Taking their name from a classic Santana album of the same name, ZEBOP! consists of seven energetic and talented Bay Area Musicians who take great pride in performing the music of Santana with passion and dedication.
ZEBOP! has gained the attention of Santana fans throughout California as evidenced by their recent achievement of having been voted the Best Tribute Band in Northern California in the 98.5 FM KFOX Last Band Standing Contest. They have had successful performances at live music venues, outdoor festivals, and various corporate and private events.
ZEBOP! was formed in 2005 by guitarist Antonio Marquez, although a Santana fan for many years, it was his talent and inspiration that attracted established local musicians to his vision of a tribute band honoring the music of Santana as created by Carlos Santana and all the excellent musicians in the various incarnations of the Santana band.
It was during Antonio's stint in another band that Antonio met several musicians and they began to discuss selections of Santana's music to perform in a tribute band. The next musician to be added to the ZEBOP! lineup was outstanding local drummer Arturo Padilla. As part of the group, Arturo has contributed tremendously to the current sound of the band demonstrating his expertise in various rhythms. Next to be added was lead vocalist Alfredo Eduardo Lazo. His strong voice was the foundation upon which the band's vocal productions would rest. In a couple of years, the addition of Dave Pierce, an extraordinary keyboardist, continued to improve the sound. Another addition is Chris Hartje on bass who brings additional positive energy to the group. A recent addition to ZEBOP! has been local conguero, Eddie Jimenez, whose contribution continues to improve the band's sound. The most recent addition to ZEBOP! is East Bay percussionist Tomas Montano on timbales. Tomas' talent and precision has contributed to the improvement of ZEBOP!.
ZEBOP! continues to exceed the expectations of their audiences and particularly the Santana fans that they encounter. It is the dedication and wealth of talent that these seven musicians collectively contribute that makes the ZEBOP! experience a memorable one, keeping any crowd on their feet while moving to the music of SANTANA!