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KiMo: Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns Feature Top Musicians


Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns will bring a band-load of talent to the KiMo Theatre stage on Thursday, February 7th at 7 p.m. The band’s roster reads like the “Who’s Who” of the Las Vegas, Nevada music scene.

Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns is a musician’s dream—a band whose members have reached the top of their game playing for some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world. Musicians who are so constantly booked that the only time they can play together is late on Monday nights at The Palms when many of the Vegas showrooms are dark.

The “Santa Fe” part of the band’s name is founder and leader, guitarist and vocalist Jerry Lopez, whose career began at a very early age when he and his brother, Gilbert Lopez, Jr., performed around the Santa Fe area. His father, realizing that opportunities for building a major career were somewhat limited in Northern New Mexico, moved the entire family to Las Vegas, Nevada, and there they flourished. Jerry, on guitar and vocals, is the soul of the group and brings an energy that has made Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns one of the most popular groups in Las Vegas, with major stars as fans. His work on the “Tortilla Factory’s” All that Jazz CD was nominated for a Grammy®, and his discography developed through the years is lengthy. Jerry Lopez can be heard in just about every corner of the US and overseas on jingles, TV sound tracks and as a guest guitarist or singer with other artists.

The Rhythm Section

Keyboards: Pittsburgh, PA native Dave Richardson has lived and worked in Vegas for 19 years. He has worked with David Foster, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, and on a number of major shows like Mamma Mia, The Phanthom of the Opera, The Lion King, and more. He is currently Associate Musical Director with Rock of Ages at the Venetian.

Keyboards: Massachusetts-born Michael Gonzales began his career as a teen playing with headlining Latin acts touring the Boston area. In New York City he continued building a career and reputation playing in major venues like The Bitter End, Irving Plaza and Joe’s Pub, and served a musical director of multiple theatrical productions. Since moving to Las Vegas, he has been Associate Conductor for hit musicals Jersey Boys, Lion King, and more. He is currently part of Vegas! The Show at Planet Hollywood and continues with the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. Michael also performs vocals with the band.

Bass Guitar: Rochon Westmoreland comes by his talents naturally. He was born in East St. Louis, IL, to a blues guitarist dad and R&B-singing mom. After growing a career in the Midwest, he followed his mom to Las Vegas, where he has performed with major artists like Bette Midler, Donny and Marie, Gladys Knight, Don Rickles, The Temptations, Frankie Avalon, Ben Vereen, The Four Tops and many, many more. Major musicals include Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Spamalot, and other hit shows.

Drums: Puerto Rico native Jose “Pepe” Jimenez built a stellar career playing at live performances and on recordings for top stars like Marc Anthony. Moving to Las Vegas in 2002 to play for the show Storm, he quickly became a popular percussionist for major shows like Mamma Mia, Cirque du Soleil Zumanity, Criss Angel Believe and The Lion King.

Percussion: Gabriel Santana Falcone is a versatile drummer, percussionist/vocalist who has performed with numerous musical groups on stage and television and on independent record labels. His resume includes gigs with Clint Holmes, Patti Austin, Steve Lawrence and many more headliners.

The Horn Section

Trumpet: USC grad Daniel Falcone started his career while still in high school, performing with the like of Tony Bennett, Rita Moreno, Jerry Lewis, George Burns, Andy Williams and Jack Jones. His college years had him touring with Pia Zadora, and world-class orchestras like the London Philharmonic. After a tour as lead trumpet for Tom Jones, he came to Vegas to perform in Ricky Martin’s Storm. He was lead trumpet for Paul Anka, did a stint with Hairspray, performed with Toni Braxton and with Bette Midler at Caesars Palace—and is currently lead trumpet for Celine Dion. Those experiences, plus a long list of TV appearances and recordings make Daniel Falcone a much sought-after trumpet player.

Trumpet: Gil Kaupp spent many years playing trumpet in Europe, recording more than 200 albums and over 40 movie soundtracks, including The Silence of the Lambs, Das Boot, and The Never Ending Story. His night job is with the Donny & Marie Show at the Flamingo, and his day job is as an instructor at UNLV in music technology and recording engineering, as well as teaching jazz trumpet.

Trombone: Wisconsin native Nathan Tanouye has a stellar music education that includes a degree in applied trombone and jazz studies. He has performed with Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Pladico Domingo, Donny & Marie, Bette Midler, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Barbra Streisand and Jerry Lewis, as well as in a number of major shows. As a composer and arranger, he has written for diverse ensembles that include symphony and jazz. He is currently performing with and arranging music for Celine Dion.

Alto Sax: Phil Wigfall has performed  with major names in entertainment like Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Clint Holmes, Joe Williams, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many more. He has become one of the most in-demand sax soloists in Las Vegas. He recently concluded a two-year engagement with Bette Midler and plays with the BB King All-Star Band. Phil has written and produced for many artists and can be heard on numerous recordings.

Tenor Sax: Southern California transplant to Las Vegas Rob Mader has played with the greats, including Bette Midler, Donny & Marie, Gladys Knight, Don Rickles, Frankie Avalon, Ben Vereen and many more. A versatile musicians who plays flute, clarinet, sax and wind synthesizer, he has performed in many musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Spamalot, Annie and The Music Man.

Baritone Sax: From “down home in Indiana,” Eric Tewalt is currently performing in the Las Vegas production of “Jersey Boys” and appears as part of Frankie Valli’s touring band. His resume is filled with names like Toni Braxton, Sheena Easton, Michael Feinstein, Michael Buble, Ben Vereen, and so many more stars.


Milwaukee native Tyriq Johnson has been performing since childhood. His smooth vocals can be heard on CDs, including Joe Jordan’s “Can You Find Your Soul” and Peter Mac’s “Outside Looking In”. Many commercial jingles, voice-overs and cover tunes feature Tyrig’s stellar voice. He has performed with Clint Holmes and is currently putting together a tribute show of Earth, Wind and Fire music.

Tony Davich has built a career performing nationally and internationally in a variety of musical styles. He was the principal singer in the Stardust’s long-running production show, Enter the Night, and spent several years as the featured vocalist and percussionist with Sheena Easton. Sharing the stage with The Commodores, Tower of Power, Leon Russell, Josh Groben, Lionel Richie and Hall & Oates has given him the reputation of a “go-to” vocalist for all seasons.

Lannie Counts voice led him to a career that includes opening for Bill Cosby, Kenny G., Keith Sweat, and a stint as lead vocalist for the Joey Navarro project on Island Records. He has performed at most of the major rooms in Las Vegas, and won first place in Harrah’s talent contest in 2009. Counts performed as a principle in Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing, a Motown 50th Anniversary Tribute Show in Atlantic City, and was a vocalist for Sound Investment, a tribute to little Anthony and Imperials, where he was the voice of Little Anthony.

Reserved Seating tickets are now available at $25-30 for orchestra and mezzanine, and $15 for balcony seating. Tickets are available at www.KiMoTickets.com and at the KiMo Box Office, 505-768-3544. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 am – 8 pm; Sunday 11 am – 3 pm.

The KiMo Theatre is operated by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The Theatre is centrally located at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) and there is a large parking facility right behind the Theatre at 5th and Copper. Visit www.KiMoAbq.org or call 311 for up-to-date information on the wide variety of entertainment options offered at this unique venue. TTY Users call 711.

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