The Marmalade Skies Project
with special guests
The Previous Owners

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20.00
Seniors: $15.00

Students: $10.00

This project is a heartfelt tribute to the timeless music of the Beatles, as told through many musical styles--rumba flamenca, the Afro-Cuban charanga, soul/jazz, Pink Floyd-style psychedelia--it's all here, the classic songs you know and love in brand-new instrumental settings.

The musicians:

Marcus Gerakos - guitarist, arranger

Since earning his bachelors' degree in music from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990, Marcus Gerakos has enjoyed an eclectic and busy career in music, from his collaborations with Grammy-winning percussionist Alex Acuna to his recordings with internationally-known reggae artist Avion Blackmon to performances with Grammy-winning saxophone legend Justo Almario and platinum-selling smooth-jazz pioneer John Klemmer. He has performed in the near and far corners of the world, from Canada and Mexico to Central America and the Far East. He is recognized by many of his well-known musical peers as one of the finest guitarists in the business. He has recorded in a variety of settings, including many TV and radio projects, and has a long list of CD credits as a session player. He has arranged and performed some of the classical guitar's most demanding literature, including the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin by Nicolo Paganini, as well as popular songs treated with intricate counterpoint and harmonies reminiscent of pianist Bill Evans.
He has earned critical praise as a solo artist, recording two albums and garnering international airplay and rave reviews as leader and composer of his Latin jazz group, Escenas. Two songs he wrote and arranged this past year for the children’s charity project, “Yes We Serve; For The Children”, have enjoyed considerable airplay in the U.S. and in Ghana, West Africa, where funds are being raised to build schools and youth camps for Ghanaian children. His latest solo release, “Marmalade Skies: Songs of The Beatles, Vol. 1”, features many of his well-known musical colleagues like Artie Webb, considered by many to be the finest Latin jazz flautist of his generation, and Francisco Loyo, arranger and musical director for Latin pop superstar Luis Miguel. “Marmalade Skies” and its predecessor, “As Twilight Approaches”, are both available through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and most other major online retailers. Marcus’s performing group, The Marmalade Skies Project, was invited to perform at the 2017 Winter NAMM Convention in Anaheim, where they garnered an artist endorsement from Audix Microphones, and at the manufacturing headquarters of DW Drum Manufacturers, where they performed at the world-renown Drum Channel Studio.

Marcus has been a guest lecturer at the campuses of UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, and Los Angeles City College, performing and discussing twelve of the twenty-four Caprices for Solo Violin, Opus 1, by the legendary violinist/composer Nicolo Paganini. His new album, “Twelve Caprices: The Art of Paganini”, is available at all major online retailers.

About this project: "Marmalade Skies" is my tribute to the heroes of my formative years, and the synthesis of my eclectic musical travels around the world. It's a tribute to the lasting power of great melodies and inventive arrangements, and to the Fab Four's fearless explorations into uncharted musical territories. They showed us all how great records are made. And this record, "Marmalade Skies", is my own personal thank-you letter to the creators of these timeless classics. My own magical mystery tour, if you will.

Francisco Loyo - keyboards

Grammy Award winning keyboardist, producer, arranger and composer Francisco Loyo studied music at the Conservatorio de Musica in Mexico City in the late 1970s, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and piano. During and after that time he was an in-demand keyboard player in Top 40 bands in Mexico City and Acapulco. In 1982 he relocated to New York and played in various bands there until 1985, when he moved to Los Angeles to take a gig as a house musician at Disneyland.

In 1993 Francisco was asked to join Luis Miguel’s touring band as the primary keyboardist and has been an arranger and also the musical director for the band since 1998. In addition he has written and produced songs on many of Luis Miguel’s most popular albums, including Mis Romances and the Grammy award winning Mexico En La Piel and Amarte es un Placer, which won three Latin Grammys including Album of the Year.


Richie Gajate-Garcia - drums, percussion

Richie Gajate-Garcia is a drummer, percussionist, clinician and educator. He has traveled the world and recorded with many renowned artists. His nickname is "El Pulpo" ("the octopus" in Spanish) in recognition of his unique rhythmic independence and ability to play multiple percussion instruments simultaneously.

Richie was voted one of the top Latin percussionists by his peers in the Modern Drummer Reader's Poll and one of the top Rock percussionists in DRUM! Magazine by its readers this year.

Gajete, who is Puerto Rican, grew up on the island with friends of his father which included Tito Puente and Armando Peraza and a deep appreciation for salsa and a love for Latin percussion. Gajete obtained his bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music in Chicago, as well as his teaching credentials.

Gajete is a sought after percussionist who has accompanied artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Amy Grant, Brooks and Dunn, Luis Miguel, John Denver, Art Garfunkel and many, many more.

