There’s Margarita Luna, the Dominican composer, and Margarita Luna Robles, the famous performance poet. The name seems to guarantee a life of illustrious talent and success. The Margarita Luna who will be performing once more with Along 4 the Ride on November 26 is a highly accomplished Latin jazz singer from Guadalajara, Mexico. She has an uncanny ability to sing Latin standards with a jazzy twist, American big band with the elements of salsa, and, of course, bossa nova. In both voice and appearance, Luna is a lovely artist with a high crisp voice that can be romantic and moving. She leads her own Latin band and performs professionally at weddings and other private events and at famous So Cal venues like the Hotel Maya.
Ms. Luna will be collaborating with Along 4 the Ride, the Latin jazz band of Casa Arjona, the house on Harvey Way in northern Long Beach that also doubles as a concert venue, thanks to the generosity of the Arjona family. This time, the members of Along 4 the Ride include Gloria and Javier Arjona on vocals and bass, Joseph Daigle on guitar, Tom Kipp on sax and flure, Frank d’Marzo on drums, Ricardo Marotta on percussion and accordion, and Taura Smith on piano. There will be two shows – one at 7pm and the other at 9pm, ending at around 10:30pm. Admission is free besides a donation of $15. Casa Arjona is a small house with two palm trees in front, located at 4515 East Harvey Way, near the intersection of Lakewood and Carson. Bring a dish or drink to share (so that everyone will have plenty) and if you don’t drink, no worries; Ms. Arjona will probably have fruit ponche available. There’s also usually an after party where you can dance samba and have fun in a nice, wholesome environment while making some friends. The event is indoors – a small venue that can fit only 38 people, so make sure you RSVP by calling (562) 421-8605. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/spanish-146/events/15474670/. You can hear more of Ms. Luna on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfo4xxeK-AQ).