South First Fridays
All performances are free; no reservations or tickets required.
February 3, 8pm
Sambaxé (pronounced: sahm-bah-shay) is a Brazilian inspired music and dance company, led by artistic director Raffaella Falchi and musical director Alfie Macias. Their mission is to create a fun and safe environment in which to explore Brazilian dance, music, culture and tradition, both in the classes and on the stage. It formed in 2008 as a way to continue spreading Brazilian culture through samba music and dance performances. In Brazilian culture, Axé means life force/energy. Sambaxé’s tagline is, “Dance is a celebration of Life.”
Sambaxé is a full force, energetic group of dancers that perform many styles of Brazilian dance including Samba No Pé (from Rio de Janeiro), Samba Reggae, Samba Axé, Maculelé, Samba Malandro, Afoxe, and Frevo. They also offer multi-level dance classes and workshops both nationally and internationally.
March 3, 8:00 pm
Silvestre Martinez was born in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico and grew up in a large family of musicians who played chilena, merequetengue and charanga music – Afro-Mexican music from the coast. Having traveled, taught, performed and studied throughout Indonesia, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Cuba and the United States, Silvestre Martinez has performed with the legendary musicians such as Louie Romero, Paquito D’ Rivera, Oscar Stagnaro, Karl Perazzo, Orestes Vilato, Coto Pincheira, Jorge Santana and more.
April 7, 8:00 pm
Traditional dance and music from SouthAmerica, especially from the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.
May 5, 8:00 pm
Sweet Spice Music Combo's song list consists of hand selected music arrangements of Jazz standards, Latin Music favorites and exciting dance songs for the perfect mood for your guests. Our performances span from cocktail jazz listening music to Hot, Get up and Dance music to have your guests dance and have a great time. Our singers, not just vocalists are world class entertainers who touch and move audiences in noticeable positive ways. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and high quality musical performances.
June 2, 8:00 pm
Established in 2009, Sonido Clash (SC) is a San José collective that explores the traditional, modern, emerging and the future latino sound diaspora. Founders Roman Zepeda (Turbo Sonidero), Angel Luna (Mextape), Fernando J. “Tlacoyo” Pérez and Thomas Ramon Aguilar (Chatos1013) wanted to establish a brand via creative nightlife events as a response to the lack of diversity. Launching in the year of 2009, SC leveraged the 2010 National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) national conference in San José to root ourselves to a national audience as serious tastemakers in our scene. Since, Sonido Clash has curated specialized events in various spaces around San José, and our resident DJ’s have been invited to play in various cities such as Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, San Antonio, San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Fresno.