Rendezvous band group photo from the 2012 Nihonmachi Street Fair at Japantown in San Francisco

Party with Rendezvous

Come get down and groove to the jammin' sounds of Rendezvous!

Bringing the party to San Francisco Bay Area events since 1995, Rendezvous has been igniting the dance floors and getting crowds to jump out of their seats with their vibrant vocals and highly spirited, upbeat performances. Whether it's R&B, Motown, Rock, Disco, ChaCha or Top 40, they are sure to get you shaking your hips and tapping your feet to your all-time favorites as you dance the day and night away!

From Barry White, Earth Wind & Fire, Madonna to Alicia Keys and Katy Perry, the melodies of Rendezvous will be rocking the Sun and romancing the Moon... So don't miss this magical "rendezvous" and make it a date with one or many friends and get your heart and feet ready to beat!

Rendezvous' band members have over 20 years of passionate musical experience playing at various events, including special performances at street fairs, festivals, musical showcases, weddings, restaurants, and clubs.

Need a live cover band for your event?

Rendezvous has performed in many venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, for weddings, corporate events, fairs, festivals, restaurants, bars, lounges, birthdays, schools and more. Their experience, professionalism and up-to-date song choices are their hallmark and their many fans can attest to their ability to get your crowd dancing and having the time of their lives.

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If you need an experienced live band for your wedding or event, let us know if you want to come scout us at one of our regular gigs. Give Don a call and he can try and save you some seats if you come early enough!


High Notes from the Band

Easter Seals Gala 2014

Rendezvous will once again highlight the Easter Seals Spring Gala!

Rendezvous will once again be performing at the 16th Annual Spring Gala, charity fundraiser for the Easter Seals Bay Area! Mark Saturday, May 17, 2014 on your calendar as Rendezvous will take the stage again to bring an evening of dancing and happiness to all the Easter Seals supporters for this amazing event.

To learn more about the Easter Seals Spring Gala and how you can get involved, click the Spring Gala banner above.

Rendezvous' Official Easter Seals Campaign

Help support those with disabilities through Easter Seals! Make a donation through the Easter Seals Team Rendezvous page and help us reach our goal of raising $2500 for them!

Go to our Official Easter Seals Campaign page and learn more about the Easter Seals and why we are fundraising for them and need your support.


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Songlist

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Upcoming Gigs and Shows

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Rendezvous Biographies

Mel Banez, the youngest of 8 children, was born in Manila, Philippines. He came to the US when he was four years old, and has since resided in Berkeley, CA, a small town rich in all its diversity - home to many famous entertainers such as Tupac Shakur, Mike Marshall of the Timex Social Club, and jazz musician Peter Apfelbaum. Unsurprisingly, Mel became drawn to the music industry and has yet become another talented treasure to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area and has since been performing for over 30 years now.

His musical career was launched by the influence of his oldest brother, who was also highly involved in many of his own musical endeavors. At the age of nine, Mel began taking trumpet lessons. His true talent emerged and he began touring with his school jazz band to other cities. This led to his television debut, where he was highlighted as being one of the Bay Area’s many talented youth musicians.

Towards the end of his Berkeley High School years, in 1979 he formed the band All As One. The band toured internationally to Japan. A few of the band members are now playing with Prince, EWF, Sheila E, just to name a few. Becoming a known vocalist in the Bay Area, Mel began working with many of the best musicians also from the Bay Area, such as The Escovedo Family, ConFunkshun, and Tower of Power.

Mel is musically inspired by artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire (whom he personally met with becoming one of the memorable moments in his life as a musician), Prince, Al Jarreau, Michael Jackson, Larry Graham, Barry White, and Chicago.

In 1988, he partnered with locally known keyboardist Pelagio “P-Dogg” Valdez and established All As One Production Company. In this collaboration, the two became recognized BMI songwriters with a few records to their name. Aside from the trumpet, he also plays the drums, bass, percussion, and keyboards.

Throughout the years, he has performed as lead and guest vocalist with many well-known Bay Area bands such as: Game Plan, Big City Revue, Pulse, Black Orchid, Rendezvous, Masterpiece, Mystic Vision, Rojas Brothers, D’ Groove, Live Performance, The Allstars, Mixxed Company, Xecutive Sweet, Universal Language, Stellar, Banez Brothers and Touch of Class. For over 25 years, he has performed annually for popular events such as the Nihomachi, Cherry Blossom, Oakland Chinatown, and Juneteenth festivals. Partial venue list includes Cache Creek, The Little Fox Theatre, The Muppet Theatre in LA, Pete Escovedo's Latin Jazz Club, Coyote Valley Shodakai Casino, and other venues across California and the US. Presently, he is in negotiations in performing with Purple Reign, a Prince tribute in Las Vegas, NV.

