Chris Veltri (aka Cool Chris) is owner of the Groove
Merchant record store in San Francisco, California. His shop is
given worldwide props as being a Mecca of sorts for DJs, collectors,
and fans looking for hard-to-find funk, soul, jazz, afro-beat, Latin,
Brazilian, hip-hop, exotica, and unusual vinyl. Chris is also an
active DJ who spins at various parties around the bay, including
Kojak and Twice as Nice.
Vinnie Esparza is
also a staple of the San Francisco DJ scene. He spins at various
parties around the city including Loose Booty, Hella Tight, Tasters
Choice, Dub Mission, and Soulful Strut. Vinnie was voted "Best
Local DJ" in the San Francisco Guardian weekly paper's "Best
of the Bay" 2000 edition. He has also received City Search's
Editor Award for "Best Local DJ" in 2001, as well as a
nomination for "Best Local DJ" in that year's SF Weekly.
He was nominated once again in 2003. He has compiled the Loose
& Juicy collection for Vanguard
Records, Viva CuBop 2 for Ubiquity
Records and coordinated the reissue of Bobby Montez's Jungle
Fantastique for the label as well.