First Friday Fiesta at MACLA

as Part of Monthly SoFA District Art Walk



June 2018 Calafia Armada

Afro-Colombian Music

May 2018 Rosa Los Santos

Afro-Peruvian Music and Dance

April 2018 Bolivian Dance Team

Bolivian Music and Dance

March 2018 Charged Particles

Latin Jazz Music

February 2018 Maracatu Pacifico

Brazilian Music and Dance

December 2017 4 Con 3

Cuban Music and Dance

November 2017 LoCura

Califas Mestizo Music

October 2017 Asociacion Cultural Kanchis

Peruvian Music and Dance

September 2017 Entre Son

Mexican Fusion Music

August 2017 Corazon Salvaje

Cumbia and Poetry

June 2017 Sonido Clash

Future Latino Sounds

May 2017 Sweet Spice

Latin Dance Standards

April 2017 Valverde Dance Theatre

Music and Dance from the Andes

March 2017 Silvestre Martinez

Afro-Oaxacan Jazz

February 2017 Sambaxé

Brazilian Dance and Music

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

April 2016 Silvestre Martinez and the East Bay’s Conspiracy

Latin Dance Music

March 2016 Nosotras

Women’s Ensemble

Februry 2016 Gabriel Navia & Sulkary

Latin Music Fusion Artist

December 2015 Jaranón y Bochinche

Afro-Peruvian Dance

November 2015 Arenas Dance Company

Cuban Dance

September 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

Brazilian Capoeira

April 2015 Nosotras

Women’s Ensemble

March 2015 Jaranón y Bochinche

Afro-Peruvian Dance

February 2015 Loco Bloco

Youth and Family Art Organization

December 2014 Los Leones

Cumbia, Latin Dance

November 2014 Future Arts Now!

Arts Education Program

October 2014 Yeye Suarez and Ensemble

Afro Latin Fusion Music

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 Paul Flores, 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.

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