Rowena had her first singing debut in the 4th Grade for her school's Annual Christmas Show. However, it wasn't until her early 20's that she discovered her true singing talent after taking a voice class at SF City College. It was from this class, where she met keyboardist, and original founder of Rendezvous, Nel Tellez, that she began braving the stage (with Don, Phil and Nelson) and finding her voice, all the while surprising her family and friends. Since then, she has been wowing the crowds at street fairs, special occasions and various concerts from Nevada to Southern California.

Rowena's most memorable performance was when she sang with her inspiration, jazz songstress, Ledisi. Her other musical influences include Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Lauren Hill, Alanis Morrisette, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, George Michael and 'anyone who can honestly pour their heart and soul out on the table.'

Rowena has continued to share the stage with an array of amazing bands and artists aside from Rendezvous, including Keith Johnson All Stars, AM Radio, Big City Revue, Pulse, D'Groove, Masterpiece, Release, 25th Hour, NuVerze, The Guess Band, Signature Band, Too Smooth, Jesse Charles Band, TBR (To Be Real), Henry and Marivic Concepcion, J.S. Ingram, Mark Kaye, and Filipino artist, Ariel Rivera.

Off stage, Rowena's next greatest passion aside from music, is nursing. She is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner. For the future, Rowena hopes to continue to grow as an artist by songwriting and recording, in addition to sharing her love of life with others through all her passions.

Bryan began his musical career on the piano at the tender age of Four. During childhood, he transitioned to the trumpet and played horns from the 6th grade through high school.

Bryan started performing in live bands during the 1980's with Live Version, who he has played 20 years with, and then others such as Ground Control and Release. He then situated with Rendezvous and has been a member for 15 years. His most memorable performance was with Filipino artist, Roselle Nava.

Bryan's musical influences are Billy Joel, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago and Michael Buble. His favorite music is Top 40 and R & B. Bryan's other interests include throwing strikes in the bowling alleys. He is currently a manager at Charles Schwab.

Don, born and raised in San Francisco, started his musical career as a drummer at the age of 12. He wanted to be another Ringo Starr of the Beatles. Don's father, also a musician, played violin in an orchestra, and passed on his musical talents to his aspiring son. Don hasn't looked back since. His musical influences are George Benson, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano.

Switching to guitar at the age 15 after seeing the legendary Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana perform, Don formed his first band called "The Basics" when he was a senior in high school. His biggest moment for The Basics was opening for Marvin Holmes and the Uptights (whose big hits were "Ooh Ooh the Dragon" and "Funky Mule".)

Years later, Don became one of the founding members of a band called "Lady Red". Lady Red performed in the 1st Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco. One of their most memorable moments was opening for Hiroshima (jazz fusion band.)

Don then took a 12 year break from the music scene. He decided to get back into performing after getting together for a jam session with his buddies from the Expo band and realizing the passion for guitar never left. "Thank goodness I still remembered how to play!" remembered Don. He played with Expo from 1992-1995.

In 1995, Don got with some old musician friends and met a wonderful female vocalist named Rowena Rapadas. Together, they formed the band you know and love, Rendezvous, and have been playing ever since.

Other current bands that Don has played with include Expo (Top 40 Oldies) and Mana (Comtemporary Hawaiian).

Don is currently an Investment Analyst for Esurance Insurance Company, and is married with two cats.

Phil Wong, a native-born San Franciscan, grew up listening to Easy Listening and Latin Jazz, before getting into The Beatles. Phil then started listening to Funk and R&B, which later became his favorites. He was influenced by listening to Santana which got him into his love for the congas. He started playing in a band at the age of 20 but after a couple of years, decided to take a break from live performance. After a 20 year hiatus, he returned to his love for performing on the congas again.

Phil has played in various bands including Chimera (Top 40), Expo (Top 40), Playin' Around (Top 40), Mana (Contemporary Hawaiian), and Jest Jammin' (Top 40 / Motown). Phil has also performed with the Bay Area's Pulse Band (Top 40 / Neo Soul), Fusion Band (Hip Hip/R&B), and in a group called Conga Compay (Rumba). Phil has marched the Carnaval Parade w/ Escola Nova De Samba, and has studied with a master in his own right, Jorge Bermudez.

He is now currently performing with Rendezvous and has been a member for over 15 yrs.

