415 290 1130 raquel@raq.com


I’d like to thank all my clients, whom I am honored to have performed for.  I cherish all their testimonials, and I hope to see them again!

I gathered these reviews from my Yelp page.  If you need more references, I’d be glad to provide more information.


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A truly wonderful experience! Raquel and friends were very professional and exceptionally talented.  We had them play for our friends and family at our wedding reception and it was an absolute treat to end the evening. Raquel sang a beautiful song that she had written for us as well as some great latin music.  We could not have been more pleased with their performance and would definitely hire them again.  Thank you Raquel!

Cj T thru Yelp on 8-2-18

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We book Raquel for a large reception (500 people) of mostly international attendees. Even in a large venue, Raquels music and voice created an intimate atmosphere that made our attendees and staff feel welcomed.  We found her on GigSalad easily and were impressed by her professionalism. We booked her from DC, and had to do all our planning from out of state, but Raquel put our minds at ease, we told her a little bit about the event and she created a wonderful set list for the night. They were early and ready to play right at the start of the event.  As easy as Raquel was to work with it was the music that truly stands out. Her and her band sounded amazing and I’m so glad we were able to book them for our event.

Anne Q. on December 22, 2015

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We have used Raquel & her band for the second time as they did an outstanding job. They arrived on time and were ready to go at the start of our customer reception. Our theme this year was a Speak Easy/End of Prohibition; our guests really enjoyed their music from that era. Would highly recommend them & will use them again.

Karen H. on March 7, 2016

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Raquel and her band were phenomenal! I received so many compliments on the band during and after our corporate event. If you want a band to make you look great at your next corporate event, I highly recommend Raquel – they were prompt, communicative, very friendly and outstanding musicians!

Cheryl S., Acero Capital


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Searching for a Salsa, Jazz, Latin Band for our daughter’s 50th birthday celebration from the other side of the country – Atlanta to Pacifica–was not without fear and trepidation.  After speaking to Raquel and hearing her music on the web, I knew I had found the right person who would ensure we had the right sound for making our daughter’s day very special.  Raquel and her Band were true professionals.  They showed up early and were ready to go precisely on time.  Our four-year-old grandson loves music and was made an honorary band member—making him very happy.  Our guests-including the kids—loved the band and loved dancing to the music.  We could not have been more pleased.  If you are searching for an awesome Jazz, Salsa, Latin Band you will be delighted if you select Raquel and her band.

Peggy D.

Atlanta, GA


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After a long tedious research for a Jazz band for my husband’s surprise 50th last month, I selected Raquel and her band. And I am glad I did, she is so professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. She and I spoke on the phone few times before the event, she took all the information and on the day of the event reached right on time to set up and play. My husband is a big jazz fan and he was very impressed with Raquel’s talent. I had 80 people at the party, each and everyone came to me during the party and afterwards to tell me what a gem I had discovered. I totally recommend her and her band. Wishing her all the best for an amazing future.

Shibani J.

San Jose, CA


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Raquel was a hit with San Ramon Rotary members when she entertained the club with her Brazilian jazz performance. It was an enthusiastic response from a group of professionals who appreciated her wonderful voice and music interpretation. She was just GREAT. I would recommend for virtually any occasion.

Gary S.

San Ramon, CA


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OMG, Raquel and her band are incredible!!!  I can’t state this enough.  I have been a musician since a little kid and am a big Jazz enthusiast.  They sounded so good, so balanced, so tight, and Raquel’s voice is freaking awesome!  The videos on her website don’t show how good they really are. Our venue had horrible acoustics but they still sounded awesome!  It’s been 4 weeks since our wedding and people are still coming up to us and talking about how good the band was.  It was like having a real show as part of our reception.  As a jazz fan I can tell you I don’t know why she isn’t big time.  They played “Dance Me to the End of Love” and it was the best I have ever heard anyone cover that song (apart from Leonard Cohen of course)..simply amazing.  I could go on and on about the music, but I also want to add how professional they were.  The whole transaction was simple and easy with no hassles whatsoever.  She even wrote a song for us…how awesome is that?  They are easily worth double what they are charging.  It just simply doesn’t get much better…honestly.  With that band and her amazing voice, they really really should be big time!!   I have seen many live bands, and have been to Yoshi’s more times than I can remember and these guys are among the best of the best that I’ve seen.  Thank you guys so much..you made our celebration so memorable!!!!!!

