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Miguel Govea: Bio

Los Compas

Bandleader, arranger, trumpeter, accordionist, vocalist, and recording artist - Miguel Govea offers the best in Latin music for any event in the San Francisco Bay area.  For the last 25 years, he has led and accompanied various musical ensembles, including:

Los Compas

La Familia Peña-Govea

 Cascada de flores

Futuro Picante

Los Peludos

Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band

Agustín Lira and Alma

 

He plays for nightclubs, community events and private parties, dance companies, theater groups, television and radio broadcasts, and film soundtracks, such as:

 El Rio, S.F. Cigar Bar, S.F. The Ramp, S.F. Pier 23, S.F. Peña Pachamama, S.F. Cotati Accordion Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, National anthem for S.F. Giants game, Pac Bell Park Grand Opening, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, M.H. DeYoung Museum of Art, The Palace of Legion Of Honor, S.F. Mexican Museum’s 30th Anniversary, San Diego’s Adam’s Ave. Roots Festival, Ballet Folklorico Ensambles, S.F. KQED Ch. 9 – “Spark” program, “Fight in the Fields” documentary soundtrack,  Hon. Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Rep.'s, Hon. Judge Carlos Bea, 9th U.S. Circuit Court, Hon. Mayor Jerry Brown, Oakland, CA. 

 Los Compas:  Seasoned musicians playing hard hitting salsa in San Francisco.  All band members have one or two or three decades of association with Miguel Govea.  For 5 years, the band’s now legendary run at the waterfront’s Pier 23 made that bar "the place to be" on Friday nights. Whether presenting an intimate 4 piece setting or a nightclub sized 10 piece band, Los Compas is a crisp, energetic, tight-knit unit.

“One of the hardest working bands on the San Francisco scene, Los Compas is led by Miguel Govea – one time member of the seminal Chicano New Song band, Los Peludos - who has shaped a sound that embraces the diverse musical cultures that make up the Bay Area Latino community. Cumbias, merengue, Tex-Mex, salsa, Latin jazz…”no se rajan” (they do not shrink) from any musical challenge…” (Latin Beat Magazine)

La Familia Peña-Govea

At one fateful performance, Miguel met a musician/lawyer named Susan Peña, who played “Jesusita en Chihuahua” on her fiddle and eventually became the mother of his daughters, Rene (age 25) and Cecilia (age 17). 20 years later, the four members of La Familia Pena-Govea are earning reputations as exciting performers of traditional Tex-Mex and Colombian music, garnering acclaim at festivals and events throughout Northern California. Their first c.d. recording, entitled “René at 15,” includes: rancheras, polkas, valses, vallenatos, boleros, and a danzón. Their second c.d., "Cohetes," will be available in March 2006.