Rock & Pop

An Evening with Raul Malo

Raul Malo

When: Sun., March 7, 8:30 p.m. 2010

In Nashville, Raul Malo was always the proverbial square peg trying to fit in a round hole. Being a son of Cuban immigrants already had Malo going counter to the usual Stetson-toting Anglo whose origins can probably be traced to rural Appalachia. Then there's the killer range this Florida native possesses -- the kind that can have him going from a Sinatra-flavored croon to an Orbison-flavored warble while easily moving from pop and soul to salsa. And while his days fronting the Mavericks ended in 2003, he's quietly cobbled together a respectable solo career that's included his working with ad-hoc musical collective Los Super Seven. Still riding the success of last year's Lucky One, his first collection of original material in seven years, Malo is enjoying the fruits of only having to please one creative master -- himself. You can hear the former Mavericks frontman flex his golden pipes at Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., San Francisco) on Sunday, Mar. 7. 8:30 p.m., $20. CafeduNord.com

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $20

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