Music Hours: 6:30 to 10:30
Louie Cruz Beltran blends Afro Cuban rhythms with jazz, Latin jazz, pop and R&B influences.
Louie is an entertainer at heart – a bandleader who is also a superbly skilled conguero, timbalero and vocalist. Louie always connects with the audience with humor, solid musicianship and dazzling percussion work.
“…percolating percussion, catchy refrains and fiery arrangements….passion for performing.” — Performingartslive.com
“Louie and his band are stunners, mixing Afro-Cuban rhythms and R & B influences that will move and dazzle you…a passion for playing music…check out Beltran’s fiery percussion skills.” — OCWeekly
Louie has shared the stage with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Louie recently performed with legendary singer Vikki Carr to a standing ovation and sold out house at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. At the 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl Louie made a huge impact. To quote Richard Ginell of Variety “the Louie Cruz Beltran Jazz Ensemble was the unexpected triumph of the day.” Louie wowed the large crowd at the Sunset Jazz Festival (formerly the Concord Jazz Festival, ) sharing the bill with jazz stars Boney James, Patrice Rushen, and Eric Marienthal. Louie captivated young and old alike with is interactive theatrical/musical show during the final week of the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Hollywood Bowl Summer Sounds Series.