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Latine band debuts

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Performing at SL Spectacular event

In the spirit of reflecting Storm Lake's diversity, local Latin band Tormenta will hit the scene July 4 for their Star Spangled Spectacular debut.

The six-member band consisting of Carlos Gardeno on keyboards, bassist Daniel Cobarrubias, percussionist Jose Gilberto Gonzalez, drummer Adrian Ramirez, guitarist Luis Espana, and lead singer Rudy Martinez, specializes in both traditional and modern Latin music with a cutting-edge flare. A group of original and independent musicians, the band writes and performs all their own music and lyrics. Bassist Daniel Cobarrubias said that the self-taught rockers began playing together for fun over two years ago, despite their lack of prior musical experience. After purchasing their own equipment, and months of weekly hard work and practice, the band was ready to perform, but first had to decide on a name.

"Our lead singer Rudy decided on Tormenta. It means 'storm' in English,"Cobarrubias said.

With his sleek black ponytail and stylish wardrobe, lead singer Martinez contributes not only titles but also an image for the band. Not the only musician in his family, Martinez's brother, Jaime, is a member of Grupo Ritmo Latino, or Latin Rhythm Group, another Storm Lake band specializing in Latin sounds.

Once the group of friends officially became Tormenta, local success happened immediately. The band was offered jobs to play at many dances, parties and events among the hispanic community, including local dances at the Knights of Columbus hall, as well as wedding parties. Even during their downtime, the band continues to express their love for the music.

"We play at almost every party we go to." Cobarrubias said. "We like to do it, it's a lot of fun."

Because of their popularity, Tormenta plays for a large fan base ranging in ages from young children to even elderly fans who enjoy singing and dancing to their upbeat sound. The band plans to expand to create an even wider fan base in the near future by recording and selling their own CD.

The band is excited to expose their music to numerous cultures who understand that music breaks all barriers.

"We have people who come and listen to us even though they don't speak Spanish," Cobarrubias said. "That's a good thing about playing."

Tormenta will perform at noon July 4 at the Sunset Park Bandshell. Grupo Ritmo Latino will perform at 3:30 at the Chautauqua Park tennis courts.