About The Esquivel Megaband

"The perfect soundtrack for your space-age bachelor pad…"—WNYC

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica—in its “Esquivel Megaband” formation—is the world’s only way to experience the lost space-age pop music of Esquivel, live. Via meticulous transcriptions from the original mid-century hi-fi recordings, the band has recreated this masterful musician’s lost arrangements of the Hollywood, easy-latin, crime-jazz, and space-age bachelor pad sounds of the 1950s and 1960s. Featuring the music of Strayhorn, Porter, Lecuona, and others, the show exposes listeners to the wild, zany mind of Mexico’s king of space-age bachelor pad music. In stereo, of course!

Led by Mr. Ho (Brian O'Neill), a "percussion master and musical polymath" according to the Boston Phoenix, The Megband stirs up a sonic cocktail using six brass players, four woodwinds (covering 12 instruments), slide guitar, guitar, four singers, Hammond B3 organ, accordion, bass, drums, two percussionists, and Mr. Ho on piano and percussion as well. A 2011 Downbeat Rising Star Big Band with "incredible arrangements, musicianship, and artistic direction," the group has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Mexico and received international acclaim for its Exotica for Modern Living series of recordings, one of which plays in over 7,000 Starbucks stores worldwide.

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