René Escovedo is a percussionist, music instructor, and band leader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born to the famed Escovedo Latin music family (Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Peter Michael Escovedo, to name a few), he began his music education in grade school. At the age of nine, he got his first jazz drum kit and began his life-long artistic journey as a percussionist. Self-taught, initially he played whatever music was popular throughout the years, but honed in his skills by being around his uncles. That gave him the opportunity to attend many performances at renowned venues from an early age; places like The Greek Theater in Berkeley, The Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, Yoshi's in Oakland, The Stone in San Francisco. He would eventually go on to perform and all those venues, and many others.
A consummate professional who's always working on developing his skills as a musician, he's also the founder and leader of two bands, The Fuse, a powerful instrumental ensemble, and René Escovedo & The New E!, with an emphasis on R&B, Funk, and Soul.
Grateful to those who took the time to teach him, he's gone on to become a music teacher himself, providing small group and individual lessons with fun contemporary materials that support active engagement.
iStevie , born and raised in Oakland California. He began singing at the young age of 7 years old in church and at family gatherings. During his school years iStevie began performing at various local talent shows, school events, and was the winner of 1994 Talent Showcase in San Francisco. In recent years he has performed at House of Blues in Los Angeles, Kimble East , Live at the Apollo , Maxwells Lounge , City of Oakland Black History Celebrations and various clubs throughout the Bay Area.
iStevie has appeared on stage as an opening act, for well known artist such as, Latoya London , CASE , Ying Yang Twins , Carl Thomas , Dwayne Wiggins , Lil John , Too Short , Sole’ , KRS 1 , Goapele , Confunction , Lenny Williams & The Ohio Players . iStevie also perform with Digital Underground at the Fresno County Fair, and The Exotic Erotic Ball at the Cow Palace where he sang the well known hook “I Got 5 On It” with the group , The Luniz .
A Family Man, iStevie is a self taught vocalist , musician , songwriter , graphic designer , and video editor . He wrote and produced his debut album entitle “It’s Just Me” his second album “The Other Side of Me” and the COMING SOON Album “Ready 4 Love.”