Interview by Kenny Wardell
Dr. Bernardo Gonzales (also known around town as “Doctor Rock”) is one of the producers of the Voices of Latin Rock benefit concert for Autism Awareness that will return to Bimbo’s on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.
BAM: You’re a successful dentist in San Francisco, Dr. Gonzalez. What is your connection to the Bay Area Latin music scene?
Doctor Rock: I do a lecture at the College of San Mateo once a year. I tell the students that when I was 15 years old, I saw the movie Woodstock. And, when I saw the Santana band playing “Soul Sacrifice,” I no longer wanted to play baseball.
It was like, whatever the heck they are doing, I wanted to do that. I started in high school in 1969, and being a young Hispanic kid in Redwood City, that was something I could call my own. Everybody else was into Led Zeppelin, and I was listening to music that was Latin-oriented. As far as I was concerned, there was nobody else other than Santana…that’s all I listened to for about four years. So I totally got into it, and then there was Malo, Azteca. And then I got into music my parents would play with some percussion, Spanish lyrics, but with a beat and a guitar.
Tags: Bimbo's 365 Club, Carlos Santana, Dr. Bernie Gonzalez, Jim McCarthy, Voices of Latin Rock