A show revealing the origins of Latin Rock and the longevity of 5 decades of Carlos Santana’s music with audible history. Smooth STB (Santana Tribute Band) perform the all-time favorites from Santana’s beginnings at Woodstock to the present day. Smooth STB is composed of world-renowned professional musicians from the South Florida area, formed by percussionist Joe Collado to play in respect to the greatest Latin Rock Band ever and to its legendary leader, Carlos Santana, who changed the musical world into a new realm.
Award-winning percussionist and former Miami-Dade County Public School Teacher/Coach, Joe Collado was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY of Puerto Rican parents. As a recording artist, he has always contributed his original musical style (Latin Groove) to his New York City life experiences and musical upbringing. Personally witnessing and idolizing the artists from the NYC Fania Salsa era and the beginnings of superstar pioneers in Latin Rock such as Santana and Malo, along with artists such as Chicago, BeeGees, Micheal Jackson, Genesis, and others in New York City venues gave Collado a heart-full desire to express all those influences through his early instrumental training and playing style. Joe’s life changing success happened when relocating to Miami, FL from the turmoil streets of Brooklyn, NY. He was then able to better himself personally toward a renewed lifetime of goals using his discovered multiple God-given talents, entering College on an Athletic Scholarship. Musically, joining forces with the famed underground Angel Canales Orchestra helped power his path. Joe’s repertoire includes performances with the likes of Latin superstars Giovanni Hidalgo, Herman Olivera, Henry Fiol, Tito Puente Jr, Jose Fajardo Jr, and Frankie Ruiz Jr. Joe was awarded the Best Percussionist in Miami in 2009 (Miami New Times) just before the release of his debut CD, Solo Joe. Since then, four successful additional CDs with his Latin Groove Style have been released along with the success of his personal group, “Latin Groove Project” and the phenomenal Santana Tribute Band (SMOOTH STB).
Joe Collado & Leader/Percussionist
Edgardo Crespo & Percussionist
Frank Bello & Keyboards
Chegui Calderon & Bass
Menchi Hernandez & Vocals
Omar Pitaluga & Guitar
Gaby Varela & Drums