Little Village Foundation

Little Village Foundation

Ada Pasternak, Aki Kumar, Marcel Smith, Marina Crouse, Members of Mariachi Mestizo, Maurice Tani, Whitney Shay

Wednesday, August 1st

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

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

Little Village Foundation
Little Village Foundation
Little Village Foundation is a non-profit cultural producer and record label that searches out, discovers, records and produces American roots artists who might never be revealed to the masses. Founder Jim Pugh scours all corners of the country searching for obscure artists to bring from their local communities out to the world.
Ada Pasternak
Ada Pasternak
Ada Pasternak is that rare artist who lives and breathes music while expressing her singular life experiences through unforgettbale art. Born in Moscow to musician parents, Ada came to the U.S. with her family at the age of six to escape persecution along with many other Jews. Early on in her life in the U.S., Ada became consumed with classical music training; she developed into a virtuoso violinist, winning competitions as a pre-teen soloist and appearing as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras. Bringing her back to her roots and an homage to her musical family, Ada releases her debut full-length studio album, Sweet Dreams (produced by rock veteran Tony Braunagel), featuring her immensly gifted parents Igor and Rayhan. Ada is a graduate of Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, and she recently appeared as a special guest artist in a pair of popular Postmodern Jukebox videos.
Aki Kumar
Aki Kumar
Indian-born, San Jose-based Aki Kumar, aka "The Only Bombay Blues Man," left his home in Mumbai with the intention of working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed. With his Little Village Foundation debut, Aki Goes to Bollywood, he began integrating elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with its blues foundation. Kumar’s follow-up album, Hindi Man Blues, boasts his most ambitious cross-cultural fusion to date, and features liner notes by veteran blues great Charlie Musselwhite. Kumar has performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, has been featured on PRI “The World,” and has toured in Russia and Scandinavia.
Marcel Smith
Marcel Smith
Marcel Smith's debut solo album, Everybody Needs Love, marks the belated emergence of a commanding, massively talented vocalist who’s been honing his skills on the gospel circuit for decades. Everybody Needs Love showcases a persuasively soulful voice that's been burnished through years of high-energy performances. . Smith doesn't consider Everybody Needs Love a gospel album so much as he regards it as "inspirational music." Whatever one calls it, the long-overdue solo debut is a stylistically adventurous collection that showcases Marcel Smith’s transcendent talent, boundless passion, and deep soul fervor. Smith was previously a member of Willie Washington’s WD Gospel Singers, and he’s performed on programs with many of the gospel's greatest artists.
Marina Crouse
Marina Crouse
One of the most notable rising talents on the San Francisco/Bay Area music scene, Marina Crouse’s debut album Never Too Soon balances blues tradition with contemporary urban funk as she echoes the emotional power of such classic R&B divas as Etta James, Koko Taylor and Big Maybelle. A fourth-generation Chicana blessed with a big, expressive voice early in life, Never Too Soon features Crouse’s Spanish-language renditions of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and War's "Cisco Kid.”
Members of Mariachi Mestizo
Members of Mariachi Mestizo
Mariachi Mestizo is a modern ensemble that preserves and expands Mexico's centuries-old mariachi tradition. The youthful players, mentored by the veteran mariachi master Juan Morales (Los Camperos), dig deep into the music's history and timeless emotional appeal to make the music vital and current. Based in the town of Delano in California’s Central Valley, Mariachi Mestizo regularly perform at local community events, and the group has also played some prestigious venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall. Mariachi Mestizo's album, XX Aniversario, celebrates Mariachi Mestizo's 20th anniversary. In addition to traditional mariachi material, the album features a rendition of the pop standard "New York, New York," and a total of four songs recorded at the group’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2017.
Maurice Tani
Maurice Tani
San Francisco native, Maurice Tanito-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.

Tani uses the term, “Supercalifornigraphic” to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. “Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast.”
Whitney Shay
Whitney Shay
A two-time San Diego Music Award winner for “Best Blues Artist,” vivacious young vocal phenom Whitney Shay releases her latest album, A Woman Rules the World. The album is a smart mix of original tunes and covers by the likes of Little Richard and Dinah Washington, all presented with a compelling undercurrent of female empowerment. In addition to her popularity with club audiences, Shay has also become a welcome presence at West Coast music festivals, including the Doheny Blues Festival, the Gator by the Bay Festival, the San Diego Blues Festival and the San Diego Music Awards. She's toured internationally, including many acclaimed visits to Brazil. Her music has also been heard in numerous films and commercials, as well as on the NBC TV show Timeless.