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Orquesta Borinquen

Profile for Orquesta Borinquen a local salsa band from the San Francisco Bay Area

Orquesta Borinquen


Location: San Francisco, CA
  • El Trombonista (2007)


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Phone: (510) 508-8210


Orquesta Borinquen is a powerhouse Salsa band from the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of the longest running Bay Area salsa bands today.

The group features a mix of young talent backed by established musicians, playing a decidedly dancer friendly mix that covers a variety of genres. Depending on the crowd and night, Orquesta Borinquen plays an exciting live mix, with a set-list that varies from hard and fast “salsa dura” to more relaxed salsa romantica and everything in between. Despite these varied styles, the band is able to bring an authenticity and “naturalness” to their music that allows each song to stand out on its own.

The group’s hard hitting style is a testament to the band’s experience. Individual members have toured and played with some of the biggest names in music, including Latin greats such as Jerry Rivera and Tito Nieves, as well as main-stream acts like Earth Wind and Fire. Borinquen performs regularly throughout the Bay Area, and remains a favorite at many top venues.


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Bill Ortega Sr. (Manager), Carlos Xavier (Lead Vocals/Composer), Marco Montoya (Piano/Composer), Gilberto Roman (Bass), Bill Ortega Jr. III (Trumpet/Timbales/Coro), Freddy Martinez (Tenor Sax/Coro), Joe Camacho (Bari Sax), Aaron Routtenberg (Timbales/Vocals), Ricky Gomez (Bongo/Campana), Eric Mendez (Congas)
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