SamaSama Project was launched as one of Chicago’s premiere Filipino Folk Fusion band in 2008. “SamaSama” translated as “united, together” truly live up to their name creating a blend of Filipino folk, rock, ska, and Latin music, inspired by a 1970s musical movement called Manila Sound.
Over the years, the talented group led by Baron Lloyd Cabalona, a versatile musician and arranger and wife, Lou Maningas Cabalona, a TV and musical theater actress in Asia and in the US have made their mark showcasing a fusion of Filipino traditional folk and contemporary music at many notable venues and events. SamaSama Project regularly performs around Illinois and other Midwest States notably at the Windy City Ribfest, Chicago Loop Alliance’s ACTIVATE Series, Old Town School of Folk Music – World MusicWednesday Series, the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s MOSAIC Fundraiser, Chicago Wildlife Conference, Bolingbrook Piyesta Pinoy 2014, Morton Grove Festival of Cultures, Northbrook’s Taste Of Asia. They also performed in Madrid, Spain for the Pope’s World Youth Day MacroFestival Concert for over 12,000 youth.
As one of the top bands in the Filipino American community in Chicago, and current winners of the Battle of the Bands Elgin 2017, SamaSama Project is highly sought after in providing great live band entertainment for weddings, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, debuts (18th birthday), holiday parties and corporate events.
Inspired by the drive to promote diversity through music, SamaSama Project continue to captivate audiences with their unique sound that transcends all boundaries.
Lou Ella Rose – Lead Vocals and Agung (ethnic)
Baron Cabalona – Drums, Bass Guitar, Kulintang (ethnic), and Musical Director
Ran Sevilla – Rhythm Guitar and Dabakan (ethnic)
John Kniker – Lead Guitar
Ernie EJ Luna – Bass Guitar
Giga Yanong – Saxophone and Bongos
Jun Rodriguez- Saxophone
Freddie Rodriguez – Trumpets
Eddie Iriezzary – Trombone