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Halloween Flamenco Fiesta featuring Miguel Infante, Melissa Cruz, Ricardo Diaz, Senen Sentio,  and LoCura
Oct
31
8:30 PM20:30

Halloween Flamenco Fiesta featuring Miguel Infante, Melissa Cruz, Ricardo Diaz, Senen Sentio, and LoCura

Doors at 8:00 pm;

Event from 8:30 pm - 2am

Tickets are $15 Early Bird (until Oct 19)/$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

Music and dance performances start at 8:30, followed by sevillana/bulerias dance-off competition. Performances resume at 9:30pm, with LoCura at 10:30pm.

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The Halloween Flamenco Fiesta is Juerga style, featuring Flamenco artists from Spain and the Bay Area, coming together to share and showcase Spanish Flamenco traditions and Oakland Flamenco fusion, and celebrate Halloween with master performers, a sevillanas/bulerias dance-off, a costume contest, a Latin DJ and a celebration of the roots and branches of the incredible cultural heritage of Flamenco.

Raffle prizes include workshops with Miguel and Senen, gift cards, show tickets, spa massage, and T-Shirts.

 MIGUEL INFANTE

MIGUEL INFANTE

Miguel Infante is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Málaga, Spain, located on the southern tip and Mediterranean coast of Andalusia. He began his professional career with mentors of the stature of Merche Esmeralda, José Ruíz, Manuel Reyes, Antonio Reyes, Paco Romero, Rafael del Carmen, Fran Espinos, and Andrés Peña.
He was most recently principal dancer of legendary Spanish guitarist Juan Martín’s Flamenco Dance Ensemble and has toured internationally all over Europe and North America.

Mr. Infante is described as, “...a festero to the core:  part percussionist, part singer, part dancer, and all artist, integrated and inseparable.  He is spontaneous and full of charisma, communicating passion through his music and dance wherever he finds himself, be it at a local bar, in the kitchen, at a private party, or on stage.”

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Melissa Cruz is a Bay Area-based flamenco professional and has been a full-time flamenco artist and instructor for the past 14 years. After being exposed to flamenco while studying Spanish at UC Berkeley, she began dancing with Rosa Montoya and soon thereafter, joined Ms. Montoya's professional company. Apart from frequently performing in theatrical presentations, she teaches a full weekly schedule of flamenco dance classes and presents consistently in the local flamenco cabaret circuit. Melissa is also the dancer and percussionist for the band, LoCura, with who she performs and tours. Recently, she served as Adjunct Dance Faculty at The University of San Francisco, as a guest instructor at the world dance youth program, Danceversity, and currently presents her own apprentice dance repertory group. Melissa has performed as a soloist in the San Francisco International Arts Festival in 2012 and 2016 and has presented in eight San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festivals; in 2010 and 2011, as a featured soloist. She was commissioned to present a solo representing the genre of flamenco in the 2013 San Francisco Isadora Duncan Awards Ceremony and was a featured artist in the 2014 Tucson Flamenco Festival. Currently, she is principal dancer and choreographer for the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company which debuted the show, "Mares" in September 2016. As described by Rachel Howard of the SF Chronicle: "Any dancer could make pained faces. But Cruz is clearly possessed by the duende -- the spirit that drives this deeply introspective art."

 RICARDO DIAZ

RICARDO DIAZ

San Francisco flamenco guitarist Ricardo Diaz is an internationally renowned artist who has worked with Flamenco Dance Companies in San Francisco, with Carola Zertuche and TeatroFlamenco, Caterina Costa in Rome, and Yjastros in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He performed in Seville, Spain, in Pena Torres Macarena, El Chozas and Cerro del Aguila and also played in several Festivals around the world, including Grenoble, Vancouver, Albuquerque, Avignon, Calgary and Mont de Marsan in France. Ricardo performed with world-renowned Flamenco artists La Tania, Alejandro Granados, Jesus Montoya, Jose Anillo, Juan Requena, Pastora Galvan, Canito, Alegria Suarez, Rafael Amargo, David Lagos and Andres Marin.

