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Puerto Rico Del Alma!
October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
A moving concert focusing on rhythms, styles and musicians from Puerto Rico. Despite its troubled colonial history, the tiny island has maintained its profound musical identity and has continually affected music in the US over the last 100 years. Latin music renaissance man John Santos and his longstanding Sextet will host an amazing crew of stellar guest stars from the island in a performance honoring Puerto Rico. The island’s continued legacy of music and musicians who have defined their art through progressive movements of social change offers hope, courage, clarity and love in times of distress.
This concert will take place in the beautifully refurbished Presidio Theatre on Moraga Ave in the former Presidio Army base of SF – not to be confused with the movie house by the same name on Chestnut St.
The JS SEXTET
David Flores – drums
Saul Sierra – bass
Marco Diaz – piano, trumpet
Dr. John Calloway – flute, piano
Charlie Gurke – saxes
John Santos – percussion
with special guests, most directly from Puerto Rico:
Legendary vocalist/trumpeter Jerry Medina (Batacumbele, Eddie Palmieri, Calle 13)
New generation monster cuatrista Pedro Pastrana!
Cuban percussion pioneer Orestes Vilató
Maestra bailarina Julia Cepeda from Puerto Rico’s #1 family of the bomba, The Familia Cepeda!
Maestra bailarina Shefali Shah
Mexicana percussionist extraordinaire Denise Solis
Awesome wordsmith/MC Rico Pabón
Mexicano super vocalist/guitarist Jose Roberto Hernandez
Percussionist extraordinaire Julio Pérez
upcoming vocalist Adriana Marrero