Cisco's Kids

About Cisco’s Kids

Like 1968, the message of peace, unity and brotherhood is again relevant and what better way to deliver the word than through the funky-jazzy-Latin-reggae-street-infused music of WAR, now known as The Low Rider Band?

Each of the 9 musicians who comprise Cisco’s Kids is passionate to a fault about replicating the feel and the vibe from the band that created an unforgettable soundtrack that is as important now as ever.  So fire up the low rider, slip into darkness, throw out a peace sign and get this funky music in ya!

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Meet The Band

Percussion / Band Founder

Dave Perlowski

From the beginning Dave was drawn to the syncopated rhythms of Latin-jazz, funk, RnB and soul, this all came into focus when he discovered the band War. Heavily influenced by the band’s message and deft approach to blending funk, Latin-jazz, soul and driving percussion Dave had found his musical muse.

Though formally trained as a drummer, Dave was never far from his love of world percussion. He was inspired by the likes of Rebop Kwaku Baah to specialize and focus on becoming a master percussionist and perform the music of his favorite band; War. Honing his craft by playing with standout musicians from the East Coast to the West, Dave continued to build towards the project of his dreams; Cisco’s Kids.

Saxophone / Wind Synth / Background Vocals

Mark Strivings

Mark is a performing professional since 1976, having worked in popular regional acts of virtually every style ranging from pit orchestra and symphony work, to jazz bands of all formats, to rock, soul and funk acts.

Mark has two degrees in Jazz Performance from Northern Arizona University, where he also served on the faculty as Instructor of Saxophone and co-chair of the Jazz Department.

Keyboards / Background Vocals

Tom Capek

Bringing the funk on soulful “keys” Tom’s decades of experience as a credited keyboardist, arranger, and producer on 100’s of studio projects is a cornerstone of Cisco’s Kids sound. With the skill of an international virtuoso Tom weaves funk, Latin-jazz, and southern soul into a sound that breathes authenticity into every song he plays and transports the listener to a time and space where music soothes the soul.

As an accomplished touring professional, Tom has shared his amazing talents nationally and internationally winning prestigious awards from the Television and Video Association, Billboard Magazine, and CD Baby just to name a few. He has graced the stage at national and international festivals like the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival and many others around the globe and is now blazing a new trail with Cisco’s Kids!

Tom is also an Approved Hammond Artist. Check out his profile HERE!

Lead Guitarist

Don Millan

Hailing from Santiago, Chile, Don was born with the natural rhythmic sounds of Latin-jazz coursing through his veins. This funky, soulful vibe is felt in every riff he plays while performing in some of the best live music venues around the country. At the tender age of 15 Don gravitated to the hard driving, sounds of 60’s and 70’s rock and blues and has dedicated his life to perfecting his craft.

With a musical resume’ that boasts impressive performances with Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce, and the Erica Brown Blues Band, just to name a few, Don has the chops to bring Cisco’s Kids repertoire to life by blending his unique interpretations of timeless hits with the flair of an accomplished, seasoned pro!

Bass

Gil Toro Irizarry

Founder of Soulsville Social Club (A Classic Motown/Stax Revue Band), Gil brings a funky groove to Cisco’s Kids.

Gil has been a band leader, arranger and bass player for Lester Chambers (Former lead singer of the Chambers Brothers Band). He toured with Lester Chambers for two years in the early 90’s, performing Soul/Rock, Blues, Motown/Stax and the Chambers Brothers’ hits as well as backed Julius Dilligard Jr. of “The Crown Heights Affair” Band.

Gil’s reputation as a pocket player puts him in the company of top players in show venues and road gigs throughout the Southeast and mid-west.  For nine years, Gil worked with many elite musicians and songwriters in Nashville, Tennessee and often backed and showcased new artists seeking a record deal in Nashville.

