Artist: Marel Hidalgo

Origin: Bradley Beach, New Jersey

Genres: Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Funk, Bluegrass, Country, Latin jazz, Blues, Fusion.

Years Active: 2015 - Present

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Marel Hidalgo is a nine-year-old multi instrumentalist from Bradley Beach, New Jersey, and the leader of "The Marel Hidalgo Band". He began learning music at the age of four, under the instruction of guitar teacher Jerry Franklin at Big Beat Music Studio in Neptune City and within a few months, he had his first presentation as a guest of renowned, local reggae artist Tim P-Dub.


At the age of six, Marel formed his first band "Marel Hidalgo & Friends," a unique multicultural and multi-generational project that explored a wide variety of music genres, including classic rock, soul, blues, funk, reggae, country, bluegrass and Latin jazz. After his band’s debut in a packed local venue,  Marel started building a name in the Jersey Shore music scene. He continues performing in numerous festivals and venues in the tri-state area such as The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark’s “Art All Night” and “The Levitt Amp Music Series” in Trenton, “South Mountain International Blues Festival” in West Orange, the “Camden Jam Arts and Music Festival” in Camden, the “Latino Festival and Downtown Freehold Series,” in Freehold Borough, the  “MAC Fest” in East Orange, Bar-A in Belmar and the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. Marel has also played at the The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also a recipient of the 2015 "Tito Puente Award," presented to him at the “29th Annual Hispanic Youth Showcase” at the NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey.

During his short career as a musician, Marel has had the honor to be on stage with many talented musicians, such as New Jersey Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Chuck Lambert, legendary drummer Joe Nevolo (Shadow Gallery), renowned bass player Mike Griot (Lauryn Hill, Omar Lye-Fook), Kevin Hill (Secret Sound), Paul Bracco (RB3), Jerry Franklin (Metal Life Crisis) and Rob Crowther and Kate Ortiz (Vextion). He has also collaborated with Latin Hip-Hop Band “Agudos Cleff” while opening for Puerto Rican Latin soul diva Calma Carmona, singer-songwriter Dawn Hopkins and recently with the “Me and Bobby D. Band.”

After two full shows at The Rock `n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017, Marel was invited for an interview and performance at The Harry Connick Jr Talk Show on the Fox networks and was featured in other TV shows, radio shows, newspapers and magazines articles including The USA Today and Scholastic News. 

The Marel Hidalgo Band

Marel Hidalgo (lead guitar, electric sitar, electric banjo, bass, vocals)


 Benjamin Figuly (drums)

 McKaela Jones (bass, vocals, percussion)

Dawn Hopkins (rhythm guitar, bass)


James Graff (keyboard, saxophone, flute, violin, vocals)

Jerry Franklin (guitars)

Daniel Mulvey (bass)




Eslin Morris  |  

dualchocolate@msn.com, (732) 682 8262



Mahonrry Hidalgo |  

mahonrryhidalgo@yahoo.com, (732) 682 8262

Marel TCS May 25, 20171
Marel TCS May 25, 20171

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Interview at Univision New York
Interview at Univision New York

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Marel TCS May 25, 20171
Marel TCS May 25, 20171

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