ajamu asked us back for the opener, and to know it’s gonna be outdoors in that plaza area, I was like, ‘Wow, yeah, this is the way to kinda put an exclamation point on 2017, as far as what we’ve been doing and what we intend to do going forward.’ ”

Sol Peligro’s Nooner performance is scheduled for Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at Serna Plaza.

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