John Santos "Puerto Rico Del Alma"

DANCE FLOOR OPEN! RAICES: A Series Curated by John Santos

John Santos "Puerto Rico Del Alma"

Chuy Varela

Friday, August 17th

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

$26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.
  • FOOD @ THE FREIGHT: At this show we'll have pizza from Bobby G's Pizzeria available for purchase here at The Freight. If you don't already have dinner plans before the show, come early and get a slice!

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.
Contemporary (Latino) American Music
Curated by John Santos

A concert series of diverse Latino (American) music representing hemispheric creativity in a wide range of formats interpreted by several of the most dynamic interpreters in the field. The term America in its true sense refers to North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean islands. Accordingly, Latin American music defies brief descriptions. Folk syles and rhythms in traditional and evolutionary settings, dance music and jazz play seminal roles in this series.

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