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Marine executive to be live on stage next week

Date Posted: 2006-08-11

Carlos J. Saldana is not superman, but he is versatile.

By day, Saldana is a senior executive assigned to the Marine Corps human resources office on Okinawa, supporting the Marine Corps Community Services.

By night, the 44-year-old ex-GI is an accomplished musician singer-songwriter.

He’ll be appearing on stage this week in Okinawa, performing a live concert sponsored by his record company. The event takes place next Friday, August 18th, at the Plaza House Fair Mall. Tickets are ¥3,500, and include an all-you-can-eat buffet. Showtime for the two-hour concert is 8pm.

Saldana, who first found his way to Okinawa while in the Air Force, returned as a civilian 13 years ago. He’s dabbled in music for years, absorbing diverse musical influences of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and Latin genres.

Here on Okinawa, his fans know him best as a solo acoustic guitarist who blends original music with a mix of popular tunes. Saldana has been a fixture in cafes, restaurants and small clubs over the past 13 years, performing either alone or with acoustic duets including Okinawa musicians Steve Bradford, David Ralston, Ms. Mayumi Naoi and Akira Hiramoto.

Saldana has also performed with several locally formed bands, participating in the Urasoe City Music Festival where his original song “Okinawa Summer Nights” placed third out of 15 finalists. He has performed background vocals and harmony on a CD recorded for Japanese rock group Jet. Saldana’s six songs on that album led to his being signed to his own contract.

His CB “Nothing Else Feels So Right” contains ten original songs that showcase his skills as songwriter, lyricist and composer.

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