Moses Valdez Releases EP, Plans Oak Park Benefit Performance

Chicago area singer/songwriter, Moses Valdez will be performing at the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park on Saturday, December 21st as a part of the Feliz Navidachi holiday show.

The event is a benefit for the Kids Kloset organization which helps families who are coping with limited resources. Donations of sturdy toys and gently used clothing will be accepted at the door. The show will also be a celebration of the release of Moses Valdez's five song holiday EP.

Moses will perform songs from the recently recorded EP, Led by the Light. The album features classic holiday tunes like "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "O Holy Night." They are favorites of Valdez and his performance and arrangement of these songs are only outdone by his smooth tenor voice and piano accompaniment. These songs capture the essence of the holiday spirit and provide the perfect companion to any classic recordings of the season. In addition to the four covers, the album also contains the original song "Snowy Day" which was written by Moses in memory of his sister, Josie Marie Valdez, who lost her life in a car accident in 1997.

Led by the Light was recorded at Sonic Palace Productions with engineer Matt Mercado. For Saturday night's performance Valdez will be backed by Victoria Cervantes on percussion and Rafael Cervantes on bass.

Feliz Navidachi is being presented in collaboration with Buzz Cafe, Sonic Palace Productions and the improv comedy troupe Los Improviachis. Buzz Cafe has been an anchor in the Oak Park community since 1998 when it was founded by Laura and Andrew Maychruk. The cafe specializes in locally sourced, organic, vegan and vegetarian foods as well as fair trade coffees and is a supporter of local art and music. Sonic Palace Productions, founded by producer Matt Mercado, provides a comfortable, imaginative, and professional atmosphere where artists of all genres can record their music. Los Improviachis is a five member comedy troupe based in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Modeled on a Mexican mariachi band, the group members dress the part, but instead of entertaining crowds with traditional mariachi music, they perform improv comedy. The event is in support of Kids Kloset which helps families with limited resources by collecting donations of children's clothing. Donations can be dropped off every Saturday morning from 9:30-11AM at the First United Church in Oak Park.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Buzz Cafe is located at 905 S. Lombard Ave. in Oak Park.


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