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August, 2011


John Maestas - Electric/acoustic guitar | Asher Barreras - Acoustic bass | Enrique Chavez - Drums, cajon, percussion | Aaron Lovato - Tenor saxophone (7) | John Rangel* - Fender Rhodes Piano (guest on track 8)


1. Desesperança / 2. Y Tu Que Has Hecho? / 3. Jarmusch / 4. Mayan Prophecy / 5. Remedios / 6. Sueño del Mar / 7. You Got to My Head / 8. Under the Mango Tree / 9. Strollin' Down Senile Street / 10. Otra Vez


"Hey, I'm John Maestas! I'm a music lover from New Mexico born into a family of restaurateurs. The Maestas family had a restaurant for 30 years in Los Alamos called “Sparky’s Soda Bar”, which was renowned by the community for their delicious red & green chile and the fresh fruit pies. Naturally, I grew up working in the restaurant business even back in my early years when I was learning the in’s and out’s of the business as soon as Mama could bring me to work. I’m thankful that my family always had good music on while they cooked and worked in the house and I developed a love for music because of all those things i heard, so i decided to join the band in middle school.
The first instruments I loved were the trumpet and the french horn, but one day my Papa Benny gifted me his old guitar when I was 12 years old - it changed everything! My focus changed. I had found my muse, and decided to pursue immersing myself in all kinds of music.  Music and the guitar consumed me then, as they do today. I studied with great mentors and musicians in New Mexico, and also attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Berklee College of Music on scholarships.

I specialize in playing lots of guitars, genres, music production, and sound FX. I play and produce for lots of artists around New Orleans spanning all kinds of different influences and styles- please check out the music to see what I mean. I am a co-founder of Bubble Bath Records, a record label that features original music from New Orleans. Our artists are among some of the most talented and respected musicians in the scene and it’s a pleasure to share music and ideas with them. I also teach music in schools and master classes for advanced students. I love to travel and learn of other cultures’ histories and mysteries. I hope my music connects with the listener and transports them to a familiar memory with a fresh perspective." - John Maestas



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Guitarist John Maestas returns to New Mexico to share his New Orleans sounds

July 22nd, 2016 | By: David Steinberg | Albuquerque Journal

Just four years ago, guitarist John Maestas left Albuquerque for New Orleans. Since then, he’s made a big splash there. Maestas has been playing with many musicians, has his own band called Juan Tigre and has started a record label.Now he and the band are in the Duke City doing a series of seven gigs and a July 30 master class at Grandma’s. The first gig is tonight at Scalo Northern Italian Grill... READ MORE

Local Don’t Mean Yokel (Part I): Guitarist John Maestas

July 17th, 2016 | By: Mel Minter | Mel Minter blog

The New Mexico Jazz Festival and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s summer jazz and blues series bring stellar talent to town. This year we’ve got the likes of NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland, Charles Lloyd, and Dr. Lonnie Smith just for starters at the festival, and Brian Lynch and Matt Savage are among the stars lighting up the NMJW series... READ MORE