John and Yelba, It was a pleasure meeting you both and having you
in my restaurant, but more incredibly awesome was to hear you play
at Coconut's, Saturday night once I got off work! That version of
Hotel California with the two of you on guitar and Josh on violin
was TREMENDO!!! you had all those Magnolia rednecks on their feet...myself
included! I hope to see you guys perform many times again. Please
keep me posted on your schedule and stop by my restaurant whenever
you're at Coconut's again. A new fan"
- Ulises Larramendi / Owner Eden Restaurants July 2008
"It was wonderful there are not enough words to praise her, she brought
the party so much alive everyone danced she entertained them so well.
We love her!! so yes we will have her again in the future Yelba is
just great!! Thank you and have a great week."
- Marta Lentino Wedding April 2008
"We are back from Provence and glad to share with you the remarkable
time we had with Yelba and Max Cat. Not only did our guests love listening
and dancing to them, but we had much feedback from Hugo's that their
other guests were asking after the band all night. Yelba had a great
selection of music, every bit of it we enjoyed. The energy and rhythm
of the band, the vocals and arrangements were spectacular. They were
a great addition to the reception. And my little granddaughter will
never forget the shaker Yelba gave her as she played along with the
band. Five star from us for sure."
- Dianne Webb Wedding October 2008
"She was FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for the recommendation." To
Susie Criner - Gulf Coast Entertainment on Fundraiser from Sonny Garza
"Dear Yelba, You have our VOTE for the best band in Houston! We loved
your music & atmosphere you helped us create at the wedding. It was
great to see so many people...even you...out on the dance floor! God
blessed us with an amazing day & you were part of that blessing! With
- Stephanie and Mark Robinson Wedding
"Yelba, back in tiny little Holland, thinking about lasts weeks Wednesday,
I would like to thank you for the very swinging evening. It was a
really good performance! Nice to have met you and Take Care & Keep
Smiling! with Kind regards,"
- Michael C. Harte
"I enjoyed hearing you tonight and look forward to seeing you perform
again when I get back to Houston after some travel. I will look for
you when I get back to town, I'm off to DC for a few weeks, but will
look forward to hearing you at the Red Cat."
- Krist Bender, KMannPhoto
"Hola Mujer Bonita, It was a pleasure to see you sing and perform
last night at Sullivan's. I know that it must be difficult to "be
on stage" and then try to chat with your many friends at the break
times. I enjoyed seeing a woman enjoy doing her work and doing it
so well. Thanks for chatting with me. You do look fantastic head to
toe. Like the long hair down. When I see you I am at leisure and you
are at work. Perhaps one day we can meet and both be at leisure. However,
back to where I came in ... I enjoy listening to your music and looking
at you. Nothing more is required and anything more would be a gift.
I plan on doing my Sunday brunch at La Strada. I need to call and
reserve a table on patio as has been booked up the past two times
that I just dropped by. ~(later)~ It was a 3 bellini day for me because
I stayed so long to enjoy you. Thanks for chatting with me and sharing
some time. I had thought of you only singing Latin music so was surprised
to hear you sing all the other type music. Enjoyed your range and
selection of songs. You look great. You are a busy, busy woman with
the performances, running and responding to those 1500 e-mail contacts.
Look forward to seeing you again. Besitos mi Amiga,"
- Bob Austin
"Last Saturday night Kelly McGuire (www.kellymcguire.net) put on a
benefit show for the marine mammal stranding network at Waterford
yacht club. Kelly is an old friend of mine from when he was living
on his boat on the same pier I was on. He also participated in a regatta
to Tuxpan, Mexico I helped organize. ... I asked Kelly to let Yelba
join in for a few songs and she did. After Kelly's show was over we
went to Dick Fisher and Mary's Tayana 48 Morning Star. Kelly soon
joined us and ... (Yelba) and Kelly then proceeded to play and sing
until 5 in the morning. A very very incredible night."