Ed S.

Milpitas, CA


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What an amazing performance. Raq and band played for our corporate dinner cruise for a group out of Greece and even during dinner they were receiving applause after each song. The song selection and her voice were right in sync with what our client had in mind. Thank you for a job well done. You are very professional as well to work with. looking forward to the next time we can hire this band.

Edwin I.

Los Angeles

June 8, 2015

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Raq and her band were amazing for our Wedding, and we wish we could give them 10 stars!

At our wedding, Raq and her band played for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, including the dancing. Bossa Nova, Latin, Motown, and some contemporary stuff was thrown in —  It was amazing!

People came up to me after and during the reception and told me that I had set a new bar hiring this band. Mission accomplished!

Raq worked great coordinating with our wedding planner, and when were in a pinch for some mic equipment for the ceremony, she generously offered her equipment.

Thanks Raq for making our wedding so incredible!

Dutchy S.

San Francisco, CA


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Raquel and her band did a wonderful job at my wedding day!! She has a beautiful voice and the band it’s great as well. If you want a great music for a wedding, where everybody can eat or talk without screaming to each other, and enjoy a great time with a good selection of music, please contact her! you will be happy of having done so.

Karina Gamez

October 21, 2014

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Raquel and her band were excellent! Raquel is an amazing singer. Raquel worked with me on the choice of music to be sung and met my needs with the selection of Spanish and English song choices. My guests were enjoying the music and were dancing and commenting on how much fun they were having. I would recommend Raquel to anyone that wants to make their wedding or any event a hit! Thank you so much Raquel! We had a joyous and memories to last a lifetime!

Gratefully yours,

September 28, 2014

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Everything that everyone has said about Raquel was absolutely 100% correct. When I read all the reviews about Raquel the same thing was being said, she is classy, elegant and so professional. The band followed suit as well! What a pleasure it was to deal with Raquel and her band, their sound was beautifully soothing! I received compliments on the band all night long. I strongly recommend Raquel and her jazz band for your next event, you will NOT be disappointed.

Mandy F.

September 13, 2014

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Wedding September 6th 2014 at Rosewood Sandhill

Robert and I hired Raquel and her Band for our Wedding Reception in September…and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect artist. Raquel was amazing and exceeded our expectations. For our party, we chose Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz…which she nailed. Raquel is a true professional with a pitch perfect sensual voice and a warm elegant style. Her Band is equally talented with amazing instrumentals and guitar and together they made perfect music for a perfect evening. We received endless praise about Raquel from guests and staff alike. Among Bay Area Performers, she is truly a top notch first class talent and we plan to attend her public performances in the future. She’s just that good. Thank you Raquel, for being part of our day and making it so special.

Your fans, Marc and Robert, San Francisco

Wedding: 09/06/2014

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Raquel and her band did an amazing job at our wedding! They played all of the songs we asked for — including ones they had never played before — and raquel played a couple songs that she had specifically written for weddings which were beautiful. Everyone raved about the band! Highly recommend her!


Wedding: 05/31/2014

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Raquel and her lovely group provided a sophisticated sound for the wedding I planned on May 31, 2014. Not only the guests, but vendors as well, commented on the elegance of her performance and quality of sound. I would definitely recommend her and plan on adding the group to my own vendor’s list.

Denise Kramer
Denise Kramer Weddings

Wedding: 05/31/2014

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My husband and I hired Raquel and her band to play for a dinner party after our wedding reception in October.  My husband was raised in Brazil and I knew that it would be a special treat to have bossa nova (and other latin jazz) for him and his family incorporated into the evening.  One of our guests was personal friends with Jobim so we wanted someone that our guests would really appreicate.  We hadn’t seen Raquel perform live and so were simply going off of her referrals and a few video clips we found online.

I must say that I am so grateful that we hired Raquel.  She and her band raised the calibre of our celebration and most of our guests thanked us afterward for the “gift” of her music for the evening.  Our friend that had known Jobim (composer of “the girl from impanema”) told Raquel that he loved her music and that Jobim himself would have appreciated her performance of his music.