He has recorded on soundtracks to films such as "The Italian Job", "Maid in Manhattan" with Jennifer Lopez, "I-Spy" with Eddie Murphy and the classic "The Mummy Returns" with the London Symphony. He is the percussionist of choice for the Disney studios and has played on many of the Disney Animated films such as; Kronk's New Groove, Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, Robots.
Richie has toured the world as a top clinician for Latin Percussion Inc. and Sabian Cymbals Ltd. He has two instructional videos produced by LP and distributed by Warner Bros. entitled "Close-Up on Congas" and "Close-Up on Bongos and Timbales" from the "Adventures in Rhythm" series.

He is the author of three instructional books published by Warner Bros. Publication entitled "Play Timbales Now", "Play Congas Now" and "Play Bongos and Hand Percussion Now". Richie is also a contributing author to DRUM! Magazine.
Richie has recorded three solo projects. His "Entre Amigos" CD celebrates his Latin roots and showcases Richie and his distinguished friends. This CD is a celebration of Richie's life.

His CD "Mis Tres Hijos" is an instrumental work of art, showcasing his ability to master the finesse of graceful percussion.
His third CD is entitled, "Reggaeson Con Tumbao" with R & T, (Richie and Thania). "Reggaeson Con Tumbao" is an offshoot of the popular style Reggaeton.

Eddie Resto - bass

At the age of 17, Resto was asked to perform for the hugely popular Afro Latin jazz orchestra "The Machito Orchestra" led by Latin Jazz giant, Mario Bauza. This was a turning point in his young career as he stayed on with this orchestra for 8 months. The exposure that he received from this wonderful opportunity led him to be demanded by many other great orchestras, bands and increased his musical opportunities. It was then that he realized he was on his way to something huge in the area of Afro Latin and Jazz music. 

By 19 years of age, Resto joined the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra in 1975, which had just won a Grammy for the recording of "The Sun of Latin Music". This recording opened up a new category for Latin music, as the Grammies had never before recognized or conceived Afro Latin music as a viable art form. 

As a result of this Grammy award, Palmieri enjoyed his most celebrated time and traveled the world extensively. Resto stayed on with Eddie Palmieri where he performed in major music venues and world-class music festivals involving Pop, Jazz, Rock and R&B music showing the music world how amazing and powerful Afro Latin music is. Resto had immense exposure at such a young age and as a result has performed, shared the stage, recorded and toured with notable artists such as Ruben Blades, Sonny Stitt, Tito Puente, Joe Cuba, Dizzy Guillespie, Jack Dejohnette, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Mongo Santamaria, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Harlow, Tania Maria, Rufus Reid, Airto and Flora Purim, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Carlos Santana, Daniel Ponce, Hector La Voe, Bobby Capo, Jaco Pastorius, Jose Fajardo, Gonzalo Fernandez, Nestor Torres, Eddie Zervigon, Mon Rivera, Willie Colon, Manny Oquendo y Libre, Bobby Capo, Dexter Gordon, Antonio Portanet, Sabicas, John Faddis, Lew Solof, Tom Malone, La Sonora Matancera, Eddie Gomez, Hilton Ruiz, Ismael Rivera, Artie Webb, Edy Martinez, Soledad Bravo, Maria Benitez, Candido, Jorge Dalto, Max Roach, Charlie Palmieri, Cortijo, Puntilla, Pete "EI Conde" Rodriguez, La Lupe and others too numerous to mention. 

Resto moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and continued to perform, tour, record and share the stage with talents such as Justo Almario, Alex Acuna, Larry Coryell, Strunz and Farah, Liz Torres, Marilyn McCoo, Luis Conte, Chick Corea, Poncho Sanchez, Rene Touzet, Don Tosti, Francisco Aguabella, Joni Mitchell, the Estrada Brothers, Patato Valdez, Cal Tjader, Kenny Burrell, Armando Perraza, Sammy Figueroa, Benny Maupin, Rita Moreno, Herbie Hancock, John Santos, Tony Bennett, Dave Pike, Bobby Shew, Shakira, Ray Armando, Dave Samuels and "the Caribbean Jazz Project", Jennifer Lopez, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Stanley Clarke, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Paul Rodriguez show, Candi Sosa, The Fania All Stars, Paul Simon, Lalo Guerrero and many others. 

This exceptional bassist holds an Associates Degree in music from Los Angeles Community College, a BM degree in Jazz studies and performance, as well as an MA degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University of Los Angeles. 

He maintains a strenuous music and film/television performance schedule, is a single father of his daughter Melina Resto, and serves his community by sharing, educating and empowering young people with the gift of music performances and studies. 

He is affiliated with inner city youth organizations such as the Henry Mancini Institute, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Urban League of America and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Because of his extensive experience in a broad range of musical styles, he has earned a reputation as a first class bassist regardless of the setting whether it is live, recorded, film, film/television soundtrack and/or sideline. He continues to contract for the above-mentioned musical settings. 

The Previous Owners

The Previous Owners are writers & musicians who tell stories of being lost (and sometimes found), by way of country, punk and Latin jazz influences that waft through the air and combine to be something distinctly southern Californian. Find out more about The Previous Owners and hear their music at




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