Elmo arrived in San Francisco in 1968 at the age of 10. A long ways from his native Phillipines, he grew up in the heart of the hippy area or Haight and Ashbury. Shortly thereafter, joining the Boy Scouts led to meeting other aspiring musicians at many jam sessions during their Friday Night Rallies. The band they created, Cordial Coterie Band, later simply became known as Cordial. Elmo played 2nd Guitar, while his cousin Danny played lead. This prompted Elmo to make the switch to Bass. Elmo stayed active with Cordial for over 12 years, ending with his preliminary musical stint on New Year's Eve of 1989 with the Mel Leanio Band.

In those discovery days, Elmo attended many concerts, hung outside of night clubs by Broadway and Columbus, and also Fillmore West Hall, and enjoyed street fairs and park concerts. He watched performers such as The Eshabarrs, Rojos, Revelos, Escavedos, and the Santanas of Mission High School. Elmo liked Rock, but couldn't resist the strong influence of Motown, R & B and Soul Power, through the likes of Mr. James Jamerson, David Brown, Larry Graham, Jaco and Pops Popswell, who all expanded his bass foundation.

Elmo's musical career took a hiatus as he prepared for day-to-day life, leaving for Honolulu, and landing a job as assistant Therapeutic and Medical EQ Tech, which he quickly blossomed into as a Bio-Medical Tech. He dabbled in local Hawaiian kine garage and luaus, Kanakapilo style, while listening regularly to kine yah and Jawaiian which was dominating the radio at the time. In his spare time, Elmo hung out at the Waiks and choke kine, fishing and surfing. Elmo made another life move as he returned home to San Francisco during the Summer of 1992 to marry his wife, Brenda. Two weeks later, he was back in Honolulu with Plenty/Choke Stuff. There he met Cliff of Aura (house band of the Ol' Point After Club), and other island musicians such as Uncle Tony and Uncle Bert, Founding Members of Society of Seven, Glenn and Jonathan Guys of Honolulu, and other Ilocano Kine bands, and also Salsa and Mambo musicians, Rolando Sanches, Eddie Ortiz, Salsa Hawaii and Cajunto Cache.

Elmo was approached by Uncle Richard Natto to be the bassist of The Krush, and performed at the Waikiki Sheraton Espirit Lounge. His most memorable gig was on the 4th of July, playing for the military, and New Year's Eve, Ho'olaulea. Coming back to the Bay Area in the Winter of 2003, Elmo hooked up with some local kine Hawaiian bradahs and plenty kine Halau, helping out at Henry's Restaurant in Daly City and making contact with his best friend Cyrian T (bassist for Kickback band) who helped him with the use of the EQ. Then Don from Rendezvous asked Elmo to become their bassist and the rest is history! In his own words, Elmo said, "Tanks, Eh! Hardly no one will ever give a 50-something manong a chance, but I get more..."

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Rendezvous Songlist


Current as of: 08/15/12

1930's - 1960's Songs

AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

Marvin Gaye / Tami Tarrell

AT LAST

Etta James

CHAIN OF FOOLS

Aretha Franklin

CHERRY PINK (AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE)

