Musician and filmmaker Abel Sanchez, who co-directed Song for Cesar, was born and raised in San Francisco. He was given his first guitar as a Christmas present by his grandmother at age 10. Music has been a passion and important part of his life since. By age 15, Abel became involved in music as a bandleader, guitarist, and songwriter. Abel still leads his band Abel and the Prophets more than 50 years later.
In the late ‘60s, his band became one of San Francisco’s premier house bands, opening many of the Bay Area hot spot nightclubs and packing the house with their soulful sounds. As a result of growing up in the southeast area of San Francisco, soul music was the DNA of his music. Ultimately, the diversity of all the sounds and music happening in the bay area during those times, became reflected in his works.
*Abel Sanchez Jr. will appear with ‘Song for Cesar’ at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31 in the Plaza Theatre. *