In the early days, I started a band Tommy E y Los Chicos. Later on I moved to San Jose, California and started a band called 6 Shades of Blues. Later I moved back to Albuquerque continued with Tommy E y Los Chicos. Then was picked up by Macho Power USA for 8 years. After That, I played with Revolution, Los Coroneles, Steve Jordan, Red Wine, The New Mexx Band, Thee Checkers, and so many other musicians and traveled all over the States and enjoyed every bit of it. Music is what I am. My style of music is variety, Rancheras, Country, Old School, Funk, Oldies, Rock, Reggae, Cumbias and Merengue.
Benito F. Gonzales Jr. - "Spanky"
Throughout the community here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I've been playing for over 27 years professionally. I started playing drums at the age of 5 which came pretty natural to me and playing saxophone by the age of 6. Being taught by my father Benito F. Gonzales Sr. better known as "Flaco", lead saxophone player of Manny and the Casanovas back in his playing days. My main instrument was saxophone all through my school age years. My first professional opportunity in the club scene was with a well-known guitarist of New Mexico Music, Mr. Ralph Paiz, better known as "Little Ralph". His band name was Little Ralph's Combo in which I played both Saxophone and drums for his band. I then went on to playsaxophone and drums with groups such as Tierra Caliente, The NightOwls Guerra, Trappie and the In Crowd, Los Chavos just to name a few. Then landing a great opportunity to play drums for a very well-known group here in New Mexico known as Los Hermanos Baca, Sons of the late great Max Baca Sr. A side from my father and all other musical influences, Max Baca Jr, now the owner and leader of his own Grammy Award Winning Tejano/Conjunto known as the Texmaniacs was a big influence on the drummer I am today. Through Max Baca Jr., I was blessed to have the opportunity to play alongside some great Tejano Musicians such as Flaco Jimenez, Oscar Tellez, Joel Guzman, David Farias, Isreal "Speedy" Villanueva and Michael Guerra accordion player for The Mavericks. After playing with both Baca Brothers, Max Baca Jr. moved on, and I continued to play with his brother Jimmy Baca and his local Conjunto. I've also been a freelance musician from then until now playing with some of the best New Mexico artists in the business. Including a great project I've been a part of for the past 3 years, with some great friends who are John Mancha, Leonard Gallegos and Tony Orduño. We are better known as Los Campeones Del Desierto Recording with Lorenzo Antonio, and Veronica from Sparx. Which brings me to where I am now, which is playing with Power Drive USA, Tommy Eylicio, Owner and leader, Ron Lucero, Juan Chavez and Pablo Chavez.
Juan E. Chavez Jr.
It's ALL About That Bass with Juan E. Chavez Jr. As I was little my Father had a band of his own, I started off playing as a young boy playing the Bass. My Father showed me everything I know today. My first band I played in was called Jackie y Sus Compas in Vista, California for about 5 years. Then I got into another band called Grupo Corona also in Vista California. I moved to New Mexico and go into a band called New Mexico Connection, we played in every little town possible in New Mexico. We Made a hit on the Spanish Channel on 88.1 my song was Combesito, hit number 8 on the top Ten on the Billboard, New Mexico Spanish Artists. As Time went on , I ran into Tommy Eylicio who had the band called Tommy Eylicio, Power Drive USA. I played with him for a Year and still to this day. My passion for Music will not stop, I was born to play instruments and today we have a band called Power Drive USA with new members their names are: Tommy Eylicio, Benito Gonzales, Ronnie Lucero, Paul Chavez and myself Juan E. Chavez Jr. I have been playing with Power Drive USA almost a year with them.
"So rockin' steady with the beat cuz it's all about dat bass."
**Oh Yea, I forgot to mention, I do all of this playing the Bass Upside Down and Backwards!
I started playing instruments at the age of 6 years old with my dad and uncles. I started on guitar and organ. I played trumpet and bass guitar in school a little drums at church. I also started singing when I played with bands and my bands as well. I started playing in bands at the age of 10 years old. I played with my family band. My dad, mom, brother and sister for a while. I played with the "A Ones", Tommy E. y Los Chicos, Vibora, Shades of Light, Flip Side, Al Hurricane, Leroy Mora y Los Duques, Myles West, and Street Scene as well as other accomplished NM Bands.
I had the opportunity to open up for Tower of Power, Tierra, Taylor Dayne, and a gospel group The Allies Featuring Bob Carlisle. I also opened for Little Joe, Ruben Ramos, Jay Perez, Yolanda Del Rio and Played along side Sunny Ozuna and Flaco Jimenez.
In 2013, I had the honor and pleasure to play with Jerry Lopez of Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns. The band called Jerry Lopez and Friends at the Lensic in SF NM. 2013, 2014 recording a live CD and DVD, and 2016.
I enjoy playing different styles of music including: Tejano, Rancheras, Cumbias, Salsa, Soul, Contemporary, R&B, Old School, Oldies, Big Band, Classic Rock and Country.
I have had the opportunity to record with Many band here in NM as well as arrange original music that artists have written.
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