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.


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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.

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