Friday, July 19, 2024


The West Coast Latin Funk Ensemble, Mestizo Beat, coming out of Los Angeles, CA is an instrumental group that blends the sounds of 60’s-70’s Funk & Soul, Latin Jazz, Afrobeat, Psychedelic Rock and Hip-Hop. The band’s music carries a certain sense of nostalgia, using their creativity to fuse the old with the new, constantly paying homage to the greats who came before. Mestizo Beat was formed in late 2016 in Topanga, CA by The Magaña Brothers, Aquiles (Guitar) and Agustin (Drums). After years of developing the sound through gigging and recording with different players in the Los Angeles area the group truly found their sound by adding key players Jose Castro (Bass) Pedro Flores (Percussion) and Jesse Audelo (Saxophone/Flute). Over the years the band has grown with members rounding out to an eight-piece band and has now become a national touring act while producing a music catalogue with the help of several independent labels such as Colemine Records, All Town Sound and F-Spot Records. The Mestizo Beat live experience displays an ecstatic delivery of rhythm and harmony at every live performance. With a mighty brass section that reminds us of Kool & the Gang or Fred Wesley’s J.B.’s to blazing guitar solos reminiscent of Hendrix and Santana, filled out with soulful melodic organ solos and ground shaking bass lines, all which ride on the foundation of flavorful Latin rhythms and rock-solid drum grooves. Their passion for this music is a force that cannot be denied, igniting the dance floor into an electric frenzy, leaving your soul with the vibration of love. It is their legacy to share their appreciation for this music with the world, to spread the message of unity and equality while embracing the beauty of diversity and cultural differences