We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael O. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Being a music lover and having an entrepreneurial spirit, I saw the lack of events for Latinos in the San Diego area. I merged Latin music with a Boat Party experience in 2009 in San Diego and eventually grew it to other cities of the United States like Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I simply wanted to spread the sound of Latin music to thousands of others.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Sabor on the Bay is like no other event. We’re a Boat Party experience with over 1000 people and offer multiple rooms of Latin music for a 3 hour cruise experience. Before Latin music went mainstream (with Bachata and Reggaeton), we have been promoting these genres before it hit mainstream. We’ve learned that trends change rapidly so one must study the music and people closely. Events come and go, yet we have maintained and become stronger with time. We’re very happy we can showcase Latin music and culture in a unique way. Sabor on the Bay is not only the original Latin boat party in the world, but the biggest Latin event on water.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would invite them to our Sabor on the Bay boat party experience. With our event, one would get the opportunity to see the respected city from the waters of the Pacific ocean at night. Enjoying Latin music (reggaeton, live salsa, bachata, cumbia + banda) from a massive luxury yacht is a once in a lifetime experience.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All our current and past supporters of Sabor on the Bay deserve to be recognized because they have made it possible for us to continue our legacy and events. We began in 2009 and now have produced over 48 cruises in 4 different cities. Thank you to all our fans and customers!
Darrell Alonzi + Daniel Krokin