Playing with passion and zeal.
Galo Rivera is as artistically genuine and unique as music gets. Finding a consuming joy in his instruments (Guitar), he plays with a passion and zeal that is obvious to any listener, while at the same time, delivering welcomed refreshment for the seasoned musician. Galo is a very highly respected Latin Rock guitar player. Some of his music influences has been: Los Indios Tabajara, Santana, John McLaughlin, Malo, Mandrill, Ohio Players, Graham Central Station, Larry Carlton, Al DiMeola, and Jimi Hendrix. After coming to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico on July 4th 1967, Galo found early renown touring Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, South and Central America, with various bands and on his own. By the age of 21 he was playing on stages like Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center in New York City. Throughout his teenage years Galo continued to hone his skills as musician recording engineer and a record producer. Galo has also shared the stage (co-billing) with many greats in the business. In his later years Galo has performed and traveled doing an unbelievable Tribute to Santana in his concerts, like no one else in the world does. His guitar tone, heart, energy and feel expresses the same soul fullness and heart penetrating leads like Santana brings to the stages. Galo says "no cookie cutters here"
Photo by Frank Donnino Photography