Manuel The Band

Emerging from Long Beach,CA the Rock-Pop-Americana group, Manuel The Band, was founded by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Manuel Grajeda. Described as “a breath of fresh air” by Julie Montante of Coachella Valley Weekly, Manuel The Band has fused an unorthodox range of instruments not normally seen in the pop-music genre. 

Manuel The Band  has made an impression on the Southern California music scene with a unique sound stemming from influences such as John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band and Gram Parsons. The band’s lineup consists of Brandon Charlesworth (Drums), George Madrid (Pedal Steel), Richard Fernandez (Trombone), Kevin Nowacki (Bass), and Matt Kalin (Saxophone).

Manuel The Band’s latest single “Casual Love” achieved positive reviews from Ear to Ground Music and Buzz Music LA, describing it as “distinctly modern with clear tone and clever lyrics.” Released May 2018, “Casual Love” was recorded by Shea Thompson of Sonic Rockets Studio, mixed by Eric Corne, and mastered by Mark Chalecki. The first of three singles, “Strong Independent Woman,” is set to release by February 14th followed a four song EP in the summer of 2019.

“I had heard through the grapevine that they rock…Without exaggeration they pretty much wowed everyone.” - Esther Sanchez (Coachella Valley Weekly). Manuel The Band’s energetic live show has brought them to stages such as Music Tastes Good Festival, NAMM 2019, House of Blues, Jam in the Van, Pappy and Harriet’s, and The Hotel Cafe to name a few. They have shared the stage with the likes of James Blake, New Order, Joey Bada$$, Matt Costa and The Church.

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I had heard through the grapevine that they rock. That said, there was little that could have prepared me for their set. Without exaggeration they pretty much wowed everyone. As I sat next to my bro, Johnny Sugarbritches during the first couple of songs we bantered that they were so radio-friendly (in the best way possible), that it’s ridiculous that they aren’t already famous. As their set continued and became more surprisingly eclectic, Sugarbritches keenly noted, “That set was so sexy I’m pretty sure we all just got pregnant.”

-Coachella Valley Weekly
From the mountain of curly hair on top of drummer Brandon “Fro Bro” Charlesworth’s head to the fire behind the glasses of veteran jazz saxophonist Matt Kalin, each member of the sextet looks like they belong in an entirely different genre of music. Independently, they all sound just as different as they appear, but somehow the diverse hurricane of music swirls around frontman (and namesake) Manuel Grajeda’s indie rock sensibilities for a very danceable and soulful blend unlike anyone else who ever shares a bill with them.

- OC Weekly
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