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Class 6. Jazz Latino & Spoken Word w/ the John Santos Quartet & Rico Pabón. As Cuba’s sister island, Puerto Rico shares the same colonial history of resistance, forging a symbiotic relationship with Cuba celebrated by poets, dancers, musicians and statesmen. The Afro-Puerto Rican styles known as Bomba and Plena have always been on the front line of the movement against slavery and oppression. Jibaro musicians, originally from rural areas, have also expressed their views of independence with much musical creativity. We will include Ramito, Pedro Flores, Rafael Cepeda, Rafael Hernandez, Lucecita Benitez, Roberto Roena, Ismael Rivera, Rafael Cortijo, Kianí Medina, Juan Gutierrez, Danny Rivera, Viento de Agua, Desde Zero, and Andres Jimenez in our conversation. $20 class/ $15 for members


Source Trio feat. Rico Pabon

Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave , Oakland, CA 94610

The Oakland-based Source Trio uses Afro-Latin rhythm, spoken word in English and Spanish, funk, hip-hop, soul and jazz to lift and unite the diverse Oakland and greater Bay Area working class community. The Source Trio features three pillars of Bay Area cultural expression and resistance: Rico Pabon – spoken word John Santos – percussion Melecio Magdaluyo – saxes, piano


2017 Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA 95448

One of today’s most versatile, innovative and admired percussionists and bandleaders, John Santos has brought a tough and authentic Latin jazz sound to the San Francisco scene. Bringing his fierce quartet to the festival for the first time, Santos is looking forward to unleashing the funky city street grooves that the Bay area knows and loves up north.

The evening will feature Santos’ propulsive ensemble (with Marco Diaz on piano, Saul Sierra on bass, and David Flores on drums), as well as a special guest, Rico Pabón, a poet and spoken word artist who Santos calls, “a radical young voice.” A socially conscious artist whose political and cultural concerns echo those of Santos, Pabón will bring the additional urgency and pointed commentary that Santos feels is a crucial element of urban Latin jazz. Wednesday, June 7 – Two shows, 6 and 8 p.m. $65 includes dinner

Oscar Lopez Rivera is coming to the Bay Area after 36 years in prison for his struggle for independencefor Puerto Rico. He will be visiting the SF Bay Area for a unique, one time only, public event on May 31st, 2017. This is a welcome opportunity to celebrate his release and our shared victory. Featuring Oscar López Rivera, Jóse López, John Santos & Rico Pabón, Quenepas Youth Bomba Ensemble & more! RECEPTION: 5:30pm-7:00 pm $75-250 (includes ticket for program)

Buy your tickets in advance. Limited tickets at the door. Brown Paper Tix: Purchase separately for Reception and Program. Wheelchair accessible. Accesible para sillas de rueda.

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Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo

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23rd Ave. at International Blvd., 23rd Ave. at International Blvd., Oakland

CURYJ Presents the 4TH Annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo- "Healing Our Communities Through Love, Rage, & Resistance"

In Partnership with: Urban Peace Movement & EastSide Arts Alliance

In the face of a Trump administration, putting all of our communities under attack, increasing racial tensions and furthering the community divide -- we call for solidarity across all cultures and communities to unite in our healing through love, rage and resistance.

Featuring: Bambu Rico Pabon Spear of the Nation Esai JenRO Rising Rhythm SF Nelly G Mireya A.K.A Lil 'Deya *With DJ Aztlan

+Special Guest Speakers

Community Resource Tables Food Raffle Prizes Live Art Mural by Mr. Chitoz

Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo is an annual event providing education and entertainment to our community, calling for the reclaiming of our cultures and neighborhoods, while connecting our resistance to the history of Cinco de Mayo in Puebla Mexico.

For more info contact: Alejandra Mojica, Program & Events Manager

Made possible with the support from Akonadi Foundation, Beloved Community Fund

YBCA’s annual two-day music festival, New Frequencies Fest 2013: Next Wave Global Sounds brings us two adventurous nights of underground music from the Americas, featuring genre-bending artists who fuse Appalachian and funk, Afro-Peruvian and electronica, Latin alternative and soul, and Global and experimental. These two programs are at once a reflection upon the past and an anticipation of the future. These accomplished vocalists and instrumentalists blend the sounds of their indigenous roots with the broad spectrum of contemporary American music with a pop sensibility from North and South of the border to create an entirely new vocabulary. Be musically transported across two continents, from the hills of Kentucky to the mountains of Peru, over the course of two electrifying evenings. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss.

