Year 2003, Los Bohemios was the idea of its two original members, Edwin Velez and Joel Sanchez, wanting to fill a void at a Bar & Grill they frequented with friends and coworkers. There Edwin, a very talented artist and producer, accompanied friend with his guitar singing the all time favorites Adult Contemporary songs. During these get-togethers Joel would often received many accolades for his untrained voice and repertoire. Eventually, Edwin and Joel became the center of attention and began attracting more patrons to the establishment providing a much needed service. Upon realizing the impact they were having on business Edwin proposed the idea to Joel of speaking with management to formalized an entertainment schedule. Joel agreed but expressed his desire in bringing in a third musician to enhance their instrumentation as well the vocal harmonies. Edwin knew exactly who that third person would be. He immediately contacted a very well known Cuatrista and Guitarist, Joe Diaz, from Willimantic Connecticut and presented him with the Joel's idea. Joe Diaz accepted Edwin's invitation and became the “Trio's” led guitarist giving the group the sound Joel was yearning for. Right away Bar management was presented with a proposal to provide entertainment and was the launch of Trio Los Bohemios.
Success on Thursdays led them to new venues and formal events but six months after the group got together Edwin Velez announced his departure from the group. Graciously, Edwin Velez expressed his desire for the group to remain and would assist in finding a replacement for the group. The search would not take long. Word of mouth led them to another talented guitarist from Meriden Connecticut.
The transition from Edwin Velez to Edwin Rios was seamless. Joe Diaz and Edwin Rios quickly developed chemistry as string musicians gaining the respect and admiration of their peers. Joe Diaz, as the group's musical director, was elated with the group's progress. The next move for the band was to add percussion to their sound and that position was quickly filled by Alfred Gonzalez, an experienced bongo/conga player from Meriden Connecticut whom has played bongo with artist such as Frankie Ruiz and Gilberto Santa Rosa to name a few.
All this time former band Edwin Velez keep tabs on the groups progress and one day he approached the group with a special project he wanted to produce for Mother's Days called “Madre Hoy Te Brindo A Ti Mi Canto” (Mother, Today I Bring You A Song). For this special project, Edwin Velez asks if he could invite Esteban Arrufatt, highly acclaimed Timbalero/Conguero and Latin Jazz Pianist in Connecticut, to play with the group for this one time event.<span> In short, the event was a total success and as a result Esteban today remains as part of the band.
Trio Los Bohemios Engagement Highlights
- Festival de Trios, Bridgeport, CT - opening act for Johnny Albino former lead singer for Trio Los Panchos
- Puerto Rican Festival, Meriden Connecticut
- Opening Act for Felito Felix, lead singer for Trio los Antares.
- Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, University of Connecticut Latino Awareness month opening ceremonies.
- Latinos Contra el SIDA fundraising event accompanying special guest Ismael Miranda.
- Puerto Rican Festival Atlantic City
- Latino Puerto Rican Affairs Commission Annual Banquet, Foxwoods Resort & Casino – opening act for Salsa Artist Jerry Rivera
- Latino Puerto Rican Affairs Commission Annual Banquet Mohegan Sun Casino – opening act for Salsa Artist Charlie Cruz
- Connecticut Puerto Rican Parade Banquet.
- Performances at public venues in Guayama, Cidra and Cayey (Guavate) Puerto Rico
- Hispanic Professional Network Hispanic Awareness Month Banquet, Hartford CT
- Political Campaign Jingles for Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez and State Representative Kelvin Roldan.
- Jingle Produced for Anthem Universal Health Care Foundation
- Opening Act for Mariano Cotto "El Bate de la Espinela.
- Opening Act for Latin Grammy Nominee Miguel Santiago and Ecos de Borinquen
- Participants in Tribute for Cuatrista Maso Rivera