 SENEN SENTIO

SENEN SENTIO

Born in Huelva, Andalucia in 1977, Senen began exploring Cante Jondo 30 years ago (traditional flamenco singing).  This takes him to the Academy of flamenco singer Esperanza Fernandez.  With her, he began to become fond of the sociocultural, gypsy and Andalusian expression. In each style of cante, there is an introduction, an explanation of the purpose for them.  This happens through personal anecdotes and stories and other expressions, which is intended to be a journey of the soul from where we can feel free from the social realities that affect us.

A fan of great latin american singers like Silvio Rivera, Pablo Milanes, Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa and Victor Jara.  Esperanza Fernandez guides him into the passionate universe of the Cante Flamenco with the compas and ritmo (beat and rhythm).  In the process of making flamenco ‘his’, He studied history of flamenco.  His knowledge makes him great for workshops, teaching flamenco, as a historical and cultural legacy from Andalucia and the gypsies. 

During his 7 year residency in Barcelona, he had the opportunity to continue to learn and internalize the melody and the flamenco beat with Maestro Juan Miguel Cerro in Taller de Musica y del Esmuc. He is presently on tour, which began last February in California, later taking him to Mexico and Guatemala.

Senen has created several flamenco recitals with various artists (Ricardo Diaz, Juan Moro, Victor Rosell, Jose Juan Trespalacios, Alfredo Millan, Joselillo Campos, Phillip Adie, Anoush Saadat, Paul Boudauder, Steve Bertelli, Juanma “El Churrero”, etc). In other shows he has been accompanied by bailaoras (flamenco dancers) such as Rakel de Luna, Vanesa Galvez “La Lirio”, Ruth Quesada, etc.  These flamenco recitals and shows aim to take the audience in a voyage where the music and the diverse expression that comes from the innermost place of our being

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Oakland-based LoCura has crafted their own unique musical identity: "Califas Mestizo Music," a blend of Latin American and Iberian rhythms such as rumba, cumbia, salsa and flamenco influenced by punk rock, ska, rap, dub, reggae, dancehall with local and global lyrical themes. The band's name ("it cures it") reflects their ethos of making music a remedy, a theme which permeates lyrics such as "la cultura cura la locura (culture cures the madness).” 

With three powerhouse women at the helm, their live shows are a soul-stirring punk-edged party mixing cajon-driven rhythms with mutilingual lyrics that reflect the unique intersection of cultures in the Bay Area. Ana Tijoux meets Manu Chao with a touch of Lhasa. 

Spanish-American vocalist Kata Miletich, expanding on the group's influences, notes "one big inspiration for the ways we consciously and unconsciously connect different music is this idea that styles and rhythms travel from Africa, Europe stretching across the Americas and mixing with indigenous sounds. Culture is alive in so many different ways, and shows up in different places to tell a story." 

LoCura has toured the U.S, Canada, Nicaragua, Mexico and Spain playing music festivals and sharing the stage with artists such as Bombino, La Cuneta Son Machin, Ziggy Marley, Beats Antique, Quetzal, and Nortec Collective. In the California Bay Area they have opened for Sergio Mendes, La Santa Cecilia, The Seshen & Bomba Estereo and have sold out The Great American Music Hall and The Independent in San Francisco. LoCura has released three full length albums and is currently writing and recording music for their fourth album.

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
Nov
1
8:30 PM20:30

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

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Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
Oct
4
8:30 PM20:30

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

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Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Balanço Brasil Presents: Xaxado Mission Brazilian Forró Dance Party with Lesson by Weslei Guimarães

7pm Lesson / 8pm Show

$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show

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Xaxado Mission  is a San Francisco based Brazilian band that specializes in Forró, a genre of music originated in Northeastern Brazil.

Their repertoire brings high energy songs from masters Luiz Gonzaga and Jackson do Pandeiro, in addition to a few Carimbo fusions, and Samba sets tailored for dancing the hours away.

Playing both classic and modern Forró songs, their instrumentation consists of authentic Forró instruments like the zabumba, accordion, triangle, seven string guitar, pandeiro, winds and bass, sometimes harmonica. If you’ve never heard of Forró, but enjoy dancing to styles like salsa, cumbia, samba, then you won’t want to miss Xaxado Mission!
Call you father, call your mother, send a telegram, it’s sure to be a great time!!!
Vamos Xaxar!

