The usual Salsa suspects like piano, congas, and timbales
with the addition of Hip Hop & funk elements.
Louie Alarcon / vocals
Vanessa Burden / vocals
Tosin Awofeso / piano and vocals
Dario Aravena / drum set and vocals
Oscar Alarcon / conga and vocals
Brad Taylor / bass
Chris Hall / sax
Tate Hearn / trombone
About The Band
La Vida Buena may look the part, but they are NOT your typical salsa band from Austin. Sure they have the usual suspects like piano, congas, and timbales, but what happens on stage is much more than that.
Their performance brings together sophisticated Latin riffs with elements of jazz and hip hop to keep dancers in step and the crowds grooving.
The members of La Vida Buena have coined the term, salsafication, to help describe their unique arrangement style, specifically when covering popular songs like Gin and Juice and Rolling in the Deep. The result leaves you wondering if Snoop Dogg could be half Cuban or Adele, a secret member of the Buena Vista Social Club.
La Vida Buena (Single) (December 2013)
Checkpoint Alpha (2014)
Louie "Luison" Alarcon is an Austin-based Latin hip-hop artist. He is the visionary, producer, and singer-songwriter of the 2009 debut album, “With a Little Help from My Friends”.
Luison delights his fans with salsa grooves and invites bilingual (English/Spanish) audiences to the party through his dual-language lyrics. This unique style of music introduces an original Latin sound to the hip-hop community while keeping traditional salseros in-step. A closer look at the weaving of these genres exposes a hotbed for merging cultures.
The freshman album, “With a Little Help from My Friends”, integrates salsa and Latin styles; including cha-cha-chá in “Trio”, merengue in “The Dance”, and seals the album with a funk at the end of “Yo Soy…”. With lyrics reminiscent of Luison’s “Tumbao” days (a popular salsa venue in Ciudad Juarez), his songs convey a seductive, “Latin lover” side through sarcasm, double entendres, and clever hooks.
The energy of his music fuels Luison’s live performances as he exhibits his true showmanship by singing, dancing, and rapping for those in the audience. With the instrumentation of a Latin big band, Luison has the talents to perform at venues any night of the week, be it salsa, hip-hop, or open-mic.