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Balanço Brasil Presents: Dona Francisca
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Balanço Brasil Presents: Dona Francisca

Doors at 7:00 pm; Dance lesson with Yasmine and Mohamed at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $13 in Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Forro is an infectious Brazilian folksy partner swing dance that is easy to learn, a little sexy, and straight up fun. Brought to you by the Bay Area's longest running Forró group Dona Francisca, feat. Paulo Presotto (vocals, percussion), Chris Thomas (zabumba), Diana Strong (accordion, vocals), Rebecca Kleinmann (flute, vocals) and Izzy Wise (bass)

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Caribbean Allstars - Sweetfoot Birthday Bash plus "Pat Wah" and Special Guests
Nov
3
9:00 PM21:00

Caribbean Allstars - Sweetfoot Birthday Bash plus "Pat Wah" and Special Guests

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

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

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The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh “Sweetfoot” Maynard. The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as “my favorite band” at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz’s 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.

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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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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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Sambadá
Oct
6
9:00 PM21:00

Sambadá

Doors Open 8:30 pm / Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

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Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal.

SambaDá was formed in 1998 in Santa Cruz, California, by capoeira master Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford, and drummer Gary Kehoe and has gone on to conquer clubs and festivals across the country with its explosive Carnival-like performances. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.

When singer and dancer Dandha da Hora arrived in Santa Cruz from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and joined SambaDá in 2005, she brought the power of her Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage to the band. Dandha has been a performing member of the renowned group Ilê Aiyê of Brazil since she was 6 years old. Ilê Aiyê is one of the most beloved and important Afro Blocos from Bahia, Brazil. It is known all over the world for its music and dance performance and its social activism, fighting racism and promoting education, culture and tradition. Honoring Ilê Aiyê’s legacy as well as their own commitment to a more just world, SambaDá works and plays for social justice, peace and the respect of all cultures and peoples.

Also in 2005, SambaDá crossed paths with Grammy-nominated music producer Greg Landau to create the 2007 release “Salve a Bahia”. With “Salve”, the band created a new sound that not only paid homage to folkloric music but also captured the spirit and musical background of each band member and added a modern, funky edge. The recording project and the bands’ live shows also grew from the collaboration with two more talents from Bahia, Brazil, percussionists Marcio Peeter and Wagner Profeta. Marcio and Wagner bring their deep percussive knowledge and groove to the studio albums, as well as to the stage.

Following the success of “Salve a Bahia”, the band collaborated on a second album with Greg Landau, the album “Gente” which was released in the spring of 2010. “Gente” vibrates with the inspiration of the band’s first tour to Brazil in July 2009, and reflects their desire to share their dedication to Brazilian music, with some unique California flavor, with audiences everywhere.

2013 was a great year for SambaDá, as they welcomed 3 new members to the band, Etienne Franc (Chris Rene, OPM, Check in the Dark) on bass, and Senegalese drum master Ibou Ngom (Danjuma, Koumbemba) and Abel Damasceno from Bahia Brazil (Batala San Francisco) on percussion. They had a busy year touring, including headlining the Houston International Festival and playing New Orleans for the first time in April, and returning to Philadelphia and New York City, where they played SOB’s to a packed house at the end of September.

2014 finds the group launching a brand-new album, alongside busy touring schedule. Inspired by recent collaborations and adventures, SambaDá has been busy exploring new dimensions of the music they love, which they are eager to share with fans old and new!

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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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