Perhaps the most unlikely win at this year’s Grammy Awards went to Pacific Mambo Orchestra for their independently produced and Kickstarter-funded debut recording. They beat out superstars including Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives and legendary producer Sergio George (Prince Royce, Tito Nieves, Luis Enrique) in the highly competitive category of Best Latin Tropical Album, rocketing the group to international attention. Led by Christian Tumalan and Steffan Kuehn, PMO rejuvenates the Latin big band sounds of the 1940s through ‘60s, recalling the legendary works of Machito, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz but reimagined through a contemporary prism. This 19-piece ensemble features many of the Bay Area’s best musicians, with credits such as Latin music icons Isaac Delgado, Tito Rojaz, Ray DeLa Paz, Carlos Santana and many others. Their arrangements and original compositions proceed at a frenetic pace, creating the special kind of excitement that can only be delivered by a true Latin big band. Witnessing a life act of the PMO, translates into an unforgettable experience.