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Tradition on the Fringe with Avotcja & Modupue and Chelle Friends
Sep
8
8:00 PM20:00

Tradition on the Fringe with Avotcja & Modupue and Chelle Friends

Doors Open 7:30 pm / Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $20 Advanced / $25 Day of Show

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Avotcja has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is an award winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City, Peru's Susana Bacaat San Francisco’s Encuentro Popular & Cuba’s Gema y Pável, played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobi & Luis Cespedes, John Handy, Sonido Afro Latina, Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Poets With Attitudes, Bombarengue, Nikki Giovanni, Los Angeles' Build An Ark, Dwight Trible, Diamano Coura West African Dance Co., Terry Garthwaite, Big Black, The Bay Area Blues Society & Caribeana Etc. Shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Piri Thomas, Janice Mirikitani, Diane DiPrima, Michael Franti, Jayne Cortez, & with Jose Montoya's Royal Chicano Air Force & is a Bay Area icon with her group Avotcja & Modúpue.  Avotcja was the opening act for the legendary Poet Pat Parker the last three years of her life. She both composed & performed the film score for the Danish documentary MuNu. Her Poetry &/or music has been recorded by Piri Thomas, Famoudou Don Moyé (of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago), Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble, & performed by The Purple Moon Dance Project, and was the 1st Poetry performed by New York's Dance Mobile. She's appeared at The Lorraine Hansberry Theater in S. F., The Asian-American Jazz Festival in Chicago, as well as The Asian-American Jazz Festival in San Francisco.  She's been featured 5 times at Afro-Solo, twice at San Francisco's Carnival, The Scottish Rite Temple & Yoshi's in Oakland & San Francisco, Jose Castellar's play "Man From San Juan", Club Le Monmartre in Copenhagen Denmark, Stanford University, at San Francisco’s Brava Theater For The Arts with Cine Acción, New York's Henry Street Settlement Theater and The Women On The Way Festival in San Francisco. Avotcja a is popular Bay Area DeeJay & Radio Personality, and the founder/Director of "The Clean Scene Theater Project (AKA) Proyecto Teatral De La Escena Sobria". She continues to teach Creative Writing, Storytelling & Drama in Public Schools & thanks to the California Arts Council she was also an Artist in Residence at the Milestones Project & San Francisco Penal System. Avotcja is a proud member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities  Organization), PEN Oakland, California Poets In The Schools,  IWWG & is an  ASCAP recording artist.

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CHELLE! and Friends commemorates the music of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, and celebrates it’s Creole people and their remarkable music. Michelle Jacques was born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, CA.. She began this journey to find out what it means to be Creole, to understand her culture, her language and her history...and after the devastation of Katrina in 2005, her mission has evolved into her determination to keep the history and the music of New Orleans alive through concerts, children's performances, workshops and residencies.

Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you’ll get 30 answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, or gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians.

New Orleans native, MICHELLE JACQUES along some "very special friends" take all of these influences and a few more, and stir it into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating.

CHELLE! and Friends is made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. CHELLE! And Friends perform music that is vibrant and alive with the driving voices of artistic director and founder MCHELLE JACQUES, RHONDA CRANE, JAY LAMONT AND BRYAN DYER, DONNA VISCUSO on woodwinds, ERIC SWINDERMAN on guitar, KEVIN SCOTT on bass and BOB SCOTT on drums. 

 

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Bachata Nightz ft. DJ Relleo with DJ Migz & DJ KrisKros
Sep
6
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz ft. DJ Relleo with DJ Migz & DJ KrisKros

This is a special Edition you don't want to miss!
DJMigz, DJKrisKros and a live Music Performance by DJRelleo!