$25 in Advance / $30 at the Door Student, Senior, Teacher: $20 in Advance / $25 at the Door YBCA Members: $20 Age limit: All ages

Thangs Taken

La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, California

Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving is a cultural arts event that brings artists, activists and communities together to explore the complex history of Thanksgiving and to acknowledge the legacy of U.S. colonialism and genocide against Native Americans. Produced by the Free Land Project and curated and hosted by Ariel Luckey, Thangs Taken features live music, dance, film, spoken word poetry, hip hop theater and visual art installations from Native and non-Native artists. Grounded in grassroots activism, Thangs Taken also features leaders from local social and environmental justice organizations to provide information on current campaigns and concrete ways to take action in the community. With the arts at the center, people from diverse backgrounds gather to engage in critical dialogue and to stand in the power of our collective ability to create a world based in peace and justice that we can truly be thankful for. Featuring Corrina Gould (Chochenyo/Ohlone), Wicahpiluta Candelaria (Ohlone/Apache), Iamani I.Ameni, Hartman Deetz (Wampanoag), GoodShield Aguilar (Lakota/Yaqui), Mignon Geli (Waray-Waray), Rico Pabon, DJ Free Leonard (LPDOC Berkeley Chapter) and Bear Fox (Mohawk). Also featuring preliminary footage from the upcoming film Beyond Recognition by Michelle Steinberg.

Hosted by Ariel Luckey.

$10- $25 Sliding Scale Age limit: All ages


Dreaming Wildly, Fighting To Win

Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, California

This event will feature a rare West Coast appearance by acclaimed poet Martín Espada in conversation with Angela Y. Davis and will be moderated by Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde. Dreaming Wildly, Fighting to Win will encourage audience members to envision a world free of the prison industrial complex and inspire us to take steps toward making those visions real. Espada and Davis will be joined by other culture workers and movement leaders to lift up the spirit of liberation and self-determination. All proceeds will benefit Critical Resistance. ALSO FEATURING: LINDA EVANS of ALL OF US OR NONE and performances by RICO PABÓN and VUKANI MAWETHU CHOIR



Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St (at Bryant), San Francisco, California 94110

LUNADA Literary Lounge & Open Mic series is a community gathering where stories, food, song, and spirit are shared. For over a decade, LUNADA has been the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.

Life Is Living

Lil Bobby Hutton Park, Adeline @ 16th, Oakland, California 94607

A FREE Celebration Of Urban Life Through Hip-Hop, Intergenerational Health, And Environmental Action.

We are gearing up and getting excited for our 5th Life is Living in Oakland. Every year keeps getting better than the next and this one is sure to exemplify the greatness of the people of Oakland.

Music Concerts featuring:

Dynamic, Rico Pabon, YGB GOLD,

The 6th Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle: Tribute to Mic Dream The Hood Games Skating Exhibition in Town Park

The Food Justice STEMposium – Health Fair and Food Justice Exhibition ft. Peoples Kitchen, SOS Juice,, and special guests

Reflections of Healing Mural Project Installation ft. Brett Cook

The Oakland Bandits Girls Softball Clinic and Exhibition

The Cipher ft. Do Dat, Tommie Sheppard and 30+ Bay Area MC’s

Kids Zone ft. Youth Activism, Youth Performances, the West Oakland Read-in and other special guests and activities

Art Engagement with renowned Bay Area Artists including: Favianna Rodriguez, Keba Konte, K DUB, Karen Seneferu, and many others

Vendors, Food, Health Screenings, Barter Town, Swimming, and more

Age limit: All ages


Keith Terry & Corposonic

SFJAZZ Center , 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA

I'll be performing some of my songs with Keith Terry and Corposonic, a Body Music Ensemble - From Voice to Feet, where Sound and Shape collide, using the full sonic and physical range of body as musical instrument. That's right, some of my songs performed live with this incredible group of musicians who use their bodies as the instruments. You have to check it out! Not to mention, the in-freakin-comparable Kenny Washington. I'm telling you in-mofo-comparable.

$25 and $35 Age limit: All ages


¡Que Bailen los Niños!

BrasArte, 1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

An evening of music and dance with performances by
Rico Pabon with La Mixta Criolla
and youth groups: Quenepas and Huaranguito
also with DJ Sabor a Pueblo- Jose Ruiz KPFA/KPOO.

Puerto Rican Food for sale from Sol Food Restaurant.

This event is a fundraiser for the children's Bomba y Plena Workshop going into its 6th year of operation. This event will help us keep class costs low for parents.

Advance tickets: $15 Door tickets: $20 Children $5 at the door Children under 5 are free Doors open Age limit: All ages


South First Fridays

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MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, 510 S. 1st St., San Jose, CA

Join us for the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk + STREET MRKT
Friday, AUGUST 2nd, 7pm–11pm!
Downtown San Jose's SoFA District (& beyond)!

A self-guided nighttime tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are FREE & open to the public.
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Age limit: All ages