Suavé provides evening full of smooth music

By Alondra Urizar
La Habra Journal

The event was not set to start until 7 p.m. but by 6:30 p.m., nearly half the attendees had already filled half the grassy area El Centro-Lions Park provided for La Habra’s Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 29.

People filled the field and the stage was set for the 10-piece Latin band, Suavé to play at El Centro-Lions Park for La Habra’s Summer Concert Series last Thursday.

The band formed in 1998 by Rene Burguan, who plays the trumpet and congas, and includes members from Los Angeles area. Even though lead singer Veronica Carrillos only just joined the band six months ago, they all gelled and played well because of their deep history and connection in music.

“I used to play with another band at Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet and that’s kind of like a hub for all of the local bands. Just networking, I went and saw them one Sunday and liked their style. So here I am,” Carrillos said.

Carrillos has performed at other Concerts in the Park for approximately eight years and finds music is a way to talk to the crowd in a different way.

“This is actually my first time here in La Habra but I’ve done concerts in the park before for other places like Norwalk or Whittier,” Carrillos said. “Music is healing. It also a language that unites people so I think it’s very important… It’s awesome. Music reaches people [in the way] that nothing else can. And that’s what we love about playing music. That we can reach people that otherwise could not be reached.”

Attendees were well fed from Calvary Chapel, La Habra High School Cheer and El Governador who gave different options such as nachos, popcorn, cookies, cupcakes, tacos and burritos.

Attendees, both young and old, moved, danced and enjoyed Latin favorites and oldies music.

The Miss La Habra queen and princesses went around asking the audience to participate in the La Habra Host Lions Club raffle for a 1965 Ford Mustang with proceeds going to several programs within La Habra such as the La Habra Boys and Girls Club, Help for Brain Injured Children, the youth center, senior citizen programs and many more.

Suavé entertained the crowd all the way to 10 p.m.

The Summer concert series is taking this week off due to the city’s Fourth of July celebration, but will return next week at the La Habra Marketplace at 7 p.m. with The Answer as the featured band.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.