When: Sun., Jan. 17, 4 p.m. 2016
The sonic lovechild of Maná and Guns N' Roses conceived to the sounds of Santana and born in the land of Crossover, Vitera fuses old-school American rock with Latin grooves and instrumentation as a backdrop for pop rock lyrics in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. His influences include AC/DC, G N' R, Whitesnake, Allman Brothers, Maná, Cabas, Juanes, and Rabanes. Consistenly backed by a hand-picked lineup of seasoned players, this Austin-based artist brings an unmistakable Texas edge to Rock Latino blending congas and horns with greasy slide guitar one minute and orchestral strings with fiery rock violin the next. Vitera is an extremely versatile vocalist who can growl like David Coverdale or sound as smooth as Luis Miguel. Formerly a member of Grammy-winning Asleep at the Wheel, he is a multi-talented instrumentalist who plays guitar, keys, and most notably, electric violin. His 6-string fretted Viper, introduced by Vitera for the first time into the Latin genre, can sing you a sexy melody then burn out a blistering rock riff to rival the meanest guitar.