Esencia Latina Band

When:Friday, August 16 at 6:15 p.m.

Where:Aksarben Village

Founded by Cristobal Oquendo and Antonio Betanzos in Omaha, Nebraska, Esencia Latina Band is a diverse group of local musicians. The percussionists, Cristobal Oquendo (Congas), Tomas Morales (Timbales), and Antonio Betanzos (Bongos), have roots in Puerto Rico, Panama, and Cuba respectively. Jon Burlingham Sr. (Trombone), Jon Burlingham Jr. (Trombone), Doyle Tipler (Trumpet), Marcus Nunez (Trumpet), and Chris Cotignola (Saxophone) form the horn section. Tom Harvill (Keyboard) and Paige Cotignola (Bass) form the rhythm section. Vocals are provided by Alex Sanchez and Hernan Chacin, both originally from Venezuela, whose chemistry on stage adds to the already rich entertainment value of the music.