2011-08-04 / Dining & Entertainment

Park concert to feature Susie Hansen band


READY TO SWING—The Susie Hansen Latin Band will fill the stage during its concert at 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 14 at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. READY TO SWING—The Susie Hansen Latin Band will fill the stage during its concert at 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 14 at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. The Susie Hansen Latin Band will debut in the Conejo Valley at 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 14 in the natural amphitheater at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks.

The free show is part of the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s 2011 Summer Concerts in the Park series.

The Susie Hansen Latin Band plays music that appeals to all ages and ethnic backgrounds, combining salsa in Spanish and English, traditional Cuban Charanga and the influence of jazz.

A long-time favourite in Los Angeles, Hansen and her band play more than 150 live performances annually, including the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fiesta Broadway, San Jose Jazz Festival and Newport Beach Jazz Festival.

Hansen has toured nationally with her band and has appeared or recorded with Tito Puente, Orquesta Los Van Van, Giovani Hildago and Vikki Carr. The band has opened for Los Lobos, Diane Schuur, Andy Montanez, Tito Nieves and Nestor Torres.

Band members are Susie Hansen, electric violin and lead vocals; Daniel Castillo, congas and lead vocals; Kaspar Abbo, guitar and lead vocals; Valerie Peterson, lead vocals; David Stout, trombone; Dean Roubicek, tenor sax and flute; Joe Rotondi, piano; Rene Camacho, bass and background vocals; Victor Baez, bongo and background vocals; and Willie McNeil, timbales.

Concertgoers are invited to bring picnic fare and blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. Jackets or sweaters are recommended as the weather may cool down during the second half of the event.

Parking is off-site only. Leave pets at home.

The final concert in the series is Elton: The Early Years on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 5. The sponsor is the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

For more information, call (805) 381-1247.

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