We were not sure if our guests would dance much that night but Raquel’s music lifts you out of your seat and you just can’t help yourself!  She played exactly the music that we requested, was a complete professional and delight to work with.  We highly recommend Raquel and suspect she raises the calibre at every event she performs.
Robert M


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I am a photographer and videographer who photographed for a friend’s wedding last Saturday. I enjoyed so much photographing and enjoying the event under her band’s tunes!

She really brought a special glow to the room which made the atmosphere happy and warm.

Thanks Raquel for sharing your wonderful talent! I’ll spread the word.

Eli Z.

October 7, 2013

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July 10, 2013

Raquel and her band are amazing!  I am an event coordinator at The Winery SF and I had a pleasure of listening to them at one of my weddings.  Raquel has an amazing voice and is very bubbly and easy to work with.  If your looking for a great band with a variety of genres that will get your guests on the dance floor Raquel and her band are definitely it!

Kylie H.

Daly City

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I have been a big follower of Raquel’s music since 2005, I had finally caught up with her in 2013 and found out she is still the best Filipino & Latin salsa local bay area band out there and still making a big name for herself and the band. My wife and I decided to hire her and her musically vocally talented team to cater to our wedding, which made it even more memorable being of Filipino decent an my wife being 1/2 Italian & 1/2 Costa Rican. Raquel & her band sang & performed Latin & Filipino music throughout the reception, she also join me for a little salsa dance session. On top of that she sang beautiful traditional Filipino wedding song for me & my wife which made it even more memorable night for us.

If you ever get the opportunity to hear about them playing anywhere here in the Bay area make sure to check them out and make sure to wear your dancing shoes that night cause Raquel & her band will have you dancing the night away with there sexy sultry jazzy sounds! I recommend if you are looking for some good entertainment to hire them for your next intimate gathering, wedding, or even just some backyard boogie!!!


Wedding: 07/06/2013

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April 21, 2013

Raquel was awesome! She has a beautiful, beautiful voice and she and her band were nice, friendly, professional, we really enjoyed their performance. Couldn’t ask for better! We were lucky to have them at our party! Thank you.

Raluca N.

Plesanton, CA

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November 14, 2012

We hired Raquel for an alumni reception at the Disney Museum, and our guests are still raving about the band. The music was perfect for the atmosphere, we even had people dancing, which we never get. It was lively enough to keep the crowd entertained, but not so overwhelming that people were still able to carry on conversations.
Raquel was great to work with, professional, and just really a nice person.
Highly recommended!

Eliza W.

La Jolla, CA

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So glad we choose Turnaround Band with Raquel Berlind as the lead singer for our wedding reception.

We wanted to go with a classy feel, decided to go with a live band. It made a huge difference and Turnaround and Raquel really showed up for us. They were very professional and a tight group that clearly love what they do.

They provided music during the cocktail reception and during the dinner.

Raquel worked with us, they learned the first dance we requested and even introduced an amazing dance teacher to give us a few lessons. The first dance was so much fun and everyone was surprised (even me!).

Raquel has great energy and a great voice.

I highly recommend this Quartet for any of your inspiring functions.

Steve M.

San Francisco, CA

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What a voice!  The first time I heard her voice was on the radio.  I had to pull over and call the radio station to find out the name of the singer.

Chistina V.

Alameda, CA

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January 26, /2013

I had Raquel perform at my employee Christmas party in Half Moon Bay at HMB Golf Links. I wanted to do a Latin Theme and found her to be the best fit for the type of party I had for my guests. They are still raving over her performance and so am I. Thank you Raquel and your Band for doing the best job and making that night magical for everyone.

Chef Richard

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June 12, 2012

Raquel and her band played at our wedding reception held at the Grand Island Mansion. They were outstanding! I heard her play in a friends wedding and I arranged for her to play in my wedding as well.The music was amazing and Raquel is so sweet and thoughtful. She even learned a song and played it just for us. Her band is very professional and easy to work with. We recommend her and will be using her in future events of our family!

Ashley F.

Santa Maria, CA

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May 8, 2012

Raquel and the other members of the band were on time, they were set up and ready to go before the event. The other band did not show so Bolero y Mas played longer than we agreed on with enthusiasm. They are very professional, I would recommend them to a friend.

