Come taste “Strait” from the tap.
Guarajuba plays a variety of rootsy originals, melding Brazilian, Carribean and African influences. Our rhythm section consists of master multi-percussionist Dave Eagle, from Loud y Los Bad Hombres accompanied by Andrew McKleroy of Zamico, singing and playing acoustic and pandeiro. We love to play with mood and tempo and we have a diverse and authentic repertoire including styles such as Samba, Ijexá, Brazilian Roots Reggae, Bossa, Carimbós and Forrós to share with dancers and lounge lizards alike.
One of the hardest working bass/guitarists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nate Lopez has been making a name for himself for well over a decade. Playing an eight-string guitar/bass hybrid, Lopez delivers a sound that goes far beyond standard solo impressions. With a style that is centered around a deep understanding of jazz and groove-oriented pop, Lopez’s powerful solo playing captivates audiences at events and concerts throughout the world. He was recently voted "Best Jazz musician or group of the North Bay" by the North Bay Bohemian in 2019, and has previously won “Best Acoustic Musician of the North Bay” in 2017 and first place in the Arkansas Contemporary Fingerstyle Competition in 2015.
Joyce Grant singer/songwriter, determined at an early age that she was going to be a singer and spent her elementary and high school days performing in choir and musical theater. She is the great-great-niece of famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin and has written lyrics to four of his songs. She has participated in the West Coast Ragtime Festival for several years. City Swing started a new chapter in 2007 with jazz singer Joyce Grant. She is the lead vocalist for City Swing, an 18 piece big band. Grant has been singing jazz in Bay Area venues for over 20 years. A mezzo-soprano with a voice like dark honey, Grant has a performance resume which includes a wide range of venues including the Empire Plush Room and Zingari Ristaurante in San Francisco, the Ledson Hotel in Sonoma, Sam's Chowder House & Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, the Sticky Rice in Fairfield, Carneros in Napa, Slates in Walnut Creek, Joe’s of Lafayette, and the Woodminster Amphitheater just to name a few. Born in Texarkana, the town where Scott Joplin was raised, Grant moved to Oakland as a child where she started singing with the North Oakland Baptist Church Youth Choir. Since that time she has earned the respect of singers and musicians alike performing professionally in San Francisco, the East Bay, Walnut Creek, Napa Valley and beyond. Her unique shows consist of a blend of jazz, blues, country western, Rhythm and Blues, and funk. Her vocal interpretations range from sensitive to powerful to cheeky over a broad spectrum of charts. Joyce Grant is a member of ASCAP. Website: www.joycegrant.com