David Pack, noted hit-maker with the popular 70s/80s band Ambrosia, will be joining Sirius XM radio on February 18, 19, and 20 to discuss his career and his new band with his old time friend (and our own) Fred Beato. The segment is entitled David Pack of Ambrosia–“My Favorite California Sounds (And Artists I’ve Produced And Worked With)” and for more information visit Sirius XM here. Air times are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, February 18, 12p.m. and 3p.m. EST/Channel 7 (70s on 7)

Friday, February 19, 1p.m. and 10p.m. EST/Channel 7 (70s on 7)

Saturday, February 20, 8a.m. EST/Chanel 7 (70s on 7)

These are indeed busy (and exciting) times for Beato Band as they also just announced their debut performance which will take place at the Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California, on March 3, at 8p.m. That night will also be the band’s album release concert and the set will feature original songs and classics from the debut self-titled Beato Band album which is set for release on February 26 (available for pre-order now on CD and digital.) David will open the evening with a special acoustic performance of some solo and Ambrosia hits and favorites.

Beato Band takes its name from Pack’s oldest friend and musical partner Fred Beato.

Fred is known throughout the music industry and the founder and CEO of Beato Bags Inc, the #1 US-made drum bags in the world for over 30 years. But Pack and Beato’s musical journey began when they were Torrance High School bandmates in the rock-and-soul group Symbols of Tyme. In 1968 the Symbols won the entire U.S. Battle of Bands – Fred and David were just 15 years old.

Ahead of the release of the debut album, the duo just released their first single My Old Friend exclusively on YouTube – the video and lyrics tell the story of the friendship and musical history between Pack and Beato, even name-checking their high school band, depicting them playing outside their alma mater, while cruising around their old haunts in the South Bay of Los Angeles and the beaches of Orange County.

The track on the debut album garnering the most industry attention is Cuba BC, a 7-minute epic telling the true-life story of Fred Beato coming to American as a refugee fleeing Castro’s Cuba at just 10 years of age, and his unlikely journey to Los Angeles and to great success in the drum bag industry (his bags are used and endorsed by greats like Steve Gadd and Luis Conte – even Ringo owns a few of his bags.)

Other tracks include the ballad The Path We’re All On (co-written by Steve Porcaro of Toto fame); as well as a new version of the first song that Fred ever heard by Elvis after coming to America – Treat Me Nice.

Another Symbols of Tyme member, Tom Croucier, will join the band on bass at Saint Rocke, along with noted Cuban pianist Iliana Rose, and guitarist Jeff Kollman. David’s opening set will also include a surprise special guest. As Saint Rocke is only about five miles from where it all began at Torrance High School, the band is encouraging their friends, fans, and classmates to assemble there at 7pm on March 3 for a group photo before the show.

And if all that was not enough, the band will also be holding a special press-and-industry-only event at S.I.R. Hollywood on Feb 25 from 7pm to 9pm. Attendees will get to listen to the whole CD, and hear the backstories and making-of adventures behind each song as told by David and Fred themselves.

Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor




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