P. Morgan

Danville, CA

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Raquel and her musicians played for our holiday party of about 60 held in the lobby of the high-rise building we manage in downtown San Francisco. They were absolutely AMAZING! People were constantly complimenting on the music and she really set the tone for a great evening. Her vocals are rich and smooth and her ability to sing a variety of styles makes for a great set list. Not only is she a great vocalist, have top notch instrumentalist and very professional – she is such a pleasure to work with and a wonderful person. I would highly highly recommend her for any function big or small and hope to book her for future events!!! Thank you Raquel!!

Watermark H

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November 15, 2011

“We hired Raquel and her latin band, Bolero y Mas, to play at our wedding in Monterey. They played soft jazzy tunes and bossa nova for the dinner portion and upbeat latin tunes full of energy and rhythm for the dancing portion. The dance floor was packed until late hours of the night! We don’t have enough words to describe how amazing it was. We heard so many wonderful things on how much fun our guests had that night and we are still hearing our guests compliment the band and Raquel’s magical voice. Her husband, who is also in the band, even did a fantastic job with our announcements. One thing that really made the night special for us was that the band learned a song for us to play for our choreographed first dance. We intentionally chose to have it be the first song of the night, before dinner. Our unique dance surprised our guests and the band’s incredible sound completely blew our guests away!!! It was fantastic and we are so happy to have had them perform at our wedding. Having a wedding in a beautiful hotel next to the ocean with the wonderful music of the band, it really made our night spectacular.. and a night to remember!!”

Laila and Nimah

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November 3, 2011

Raquel and her band Bolero y Mas were amazing at my wedding. Everyone kept coming up to me to tell me how good they were and how it was so much better than hiring a DJ. Raquel is very professional in that she is accomodating, easy to reach and great to work with. If you are looking for a band that will get your people up and dancing this is the band to pick. They were able to get people who don’t dance on their feet! They were worth every penny….and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a band that is lively, energetic, professional and fun!

Daniela Mendoza

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June 23, 2011

Raquel and her band played at our private party in our back yard recently for a group of 35 people. What can I say, she is great and her music is great.   She even added an additional musician to the group for the event.  She has a wide range of songs, something for everyone.   She has a great voice and has accomplished musicians.  She really made our party special.  I would recommend Raquel for any private party or wedding.  She is special and will make your event special.

Ken H.

Novato, CA

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May 31, 2011

Raquel and her husband throw together the most perfect ensembles for your event.  Being a music major through college as well as a drummer currently, when I first heard them at a wedding I was photographing, upon completing their first phrase, I was just mesmerized.  Raquel’s soulful and smooth voice, her husbands amazing musicianship as well as their wide range of genres, makes them one of my highest respected groups out there.  I photograph over 75 events per year and hear a lot of entertainment.  Raquel and her husband are definitely at the top of my list!!

Damion Hamilton


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May 30, 2011

Bob and I were married May 13, 2011 at the Groezinger Estate on the Villagio/Vintage Inn property in Yountville (Napa).  We live in Florida and we were not familiar with the wedding vendors. We ended up selecting the best team ever including  Raquel and her band. Raquel was recommended to us by Damion Hamilton ( amazing photographer – be sure to call him ).  Raquel responded immediately and went above and beyond what we expected  Originally we booked her and 4 group members. We requested “One in a Million You” by Larry Granam.  She started to learn the song, but quickly realized a male vocalist was needed.  She hired another person at no additional cost to the amount she originally quoted.  He sang it beautifully  All our guests loved the band and Raquel.  I will say at first I was a little hesitate because we thought the band played mostly Latin music.  They played great Jazz And other songs that everyone recognized and loved. They all dressed beautifully and appropriate for the event and pictures  Be sure to include this band in your event. You will not be disappointed


Bradenton, Florida

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May 23, 2011

This band is amazing. Not only was Raquel a great singer and the band amazing musicians, but they also were a pleasure to work with. They even learned a song for me for our first dance at the wedding. I could not have asked for a better band or group to work with during this very special event. I would recommend them to anyone for any event! Not only was I impressed with this band, but so was the venue that I used for the wedding. They told me that they would make it to their preferred vendor list! If I could give 10 stars I definitely would!


Brooklyn, New York

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Raquel and her band were great! We enjoyed they’re performance and we did not get anything but positive feedback from the audience! Thanks Again!

Karla H

University of San Francisco

School Assembly, San Francisco, CA

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February 28, 2011

Raquel was just my husband & I wanted for our Wedding!

