Benefit Concert for Percussion Pioneer Giovanni Hidalgo

Benefit Concert for Percussion Pioneer Giovanni Hidalgo

Zakir Hussain, Puerto Rico Del Alma - The John Santos Quintet, Ed Simon, Bobi Céspedes, Roberto Borrelli, Saul Sierra, John Calloway, David Flores, Gibby Ross, Christian Sullivan, Fito Reinoso, Harold Muñiz, Beatriz Muñiz, Javier Navarette, Josh Jones, Jesús Diaz, Fernanda Bustamante, José Roberto Hernandez, José Luis Gómez, Mario Abruzzo, Pedro Pastrana

Sunday, July 2nd

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$55 Premium Advance/$40 General Admission Advance/$44 General Admission Door

All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain
Virtuoso tabla player born 3/9/51 in India, son of Alla Rakha.
Puerto Rico Del Alma - The John Santos Quintet
Puerto Rico Del Alma - The John Santos Quintet
Puerto Rico Del Alma
(15% of proceeds to the Rafael Cepeda School of Bomba and Plena in Santurce, Puerto Rico)

John Santos - director, percussion, vocals
Jose Roberto Hernandez - vocals, guitar
Pedro Pastrana - cuatro puertorriqueño
David Flores - drum set
Saul Sierra - bass
Marco Diaz - piano, trumpet
Dr. John Calloway - flute
Sarita Shah - vocals
Avelina Claridad Santos - vocals


Latin music renaissance man John Santos and his longstanding Quintet return to the Freight with a crew of stellar guests in a performance honoring Puerto Rico. The island's continued legacy of music and musicians who have defined their art through progressive movements of social change offers hope, courage, clarity and love in times of distress.

*15% of the proceeds from this concert will go directly to the Escuela RafaelCepeda in Santurce Puerto Rico to assist in the urgent relief and cultural work they are doing in their community.*

Beyond his career as a master percussionist, John Santos is an
invaluable educator and cultural activist, a keeper of the
Afro-Caribbean flame steeped in Cuban and Puerto Rican folkloric traditions as well as salsa and Latin jazz. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District amidst an extended family of Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean musicians, he’s been at the center of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene for over four decades. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution’s Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.

Tonight's performance will be MC-ed by Chuy Varela from KCSM.
Bobi Céspedes
Bobi Céspedes
Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes has been at the forefront of representing and promoting Cuban music in the Bay Area and the United States for over 40 years. A vocalist, composer, band leader and educator, Bobi first won international recognition as director and lead singer for Conjunto Céspedes. The band recorded 4 albums, including Una Sola Casa and Vivito Y Coleando which won awards for Latin Album of the Year in 1993 and 1995 from the National Association of Independent Records Distribution (NAIRD). With the Conjunto, Bobi toured the United States and internationally, winning raving reviews in every major city where they performed, and opening for such stars as Los Van Van, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, and Brian Ferry. Bobi also toured and recorded with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum project, appearing on his Supralingua and Spirit into Sound releases.

Since 2003, working in a septet format with a band under her own name, Bobi has continued to perform and tour, and recorded two albums: Rezos and Patakin. She was invited to perform at the Grand Opening Weekend for the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016, as part of a lineup that included such divas as Angélique Kidjo and Meshell Ndegeocello.

By integrating folkloric and modern elements in an authentic and distinctive sound, Bobi gives a modern voice to traditional Cuban music, providing fresh ways for contemporary audiences to be touched by her rich musical heritage. Her dynamic performances lead you on a journey from Afro Cuban chants to Cuban són, rumba, cha cha chás and boleros. In the rich field of Cuban music, Bobi Céspedes stands out as a gem and can rightfully be considered one of our national cultural treasures.
Saul Sierra
Saul Sierra
Saul Sierra Born and raised in Mexico City, where he started playing professionally in 1990. He moved to Boston Mass. in 1995 and attended the Berklee College of Music where he graduated in the summer of 1999, with a major in Performance. Some of his teachers included Oscar Stagnaro, Rich Appleman, Daniel Morris, and Jim Stinnet. He received the US Scholarship tour award and the Outstanding Performer award at Berklee.

As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since the fall of 1999, Saúl has performed, toured or recorded with Nestor Torres, Jimmy Bosh, Eddie Montalvo, Johny Rodríguez, Orestes Vilató, Bobi Céspedes, Antonio Sánchez, Miles Peña, John Santos, Jesús Díaz, Rebeca Mauleón, Mark Levine, Greg Landau, Mike Spiro, Jackeline Rago, Chuchito Valdez, Alexander Livinali, Wayne Wallace, Aquiles Baez, Marco Granados, Anthony Blea, Doug Beavers, and María Márquez, among others.

