The word “ARAKA” is Spanish slang for “watch out!” and this name fits for a talented band that’s been leaving lasting impressions on the music scene over the past 5 years with their fusion of Latin grooves, reggae, rock, and ska. Based in south Florida, ARAKA has impressed their audiences with blistering hot live shows that showcase the band’s unique sound, while also paying tribute to legends of Latin-influenced music such as Santana, Sublime, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and countless others. Each member brings something different to the table with their diverse cultural backgrounds. These musicians from Peru, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US combine together to give ARAKA a flavor appealing to a broad audience. Araka is: Bruno Mendez (bass, lead vocals), Mikey Campillo (guitar), Chris Richards (trumpet, vocals), Greg Genova (trombone, vocals), Brad Draper (drums), and Phil “Cachi” Velez (percussion).