After month’s of researching latin local bands I came across her website heard a couple of her songs and knew I wanted to see her perform. She invited us to listen at one of her many public events. It was perfect, she was romantic and soulful and I knew then I wanted to hire them for our big Day.

We wanted Latin music played that represented our cultures, style and also keep our guest dancing all night long. I was already stressed with all the other plans, She was quick to response to my calls and emails. contract was a piece of cake. We gave Raquel a couple of suggestions of music we wanted to hear, it was that simple!

Raquel was just wanted we wanted she had our crowd going from the start with the cocktail hour, soft romantic Jazz sounds to the evening filled with salsa, bolero y Mas!  They did that and more, some of our guest got the chances to sing with the band and play some instruments. I still hear comments about how great the Band and how much fun our wedding was.

Our expectations of our Wedding Day was met, we can’t thank her enough.

Martha R.

San Jose, CA

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This band for the last two years has rocked my boat at lunch hour ! At Summer Concerts at lunch in downtown plazas, I have enjoyed their music in Español and although inappropriate word: “They Rock” with happy dancing music. I am a dancer and just picking up people from the audience have had some SERIOUS dancing !
I also followed them to a different beat, not sure it it was a quartet or trio but they played jazz at the Rincon Hill Bldg at lunch hour, the noise around was high and sat up close to them and they sounded as good with jazz/blues as they did with Salsa dancing/Latin Spanish music. The singer Raquel delivers with feeling the songs whether in English or Spanish that is my perception. I of course, am 100% bilingual !!
I bought her CD sold at the lunch concert and recommend to any people that like dancing or would like a class jazz band for their wedding, party or something ! Now its the time. The holidays are coming, we have to celebrate kissing (almost) 2010.
Emilio Victorio
Public Servant Employee

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November 16, 2010

My wife and I decided to throw me a 50th birthday celebration.  I had been at a party 2 years earlier where we saw Raquel and her conjunto play.  They were fantastic then and we were hopeful that they would bring the same energy and joy we experienced at the other party.  I told Raquel, 2 years earlier, “you have to play my 50th”.

They were fantastic in spite of some less than ideal circumstances.  The band was in our Sunset District backyard with very little lighting in fairly cold weather.  It wasn’t the best setup for the band.  Despite these problems, the 7 piece band came and played 3 great sets.  The energy was positive and Raquel and her group were consummate professionals.  Everyone was raving about the quality of the music and the musicians.

The highlight of the party was at the beginning of the 3rd set.  It was pretty cold outside and the band was about to begin their 3rd and last set.  During the break the entire party came inside the house to talk and warm-up.  I had an idea, which surprised me since I had been partying with some fine tequila.  I suggested that we reduce the band to four musicians and bring them inside to play in our small entryway, where we had our piano.  It was spontaneous and unexpected.  Raquel and her band were up for it.  They brought in their mikes, the congas, the guitarist, the pianist and Raquel and one other of her musicians who was singing and playing rhythm equipment.  THEY ROCKED THE HOUSE!  It was a fantastic experience.  The band and the crowd were intermingled and became one.  People were dancing in the entryway, the living room, the dining room and the kitchen.  They let me play and sing with them.  The band also felt the joy and returned to us an unbelievable last set.

People are still talking about my party, not only as a great experience, but also as a great gift to them of food, drink, music and community. Raquel and her group were the pulse of the party.  She provided the sound track for one of my life’s fantastic memories.  Well done Raq!

Thank you.  Besos y Abrazos.  Jason

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September 27, 2010

I heard her CD and decided then and there she was going to be my wedding singer! Asi de facil, yes, the  band is THAT good!

A little background: Raquel and her band performed at BAHIA’s 35th Anniversary and Silent Auction Fundraiser back in June. I was unable to attend but kept hearing great things about their sound. My sisters attended the event and suggested I seriously consider her  to sing at my wedding. I looked at her very busy calendar and went to see her and the band  perform at Cocina Poblana in Jack London Square.

They were having a birthday party for Raquel and she was singing so beautifully. My fiance and I had told her we were there to see her and she was so cute, and dedicated a song to us, I still remember… “besame, besame mucho… como si fuera la ultima vez”… Great Great voice!!! Juan and I made our final decision that night.

