Doc Severinsen & The San Miguel 5 / By Edhat Subscriber

Trumpeter Doc Severinsen and guitarrist Gil Gutiérrez headed for the lobby to autograph CD’s following their outstanding San Miguel 5 Performance at the Granada Theatre, where they received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience who thoroughly enjoyed the exciting new sound the group has created. Charlie Bisharat, violinist for the group was beyond amazing, and chatter from young women in the ladies lounge was that he was gorgeous and extremely talented. Cuban born Jimmy Branly pulled out all the stops during his solo drum performance. Kevin Thomas, bass player created a sound that synergized beautifully with his ‘brothers’ in the band.

One audience member described the bands new sound as Romanian Gypsy Mexican, and Severinsen agreed saying “that is exactly what it is!” He also raved about the renovations that had been made to the Granada since he left Santa Inés to move to Mexico. Doc, wearing outrageous hot pink leather pants and coordinated jacket, complimented the Granada Theatre staff on the outstanding job they were doing from sound work to greeting patrons. He said “Santa Barbara County is the best place in the world to live.”

Only a seasoned professional like Doc could bring together such a unique group of extraordinarily talented musicians to generate such international flavors in amazing musical arrangements. It was fantastic! Following the performance Doc and Gil went to the lobby where they exchanged hugs with many old friends, and autographed CD’s for members of the audience. For information on San Miguel 5’s next performance visit: