Otilia’s current project – “Otilia Donaire Band” – has her combining her singing talents with some of the Bay Area’s finest rock and blues musicians that consistently deliver a fun and interactive show filled with a huge repertoire of upbeat/danceable classic rock, blues, R&B and soul tunes that'll keep you on the dance floor. Otilia will be releasing her new album of Blues-Rock originals/covers with a full horn section and keys  on Jan. 1st 2024.

You can find Otilia and her bandmates rocking the house at clubs, bars, festivals and parties around the San Francisco Bay area and beyond!  [link to shows]

Regular Line up:
Bandleader/Lead Vocals: Otilia Donaire

Guitar/Vocals: Joe Lococo

Bass: Edgar San Gabriel / Chris Matheos

Drums: Robi Bean

Keys: Pamela Charlles Arthur
 

 

Otilia Donaire

Otilia Donaire is from San Francisco and always had a passion for performing but left it dormant for many decades until attended Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco for vocal lessons and numerous band performance workshops. It was the late San Francisco Bluesman, Johnny Nitro that was her instructor at Blues Bear who highly encouraged and mentored Otilia to pursue music professionally. Against all odds in 2009, Otilia went for it and has never looked back. Otilia loves to sing the Blues and just released a new album, Bluesin' it Up on Jan. 1st.

Joe Lococo

Seasoned pro guitarist, Joe Lococo is a highly respected and sought after Bay area sideman and band leader. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Joe has been a full-time professional musician all his life and has the chops to show it. For twenty years he played with world renowned, Jazz Saxophonist, Jules Broussard and is currently playing with a number of bands including performing for years at San Francisco's oldest Bar, The Saloon, as lead guitarist with their house blues Band, Lucky Strike and The Doorslammers. From Country to Rock to Blues, he is one of the most knowledgeable players around.

Edgar San Gabriel

Edgar San Gabriel is a musician with 44 years of performance success coupled with touring experience in eight countries. Born in Puerto Rico, Edgar was exposed to many musical styles and he is familiar with Caribbean, Central and South American, and Iberian genres. Edgar is also familiar with North American genres such as Blues, jazz styles, urban (Soul, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop), Country and Western and Rock. Edgar has performed or recorded with: Barry Finnerty - guitar (Miles Davis, The Crusaders, The Brecker Brothers, Ray Barreto) James (Mingo) Lewis - percussionist, drummer (Santana, Return To Forever, Al Di Meola, The Tubes) Jose (Chepito) Areas - master percussionist formerly with Santana (Oye Como Va, Black Magic Woman, etc.) Ernest (Boom) Carter - drummer formerly with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (played on "Born To Run") Edgar has recorded with the following acclaimed producers/engineers: John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani) Michael Rosen (Rancid, Testament, Tesla) Andrew Buckton (Crowded House)

Chris Matheos

Bassist, Chris Matheos from Rochester, NY is a super skilled and true veteran player that has impeccable timing, tone and a rhythmic "sixth sense" in knowing how to hit just the right notes in holding down a tight rhythm section. As a freelance musician he plays with a variety of bands across many genres which include notable NY blues artist, Bobby Radcliff. Spanky McFarlane, Clarence Clemmons and Johnny Burgin. He is also an accomplished Instructional Method Book Author, Music Instructor and Instrumental Jazz/Fusion/New Age bandleader with many CDs of original compositions.

Robi Bean