In his extensive musical career, Danilo has played with extraordinary internationally known musicians such as Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Benny Velarde and his Super Combo, Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Dave Valentin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cal Tjader. He demonstrates some of his best work on bongo and vocals on Ruben Blades' CD, "Ruben Blades and Son del Solar, Live!" In addition to having released three albums of his own original Salsa music, in recent years he has performed with Poncho Sanchez and Tito Puente, Jr. From his experience of playing with such notable artists, Danilo chose only top-notch musicians when it came to putting together his own band, Orquesta Universal. Danilo y Orquesta Universal perform extensively at clubs and festivals, as well as for private parties, in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His musicians have played with artists such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, and Pete Escovedo. Orquesta Universal plays a full spectrum of Latin music, including Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Latin Jazz, as well as Swing, R&B, and Jazz Standards.
Danilo also has smaller groups available for smaller venues and settings.
We are a local STL all-inclusive community music and entertainment organization with the goal of lifting spirits and bringing people together through all forms of entertainment! Join us in lifting hearts one memory at a time. View us at zyilistl.com.
We are fully customizable and can tailor and cater to your wants, needs, goals, and desires! Whether we personally can provide the desired entertainment, we are well connected in the St. Louis community and with entertainers and organizations coast to coast.
We are a Veteran, minority, and 50% woman owned organization. Our diverse team of Stars allows us to work in various languages and with all backgrounds. Regarding the owners, Zyi Li, saxophonist and Webster/WashU alumni, was born here in St. Louis, went to Parkway North High School, and traveled the world playing with the Marine Corps band. Zyi met Jenny Wu, violinist who toured the world and played with award winning artists, in Washington D.C., while she was managing top entertainment agencies in the Washington D.C. area. View our entire bios at the bottom of this website link: https://www.zyilistl.com/our-story.
When we moved home to St. Louis in 2020, we created this organization to up the level of live entertainment in the area. Our organization offers all-inclusive services to make any event special. We regularly perform and rehearse together to ensure genuine dynamic energy with every show. We have various live music lineups to choose from with all live instruments/performers and also tracks as requested. We also offer additional services, as noted below, to make event coordination more fluid and special, and to guarantee that perfect day.
Below is a list/examples of our relevant services:
- Solo/duet/small instrumental ensembles in every genre (MO SOLO https://www.zyilistl.com/mo-solo).
- Brass band playing an assortment of songs from second line Mardi Gras favorites to modern covers of today (MO ECHO https://www.zyilistl.com/mo-echo).
- Full band with multiple vocalists, full rhythm section, strings, and horns playing every genre from jazz to r&b to rock (MO BRAVO https://www.zyilistl.com/our-story).
- A full multi-media team to provide photography and videography (MO MACRO https://www.zyilistl.com/mo-macro).
- An ethnic Chinese Lion Dance team providing exciting traditional parade dance (MO COMBO https://www.zyilistl.com/mo-combo-dance-crew)
- We also provide DJ, karaoke, emcee, custom poetry, and general event hosting services (https://www.zyilistl.com/other-zme-stars).
- We provide our own sound and lighting equipment.
For over 20 years Blind Date has remained the hottest premiere wedding and private party band. Based in Austin Texas, the live music capital of the world, the band is comprised of the city's most accomplished musicians. Well known for their incredibly versatile repertoire - consisting of anything from dance music, to rock, jazz, country and hip-hop. The band performs in top venues all over the United States. Blind Date works with each client to compose the perfect song choices for their event. Unlike most bands that have a set list of songs that vary only a little from one event to another, Blind Date calls songs one at a time during performances to perfectly fit the mood of your event at any given moment. Want to request a song? No problem! Blind Date can easily make that happen. With over 400 songs to choose from and a state of the art choreographed light show, Blind Date will make the night perfect. When you book Blind Date you not only get an incredible high energy performance, but also unparalleled service throughout the entire planning of your event. Blind Date promises to be here for you to answer any questions and make your event one you will never forget!