San Pedro Square Market
Singer, Otilia Donaire burst onto the California music scene in 2009, and has been tantalizing Bay Area audiences ever since. Otilia's powerful and gritty vocal style (reminiscent of rock and blues icons Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor) sings with raw depth and emotion, and has the adaptability to equally transition from a power driven rock song to a sultry, blues ballad in making her a crowd favorite. She is an exceptionally dynamic and versatile performer, who is as comfortable belting out hard core, down home blues standards as she is taking on vintage rock ockiand soul classics. Booking a show of strictly blues or a combo of R&B and classic rock, Otilia will custom tailor a show to fit your needs. [Link to playlists]
Otilia has a special ability to connect with her audience. Her confident and commanding stage presence, along with the passion and infectious energy she brings to every performance has drawn inspiration from music icons, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger, two of her childhood idols. Otilia consistently delivers a fun and interactive show filled with rock, blues and soul that'll make you want more. One thing you can always count on: when Otilia is singing, people are dancing. [Link to videos]
A native of San Francisco, Otilia began singing at a very young age. As a performer on the local talent show circuit, she realized early on that music was in her blood and that singing was her true calling. Sadly, her vocal talents lay dormant for several decades. She reignited her passion for music some ten plus years ago when she first enrolled in San Francisco’s Blue Bear School of Music. There, she was mentored by the late bluesman Johnny Nitro, who helped her refine her vocal abilities and encouraged her to pursue her dreams.
In 2009, Otilia and one of her fellow students at Blue Bear – guitarist Tom Polling – formed the group Against Leo, which has been touring Bay Area music venues for the past five years. Against Leo released a CD of original blues, rock and country songs, titled “Need Band Will Travel,” in 2011. [Link to CD purchase site] Otilia left Against Leo in August of 2014 and is eternally grateful to Tom Polling for being an instrumental force in helping Otilia hone her musical abilities that enabled her to branch out and start her own band.
Otilia’s current project – “Otilia Donaire and The Back Alley Boys” – has her combining her singing talents with some of the Bay Area’s finest rock and blues musicians. You can find Otilia and her bandmates rocking the house at clubs, bars, festivals and parties around San Francisco and beyond. You can catch her monthly show in San Francisco at the famous Condor Club in San Francisco (North Beach). [Link to calendar of upcoming gigs]
San Pedro Square Market
SF Monthly Show @ The Condor Club
560 Broadway Street, San Francisco
The historic Condor Club is located in the North beach section of SF at the corner of Broadway & Columbus that supports live music in featuring local bands Friday's thru Sunday's.
Line up: Lead Vocals: Otilia Donaire, Guitar/Vocals: Joe Lococo, Bass: Marc Levine & Drums: Robi Bean.
Bethel Island 50's Bash 2016
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