Wedding / Booking Information

Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico/Banda Criolla have vast international performing credentials ranging from hundreds of live concert presentations at major venues to small intimate concerts. "One of Puerto Rico's finest music ensembles" they represent the very best of the contemporary San Juan music scene. They have also collaborated with the Hartford and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras, as well as top Latin music artists Giovanni Hidalgo, Roy Brown, Tito Auger etc.(see list on our Artist Biographies page)

To book the artist please call 413-253-9639 or e-mail jose@criolloclasico.com

 

Major Programs Now Available

1.      "Criollo Clasico" – Quartet – (acoustic / instrumental) Puerto Rican Cuatro, Spanish guitars, Flute and Latin Percussion. World Class Ensemble!

2.      "Banda Criolla" – (vocal / Latin Dance) 7-piece festive Latin Band performing the  hot dance rhythms of top Latino artists and Banda Criolla

3.      "Feliz Navidad Boricua" – The Best Latin Xmas! - Parranda Navidena

4.      "Carribbean Fiesta for Kids" – Unique Puerto Rican music kids show!


Planning a great Wedding event?

The Criollo Clasico Quartet

Jose Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico have performed successfully at hundreds of wedding ceremonies, receptions and dances in Puerto Rico and throughout New England...from passionate Spanish guitars to classical, jazz World/Latin music and beyond. Criollo Clasico is a 1st rate choice of outstanding musicianship and elegance. Call us at 413-253-9639 and let us know of any questions you may have. Demo CD available!

Instrumental Combinations available:

1.  Two Guitars or Guitar and Flute

2.  Guitars, Flute, percussion trio/quartet

3.  Latin Jazz Quintet

4.  8 piece Latin Dance Band


SAMPLE proposal of music program for wedding festivities

Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criolla

This package includes complete wedding music program:

A) Classical Guitarist and Flute for elegant wedding ceremony music

B) one set (1 hour) of acoustic music (spanish guitar, flute and light Percussion) for reception/dinner activities. Music will include a selection of flamenco, brazilian, jazz, pop classical and caribbean instrumental pieces performed by The Criollo Clasico Trio from their three CD recordings.

C) 3 sets (45 minutes each) of latin/caribbean dance music performed by 8 piece Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criolla.

Dance repertoire will include festive dance music from Banda Criolla recordings “Fiesta en San Juan” ,“Celebracion” and Bomba Le Lé as well as songs by Santana (Oye Como Va, Smooth, Guajira, Samba Pa Ti), Juan Luis Guerra (Costo de la Vida, Guavaberry, Amor del Conuco), Strunz and Farrah (Americas, Azure, Bola) The Gypsy Kings (Bamboleo Vamos a Bailar, Un Amor) and Buen Vista Social Club (El Cuarto de Tula classic Latin standards such as Guantanamera, Alma Llanera, Moliendo Cafe, etc..

Banda Criolla will arrive in time to set up equipment in both acoustic and dance sections. We provide all our own sound reinforcement technicians and equipment.

This proposal is for planning purposes and can be revised to better serve your event. We are flexible and appreciate your ideas and suggestions to help make this a complete success! See past reviews and recomendation letters! Call for more information.


Wedding Reviews!
Ahmed Gonzalez

The music was absolutely wonderful and people could not stop dancing the entire night! We have gotten HUGE numbers of compliments from guests about the music, I have to thank you for exceeding all of our expectations and creating a mood that was EXACTLY what we wanted.”-Abigail Warshaw/Mass General Hospital, Boston,MA/(Wedding)

"You are amazing! We knew you were fabulous musicians but had no idea how joyfully passionate and energetic your performance would be. You are an incredibly talented group!-
Amanda Rappaport / Cape Cod, MA/(Wedding)

The pre-wedding classical concert added elegance and grace, your talents as
musicians just shone.... irresistible, one just has to dance. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Steve Schwartz -Schatz/ Schwartz/Fenton ,Springfield,MA /(Wedding)

“What an evening!. Thank you again for performing at our function. Each time
we hear your music you seem to top yourself. Not only were all our guests enthralled, but even the wait staff was dazzled! You helped make a special evening even more special. Thanks!” Terry O'Connor/ Roster Associates,Holyoke, MA/(Wedding)

You guys did a fantastic job and made our wedding magical! Everyone loved your music. As Diana and I entered the Wayside Inn, we heard people not in our wedding state, "Oh, the fantastic music must be part of the wedding upstairs." Thanks again for a fabulous performance!” Donald King, Senior Manager, General Electric/(Wedding)

-" The music was absolutely wonderful and people could not stop dancing the entire night! We have gotten HUGE numbers of compliments from our guests about the music, I have to thank you for exceeding all of our expectations and creating a mood that was EXACTLY what we wanted." Abigail Warshaw/Mass General Hospital, Boston,MA (Wedding)

- Jose, it is an honor and a pleasure to write a recommendation for you and your incredible band. You contributed so much to our daughter's wedding. The pre-wedding classical concert added elegance and grace, your talents as musicians just shone. Our ceremony music, "Campo", which you suggested and sent us to preview was perfect. It seemed as if it had been written for the wedding couple. It was so tender, romantic, and upbeat all at the same time. We also thank your for the " Hora" and for "Mazel Tov" which are the traditional Jewish pieces played at weddings and which you performed with such gusto. Finally, the salsa, the dance music. I saw people dancing who had not been on a dance floor in years. Your music is irresistible, one just has to dance. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. - Steven and Rita Schwarts.

- We would like to thank you for providing us such nice music for our wedding. Over all, our wedding was successful, but the music was definitely the best of it!. We have received a lot of compliments about our choice of music from our guests. Yoko and Kevin Mertes - Hotel Northampton (Wedding)

- Dear Jose,
Thank you for providing such beautiful and festive music at our wedding, We heard many complements and know that our guests truly enjoyed your music...thanks again!
Jay and Alissa Haksan/Ranjanaa Devi
Amherst, MA

- Jose,
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding ceremony. We feel lucky to have such a wonderful romantic sound for our ceremony..
Jen Silva and Brian Rodrigues, Amherst,MA

Jose Gonzalez

- Jose,
You guys did a fantastic job and made our wedding magical. Everyone loved your music, probably based on how many people I heard asked you to buy your CD's. As Diana and I entered the Wayside Inn (which has both a function room and public restaurant area), we heard people not in our wedding state, "Oh, the fantastic music must be part of the wedding upstairs." Thanks again for a fabulous performance, Diana and I would be happy to give personal references.  -Donald J. King/Senior Account Manager
Commercial & Industrial Sales Department/GE LIGHTING


- “Jose, Thank you and Criollo Clasico for a dazzling performance during our Wadsworth Atheneum event. Your energy, talent, and music was enjoyed by all and I received many calls of thanks and praise for an evening of truly great music. Thanks!” -Debbie Gaudet, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum , Hartford, CT.

- “What can I say? Your music made the Maplewood come alive in a way that no other musician has been able to do in the whole year that I've been booking there - numerous acts....just can't touch the beauty and energy of your music... know that you touched many peoples hearts and souls that night, including mine. Truly unforgettable! Thank you so much!” - Laura Wood- Director-Maplewood Music Series, Amherst , MA

- “Awesome!- The best music we have ever had!,.. for any event!” - Steve Mutti, Banquet Manager - Historic Wayside Inn, Sudbury,MA (Wedding)

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