South First Fridays


South First Fridays

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are FREE & open to the public.

All performances are free; no reservations or tickets required.

Corazón Salvaje

Friday, August 4, 2017 Corazón Salvaje serves up a sound brewed with the thunder of Afro-Latin rhythms, a pinch of poetry, and the drive of accordion and guitar.

Soul y Agua

Friday, September 1, 2017 Monica Maria's Latin-Soul-Folk compositions paint the portrait of a soul that illuminates the space around it with love, faith and warmth. You can hear all of her influences in her writing - modern Pop, R&B, Latin & Folk music that reflect her Californian roots mixed with traditional & modern sounds of Latin America.


Friday, November 2017 LoCura taps into the diverse sounds that have a rich history in the Bay Area, weaving them together in an uncanny way to reveal their common roots. Mixing Rumba Flamenca with Reggae and Cumbia with Ska through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized experience where the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux.

Maracatu Pacifico

Friday, February 2, 2018 Maracatu Pacifico is a community-based performance group that brings Afro-Brazilian maracatu music and dance from Northeastern Brazil to the SF Bay Area.

Charged Particles

Friday, March 2, 2018 Charge Particles features Californian roots mixed with traditional, earthly and contemporary sounds of Latin America result in a wide range of genres such as Cuban Salsa, Son Jarocho, Cumbia, Jazz and R&B.

Bolivian Dance Team San Jose

Friday, April 6, 2018 Bolivian Dance Team San Jose showcases Bolivia’s rich and varied culture re-creating Bolivian dances by taking on innovative approaches to ancient and rare forms.

Proyecto Lando

Friday, May 4, 2018 Proyecto Lando is a collaboration of the best music arrangers in Peru, such as Felipe Pumarada, Mariano Liy, Santiago Coco Linares, David Pinto & Oscar Huaranga coming together for a Afro-Peruvian explosion.

Calafia Armada

Friday, June 1, 2018 Calafia Armada is a musical project who play a range of traditional rhythms and melodies from across the Americas including Jarocho, Puya, Rumba, and Cumbia.   Powered By

Past Artists

December 2016 Alafia Dance Ensemble

African Haitian Dance
November 2016 Aguacero

Puerto Rican Bomba
October 2016 MaKrú

Rumba Flamenca, Reggae, Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska
September 2016 Gabriel Navia and Sulkary

Jazz-flamenco and Cuban music

August 2016 Cunamacué

Afro-Peruvian dance

June 2016 La Mixta Criolla

Caribbean Music

May 2016 Tarimba

Son Jarocho Music

Apr 2016 Silvestre Martinez and the East Bay's Conspiracy

Latin Dance Music

Mar 2016 Nosotras

Women's Ensemble

Feb 2016 Gabriel Navia & Sulkary

Latin Music Fusion Artist

Dec 2015 Jaranón y Bochinche

Afro-Peruvian Dance

Nov 2015 Arenas Dance Company

Cuban Dance

Sep 2015 Columbian Soul

Colombian Dance

August 2015 Flamenco Society of San Jose

Flamenco Dance

June 2015 Aguacero

Puerto Rican Bomba Music and Dance

May 2015 Capoeira of San José


Apr 2015 Nosotras

Women's Ensemble

Mar 2015 Jaranón y Bochinche

Afro-Peruvian Dance

Feb 2015 Loco Bloco

Youth and Family Art Organization

Dec 2014 Los Leones

Cumbia, Latin dance

Nov 2014 Future Arts Now!

Arts Education Program

Oct 2014 Yeye Suarez and Ensemble

Afro Latin Fusion Music

Past Artists