Top things I knew I wanted from a band:
1. A woman “singer”
2. that SHE be soulful, romantic, charismatic, diverse musically
3. Instruments had to be on point (no squeaky stuff)

Raquel was that and so much more! She not only had the crowd going, she exceeded my husband’s and my expectations to the fullest.  I love Raquel’s style. Shes such a unique woman, her dress, speech, and aura purely  glow.

The last thing I needed was stress at my wedding, Raquel and the band totally DELIVERED, w/a Capital D! There’s so much to say about her and the band. The guys are totally fun, energetic and majorly talented!

Overall dealing with Raquel from day 1 and signing a contract was easy as 123. No hassle, no worries and an extremely happy happy ending!

Thanks for your hard work, dedication, and sabor Raquel!!

Sara P.

Berkeley, CA

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September 20, 2010

Raquel sang with a guitarist and a bassist for a fundraising here at work. Although there were just these two great gentlemen providing the sounds, Raquel sang the songs with different tone, style, and treatment showcasing her versatility.

“Stand By Me” was a personal favorite but her delivery of “The Girl from Ipanema” to “Summertime” to “Fly me to the Moon” and the Spanish song “Mi Corazon”, one can totally enjoy her sultry and playful style.

Roland E.


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September 8, 2010

The jazz\latin quartet with Raquel played at my wedding reception and they were amazing! When I first was thinking about hiring them, I checked out their website at raq.com, and listened to the videos. They were very good. But when they started playing live at the reception, I was blown away. Those videos did not do them justice. The energy that they bring to the performance can not be shown in those videos. My wedding reception was a blast, and everyone who was there continues to tell me so. But it was Raquel and her quartet that made so great. I would hire the again in an instant! And I would VERY HIGHLY recommend hiring them over anyone else.

Scarlett W.

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September 7, 2010

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Raquel con Bolero y Mas recently performed at our Excelsior’s small fair in May 2010. She draws her audience in with her charisma and energy and sultry dance moves. She performed latin jazz and bossa nova music.Raquel voice is quite sensual and it’s a pleasure to have a talented artist like her in the bay area. She has a wonderful band of skilled musicians that deliver the complete package of excellence. We look forward to each show because she brings a creative flair to her show.

Rose R.

San Francisco, CA

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We were delighted to have Raquel and Bolero y Más play for BAHIA’s 35th Anniversary celebration and Silent Auction fundraiser.  From the moment they took the stage our guests were excited by the music and SABOR they added to the event.  They were definitely a highlight and I had many guests comment on how much they enjoyed the performance.  If you want to see a fun, lively, entertaining, and classy group that will get you in the mood to dance – you have to check out them out!  They were everything we hoped for and more!  We will definitely be using them again for future events.

Sylvia G.


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I have seen this band twice…a year or so ago at Bing Crosby’s  in Walnut Creek and again recently at Cocina Poblana in Jack London Square. Raquel is an incredible entertainer and salsa dancer. The band including bongo player and singer Alexey is filled with positve energy and talent. Get on her e-mail list and you won’t be without great musical entertainment options.

Marj T.

Hayward, CA

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This is the second time that Racquel has played an event for Wholefoods Market. In the middle of Noe Valley we staged her for a grand opening party and everyone was blown away. With so much going on, at first you hear music, but as time passed it became obvious that Raquel had become the center of attraction. Great energy, sound and audience involvement. Make sure she brings her dancers with her, they were amazing. We’ll be doing this again.

Mimi F.

Wholefoods Market

Emeryville, CA

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For 2 years in a row, we’ve had Raquel and her terrific group of musicians play our backyard Summer Fiesta.  WOW and more WOW!  Our family, friends, and THEIR families and friends LOVE LOVE LOVE the beautiful and talented Raquel!  These guys keep everyone on their feet non-stop with salsa, bolero y mas!  (I should mention that half our crowd are salsa-mad Colombians with high expectations!)


San Francisco, CA

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You guys were awesome!  Our family and friends were thrilled!  Really hope the band had a good time.  You definitely have the SHINE, girl — I know there will be a day when people won’t believe me when I say –  “YES!  We had Raquel IN OUR BACKYARD!”  Thanks!


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Bolero Y Mas and Raquel, a local gem that must be heard and seen by anyone serious about Salsa dancing and Latin Jazz music. They play beautiful pieces spanning a broad spectrum of Latin music from Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, and of course Bolero! This variety of music is unheard of from other bands which typically play the same style of music-over and over. Not with this group- you will be entertained for hours nonstop.

