Mercury Soul: Danzón Live Orchestra Featuring Rob Garza

Known as one half of the legendary electronic duo Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza has been DJ'ing and exploring more his love of electronic music embracing more nu-disco, boogie and deep house. Influenced by his involvement with La Santanera and Canibal Royal in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. His sets and remixes reflect another side not typically associated with the Thievery sound.

Galen founded Sunset Sound System with the idea of providing free, outdoor picnic-style parties where people could commune and dance while watching the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. Word spread quickly, and what began as a few friends with speakers and a generator turned into festivities of over 1,000 people within the first year.  Today, Sunset Sound System is on the move, boasting big-name talent for their international boat parties, festival-style campouts and famed park gatherings.
The early Sunset events served as Galen's creative outlet and a prime platform to perfect his technique. DJing meant extensive knowledge of music history, hard-earned vinyl collections, and truly intuitive mixing. Inspired by the psychedelic climate of the 90's San Francisco music scene Galen successfully grew himself into a household name that he maintains today, holding it down with the world's top talent. His sets are thoughtful, yet never pre-planned, with artfully-timed track selections that spark any dance floor he touches, appealing to the old school just as much as the new.
Creative fusion with Claude VonStroke led to a killer remix of '80s breakbeat classic "Jam On It," and a mutual profound love for pizza inspired him and Justin Martin to co-produce Dirtybird classics, "Dust Devil" and "Tumbleweed."   Soon after, he landed a coveted feature spot on Annie Nightingale's Radio 1 Show where he impressed BBC listeners with his smooth mixing style. Most recently, Galen's Sunset remix of "I Feel Love" by Get Physical charmer, Lopazz, catapulted to #1 on his Beatport chart.
The summer of 2013 opened European doors with a breakthrough appearance at Dirtybird's Ibiza residency. At Croatia's Garden Festival, Galen shined on the Sunset Sound System Boat Party alongside Justin Martin, Eats Everything, and Solar. His new track, "ICANCU" has just been released on the Dirtybird BBQ Compilation and another "Your Own Style" is to coming out soon on Smoke N' Mirrors. 2014 also brings the boys of Sunset Sound System back to Croatia for another Garden Festival Boat Party among other European dates.




On April 27, Mercury Soul will present Danzón at The Great Northern, featuring Rob Garza. On the program will be the contemporary tango groove of the Redwood Tango Ensemble, the rarely performed Concerto for Bandoneon and the iconic Libertango by Astor Piazzolla, the irresistibly bombastic Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, and headlining the show will be live electronics by Rob Garza, part of the über-famous DJ collective, Thievery Corporation. Besides the music, making a cameo appearance will be the salsa duo, Salsamanía. Join the party!

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