About Us

The album features the songwriting talents of Candido (Candy Man) Bretto, a local musician, and former Plymouth resident. Candido is a bass guitarist and background singer with Johnny Drama and his Funky Entourage from A&E’s reality show Wahlburgers. The reality show Wahlburgers co-stars Plymouth MA native Johnny “Drama” Alves. Alves offered his private studio, affectionately called “The Funk Lab” to record the student’s voices in two May 2019 recordings sessions. The album also features the orchestration talents of recent Berklee College of Music graduates. From South Korea, Haegal (Joongwon) Hwang, Sowon Lim and JongHa Kang. From Japan, musicians Yuki Kodama on acoustic bass and Yuki Monolog Kanesaka and Yohei Kambe on drums. “An alumnus of Berklee College of Music myself, I felt a special bond with Hwang, Lim, Kang, Kodama, Kanesake, and Kambe.

<p>Also featured on the album is renowned NYC jazz guitarist <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”Rick Howard. (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rickhoward” target=”_blank”>Rick Howard.</a> <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” href=”https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rickhoward” target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to hear Rick’s new album <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” href=”https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rickhoward” target=”_blank”>”Lil’ Noir”</a>. “Rick Howard was a great find in Naples, FL. I needed a guitar style with “special sauce” and I found it in Rick.”<br>-Candido (Candy Man) Bretto</p>

Musically we all spoke the same language.”-Candido (Candy Man) Bretto.

Candido Bretto was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is the father of amazing 25 year old Boston violin maker Marcus Bretto. He majored in arranging, composition and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has taught music at Woodward School for Girls Quincy MA and Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury MA.

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Link Montana and the Rough Riders.

 

 

Recently 1/2020 Candido performed at Campiello’s, Naples, FL for the Naples Winter Wine Festival with Link Montana and the Rough Riders which includes Michael Goods, keyboardist for Grammy winning singer Aaron Neville.

 

 

With Trez Gregory and Madame Crab guitarist Rick Howard.

Frequently with guest artist Trez Gregory former background vocalist for Grammy winning country artist Brooks and Dunn. LMRR performs nightly until May at the world renowned D’Amico’s The Continental on 3rd Street Naples, FL.

 

 

 

 

Candido also performs and records with Johnny “Drama” Alves in Drama’s funk band Johnny Drama and His Funky Entourage. Drama is a cast member of A&E’s Wahlburgers a reality show based on the family owned restaurant of actors Mark and Donny Wahlberg.

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First Class Band and Concetta

Candido has been in the Boston wedding and events industry for many years and performs regularly with First Class Band and Concetta. Concetta, Candido’s sister is best known for her Ernie Boch Jr commercials and performing with pop singer Michael Buble.

Additionally, Candido has performed at the Massachusetts Republican Convention at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, Governor Charlie Baker Pre-Inaugural Party, Mayor Marty Walsh, for Big Papi and Mark Wahlberg at the Boston Police Foundation,  and former Hockey Hall of Fame Boston Bruin – Bobby Orr, Boston Harborfest twice, for former Boston Mayor Thomas Mennino, Figawi Cape Cod’s biggest fundraiser twice, Boston Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, Tolman MDA Telethon, Quincy Police DARE, Hingham Firefighters, the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, Figawi Charity Ball, and has sung on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno stage as part of pre-show entertainment.

Candido has shared the stage with such Grammy winning artists as country music star Brad Paisley, Maurice Starr producer of the New Kids on the Block and The New Edition, Sib Hashian and Barry Goudreau of the rock band Boston and Kenny Loggins.