Raquel’s voice is particularly captivating with slow tempo pieces (Bolero for example) when her emotions get involved with the song. Many of their renditions are masterfully performed and some are frankly better than the originals. The band consists of very talented musicians led by a superb drummer (Cuban I believe). These guys are born to sing, dance and entertain and their energy level is highly contagious.  My wife and I got addicted to this band when they played here Thursdays in the East Bay last summer and we hope that they find a local venue nearby again. We can’t wait.

Ed S., Dublin

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My family and guests thoroughly enjoyed Bolero Y Mas’s performance. They kept the music playing and made the environment friendly and fun. Raquel is an amazing singer and the band is full of talented musicians. I would highly recommend her for any type of social event. My graduation party was a huge success and the type of music they played was for all ages. They were great when it came to song requests and can play all different types of Latin music. If you are looking for a versatile salsa/Latin band-here they are!

Dominique F

Graduation Party, San Francisco, CA

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Hello Raquel!
Chris Allard and I have enjoyed your shows with Boleros y Mas for a few years now.  We first heard you play at Octavia Lounge when we were in law school.  You had us dancing salsa all night!  Just a few months ago, we heard you at Bing Crosby’s which was excellent!
Well, just a few weeks ago, Chris proposed and we are now engaged!  We realized that Raquel con Boleros y Mas were a big part of our relationship!


Nancy Sandoval

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I first saw Raquel and the group perform at the Embarcadero in San Francisco in September which I believe was a part of the  People in Plazas concert series. I usually watch the weekly performances but I was definitely enthused by this band in particular because I couldn’t believe the energy in the crowd when they were performing! EVERYONE was dancing! They were wonderful and I was even able to grab their CD which even my 3 year old is addicted to track #1 “Mi Vida Con Tigo”…can’t wait to hear some more and watch them live again!!!

Remeca A., Daly City

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I want to thank you again for the amazing performance yesterday. You guys where exactly what we were looking for! Everyone there loved you guys and were asking about you. I will definitely spread the word around and you guys will be LASO’s number one choice for future events. Thank you so so so so much!

Jay Alejandro

University of San Francisco

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I can’t thank you all enough..you were FABULOUS!!!!!    I have had many compliments on your behalf, so thank you thank you thank you!



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June 27, 2009

We had Raquel and parts of her band at our family gathering celebration on the hotest day in July 2009.  Yes, it was over 100 degrees and she still sang so beautifully! Our friends marveled at the groups Latin sounds and even when her gutarista strummed by himself we were enamored  by his style. I would highly recommend Raquel.  She was very flexible with the time to meet our needs.  What a wonderful engagement and graduation party we had.  We will certainly ask her to come back again if we have the backyard wedding celebration!
marge from Walnut Creek, CA


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Raquel and her dazzling group Bolero brought the sizzle to our 23rd Annual 4th of July Festival. Her renditions of current and past favorite hits were spot on according to our latin music loving crowd. We would recommend her
band to any community who want diversity, excitement and fun. Muchas Gracias! Raquel

Cindy Coffey
4th of July Chair

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Raquel and Bolero y Mas


For the second year you and your group were the hit of my birthday party.  The music selection was right-on, especially with the wide range in the age of our party guests (25-65).  Even when it was too cold outside to continue, you and your band had no problem in moving the gig inside the house.  Gracias Raquel and Alexey..you made my birthday complete.  See you next year.


Richard Chacon

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extremely accommodating! helpful, professional. wonderful lively music!

Desiree M

Wedding, Alameda, CA

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Dear Raq,

Thanks so much for your performance in Sacramento.  The neighbors are still thanking us for having you. I hope you had a safe trip back.  It was a pleasure meeting all of you. I will definitely keep you on my roster for recommendations.


Mario Garcia Durham 

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The band was fabulous! Thanks so much for setting it up.  We ended up with 6 members showing up…lucky us. After dinner the party came alive and danced until 11, when they ended playing. They helped make the evening a real success.

Mary Gavin

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Hi Raquel.

Wish I could have shared more time with you. You and the group were a major hit!!! Hope to bring you back to Sacramento Soon!

Thank you.




San Francisco, CA USA

Phone: 415-290-1130 Website: http://www.jazzbandsinger.com