The Rabeats Multiply
By Camilla Sands
Having access to all the bands in San Miguel de Allende, I decided to check out the Rabeats, whose name I naturally thought was the “Rabbits.” I found them at a late-night venue and discovered that the band multiplies harmony in their solid pop rock as easily as rabbits multiply. The Rabeats will headline Tha Danze on Valentine’s night when Amor: La Conexión Singles Networking Club kicks off its formation. (Couples are welcome to this special dance.)
Sun, Feb 14, 7:30pm
Teatro del Obraje
Calzada de la Presa 50
As I listened to the group, lead singer Rafael de la Vega (vocals, bass, rhythm guitar) was literally hopping with joy as he rocked the room with the music I treasured from the ’60s and ’70s. They belted out harmonies in voices and guitars while capturing the nuances of the popular dance music my baby boomer generation grew up dancing to, from The Beatles to Stevie Wonder and from Al Green to the Rolling Stones. That evening I saw the multigenerational joy of pop rock music as Generations X, Y, and Z danced to the harmonies and beat of The Rabeats. I later tried to convince friends to hear The Rabeats, but for some, the 11pm starting time was too daunting. This weekend I’m excited to present The Rabeats on Valentine’s Day evening and invite everyone to multiply their joy in music with this extremely talented group, starting at the “civilized hour” of 8pm, so all my boomers can make it.
As Vega later explained about his group, “We were an essential part of Monterrey’s rock scene since our inception in 2009, but due to the insecurity in the city, the music scene there went into sharp decline. I decided to relocate to San Miguel, where I met Gonzalo Bravo (guitar), and we found an unmistakable chemistry in our musical style. When Alan Macias, an original member of our group in Monterrey (vocals, guitar, bass), heard about this development, he also decided to relocate here. This actually marked the beginning of The Rabeats as we are known now.”
The Rabeats have evolved a solid pop rock sound while discovering their own creative and original style. Today the group is in high demand for events, concerts, and dances across Mexico. They are currently recording their first album, which they plan to launch during the first half of 2016.
“The Sargeant”—Susan, that is—owner of La Conexión mail services, is offering her support of the new singles networking club for San Miguel in a number of ways. First, her locations will sell tickets to Tha Danze but, more importantly, she will offer La Conexión’s Aldama 3 location for the site of upcoming Amor: La Conexión Singles Networking Club happy hours to kick off the evening activities. For more information, call 415 114 9007.