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5th Annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival

  • Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Brava Presents

5th Annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival

Honoring Artemio Posadas, a 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Featuring the Grammy Award winning band Quetzal, along with Gilberto Gutiérrez and Gisela Farias Luna of Mono Blanco, Russell Rodriguez, and Cuicacalli Dance Company

Explore the folkloric music style of Veracruz with a weekend of live music, dance performance, and community activities when Brava presents the 5th Annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival.

Friday, February 3 – 7:30pm Panel discussion and reception
Saturday, February 4 – 7:30pm  Concert and Fandango Jarocho
Sunday, February 5 – 12pm Workshops with Son Jarocho masters

Friday, February 3 – 6:30pm
Panel Discussion & Reception

Join KPOO host and producer Chelis Lopez and 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas, along with Gilberto Gutiérrez, Martha Gonzalez, and Quetzal Flores, for a panel discussion on the Bay Area history of Son Jarocho as a music style, and its evolution as a social movement and grass roots organizing tool.

$10 suggested donation

6:30pm – Pre-show tostada bar reception in the Brava lobby
7:30pm – Panel discussion

Saturday, February 4 – 7:30pm
Concert and Fandango Jarocho

Celebrate the unique sound of Son Jarocho with music from the Grammy Award winning band Quetzal, who combine the traditions of Son Jarocho with rock, salsa, R&B and more, to push the boundaries of Chicano music. Joining Quetzal is the Son Jarocho singer-poet and master of the stringed jarana, Gilberto Gutiérrez, and fellow member of the internationally acclaimed group Mono Blanco, singer Gisela Farias Luna. Also coming to the stage is the accomplished Son Jarocho musician and dancer, Russell Rodriguez; and the San Francisco-based Cuicacalli Dance Company led by Jesus Jacoh Cortes.

Following the concert, move with the performers from theater to lobby, for the cultural convening ritual known as Fandango Jarocho, a late-night session of instruments, dancing, voices and verse.

$18 - $25

6:30pm – Doors and Bar
7:30pm – Concert
10:30pm – Fandango Jarocho

Workshops with Son Jarocho Masters
Sunday, February 5 – 12:00pm

Open to people of all skill levels and knowledge, the workshops provide an opportunity for the community to learn from masters of the tradition in an intimate setting. There are five separate workshops on offer, all happening simultaneously. Following the individual workshops, participants come together for a Fandango Jarocho to practice what they’ve learned.

1) Versada (lyrics) – led by Artemio Posadas

2) Jarana (guitar-like string instrument) – led by Gilberto Gutiérrez and Quetzal Flores

3) Requinto (smaller version of a classical guitar) – led by Russell Rodriguez

4) Dance/Percussion – led by Martha Gonzalez, Gisela Farias Luna, and Lolis Garcia

5) Bajo (bass) – led by Juan Pérez

$15 workshop

12:00pm – Individual workshop of your choice
1:00pm – Fandango Jarocho style practice

The 5th Annual Son Jarocho Festival received support from California Arts Council, WESTAF IMTour, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Earlier Event: February 2
Folk Hero & Funny Guy
Later Event: February 15