Rare Vintage Grupo Fascinacion video

Yes, the video quality is horrible and the sound is somewhat distorted but the swing and specialness of the band shine through if you give the video a chance.

Who remembers Sundays at Tapestry? Anna Arraya-Colon and Tony Rodriguez used to have events and pay tribute to notable musicians of the time. Good times!

Band members in this video:
Pete Nater, trumpet
Miguel “Mike” Santiago, trumpet
Lionel Roman, trumpet
Johnny Rivera, vocals
Ivan “Palomita” Conde, tres RIP
Sammy “Timbalon” Pagan bongo RIP
Eddie Montalvo, congas
Johnny Torres, bass
(Nicky Marrero was also there and riffs on timbales for a minute)

Video courtesy of Anna Arraya-Colon and Roy Lopez

By Pete Nater


Richie Bastar, a short video tribute

He grew up in New York, playing with top NYC Salsa bands as a teenager in the early 80’s. Although his father, Kako Bastar was a well respected band leader/artist, Richie’s obvious talent and discipline earned him respect amongst his peers on his own merits. I played with him in the bands Casanova Y Montuno and Grupo Fascinacion.

Most of you know that he’s now a member of El Gran Combo. SlamaNater will put out an in-depth post on Richie in the near future but here’s a short and compelling video by Adam Gonzalez I wanted to share.

I had a chance to conduct a short interview with Richie so keep an eye out for that too.

By Pete Nater