All performances are free; no reservations or tickets required.
The notable First Friday Fiesta Series at MACLA brings several of the Bay Area’s most prominent Latin American music and dance companies to MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse in the heart of Downtown San José for an evening of free, educational, and engaging performances. The series is presented by MACLA during the monthly SoFA District Art Walk.
Friday, August 4, 2017
serves up a sound brewed with the thunder of Afro-Latin rhythms, a pinch of poetry, and the drive of accordion and guitar.
Friday, September 1, 2017
is a testament to how music brings together people from different cities, different countries, different cultures. Alfredo "El Godo" Herrera from Veracruz (MEX), Javier Navarette from the Bay Area (CA), and Monica Fimbrez from the Central Valley (CA) bring their unique personalities and experiences together to create a sound that reflects how diverse and yet so similar and connected humanity really is. Within music, within art, we can all speak, and listen, with the heart.
Son Jarocho is a traditional genre of music from Veracruz, Mexico. With rich rhythms, call and response singing, and handmade, organic instruments, you can feel the history, passion, nature that it carries. The heart of Son Jarocho exists in the 'Fandango' where the whole community comes together to share food and music. At the Fandango, any and all are invited to dance, play, sing, learn; to watch, to listen, to coexist.
Alfredo Herrera of Puerto de Veracruz is featured on jarana, quijada, zapateado and vocals, and is a great teacher and virtuoso of Son Jarocho. Javier Navarette is an Afro-Latin percussionist from the Bay Area who has worked with many artists such as John Santos, Bobi Cespedes and Pedrito Martinez. Monica Fimbrez (bass & vocals) is the composer and lead performer of her Latin-Soul-Folk band "Soul y Agua", and has also performed with John Calloway, Jesus Diaz y Su QBA, Rumbaché, among others.
Friday, November 2017
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.
Friday, February 2, 2018
is a community-based performance group that brings Afro-Brazilian maracatu music and dance from Northeastern Brazil to the SF Bay Area.
Friday, March 2, 2018
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.
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.
Friday, May 4, 2018
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.
Friday, June 1, 2018
is a musical project who play a range of traditional rhythms and melodies from across the Americas including Jarocho, Puya, Rumba, and Cumbia.