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 Day of Show / $10 Students

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Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

Terrell M. Bailey “DJ Relleo”
From: All Around The World
Key Tracks: Baby Girl, Poison and Love Issues

In little over three years, Terrell rise to prominence has been remarkable, his debut of  “Love Issues”, which showcased his underground approach, fusing RnB with a Latin vibe into something with more sensual and full of flavor, which left the audience wanting more.  He began making music at the age of 16, initially gospel and RnB, but that eventually developed in to a new wave project “RnBachata” over the course of a decade, which sparked interest from listeners all around the south region part of the states. Known for his broad range of inventive “RnB” music that nimbly straddles minimal, progressive and unique forms of Bachata, his sound isn’t easily pigeonholed, but signature elements appear throughout his back catalogue, emotive melodic development, unique incidental sound usage, and his regular foray in using Latin styled drums and percussion, which combine to fuel his continually evolving sound. With multiple of projects in works, this is only the beginning. "Relleo” has a mission and he is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that mission is accomplish.

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Annette Aguilar and String Beans
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Annette Aguilar and String Beans

Doors at 6:45 pm; Workshop 7:00-7:50pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

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Annette A. Aguilar - Multi-percussionist, recording artist,educator, producer and bandleader - was born in San Francisco into a family from Nicaragua. She began playing music at the age of eleven.

At sixteen, she was recognized for her percussion playing and began sitting in and performing with internationally renowned Latin artists such as members of the Santana Band, Cal Tjader, and Pete and Sheila Escovedo.
She earned a Bachelor in Music from San Francisco State University, a Masters from Manhattan School of Music, and Masters in Music Education at CUNY. She has worked on Grammy Award-winning Broadway shows and currently serves as principal timpanist for the Bronx Symphony.

In 1992, she formed her Latin and Brazilian jazz group, Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. StringBeans soon became a popular fixture of the New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side music scene. A three-time selection as Latin Jazz Ambassadors by the U.S. State Department, the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the group has toured South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar, sharing their knowledge of music from the Americans and the Caribbean. 

Their debut CD on their own label, Special Friends, and second CD, No Cheap Dates, received numerous reviews nationally and abroad. Their third CD, "The Day Waits for Nobody" is in the works.

Annette will be including a Free Drum workshop with the price of the ticket to the concert.

The workshop will start at 7pm and go until 7:50pm.This workshop will be in the Bloco style which incorporates rhythms on Brazilian drums. However the focus is "all drums are welcome." Workshop participants will also play for 10-15mins during intermission and on the very last number with the band. The rhythms of focus is Baiao and Bomba.https://youtu.be/cyH7HfBWjzE This clip is of a Baiao on different Brazilian instrument, however, we do incorporate several different drums as well. Drums with straps such as djembes, also shakers, shakers, maracas. Strong Bell players are encourage. However bells are a very prominent percussion instrument that defines the rhythmic cell of the group. So it's important to keep this together. If you bring a conga drum make sure you have a small handy stool to sit on, and some chairs will be provided.

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 Day of Show/ $10 Students

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Maestras de Mexico: "Chavela" Film Screening, with Acoustic Performance by Cascada de Flores
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Maestras de Mexico: "Chavela" Film Screening, with Acoustic Performance by Cascada de Flores

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm, Film at 8:45 pm
Cascada de Flores will be performing as a duo tonight

Tickets are $12 / $15 at the Door

Maestra Series Packages $48 - $150

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Ashkenaz is celebrating Women’s History Month with a presentation of
Chavela, a thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela
Vargas. (2017, 93 min.) After the film, we are presenting a live performance by retro-acoustic Mexican/Caribbean musical ensemble Cascada de Flores. 

“Chavela” is produced and directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

Winner of the Golden Athens Award for Best Documentary at Athens Internation Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at both OutFest L.A. and OUTshine Fort Lauderdale (2017), Audience Award & Honorable Mention Jury Award at Frameline (2017), Second Place Audience Award at Berlinale Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Best Documentary Feature at Reeling35 (2017), Official Selection of AFI Docs, Hot Docs, Austin Gay &
Lesbian Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and many more.

Cascada de Flores presents concerts as a duet to a sextet, bringing the nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors into simple and beautiful arrangements that allow space for both improvisation and pure expression.

The ensemble also offers special programs such as Radio Flor, a creative concert set in an old-time radio format as well as storytelling with song and dance for children of all ages.

