All in good ... time
Still waters run deep.
"Yeah, I can beat that."
|Mike has been playing in bands in the San Fernando Valley for over 25 years.
Coming from a musical family, he took up the drums in Junior High School, and
soon joined the family band, Grupo America.
The band included Mike’s brother, Joe on Tenor Sax, his cousins Ruben on
Keyboards and Armando on Trumpet, Uncle Serafin on Bass, Edward Wake on
Guitar, and Enrique Escobedo on Vocals. A later addition to the band was
current Persuasion member Dennis Sambolin.
Grupo America played a mix of Mexican dance music:, 50s oldies, 70s R&B and
contemporary Rock. All of these musical styles are reflected in the original
songs written and arranged by members of the band. The band recorded 3
albums under the "Discos Puerto Vallarta" record label and enjoyed regional
success with some of their singles receiving airplay on Spanish radio stations
throughout California, Washington and Arizona. The second album was released
south of the border, which led to a tour of Mexico, as well.
Mike and Dennis went on to join On The Side, another local band, playing a wide
variety of rock and R&B and new music. They played mostly 'casuals', along with
festivals in and around Los Angeles. Mike stayed with On The Side into the
early 90s and played various gigs with Sabor Latino and Los Sencillos during
this period as well.
In the 90s, Mike expanded his musical experience by joining an R&B band called
The Tri Angels (with current Persuasion member Johnny Barro) and by doing
several studio recordings with local songwriter Jesus Hernandez. Mike later
divided his time between his cousin Greg Alcantar's Mexican Banda, Grupo
Trebol, a brief stint with 818 and finally The Pirates (also with Johnny Barro).
In the spring of ’98, during a recording project with Jesus Hernandez, Mike
met guitarist Mario Quiroga and later joined his great Latin Jazz/R&B group,
The Q-Band, where he played for the next six months. In October of the
same year, Mike was invited to join Persuasion and be reunited with old band-
mates Dennis and Johnny, and when he’s not busy with RainPace, he continues to
perform with Persuasion.
In the summer of 2002 Mike was invited to join Willis McNeal’s R&B group by
his good friend and RainPace Bassist Michael Hunter. The band stayed
together for about a year and recorded a few demos and performed at various
local venues. The two Mikes enjoyed working together during this time, locking
in their sound and groove, and they looked forward to finding an opportunity to
play together regularly.
In late 2006, Mike Hunter invited Mike Salas to join him in a new band:
RainPace. Their unique blend of Rock, Jazz, Western Swing and R&B lets Mike
draw from his many musical influences and he’s very proud of the new RainPace
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