Perez Prado

DANCIN' IN THE STREET

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

HOLD ON, I'M COMING

Sam & Dave

I WANT YOU BACK

Jackson 5

JAILHOUSE ROCK

Elvis Presley

JUMP JIVE AN' WAIL

Louis Prima / The Brian Setzer Orchestra

LA LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU

Delfonics

(LOVE IS LIKE A) HEATWAVE

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY

Spiral Starecase / Goldfinger

MUSTANG SALLY

Mack Rice / Wilson Pickett

MY GIRL

Temptations

NATURAL WOMAN

Aretha Franklin / Celine Dion

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK

Bill Haley & the Comets

SOUL MAN

Sam & Dave

STAND BY ME

Ben E. King

SWAY

Dean Martin

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT

Frank Sinatra

TWIST & SHOUT

The Beatles

1970's Songs

AIN'T NO STOPPING US NOW

McFadden & Whitehead

ALWAYS AND FOREVER

Heatwave

BAD GIRLS

Donna Summer

BEST OF MY LOVE

The Emotions

BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE

Jackson 5

BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE

Taste Of Honey

BOOGIE WONDERLAND

EWF / Emotions

BRICKHOUSE

The Commodores

CAN'T GET ENOUGH

Barry White

CAR WASH

ROLLS ROYCE

DANCE TO THE MUSIC

Sly & The Family Stone

DANCING QUEEN

ABBA

DISCO INFERNO

The Trammps

EASY

The Commodores

EMOTIONS

Bee Gees

FEELING BLUE

Earth Wind & Fire

FOR THE LOVE OF YOU

Isley Brothers / Whitney Houston / Earl Klugh

GEORGY PORGY

Incognito

GET DOWN TONIGHT

KC & The Sunshine Band

GOOD TIMES

Le Chic

GOT TO BE REAL

Cheryl Lynn

HOT STUFF

Donna Summer

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE

Bee Gees

I'LL BE AROUND

Spinners

I'M EVERY WOMAN

Chaka Khan / Whitney Houston

I LIKE THE WAY YOU MOVE

Earth Wind & Fire / OutKast

I WILL SURVIVE

Gloria Gaynor

I WISH

Stevie Wonder

LADIES NIGHT

Kool & The Gang

LADY MARMALADE

Patti Labelle

LAST DANCE

Donna Summer

LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN

Neil Sedaka

LE FREAK

Chic

LET'S GROOVE

Earth Wind & Fire

LET'S STAY TOGETHER

Al Green

LOVE TRAIN

O'Jays

LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER

Captain & Tenille

MOON DANCE

Van Morrison/Michael Buble

MORE THAN A WOMAN

Bee Gees

NIGHT FEVER

Bee Gees

NIGHTBIRD

Kalapana

ON THE RADIO

Donna Summer

OYE COMO VA

Santana

PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC

Wild Cherry

ROLLERCOASTER

Ohio Player

SEPTEMBER

Earth, Wind, & Fire

SHAME

Evelyn "Champayne" King

SHINING STAR

Earth, Wind & Fire

SIGNED, SEALED and DELIVERED, I'M YOURS

Stevie Wonder

SING A SONG

Earth, Wind, & Fire

SKIN TIGHT

Ohio Player

SOMEDAY WE'LL GET BY

Azteca

SUAVECITO/EVERY MORNING

Malo / Sugar Ray

SUPERSTITION

Stevie Wonder

SWEET THING

Chaka Khan / Mary J. Blige

THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT

KC & The Sunshine Band

THE HURT

Kalapana

TURN THE BEAT AROUND

Vicki Sue Robinson / Gloria Estefan

WE ARE FAMILY

Sister Sledge

WHAT'S GOING ON

Marvin Gaye / Chaka Khan

YMCA

The Village People

YOU & I

Rick James

YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE

Lou Rawls

YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW

The Stylistics

YOU'RE STILL A YOUNG MAN

TOP

YOU'RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING

Barry White

1980's Songs

ALL NIGHT LONG

Lionel Richie

ALWAYS

Atlantic Starr

BECAUSE OF YOU

Cover Girls

BILLIE JEAN

Michael Jackson

BREAKOUT

Swing Out Sister

CELEBRATION

Kool & The Gang

DON'T STOP BELIEVING

Journey

EVERY LITTLE STEP

Bobby Brown

FASCINATION

Human League

FREAKSHOW

BarKays

GET DOWN ON IT

Kool & The Gang

GET INTO THE GROOVE

Madonna

GIRLFRIEND

Pebbles

GIVE IT TO ME BABY

Rick James

GUILTY

Barbara Streisand / Barry Gibb

HOLIDAY

Madonna

HOW WILL I KNOW

Whitney Houston

I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH

Depeche Mode

I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY

Whitney Houston

JOANNA

Kool & The Gang

LAST CHRISTMAS

WHAM!

