Westland, Michigan, USA

Prepare to dance when Saoco takes the stage! From Cha-Cha to Guanguanco to Mambo, Saoco blends the traditional with a Detroit edge. It's truly a "get-out-of-your-seat" sound that leaves audiences wanting more!


Saoco, Detroit's leading Latin band, is comprised of 9 of the areas most versitile musicians. Having performed functions for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, WEMU, and club dates at the Sky Bar in Royal Oak and the old Music Menu in Greektown, the band has established a strong presence and rounded out Detroit's diverse musical culture.

Their repertoire consists of original compositions as well as standard arrangements of popular salsa, Cuban, and Carribean dance tunes. Their exciting sound and style is available for your special event or concert series.

Don't miss our singular brand of fun!


2003 Live Memphis Smoke 4/01/03 released "El Tumbao del Guapo Loco" which reached #1 on the WEMU Latin Jazz playlist for 4 straight weeks.

Live at the 2003 Ann Arbor Art Fair - Broadcast Live on WEMU Radio!

2009 - Saoco the EP

Set List


Oye Como Va (T. Puente
Besame Mama ( T Rodriguez)
Black Stockings (T Rodriguez)
Blue Trane (J Coltrane)
Cantalupe Island - Watermelon Man (H Hancock)
Descarga Cachao (I Lopez)
Descarga de Hoy (Cubanismo)
Dichoso (bolero)
Guachiguara (C Tjader)
Mama Guela
Palmas (Palmieri)
Ran Can Can (T Puente)
Softly in Morning's Sunrise (guanguanco)
Take 5 (arr. T Puente)
Tumbao de Coqueta/Manteca (Cubanismo)
Yumbambe (mambo)

We have ten original compositions whose styles are from cha-cha-cha to mambo. Sets run 45 min to 1 hour and we are able to play up to 4 sets in an evening.