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Bobi Céspedes Band in Concert

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

Brava presents

Bobi Céspedes Band in Concert
with Pellejo Seco


VIP reception – 6:30pm
Doors open – 7:00pm
Concert – 8:00pm

A Cuban powerhouse of a woman who demonstrates on record and in concert that she is the worthy successor to the throne of Celia Cruz.
— LA Times

A sonera of the classic Cuban style and a priestess of the Yorùbán diaspora, 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. Bobi first won international recognition as director and lead singer for Conjunto Céspedes, which was recognized as an early exponent of world music for their unique approach to Cuban dance music, incorporating jazz elements and folkloric idioms with the Cuban son. Bobi Céspedes’ electrifying ensemble features some of the Bay area’s finest Latin Jazz musicians: musical director Marco Díaz on piano, trumpet and vocals, bassist Saúl Sierra-Alonso, Julio Pérez on bongos and percussion, José Roberto Hernández on guitar and vocals, Lichi Fuentes on vocals, chekeré, and guiro, and special guest John Santos on batá and percussion.

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Joining Bobi Céspedes on the bill is one of the Bay Area’s most inventive Cuban bands Pellejo Seco, which draws on Afro-Cuban folklore and the latest Havana dance music, Latin jazz and flamenco, bossa nova and jazz/rock fusion. 

A portion of the theater will be cleared for a dance floor, so come ready to groove to the sounds of Afro-Cuba and beyond!  

$50 premiere seating in the orchestra plus pre-performance VIP reception with special guests in Brava’s Cabaret (SOLD OUT)
$35 reserved seating in the orchestra
$30 discounted senior and youth seating in the orchestra
$25 reserved seating in the mezzanine
$20 discounted senior and youth seating in the mezzanine

Orisha Oyá workshop with Bobi Céspedes


Drawing on sacred songs and stories from Yoruba mythology, Bobi Céspedes will lead a workshop exploring the mystery and significance of Orisha Oyá, who represents the wind. Since the wind is always fluctuating, Oyá is associated with change and can transform at a moment’s notice—from a gentle breeze at the seashore to a devastating hurricane.  Recognized as a warrior, she is queen of the spirits, and a bridge between the living and the dead. In this workshop, through chantssung in a call and response pattern, we will praise Oyá’s prowess and appeal for positive transformations in our lives.

$20 in advance
$25 at door