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Victor Samalot/ Instrumental Guitarist, Olmsted Falls, OH

Victor Samalot

member since: 09/26/2005
Festival biz experience: 20+ years
USA: Olmsted Falls, Ohio (OH)
Phone: (216) 235-5461


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Victor Samalot is a 25+ year veteran guitarist from Cleveland Ohio who draws on his Latin roots fusing timeless Latin groove with Jazz stylings topped with a rock edge that appeals to listeners of world fusion music.  Imagine a jam session with the likes of Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery and Jeff Beck.  Fresh and contemporary, Victor's musical adventure keeps him quite busy performing and in the studio.  His influences include Ottmar Liebert, Craig Chaquico, Jesse Cook, Phil Keaggy Jose Feliciano, and David Gilmour. 

Primarily an electric guitar player, in 2010, Victor wanted to again put his own stamp on original instrumental music by switching to a Godin acoustic  / electric guitar and utilizing the Boss RC 300 loop station.  Exploring this instrumentation led to releasing 2 albums, Victor Samalot (self titled-2011) and Esperanza (2017).  Both illustrate the vision of fusing genres with an organic vibe. 

“Listened to "Esperanza" on the way to work again.  Man I just love it... are you planning to do another album like this one?”  (Keith Hannaleck - MuzikMan Review / Boston, MA)

Victor and his music is featured in / on: 

Radio Guitar One - Internet Radio 
One World Music Radio – Nominated for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album (2018) 
WNWV The Wave 107.3 FM (Cleveland Ohio)
Pump It Up Magazine (2018 Highlight) 
“The Sun Peaks Through It” - interview with Debbie Burke, Jazz author and contributor to All About Jazz
The EntreMusician -  Podcast interview with Jere B. (Youngstown Ohio), on the Indie and DIY business of music. 


Prior to 2010, Victor was heavily involved with his Jazz Rock Fusion instrumental group Rare Blend.  His contribution to the RB sound was powerful and always entertaining.  From 1995 – 2010 (now on permanent hiatus), Rare Blend recorded 5 albums received rave reviews regionally and worldwide from major publications such as All About Jazz,  20th Century Guitar magazine, Progression Magazine, Relix Magazine, Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Scene, and many more... 



A fantastic event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week was made even better by the fabulous guitar playing of Victor Samalot. This was was a networking event for our firm. Victor fit in perfectly and enhanced the ambiance. Thank you Victor!” - (David Carducci / McDonalds - Hopkins")

I am so happy to have you perform at the Festival. Your Duo sounded amazing! It was the perfect vibe for that afternoon. Thank you for being professional and sounding groovy! ” - (FireFish Festival - Lorain, OH)I am so happy to 

I would highly recommend victor for any event!  He is awesome, and brings any event to a classy level. His presence and overall vibe is wonderful!!! You won't be disappointed !!!!  (Esperanza / Port Clinton, OH - May 2018)

Victor & Bobbi were the perfect addition to our family event. They sounded amazing and were able to perform inside of our home due to weather. Highly recommend the duo act!! ( House Concert / Westlake, OH)

A great crowd and great entertainment! Thank you so much, Victor! You are the best!”  (Vento La Trattoria - Bay Village, OH)

 Can't say enough good things about Victor.  Music was wonderful! Everyone loved his music from our youngest to our oldest guest!  Would highly recommended him to anyone and would hire him again in a minute! (Beth - Gevarsi Vineyards Event / Canton, OH)

Victor is a very talented musician and entertained countless festival-goers the whole weekend!! We will definitely do business with Victor again!!  (Taste of Summer - Cleveland, OH)

So many have parties in their homes and never consider what a tremendous experience a live performer would be for your guests. Victor is a treasure. He is professional, kind and extraordinarily gifted and accommodating. He was The Hit of my retirement party.  (Eva / Brecksville, OH)

Always happy to bring in the very best performers!  Thank you Victor Samalot!  You were fantastic! (Lakewood Community Festival)


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