First Friday Fiesta at MACLA
as Part of Monthly SoFA District Art Walk
All performances are free; no reservations or tickets required.
The notable #FirstFridayFiesta 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 3, 2018
La Clandestina is a band that originates from San Francisco, California. Their music has influences, rhythms, and styles from Latin America and from all over the world. Their repertoire of original music takes you on a festive journey around the world. La Clandestina es una banda con orígenes en San Francisco, California. En su música se encuentran influencias de ritmos y estilos latinoamericanos y del mundo en un viaje a través de un repertorio de canciones originales con ambiente festivo.
Friday, September 7, 2018
DJ Leydis was born and raised in Cuba, pioneering Cuban hip-hop in her native land and working to realize her vision of cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Now based in the Bay Area, she has opened sets for Erykah Badu, Quest Love of the Roots, Mos Def, and other iconic US artists. She was the official DJ for the Grammy-nominated group Los Rakas and remains very active, working on numerous projects not only in the Bay Area, but also throughout the US and internationally.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Mare.e.Fresh is a DJ/producer based out of San Jose that combines a mix of cumbia/hiphop/reggaeton/and the occasional banda to create a blend of music aimed at making people dance. Her DJ'ing is centered around taking up and harvesting space in which people can have fun and dance in through music. She has opened up for artists such as Mala Rodriguez, Chicano Batman, El Dusty, Zion I, Red Store Bums, and Sister Mantos.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Banda Sin Nombre is a five-piece street band from San Francisco's Mission District dedicated to performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band's inspirations range from Peruvian chicha to Catalan rumba and Appalachian old time to cumbia.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Join the creators of We Have Iré, a new multidisciplinary theater work-in-progress by award-winning poet, performance artist, and playwright Paul S. Flores , for an evening jam sessions of Afro-Latino Music, Dance and Poetry. Featuring Ramón Ramos Alayo, DJ Leydis, and Yosvany Terry.
Photo courtesy of Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Friday, February 1, 2019
Conjunto Folklorico Panama America is a cultural nonprofit that promotes dances, folklore and traditions of Panamanian culture from the diverse regions of the country, honoring the Spanish, Afro-Caribbean, and indigenous heritages. Founded in San Francisco in November 2004, volunteer members of the group are multi-generational and are from all over Northern California.
Conjunto Folklórico Panamá América promueve bailes, folclore y tradiciones de la cultura panameña de las diversas regiones del país, honrando el patrimonio español, afrocaribeño e indígena. Fundado en San Francisco en noviembre de 2004, los miembros voluntarios del grupo son multigeneracionales y provienen de todo el norte de California.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Danza Venezuela Bay Area is a group of passionate dancers whose purpose is to expose the Bay Area to Venezuelan music, dance and culture. Directed by “Chiquy,” Danza Venezuela Bay Area showcases a variety of new and traditional Venezuelan dances through audience participation.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Taller Bombalele was founded in September 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis (founder/director of Las Bomberas de la Bahia). Taller Bombalele strives to promote Afro Puerto Rican roots, music, and dance traditions of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in community. Taller Bombalele is also proud to be part of a diverse community in the SF Bay Area and is therefore committed to teaching, learning, and collaboration and in reflection of this community, we welcome our community of different cultural experiences and intergenerational participation. We strive to continually learn, grow and support each other in our learning by lifting up our music and dance tradition as a community that focuses on the collective and a women of color led perspective.
Friday, May 3, 2019
We are Pan Dulce - five people who love making music and putting on a great show! We are all panaderxs in this band, giving us a mix of diverse sounds and styles. Our music is rock with funk, punk, metal, ska, and latinx influences - a sweet variety! That’s what Pan Dulce is, but you’ll only truly know if you come check us out!
Friday, June 7, 2019
Ajayu is a group of musicians from the SF Bay Area who share Psychedelic Andean Music with the community
Friday, September 6, 2019
Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the María Volonté, Blue Tango Project is a ground-breaking exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace. It is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer. This globe-trotting duo celebrates the deep spiritual bond that joins tango and the blues, as two musical genres born in desire and marginality, many times censored yet always resurgent and speaking directly to our hungry souls. Booked at SXSW and the San Francisco Jazz Festival, nominated for a Latin Grammy and featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tiny Desk Concert Series, the María Volonté: Blue Tango Project presents soulful music with intensity and verve.