"Honoring and advancing tradition, building multicultural bridges, and celebrating life, the performance was a demonstration of the best of what can be done with music."
No Depression, 2016

"Featuring Arwen's ravishing voice and guitarist Jorge Liceaga's supple accompaniment, Cascada de Flores brings intoxicating energy to the Latin American songbook. Playful, witty and artfully staged, the show is as charming as the music is breathtaking."
Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News

"Cascada de Flores is a delicious discovery of retro acoustic music with Mexican and Caribbean roots. Radio Flor is a trip into nostalgia, into our musical past and heritage, with the respect and elegance that it deserves."
Hector Aviles, Latino Music Cafe
 

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DyaTribal, with Twin Harps and Carlos Reyes
Mar
15
9:00 PM21:00

DyaTribal, with Twin Harps and Carlos Reyes

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door
 

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The members of DyaTribal met when they won a 24 hr band contest in Santa Rosa. They knew at that moment that they were meant to play together, and went on to create jubilant dance music inspired by India, Arabia, Africa, and every corner of the Americas. After building an enthusiastic following in Sonoma County, they are now ready to take the Bay area by storm. For their Eastbay debut at Ashkenaz, They have collaborated with two local favorites to create an unforgettable experience that will energize your body, spirit, and mind.

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The evening begins with the Twin Harps of Diana Stork and Cheryl Ann Fulton. Their performances at the finest concert halls, and on several internationally distributed albums, have led thousands of people into realms of spiritual ecstasy.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From there, the torch passes to Grammy Award winning Paraguayan Harp Virtuoso Carlos Reyes, who will create a Latin multicultural fantasia with a gradually increasing rhythmic pulse. As the music travels through the many mansions of Carlos memory and imagination, percussion and drums will appear, then increase in intensity and power, climaxing with the driving electric fusion music that has made Carlos a radio star throughout the world. 
 

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Carlos will then  join DyaTribal on his electric violin for World Music dancing. Each DyaTribal musician brings something different to the mix for every song, resulting in creations that are more than the sum of their parts. Touchstyle Veena player Teed Rockwell combines ragas with funk, uniting bass and melody lines by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands. Deborah Axe sings and composes original lyrics in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Sanskrit & Arabic. Raised on the blues, she combines a three & a half octave range & the ability to hold a note for over 30 seconds. Drummer/Inventor Andy Graham has designed and built custom instruments for Stevie Wonder and Indian multipercussionist Sivamani. He also designed the drum set with 3 rack mounted didgeridoos that provides the many different dyatribal beats, both electric and acoustic.

Dancing in any style you choose or create is encouraged at every stage of this musical experience. Call it what you will – a ritual, a festival, a party, a night on the town, – it will be an evening you won’t forget.

 

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Bobi Céspedes and Band
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Bobi Céspedes and Band

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

Maestra Series Packages $48 - $150

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Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes has been at the forefront of representing and promoting Cuban music in the Bay Area and the United States for over 40 years. A vocalist, composer, band leader and educator, Bobi first won international recognition as director and lead singer for Conjunto Céspedes. The band recorded 4 albums, including Una Sola Casa and Vivito Y Coleando which won awards for Latin Album of the Year in 1993 and 1995 from the National Association of Independent Records Distribution (NAIRD). With the Conjunto, Bobi toured the United States and internationally, winning raving reviews in every major city where they performed, and opening for such stars as Los Van Van, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, and Brian Ferry.  Bobi also toured and recorded with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum project, appearing on his Supralingua and Spirit into Sound releases.  

Since 2003, working in a septet format with a band under her own name, Bobi has continued to perform and tour, and recorded two albums: Rezos and Patakin. She was invited to perform at the Grand Opening Weekend for the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016, as part of a lineup that included such divas as Angélique Kidjo and Meshell Ndegeocello. 

By integrating folkloric and modern elements in an authentic and distinctive sound, Bobi gives a modern voice to traditional Cuban music, providing fresh ways for contemporary audiences to be touched by her rich musical heritage.   Her dynamic performances lead you on a journey from Afro Cuban chants to Cuban són, rumba, cha cha chás and boleros. In the rich field of Cuban music, Bobi Céspedes stands out as a gem and can rightfully be considered one of our national cultural treasures.