LET IT WHIP

Dazz Band

MIDAS TOUCH

Midnight Star

NO PARKING ON THE DANCE FLOOR

Midnight Star

NOTHING BETTER THAN LOVE

Luther Vandross / Gregory Hines

ONE IN A MILLION YOU

Larry Graham

PIANO IN THE DARK

Brenda Russell

POINT OF NO RETURN

Expose

ROCK STEADY

The Whispers

ROCK THIS TOWN

Stray Cats

ROCK WITH YOU

Michael Jackson

RUMORS

Timex Social Club

SITTING IN THE PARK

Billy Stewart

SMOOTH OPERATOR

Sade

TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP

The Romantics

TOO HOT

Kool & The Gang

TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND

George Benson

WALKING ON SUNSHINE

Katrina & the Waves

WHEN I THINK OF YOU

Janet Jackson

WORD UP

Cameo

1990's Songs

ACHY BREAKY HEART

Billy Ray Cyrus

ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG

Toni Braxton

BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY

Big Mountain

BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME

Celine Dion

EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY

Black Box

FALLEN

Lauren Wood

FROM THIS MOMENT

Shania Twain

LET'S GET LOUD

Jennifer Lopez

MOON & STARS

Kalapana

MY PREROGATIVE

Bobby Brown

NANDITO AKO

Lea Salonga

RAPTURE

Anita Baker

SHY GUY

Diana King

SOMEBODY ELSE'S GUY

Jocelyn Brown

SMOOTH

Santana

SWEET LOVE

Anita Baker

SWEET THING

Chaka Khan / Mary J. Blige

THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

Montell Jordan

TODO, TODO, TODO

Daniela Romo

TOGETHER AGAIN

Janet Jackson

WAITING FOR TONIGHT

Jennifer Lopez

YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE

Brand New Heavies

2000's Songs

AMERICAN BOY

Estelle

ANGEL

Shaggy

APOLOGIZE

One Republic

BAD ROMANCE

Lady Gaga

BEAUTIFUL GIRL

Sean Kingston

BETTER IN TIME

Leona Lewis

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY

Fergie

BLEEDING LOVE

Leona Lewis

CRAZY

Gnarls Barkley

CRAZY IN LOVE

Beyonce

DAMAGED

Danity Kane

DEJA VU

Beyonce

DISTURBIA

Rihanna

DON'T CHA

Pussycat Dolls

DON'T STOP THE MUSIC

Rihanna

FALLIN' FOR YOU

Colbie Caillat

FRIENDS & STRANGERS

Dave Grusin

GET THE PARTY STARTED

Pink

HALO

Beyonce

HEY 'YA

OutKast

HOT 'N COLD

Katy Perry

I GOTTA FEELING

Black Eyed Peas

I KISSED A GIRL

Katy Perry

IF I AIN'T GOT YOU

Alicia Keys

IRREPLACEABLE

Beyonce

JUST DANCE

Lady Gaga

JUST FINE

Mary J. Blige

LOVE SONG

Sara Bareilles

MAKES ME WONDER

Maroon 5

MEET ME HALFWAY

Black Eyed Peas

MERCY

Duffy

MY HUMPS

Black Eyed Peas

NEED YOU NOW

Lady Antebellum

NO ONE

Alicia Keys

NOBODY

Wonder Girls

POKERFACE

Lady Gaga

SINCE YOU BEEN GONE

Kelly Clarkson

SPOTLIGHT

Jennifer Hudson

STICKWITU

Pussycat Dolls

SUNDAY MORNING

Maroon 5

SWAY

Pussy Cat Dolls

SWEET DREAMS

Beyonce

THIS LOVE

Maroon 5

TIK TOK

Kesha

UMBRELLA

Rihanna

VALERIE

Amy Winehouse

WALK AWAY

Kelly Clarkson

WE BELONG TOGETHER

Mariah Carey

YOU BELONG WITH ME

Taylor Swift

2010's Songs

BABY

Justin Bieber

BORN THIS WAY

Lady Gaga

BROKENHEARTED

Karmin

CALIFORNIA GIRLS

Katy Perry

CALL ME MAYBE

Carly Rae Jepsen

DANCE AGAIN

JLo

DJ GOT US FALLIN' IN LOVE

Usher

DOMINO

Jessie J

DYNAMITE

Taio Cruz

EDGE OF GLORY

Lady Gaga

FEEL SO CLOSE

Calvin Harris

FIREWORK

Katy Perry

FORGET YOU

Cee Lo Green

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

Bruno Mars

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT

Katy Perry

LET'S GO

Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo

LOVE ON TOP

Beyonce

LOVE YOU LIKE A LOVE SONG

Selena Gomez

MOVES LIKE JAGGER

Maroon 5

ON THE FLOOR

JLo

ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD

Rihanna

PART OF ME

Katy Perry

PARTY ROCK ANTHEM

LMFAO

PRICE TAG

Jessie J

RAISE YOUR GLASS

Pink

ROLLING IN THE DEEP

Adele

SET FIRE TO THE RAIN

Adele

STARSHIPS

Nikki Minaj

TEENAGE DREAM

Katy Perry

TURN ME ON

David Guetta, Nikki Minaj

WE FOUND LOVE

Rihanna

WE RUN THE NIGHT

Havana Brown

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN

Rihanna

WITHOUT YOU

David Guetta, Usher

YOU MAKE ME FEEL

Cobra Starship

Note: Song choices, styles, and availability subject to change without notice. All songs are copyright their respective artists, composers, labels, owners. Rendezvous only performs private cover renditions of songs and does not claim to own any copyright of said songs in their performances.

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