Ken Leighton 1:45 p.m., July 27
The HagerRivera Project
Sound description: Jazzy, soulful, Latin sounds.
RIYL: Malo, War, Nortec Collective, B-Side Players
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Inception: Encinitas, 2000
Influences: Carlos Santana, the Yellowjackets, Weather Report, Benny Rietveld, Jaco Pastorius, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Malo, El Chicano, Azteca, Voodoo Glow Skulls
The founders of the HagerRivera Project — Raul Rivera (guitar, vocals) and Joe Hager (drums) met in 2000 through an ad in the Reader. Originally called La Vagancia, their first EP in 2003, Cinco Rolas, was co-produced by Phil O’Keefe (Alien Ant Farm, Voodoo Glow Skulls). The band has no permanent singer, though Natascha Schalau frequently performs and records with them.