Latin Percussion was recently named the official percussion sponsor of the renowned Napa Valley Opera House. Located in the heart of one of the nations’ top tourist destinations, the Napa Valley Opera House is considered the “crown jewel” of the region. All percussionists performing in the venue will now be using LP gear exclusively.
“We are thrilled to be part of the LP family,” said Peter Williams, Executive Director of Napa Valley Opera House. “We look forward to many shows with Latin Percussion’s excellent gear on stage.”
The Napa Valley Opera House is nestled among world-class restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Originally constructed in 1879, the Napa Valley Opera House is a National Historic Landmark and its Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre underwent an extensive and lavish renovation in 2002.
“It’s an honor for LP to be partners with such a prestigious and impressive venue,” said Arturo Riera, Special Events Coordinator – West Coast, Latin Percussion, who coordinated placement of LP products at the Napa Valley Opera House. “Our instruments have found a happy home here and will be used by some of the world’s finest musicians while they perform for some of the world’s most discerning audiences.”
Multi-faceted singer/songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Jen Lowe recently accepted an offer to join the LP Artist Roster. Lowe is quickly becoming a staple on the Indie American/Folk scene and has been busy supporting her first solo effort, “From the End of this Hallway.”
Lowe will be primarily be playing LP cajons, djembes and assorted hand percussion.“I’m happy to be part of the LP roster,” said Lowe. “There’s such a great heritage of legendary players that have played LP. I’m proud to be a part of that group of performers.”
Having toured with prestigious national and international artists throughout her career, Jen Lowe is no stranger to some of the world’s most influential songwriters. She has most recently been working with Ed Roland from Collective Soul, Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra, Ed Kowalczyk from Live and Emerson Hart from Tonic. She is also working on her second solo record.
“We’re thrilled to have Jen as a member of the LP family,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Ivester. “She brings a broad range of talent to the table and having her perform on stage playing LP instruments is tribute to our brand.”
LP friend and radio program producer Vicki Sola has written a new book called The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press). Her novel is a fantasy detailing the adventures of twenty-something workaholic Nicki Rodriguez. It is available in paperback and Kindle and Nook versions at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Vicki has long been a supporter of Latin Music, and is known for her long-running Salsa and Latin jazz radio program Que Viva La Música, heard on 89.1 WFDU-FM and www.wfdu.fm, in the New York City metro community.
Following the success of its original, full-size Merengue Guira, LP is now introducing a smaller version that features and open-ended design and a tightly textured surface for a unique scraping sound that is higher in pitch than its predecessor.
The LP Mini Merengue Guira (LP303) is made in the U.S.A. from durable stainless steel and measures 9.75 inches in length and 3 inches in diameter. Its attached metal handle makes it easy and comfortable to hold. The instrument includes an LP333 Pro Scraper and carries and MSRP of $75.99.
Latin Percussion now carries single and double row version of its Professional 10-inch Tambourine. Both versions have sonically matched, American-made nickel silver alloy jingles that produce a vintage sound reminiscent of the tambourines used throughout the Sixties and Seventies.
The Single Row version (LP380A) has eight pairs of jingles and the Double Row (LP380B) has 16 pairs of jingles. Each has a natural finished 10” Asian Oak shell with rounded edges for continuous comfort. The double row model has a finger hole allowing a secure grip.
The result is an outstanding quality instrument that produces bright, crisp tone, spectacular dynamics and unmatched resonance. When tested with LP Artists, both models became instant favorites. MSRP for the LP380A is $119.00 and $169.00 for the LP380B.
LP has taken the technology used in its wildly successful and award-winning Qube Shaker and created a jingle version that sounds like nothing else you’ve ever played. Inside the durable and easy-to-hold Jingle Qube is a combination of flat and dimpled brass jingles. This mix delivers a stunning combination of both crisp, articulate highs balanced with full-bodied, resonating mid-tones.
Like the Qube Shaker, the Jingle Qube can be played a variety of ways to produce a myriad of distinctive and captivating sounds. Front-to-back, side-to-side and circular patterns all produce distinctive sounds that add a unique, tambouric flair to any performance.
LP has added some variety to two of its most popular shakers. Introducing the LP Egg Shaker Set and Conga Shaker set. Each set includes three shakers, each featuring a different fill formulation that produces a different volume level.
The white shaker is the softest and is ideal for acoustic studio applications. The blue shaker is a multi-purpose medium volume shaker that can be used in a variety of applications and the red shaker produces a particularly loud, coarse sound that is perfect for live performances.
The patented LP Egg Shaker Trio (LP016) and Conga Shaker Trio (LP017) are filled with non-toxic steel shot. MSRP for the set of three egg shakers is $11.99 and $14.99 for the set of three conga shakers.
For drum set players looking to add a little sizzle to their set-up, Latin Percussion has developed the Hi-Hat Chick-ita. This easy-to-mount four-headed shaker can be used with any hi-hat to add a distinctive shaker sound that cuts through drum and cymbal volume and adds accent to any beat. Its innovative, x-shaped design also makes the Hi-Hat Chick-ita ideal for handheld use.
The LP Hi-Hat Chick-ita (LP015) can be quickly slipped onto the pull-rod of any hi-hat stand. The rubber grommet keeps the shaker firmly in place without any screws or clamps. MSRP for the Hi-Hat Chick-ita is $24.99
Latin Percussion is proud to announce the release of its Travis Barker Ridge Rider Cowbell. The 8-inch mountable bell features artwork originally designed by Brian “Pushead” Schroeder for the cover of Barker’s most recent album release “Give The Drummer Some.”
The bell is based on LP’s Salsa Sergio Bell, which has been Barker’s cowbell of choice for years.The bell’s pitch is slightly lower than the LP Rock Ridge Rider Cowbell and features a yellow Jenigor bar to dampen the sound and resist denting.
The Travis Barker Ridge Rider Cowbell (LP009-TB) has a white powder coated finish emblazoned with dye-sublimated graphics, which will not scratch of chip, even during the heaviest use. MSRP for the bell is $77.99.