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RUBÍ

WHO WE ARE

Rubí is a straight up Rock & Roll band founded by two New Yorkers: tenor vocalist/lyricist José Joaquín García, black Puerto Rican from the Lower East Side, and composer, arranger and rhythm guitarist Jesse Alexander Myerson, Jewish kid from Washington Heights. Together, they have created an authentic Rock & Roll Neoyorquino band sound, tying together old school styles with a brand new spirit, and carrying the lineage of Puerto Rican/Jewish collaborations throughout music history into the 21st Century. For that purpose, they have assembled a group of seasoned gunslinger New York musicians to round out Rubí: ruthless shredder Elvin Cartagena on guitar, the smooth queen of funk Jessie Cartagena on bass, el maestro Jonathan Hardy on the keys, Urbano "In the Pocket" Sanchez on drums, and barrio boy Chéo Rodriguez on percussion.

"Rubí brings a heavy sound with nasty grooves, performing in Spanish and English with full-throttle urgency. Their mixture of original tunes and old time Boricua classics, injected with Rubí's special brand of asphalt, creates a unique sonic experience. José and Jesse set out to make a New York sound serious enough to reflect the current moment, and fun enough to keep the people dancing all night -- so dance!"
 

BAND MEMBERS

José Joaquin Garcia (tenor/actor) was born and raised in Alphabet City, Manhattan's Lower East Side, where he learned his passion for singing and developed the incredible sense of urgency  that is palpable when he steps up to the microphone....read more

José Joaquin Garcia (tenor/actor) was born and raised in Alphabet City, Manhattan's Lower East Side, where he learned his passion for singing and developed the incredible sense of urgency  that is palpable when he steps up to the microphone....read more

Jessie Alexander Myerson (guitarist, arranger, composer, and producer) is artistic collaborator and arranger of RUBÍ, the band...read more

Jessie Alexander Myerson (guitarist, arranger, composer, and producer) is artistic collaborator and arranger of RUBÍ, the band...read more

Jessie Cartagena (Bass) is originally from Japan. Inspired by a Japanese singer-songwriter named “The Water of Life” Jessie began playing the guitar, singing, and composing songs when she was 13 years old...read more

Jessie Cartagena (Bass) is originally from Japan. Inspired by a Japanese singer-songwriter named “The Water of Life” Jessie began playing the guitar, singing, and composing songs when she was 13 years old...read more

 
Elvin A. Cartagena (guitarist, bassist, and composer) grew up in the inner City of Brooklyn, New York, listening, learning, and absorbing the sounds of Latin music, R&B, Funk, Motown, Stax, Philly Sound, MFSB, Blues, Country, Rock, and Pop music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s...read more

Elvin A. Cartagena (guitarist, bassist, and composer) grew up in the inner City of Brooklyn, New York, listening, learning, and absorbing the sounds of Latin music, R&B, Funk, Motown, Stax, Philly Sound, MFSB, Blues, Country, Rock, and Pop music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s...read more

 
Chéo Rodriguez (congas) E. D. O. C.'s own, Cheo Rodriguez (aka - uc4). Born en La Perla del Sur, Ponce, Puerto Rico. I've been around...read more

Chéo Rodriguez (congas) E. D. O. C.'s own, Cheo Rodriguez (aka - uc4). Born en La Perla del Sur, Ponce, Puerto Rico. I've been around...read more

Jonathan Hardy (keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger) has taught music in Brooklyn public schools for the past 15-years in collaboration with BAX teaching artists José Joaquín García and Donna Costello...read more

Jonathan Hardy (keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and arranger) has taught music in Brooklyn public schools for the past 15-years in collaboration with BAX teaching artists José Joaquín García and Donna Costello...read more

Urbano Sanchez (drums) more to come...read more

Urbano Sanchez (drums) more to come...read more

 

PRESS

VIDEOS


"Pobre Gaviota"

RUBÍ @ Don Pedro in Williamsburg, Brooklyn November 4, 2016

"Green Walls"

RUBÍ @ Don Pedro in Williamsburg, Brooklyn November 4, 2016

"Te Están Buscando"

@ Don Pedro in Williamsburg, Brooklyn November 4, 2016

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Photos by Justin M. Weiner


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Please contact Soldanela Rivera for all PRESS inquiries at Sol@soldanela.com

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Please contact José Joaquin Garcia for all BOOKING inquiries at rubibandnyc@gmail.com


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