Just had a fantastic gig playing bass with Dr. John, Sarah Morrow, David Rokeach, Vernon Black, and my old Stoneground band-mate Annie Sampson. What an amazing piano player…and guitar player. I’ve always loved his playing, but live he’s something else. Especially when your interacting with him on stage. All proceeds for this benefit go to […]
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For generations, Zydeco and Mexican music have thrived side by side in Richmond, California; home to Creoles from Louisiana and Chicanos with deep roots in California and Mexico. Now, in “Shades of Brown”, Andre Thierry and Los Cenzontles unite their ancestral voices in celebration. Joined by the music legend David Hidalgo, they create a joyful […]
May 2013. “Red River”. Los Cenzontles. Pete Sears, keyboards. From the brand new full-length vinyl album PURO JAM…with David Hidalgo, electric guitar and guiro. David Bautista, harmonica. Pete Sears, keyboards. Eugene Rodriguez, steel string guitar. Hugo Arroyo, bass. Sage Baggott, drums. Los Cenzontles proudly announces it first full-length vinyl album PURO JAM featuring instrumental jams with […]
2012. “Regeneration” Los Cenzontles. I played some keyboards on this amazing album. After many many months of song writing, recording, mixing, mastering, and everything else that goes into producing a record, Los Cenzontles is excited to announce the release of their newest album, Regeneration. Regeneration celebrates the emerging Latino-boom youth generation by fusing Latino roots music […]
2011. “The Storm That Swept Mexico”. I wrote and recorded the original score for this documentary on the “Mexican Revolution”. Aired on 300 PBS stations nationwide, as well as film festivals and major Universities Directed by Ray Telles. and produced by Ray Telles and Ken Rabin. Paradigm Productions. I co-produced the Traditional music with Pancho […]
2010. Los Cenzontles “raza de oro”. I strongly advise you to go and see “Los Cenzontles” if you get a chance…you won’t be sorry. I joined Eugene on organ for one track as a guest. Other guests on the album include David Hidalgo and Ry Cooder. — with Los Cenzontles, Ry Cooder, Los Cenzontles, Los Lobos and Eugene […]
2009. Harvey Mandel and the Snake Crew LIVE. Recorded at Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco, California. Harvey has been one of my favorite guitar players since I first heard his “Cristo Redentor” album in 1969. Harvey Mandel guitar. I played piano. Mick Martin Vocals & Harp. Billy Johnson Drums. Steve Evans Bass. Jose Najara Congas, Percussion. Michael Borbridge Percussion. Joli […]
2009. “American Horizons” Los Cenzontles, David Hidalgo, Taj Mahal, Pete Sears. I joined Eugene, Dave and Taj on one track playing piano as a guest. — with Los Cenzontles, Los Cenzontles, Eugene Rodriguez, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal.
2008. DVD. December 14th. Wavy Gravy’s Christmas Stories, with Pete Sears on piano improvisation. Performed and recorded to a packed house at the Cafe De La Paz in Berkeley, California. — with Wavy Gravy and Wavy Gravy (Official Fan Page).
2008. “The Life & Rebirth of Hospitalito Atitlan”. Narration by Isabel Allende. I wrote & recorded part of the original score, and recorded Isabel Allende ‘s narration at my “Windjammer Studio’s” in San Rafael, California. A fundraising DVD for the hospitalito, in Santiago, Atitlan, Guatemala. It was wrecked by the government army during the civil […]
2008. “Songs of Wood & Steel” Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo. Pete Sears played piano on “Red River Road”. Other guests were: Linda Ronstadt, Julian Gonzalez, and the Estrada Brothers. Pete later played a show with Los Cenzontles and Dave Hidalgo at Yoshi’s in Oakland. He said it was one of the most enjoyable shows he […]
2007. Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman. Photo of Pete Sears and Floyd taken backstage at the “Mint” in Los Angeles before a show they played together. Floyd went into hospital the next day. I lost a good friend. Floyd passed away at 5:00am, Dec 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, he was 71 years old. Floyd “Red […]
2007.“Haight Ashbury Free Clinic” Benefit album. They used two tracks I played on…one with “Moonalice” called “Blink of an Eye”, and one from my solo album “The Long Haul” of a song I wrote and recorded with John Lee Hooker called “Elizabeth”. — with John Lee Hooker and Moonalice. Tag PhotoAdd LocationEdit
2007. DVD. “Free From Pain” benefit for Tiffany Travalent held at 12 Galaxies in San Francisco. Pete Sears played accordion and piano with Eric McFadden and Zigaboo Modeliste. — with Eric McFadden and Zigaboo Modeliste.
2006. “Old-Fashioned Fun on Route 66”. Documentary soundtrack written and recorded by Pete Sears. A documentary containing vintage 8mm footage. A story of the road traveling between two eras. I wrote the original score for this film. I used guitarist Chris Collin’s and drummer Vince Littleton. — with Chris Collins, Thomas J. Caudle and Vince Littleton.
2006. Feb. “Sacred Run” Benefit. I played Accordion on this live album. Sacred Run History | Tracks | Purchase Recorded live in February 2006, featuring: DENNIS BANKS, FLOYD RED CROW WESTERMAN, PETER COYOTE, PETE SEARS, ROBBY ROMERO, DAVID AMRAM, MARTHA REDBNE, CHARLIE HILL, WAVY GRAVY AND MORE. The 2006 Sacred Run kick-off concert was recorded February 10, […]
2005. “MADE”. Musicians assisting disaster efforts. I produced the Kathryn Keats track “Going Home” for this compilation CD. The great Darol Anger on violin. — with Darol Anger and Kathryn Keats.
2005. DVD of the Chetfest Show at the GAMH…unfortunately no longer available. Chet had a lot left to give the world; but the waves of spirit, generosity and quite strength that people like Chet send out, will continue for eternity. Its people like Chet who give us hope that the human species won’t self destruct […]
Pete Sears and Chet Helms. Article from Haight Street Music News — 2005 PETE SEARS – MUSICIAN & HUMANITARIAN I always liked and admired Pete Sears, a paradigm in the paradoxical world of music and spent several years taking images of him during the seven year run of The Gathering On The Mountain in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, i.e., […]
2005. Great American Music Hall Marquee sign. 2005 fundraiser and tribute for Chet Helms…hosted by Pete Sears, Roger and Ann McNamee, and Dawn Holliday. Here’s a piece written about Chet in the Haight Street Music News by my friend Don Aters…Don was close to Chet. Don Aters – Haight Street Music News 2005. A Farewell For […]