- George H. Clark
"Yelba, Jo and I really enjoyed your music and definitely want to
hear more ... Regards," - Bill Thompson "Hello Yelba, Once again,
I would like to thank you for a great job last Friday. Everyone really
enjoyed you and your band. I'm hoping things will work out for next
month as well. Please let me know if you are available. On another
note... I have a friend in from London this month. I would like to
take her to a restaurant or club where you would be performing. Please
let me know of some evenings you might be playing around town. Thanks
- Marcile Barnett, Houstonian
"Yelba, My name is Alex, I work at the front desk at the Houstonian
Club. I was told to email this address to be added to the mailing
list. I'm also writing to let you know how much I enjoyed your music,
it was a pleasure as well as a blessing to watch you perform at the
Houstonian. I'm sure the Houstonian and members would enjoy to doing
business in the future." - Alex, Houstonian "Hi Yelba! Thanks for
your gracious hospitality (at The River Cafe) last Tuesday evening.
You are a wonderful entertainer, and Hannah and I had a great time."
"Yelba - I am from Costa Rica and we spoke very briefly. Busy schedule
you have. I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your performance
and would love to see you perform again. Maybe you'll see me at one
of your presentations. Wish you the best. Hope to see you soon! PS:
You are the best."
- Hector Quiros, Field Services Support
"Yelba, It was such a pleasure for me to sit and listen and watch
your perform at La Strada's patio restaurant. I love sitting in the
sidewalk cafes in Spain and Latin America and listening to Latin music.
As you noticed, I could not help showing how much I enjoyed your music.
I sat there with a smile on my face all the time you performed. You
are a beautiful woman with a talent for creating ambiance with your
music. I look forward to hearing you again soon. Besitos,"
- Robert R. Austin, PE
" Hey Yelba, You guys sounded great last Sat. As I mentioned Saturday,
your sound is very tight and you are playing with some of the best
musicians in Houston. Keep on rearranging those keys to fit your voice
range, keep the key such that you are always in your "sweet spot".
Ha ha ha what I mean is where you have the most power. All for now."
- Richard Carranza
"Dear Yelba, On behalf of Reliant Energy, proud sponsor of Rodeo Houston,
thank you for attending this year's Rodeo. Sincerely, Your friends
at Reliant Energy" - Powered by: 'Catch The Moment.' Copyright 2002.
All Rights Reserved. email@example.com "There are two sides
to Latin artist Yelba. The versatile singer can vamp through merengue
numbers at Houston's tropical nightspots. At the city's quieter venues,
she pours her heart out on romantic boleros. Indeed, the romantic
bolero style best highlights Yelba's vocal strengths. ... But she
seems to be doing fine with Latin music. Not only are she and her
band, Latin Jazztet, a popular draw at clubs, she also gets airplay.
Derroche can be heard on KTSU-FM 90.9, while Piel Canela, gets played
on KPFT-FM 90.1. Last year, she performed at the Houston International
Festival and at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi."
- Ramiro Burr, Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
"LATINO FIRE: That was the Dolphin Street (dolphinstreet.net) performance
... Wow! ... Featured vocalist Yelba - oh she of splendid voice -
gave a spectacular, inspired performance. In the finest Flamenco tradition,
she picked her guitar and sang with sizzling emotion, she flashed
her dazzling smile, she danced and clapped and whirled her way through
an exuberant, high-energy exhibition that repeatedly brought down
the jam-packed house; and then she sang a love song with a passion
that melted hearts - whew, what a stage presence! Just a few tunes
that were audience favorites were “La Vida Es Un Carnaval”, “Cumbia
del Sol”, and “Caballo Viejo”. For me, though, the showstopper was
“Malagueña Salerosa”. This show was big league stuff. Bravo! Bravo!
Look for a return engagement." - Jim Shortt, Bay Area Media Service
"The Scene" is published by Bay Area Media Service (BAMS).