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Bachata Nightz
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door

Maestra Series Packages $48 - $150

 

Women's History Month BACHATANightz  will feature an all women showcase in honor of women's history month. The Bay area Latin dance scene has amazing talent with different dance companies that provide women of any age and background the opportunity to learn, and showcase styles such as Bachata, Salsa, Cha Cha, and more. The idea is to empower women and bring them together to express and get inspire through the art of dance.  

We will have an amazing lineup with some of the Bay Area's Ladies teams such as KathyReyesDance, Inessence, Latin Symbolic, and more.

We Also have the honor to present to you Erika Lachenmeier and Amanda Lowrey an amazing Duo who represented the Bay Area and became champions of the same gender ladies division at the World Latin Dance Cup this past Dec 2017. 

 

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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The African Diaspora in South America: De Rompe y Raja (Afro-Peruvian) and Fogo na Roupa (Afro-Brazilian)
Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

The African Diaspora in South America: De Rompe y Raja (Afro-Peruvian) and Fogo na Roupa (Afro-Brazilian)

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $18 / $20 at the Door

Follow the African Diaspora through South America on this evening of dance and music performance. Experience the music and dance that emerged where indigenous Peruvian, African, and European cultures intersected with De Rompe y Raja, followed by Afro-Brazilian drum and dance ensemble Fogo na Roupa.

                                          photo by RJ Muna

                                         photo by RJ Muna

De Rompe y Raja was founded in 1995, as a cultural organization dedicated to preserving and promoting traditions and culture from the coastal region of Peru, where the music and motifs of European, African and Indigenous peoples intersect. 

Afro-Peruvian music, song, and dance are a single continuum of rhythms, developed during Peru’s colonial period, when Africans, brought to Peru as enslaved workers, merged their syncopations with the lively dance and music of Spanish colonialists and indigenous Peruvians. These forms have been celebrated, preserved, and reinvented by countless drumming hands and dancing feet.

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Founded in 1989, Fogo na Roupa is a Bay Area, award-winning, Grupo Carnavalesco and performaing company. Fogo Na Roupa combines the community's raw spirit with the technical expertise of its illustrious Founding Director, the late Mestre Carlos Aceituno. The name, which means "Clothes On Fire", is symbolic of the hot energy generated by the innovative rhythms and infectious dance moves that has created dedicated students and Canavalescos in the greater Bay Area. Under the artistic direction of Jose Rivera and Metzi Henriquez, Fogo continues to fire up the crowds, winning multiple San Francisco Carnaval Grand Championships, , Best of the Bay 2011, and a 2012 "Corazon Del Barrio Award" from Mission Cultural Center. Fogo Na Roupa’s performance highlights include Bay Area opener for Brazil’s popular Olodum and collaboration with prominent Bay Area jazz ensemble, Mingus Amungus, opening for Carlos Santana, internationally acclaimed Brazilian recording artist, Carlinhos Brown, SF Ethnic Dance Festival, SF Symphony 100th Anniversary, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers halftime shows.

 

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Bachata Nightz 1-Year Anniversary Celebration with Bachata Urbana Singer JR
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Bachata Nightz 1-Year Anniversary Celebration with Bachata Urbana Singer JR

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $25 Advance / $30 at the Door
$20 Early Bird Special before January 11!                                                                    

 

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Growing up in the diverse streets of New York City, JR. recalls walking in his neighborhood and hearing music and rhythms from all over the world. While he listened to Aventura and Merengue Típico at home, he also listened to artists like Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and John Mayer. It’s no wonder his music today resonates a rhythmic fusion of Latino pop, electro-beats and soul.

JR.’s songs echo an innocence yet seductive storytelling that provokes nostalgia and excitement, romance and reality, all at the same time. His sound is original, smooth, sonic, and sexy. His suave vocals complement an array of percussive rhythms and bass that will surely have the masses turning up the volume and hitting the dance floor. Under music label 848 Enterprises and Bisono Management Company, JR. is about to explode into the Latin music scene and showcase the next generation of pop music

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 Bachata Nightz - Berkeley Edition
Dec
7
8:30 PM20:30

Bachata Nightz - Berkeley Edition

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Eventbrite -  Bachata Nightz - Berkeley Edition

Tickets are $10 / $8 Students

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Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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