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Okinawan Folk Ensemble

July 9 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Performers from the Kinuko Mototake Okinawan Dance Academy perform traditional Okinawan dance, telling stories of the seafaring culture of Okinawa.

Will Magid & Alligator Spacewalk

July 16 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Will Magid is a multi-instrumentalist, who laces his live performances with electronic loops, blending original music with an international sonic palette.

Duniya Dance and Drum Company

July 23 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
What happens when two distant and vastly sophisticated musical cultures converge in an ongoing creative endeavor? In Duniya Dance and Drum Company the result is an electrifying conversation between the West African traditions of Guinea and the North Indian traditions of Punjab. Founded in 2007 by esteemed cultural activists Joti Singh and Bongo Sidibe, San Francisco’s Duniya is dedicated to cultivating respect for traditional forms, fostering cultural exchange, effecting social justice and building community. Characterized by high-energy performances, Duniya simultaneously…

Mo’Fone

July 30 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
A little band with a huge sound, Mo’Fone combines the raucous brass traditions of New Orleans with rhythmic flexibility of a jazz combo.

Raq Filipina

August 6 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Fusing her Filipino roots with Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms and chill electronica, Bay Area vocalist Raq Filipina has crafted a highly personal sound that’s urgent and nostalgic, mysterious and welcoming, uplifting and challenging. An award-winning composer and performer who grew up in a musical family in the midst of Manila’s tumult, Filipina makes a striking first impression with her sensuous vocals. At the age of six, she began selling fruits and vegetables in the sidewalk market to earn pocket…

Sonex

August 13 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Son jarocho isn’t just a style of music from Mexico’s verdant Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. It’s a way of life and a culture expression that encompasses birth, marriage, death and everything in between. In collaboration with the San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival, Brava Theater and Round Whirled Records, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents a special lunchtime concert showcasing some of the finest contemporary son jarocho groups. Topical and timeless, son jarocho is playful music created on signature instruments…

Charming Hostess

August 20 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The brainchild of powerhouse vocalist Jewlia Eisenberg, Charming Hostess has evolved over the years from an art-rock big band to a female vocal trio to its latest incarnation as a quintet drawing on a confoundingly diverse array of influences from the Jewish and African diasporas, with Andalusian cadences and Pygmy polyphony thrown in for good measure. Inhabiting the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness, the Bay Area band is a whirl of eerie harmony, hot rhythm, and radical smarts.…

Clynton Oliver Cox

August 27 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Clynton Oliver Cox is a soul-drenched guitarist, vocalist and songwriter ripe to break through to a wider audience.

Kally Price Old Blues & Jazz Band

September 24 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
With her sassy, old-time sound and vast knowledge of pre-World War II songs, Oakland vocalist Kally Price inhabits a musical realm where jazz, blues and pop songs fraternize freely. After Hurricane Katrina cut short her move to New Orleans, Price landed in the Bay Area where she and her all-star band have thrived performing popular and obscure blues and jazz songs from the pre-war era. Inspired by the “purity of expression, individuality and spirituality” in vintage recordings she’s made it…

Yassir Chadly & Bouchaib Abdelhadi

October 1 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
It’s a long way from Casablanca, but Moroccan-born vocalists and multi-instrumental masters Yassir Chadly and Bouchaib Abdelhadi have found fertile musical soil in Northern California. Together, they collaborated in the East Bay’s Maghreb-meets-jazz Mo’rockin Project, and their paths have intersected with brilliant improvisers like Cuban piano maestro Omar Sosa and protean tenor sax legend Pharoah Sanders. With Chadly on traditional instruments like oud, gimbri and darbuka, and Abdelhadi on oud, Moroccan violin and percussion, they draw on their deep knowledge…

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October 8 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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