After a round of celebratory shots were given to the band by a gracious, young lady in the audience, birthday boy and Mike Pinto drummer, Todd Elrod walked to the microphone and shared his appreciation to the crowd and his band mates.
With the recent announcement of their addition to the 2011 DeLuna Fest lineup, Paloma opened the show at Vinyl Music Hall. With a soon to be released EP wrapping up at Raw Panda Studios, the group led by Giovanni Lugo (vocals, guitar) Aaron Finlay (drums), Hale Whisler Leal (bass) and Nathan Dillaha (guitar), will also be playing the Loda Live Music Festival in Mobile, Alabama.
Crafted in the same city that gave birth to such unique artists as G. Love & Special Sauce creator, Garrett “G. Love” Dutton (G. Love & Special Sauce @ Vinyl Music Hall), Pinto brewed his reggae/ska/hip-hop blend in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With a goal of embracing new sounds and creative elements into his music, Pinto moved to San Diego, California while traveling the world with his group (Elrod (drums) and Matt Brein (bass) and sharing his laid-back message of positive music and good times.