Gaucho Jazz is Producing a New Recording

Hello!!! Thank you for being interested in Gaucho's  GoFundMe campaign. We can't do this without YOU!!! 

***Every Dollar Donated will be matched dollar for dollar by anonymous super fans! That makes your dollar worth two dollars!***

Gaucho is producing it's eighth recording based on songs chosen by our bandsmen and cornet legend, the honorable Leon Oakley. You can help us bring this music to life!

Four days in the Recording Studio - COST: $3000
Mix & Mastering - COST: $2000
Artwork - COST: $1000
CD Manufacturing - $1000
The rest goes to pay the Band! We all live in the Bay Area. Need we say more?! - COST: $3000
TOTAL: $10,000

WISH LIST ITEM # 1 - $2000
Manufacture  250 Vinyl LP's - COST: $2000

WISH LIST ITEM #2 - $3000 to $5000
Produce a new music video: - COST: $3000 to $5000

Hugs - $5**
Digital Download - $10
Digital Download + Temporary Tattoo - $15
CD - $20
CD + Hug - $25
Digital Download + Album Poster Featuring Leon Oakley - $25
Digital Download + Autographed Album Poster Featuring Leon Oakley - $50 
Digital Download + Guitar Lesson with Dave Ricketts - $100
Digital Download + Lunch with your favorite Gaucho  - $250 ***
Digital Download + Gaucho Trio Performance for 2 hours - $1000***
Original Watercolor Painting of Leon Oakley by Ryan Calloway Art****

** Hugs: You can add $5 to any reward level and get a Hug!
***Restrictions Apply: Must be within 40 miles of San Francisco
****This is a one-of-a-kind. If you want it don't wait! Please contact us with any questions about the painting. NOTE: The image above is only a small portion. 

NOTE: Backer reward items will be mailed or emailed to you when they are ready. We will need to have your contact information (e-mail and address where you would like item(s) sent)

Dave Ricketts-Guitar
Rob Reich-Accordion
Ari Munkres-Bass
Steve Apple-Drums
Craig Ventresco-Guitar
The Honorable Leon Oakley-Cornet

Gaucho is a masterful Bay Area band that combines the influence of gypsy jazz of 1930’s Europe with the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swing music, gutbucket blues and elements of ragtime. Their sound, a uniquely American concoction, blends instrumental acuity and lighthearted humor that keep their audience coming back for more. As founder, guitarist, and main composer Dave Ricketts says, the band is “in love with the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Jimmie Rodgers, as well as the stories, the life styles and the foot steps of hundreds of other great jazz, blues, country and rock musicians that created the sound of American Music from roughly 1900-1950’s”

Led by eminent guitarist, Dave Ricketts, the group has been a San Francisco mainstay for over seventeen years, and one of the busiest bands in the bay area playing 4 to 10 gigs a week. Together with virtuosos Rob Reich–accordion and Craig Venetresco–guitar, superlative bassist Ari Munkres and versatile percussionist Steve Apple, these guys keep crowds moving with their beats and complex rhythms.

2020 -  Two of Dave’s own compositions will be placed in a New York City based indie film, 'Stationed at Home'
2018 - Gaucho got a song in the Hollywood Movie 'Destination Wedding' starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder
2015 - Stephen Belcher, of Sponge Bob Square Pants fame, used a song from 'Deep Night' for an animation short 
2016 - Voted 'Best Jazz Band' SF Weekly Reader's Poll
2012 - Seven tunes from 'Pearl' were used for the film, 'Trattoria' on the Sundance circuit
2010 - Dave Ricketts original piece 'Double Barrel' made it onto the Pixar DVD, Cars 2
2009 - Voted "Best Jazz and Blues Band" SFweekly Reader's Poll

2005 - Live at Djangofest
2006 - Deluxe
2008 - Deep Night
2010 - Pearl
2012 - Part-time Sweetheart
2014 - Thinking of You
2016 - Gaucho Live at Joe's Pub

You can learn more about Gaucho on our website! 

Donations ()

  • Marshall Lamm 
    • $30 
    • 3 d
  • John Jeffries 
    • $250 
    • 15 d
  • David Russell 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
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Fundraising team (2)

Dave Ricketts 
Raised $2,920 from 19 donations
San Francisco, CA
Deanna Lares 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation
This team raised $2,944 from 34 other donations.
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