Joe “Tejano Drummer #1” Olguin (La Joya, TX) Drums, Band Manager. A native Tejano, Joe Olguin has been playing drums all of his life. He brings a very rich knowledge of Tejano music and of the "double-kick", which makes Tejano music so unique and danceable. In the Texas scene Joe worked with "Los Sheekanos" and other trailblazers of La Onda. Joe holds the distinction of being honored by being inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame in Alice, Tx. By day he is a Welding Supervisor and a proud father of three. His wealth of experience provides that great consistent back-beat for Los Niteliters!
Los Niteliters is a Latino band based in San Jose, California. The group traces its origins to the 1960’s, when it was founded by the Espinoza family of Hollister, California. In the 1990’s the band integrated former members of critically-acclaimed Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band (Jesus Covarrubias & Charlie Montotya). They later added Accordion phenom, Albert Garcia. Los Niteliters evolved through various genres of Latino music and has become one of Northern California’s favorite Latino bands playing a wide range of music from Tejano, salsa, cumbias, funk and R&B. Their first CD, “Con Ustedes” (1997) featured original music as well as re-arrangements like their cumbia version of “Brown-Eyed Girl”. Their most recent CD, “Cali-jano Style” (2008) made a splash on the Latino music scene with special guest appearances by Grammy-winning Max Baca and David Farias (of “Los Texmaniacs”) on the classic song “Por Una Mujer Casada”. The CD also features new original music and rearrangements of great Latino classics like, “El Año Viejo” and “Un Rinconcito en el Cielo”. With musical direction by a Professor of Mexican American studies (Jesus Covarrubias), Los Niteliters strive to have their sound reflect the cultural fusion of Mexican American Music throughout the southwest. The band members pride themselves on presenting their audiences with wide ranging rhythms that keep everyone on the dance floor! They display great stage presence with the contributions of quality, veteran, musicians (including an inductee in the Tejano Music Hall of Fame-Joe Olguin) with more than two decades of working together! Ajua!
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Jesse “Mr. Manitas” Mejia (San Jose, CA) Congas, Bongo. Jesse brings a wealth of percussion knowledge to Los Niteliters. Early on, Jesse formally studied a variety of Conga patterns with some of the top Latin Percussionists in the country and is now a very skilled percussionist. He has worked with many bay area groups and is in high demand. His skills bring the ear candy to the cumbias that are so popular with Los Niteliters' audiences!
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Joe Olguin, Manager
Jesus “Chuy” Covarrubias (Salinas, CA) Lead Vocals, Accordion, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Acoustic Guitar. Jesús has been playing music professionally most of his life. Early on he played with “Los Latinos” and “The Latin Soul Band”. While studying Music and Chicano studies at the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band, where he gained valuable experience touring and recording. Chuy completed Doctoral coursework at UCSC (2007). He holds a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University (1995), a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and is a Tenured Professor of Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies at San Jose City College and adjunct Professor of Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University. In addition to his musical versatility Chuy brings his Music recording production experience to Los Niteliters.
Charlie “El Compadre” Montoya (El Paso, TX) Electric Guitar, Bajo Sexto and Vocals. Originally from El Paso, TX, Charlie made his way to California by way of Stanford University where he earned his B.S. in Biology. He currently works by day as a Hearing Officer for San Mateo County and by night as one firme guitar player. Also formerly with Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band, Charlie brings versatility to Los Niteliters with Elec. Guitar, Bajo Sexto and Bass. His strong stage presence adds to the great show the band puts on!
Albert “El Golden-Fingers” Garcia (Modesto, CA) Accordion, Percussion, Vocals. Originally from Modesto, California, Albert comes from a family of musicians with roots in Texas. He started playing accordion at a very young age and has developed into one of only a handful of premier accordionists in California (the Baddest this side of the Rio Grande). He enjoys jamming with his cousins in Texas Funk as well as doing it Cali-Jano style with Los Niteliters. In addition, Albert has added to the band’s versatility playing timbales, congas and drums to spice up the cumbias!
Bobby "The Bobcat" Espinoza has been playing bass guitar most of his life and is one of the original members of Los Niteliters. His father, Elias Espinoza founded the band in the 1960’s. Bobby’s knowledge and experience of Latino music provides for a driving, rhythmic bass, which is so fundamental to the band’s danceable style. Bobby lives and works out of San Jo' and is well respected amongst bay area musicians!