Harp / Harmonica

Dan Treanor

“Colorado Dan straddles the fine line between old and modern blues harmonica playing, he walks it, talks it, and plays it with ease…”
PopMatters Music Review

This review nails the dynamic, energetic, and moving style that Dan delivers on stage. With numerous awards and accolades to his credit Dan has performed nationally and internationally to sold out crowds from New Orleans to Vietnam with some of the world’s most renowned blues musicians.

Discovering the blues and RnB at an early age Dan knew he had found his life’s musical passion and immersed himself into becoming the master harp/harmonica player he is today. “I grew up in a multi-cultural neighborhood listening to blues, Rnb, and Mexican music…..” Dan shares.

One only need listen to Colorado Dan blow life into the songs of Cisco’s Kids to know he is a simply the best!

Drums

Anthony Hester

Lead / Background Vocals

D BrooX

D BrooX is the consummate entertainer! His voice, vocal range, and showmanship are crowd favorites the world over. This showman delivers the energetic styles of performers of yesterday and today by breathing new life into timeless classics as he infuses his own unique style into every note and lyric he sings in Cisco’s Kids

D BrooX began his musical career singing on his back porch with a stick for a microphone while his favorite cousin beat rhythms on tin cans. Eventually D. BrooX joined “ACES,” a soul and Motown tribute band that was commercially successful across western Europe in the UK, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and many other resort islands in Europe.

Give D a stage and a mic and he will give you a show you will never forget….
Stage Magazine London, England.

Background Vocals

Ivy Hartfield

Ivy is a native of Colorado who is a classically trained pianist.

Her singing journey started with an opera recital in the early 1990s where she performed “Il mio bel foco” and “Old Black Swan”. From there she progressed to singing supporting roles in small productions and becoming the lead singer with the Good News Blues Band. From 2003 – 2014 Ivy sang with the Arvada Chorale which provided her an opportunity to sing an individual piece with trumpeter Ron Miles. She has also sung with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, The Hot Tomatoes, Longmont All-star Jazz Band and has done several recordings with various artists around the Denver metro area.

Currently Ivy is the director and accompanist for Gospel Expressions. She is honored to be director of such an amazing group of people. She is also very honored and thrilled to be singing with great musicians in this War Tribute Band and can’t wait for doors to open and opportunities to come pouring through!

Events

Saturday May 5, 2018
Cinco De Mayo
Cherry Creek Reservoir
4201 South Parker Road
Aurora, CO  80014
6:00PM – 9:30PM

Saturday June 16, 2018
THE SHOW
Armory Performing Arts Center
300 Strong Street
Brighton, CO  80601

Sunday August 12, 2018
Streetlow Colorado Supershow (Lowrider car show)
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80216
11:00AM to 7:00PM
website: Colorado Super show


***Past Events***

Saturday March 3, 2018
Cisco’s Kids & Soul Sacrifice
Dickens Opera House
300 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501

Thursday November 9, 2017
Nissi’s
2675 Northpark Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026
7:30PM

Friday October 20, 2017
Live@Jack’s
500 16th St #320, Denver, CO 80202 (downtown Denver Pavilions)
5:30PM – 8:30PM

Saturday September 16, 2017
Highlands Music Festival
outside on the lawn in front of the Highlands Masonic Events Center
3550 Federal Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211
12:00PM – 7:00PM

Saturday September 2, 2017
Taste of Colorado
@ Civic Center Park
Classic Rock Tribute Stage, presented by 103.5 The Fox (next to the Wellington Webb building)
201 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 (14h and Colfax)
2:15PM – 4:15PM

Thursday August 24, 2017
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
1215 20th St, Denver, Colorado 80202
9:00PM

Friday June 23, 2017
Oriental Theater
4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
8:00PM

Sunday May 7, 2017
Cinco de Mayo
@ Civic Center Park
101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202
12:00PM (noon)

Sunday April 9, 2017
Mercury Cafe
Fundraiser (Standing Rock)
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205
2:00PM – 4:00PM

Wednesday March 29, 2017
Ziggies
4923 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
7:30PM – 8:30PM

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