SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Built around brothers Pablo and Esteban Cantua, the music of Cantua is special. Using Spanish guitar as a foundation, the pair lays on Latin rhythms, virtuoso fretwork and manic energy for performances that are as thrilling to watch as they are to listen to.
It’s that fact which has made Cantua one of Southern California’s outdoor festival favorites, including performances at the San Diego County Fair, Gator By The Bay, Chicano Park Day, NAMM and Strawberry Fest in the last year alone. They sing in both English and Spanish, with a set full of infectious songs with universal appeal that have been heard on television programming for Univision’s Despierta San Diego, Fox 5 News, CW6 and Warner Cable Network.
Studying the guitar from a young age, Cantua is the culmination of the brothers’ immersion in music, a continual drive to both hone their craft and build an audience. Formed in 2001 by Pablo, the band has an expansive line up depending on the event, with duo, trio and full band performances, plus set lists that include masterful originals as well as choice covers, recast in their unique style. Esteban came aboard in 2010, setting in motion the group’s current round of success.
The band has recently collaborated in the studio with the likes of Marujah and Falling Doves, all in anticipation of the recording of the follow up album to their 2013 debut, Live at El Zarape, this time out set to be a studio outing. Also in 2017 the band will hit the road for another round of touring throughout the Western U.S.
Anyone who enjoys Latin based acoustic guitar music will want to hear the songs of Cantua, but their appeal is much bigger than that. Jazz fans will appreciate the duo’s inspired guitar playing, classic rock fans will love the terrific original tunes as well as covers of classics by artists such as Santana or The Eagles, dance fans will want to groove to their rhythms. It’s all there in their passionate music, with almost every song a showstopper. Cantua is a combo that will impress you from the first note.