Cajón and Djembe
Alfredo provides most everything that goes slap, crash, bang, or boom in Moonshine. Catch him on a good day, and he might add a backing vocal or two and maybe even a mean blues harp.
Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Alfredo was always surrounded by music at an early age. He was influenced by his five uncles who all played and sang blues, rock, and Mexican music. In high school Alfredo also sang in an all boys chorus as well as a mixed chorus. In the early 70’s Alfredo took classical guitar lesions from Ernesto Dijk, a local Peoria classical guitarist.
But all of that gave way to the pursuit of a cycling career.
Alfredo met his wife, herself a guitar player who loved to sing, play folk songs and dance. They were introduced to flamenco dancing, and in due course they met Flamenco teacher Margie Dziadzka. Alfredo is now a dancer and the percussionist for Flamenco Expresivo, Margie’s Flamenco dance ensemble as well as the percussionist for her band Moonshine.
In addition to Moonshine, Alfredo has jammed with Chicago Bob, Amy Beth & The Kishwaukee Ramblers, and sits in on open mics in the Northwest suburbs.
Alfredo sometimes ponders taking up the banjo, since it would come in handy as a defensive weapon should Moonshine’s audience get too rowdy.