For the past 10 years Saúl has been a member of some of the leading bands in the Bay Area, including The John Santos Quintet/Sextet, Bobi Cespedes’ band, Dr. Loco’s Rocking Jalapeño Band, El Tren Trío, Anthony Blea y su Charanga, The Snake Trío, Jesús Díaz y su QBA, The Bay Area Afro-Cuban All Stars, The Venezuelan Music Project, Corazón Sur, and Sababa band.

A founding member of Vission Latina, the band that he co-leads with Carlos Caro, percussionist extraordinaire, and Marco Díaz, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist ( piano/trumpet ), Saúl keeps himself busy performing, composing, arranging and teaching in the world class musical community of the San Francisco Bay Area.
John Calloway
John Calloway
Dr. John Calloway is a nationally recognized flautist/multi-instrumentalist/composer and arranger who has had a long and productive career as both a professional musician and an arts educator. Known for his prolific work in Latin jazz, jazz and Cuban popular music, John has performed and toured with musicians such as Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Max Roach, Jovino Santos Neto, Omar Sosa, Charles Musselwhite, and Pete Escovedo. As an arranger and composer, John has written for several GRAMMY nominated recording projects with the Machete Ensemble and Rhythm at the Crossroads, as well as for feature films, including the HBO movie “Hemingway & Gelhorn.”
David Flores
David Flores
Raised in the Bay Area, David Flores began his musical journey at age three when he began playing his first set of drums. The son of a bass player, David was born into the rhythm section while sitting behind his father’s bass rig and his uncle’s drum set. This profound introduction into the world of live music would carve a life-long path for this tireless student, performer, and educator.

David is adept at playing Jazz, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Brazilian, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban, and Orchestral compositions. Although he is a drum set player at heart, David is also a skilled hand-percussionist. David has had the honor of working with local and international trailblazers including: Lauryn Hill, Donna Summer, Randy Brecker Armando Peraza, Pete Escovedo, Orestes Vilato, Jesus Diaz, John Santos, Michael Spiro, Jerry Gonzales, Paquito De Rivera, Steve Turre, Greg Landau, Bobbi Céspedes, Mark Levine, Ray Vega, Larry Harlow, Charlie Musselwhite, Rebecca Mauleon-Santana, Mickey Hart, Melvin Seals, Rusty Zinn, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and Ska Cubano.
Josh Jones
Josh Jones
American drummer and percussionist
José Roberto Hernandez
José Roberto Hernandez
Jose Roberto Hernandez Is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, arranger, producer, musical educator, and ethnomusicologist. In the San Francisco Bay Area, where he resides, he is one of the most respected exponents of folkloric music.

Born in the city of Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico, his musical career begins in Tabasco and continues in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico City, and the United States. Surrounded by master folklorists, he roots his career in traditional music, and discovers that this is his greatest passion. This transforms him into a collector and performer of native and traditional instruments, and, always thirsting to discover and learn about other cultures, he becomes an investigator of customs and traditions in dance and music.

His devotion, creativity, and professionallism in the genre of traditional music have earned him the recognition of great musicians from Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Argentina.

He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contempoarary music and has earned much respect as a musician, singer, composer, and producer.

Jose Roberto has worked and recorded with renowned masters and prestigious institutions like: Orestes Vilato, John Santos, Jesus Diaz, Bobi Cespedes, Marina Lavalle, Lalo Izquierdo, Kat Parra, Edgardo Gambon, Carlos Caro, David Pinto, Felipe Pumarada, Gigio Parodi, Fernando Nataren, Leonel Diaz, Tito Manrique, Miguel Ballumbrosio, Omar Ledezma Jr. Braulio Barrera, Fernanda Bustamante, Ana Nitmar,Martha Toledo, Hebert Rasgado, Eddy Navia, Guido Moscoso, Jose Luis Reynolds, Miguel Sisniegas, Manuel Constancio Jr, Ernesto Oviedo, Pedro Rosales, Lali Mejia, Peta Robles, Daniel Zamalloa, Miguel Martinez, Silvestre Martinez, Andres Flores, Rosa los Santos, Greg Landau, Roberto Chiofalo, Julio Perez, Miguel Govea, Gabriela Shiroma, Zenon Barron, Tahmoures Pournazeri, Los Cenzontles, Macon Georgia Symphony's, Oakland California Symphony's, San Francisco California Symphony's, World Art West.