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7th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival
Saturday, September 27, 2014
12-8pm
Downtown Redwood City
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Salsa Stage
| Latin Jazz Stage | Reggae Stage

 Courthouse Square Stage- Salsa
12pm

Orquesta SoboricheOrquesta Soboriche
Orquesta Saboriche knows how to turn up the heat. Each member of this swinging, high-energy band has a passion for the music. From classical concert halls to the streets of Cuba, Orquesta Saboriche's members represent the vast diversity of skills and talents required for a world-class salsa band. .

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2pm

LaTidoEdgardo Cambon and Sexteto "LaTiDo"
"LaTiDo" is the Spanish word for heartbeat and also a play in words with the three musical notes: La-Ti-Do. Often described as a “Power Salsa 5tet,” the band specializes in Latin danceable traditional music styles, like Mambo, Son, Cha-Cha-Chá, Cumbia, Merengue, Bolero, Bachata, and other styles combinations usually played under the generic denomination of “Salsa” by much larger bands. From the Cuban flavor of Buena Vista Social Club to the New York 70’ Salsa groves of Rubén Blades, passing thru Celia Cruz to Trio Los Panchos, to today’s Marc Anthony songs, LaTiDo’s music will grab your attention from start to finish.

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4pm

VibraSONVibraSON
VibraSÓN is the Bay Area's newest salsa/Latin band playing both the classic and contemporary Salsa and Latin Jazz music that dancers and audiences both crave. The band was formulated by Jake Jacobs, a Bay Area dance teacher and musician for over 20 years as the result of an idea to bring a special kind of music to audiences there. The music is very famous, and was popularized decades ago in the 1960s and 1970s when Boogaloo was making its way into the New York Latin scene, by such great artists as Joe Cuba, Jimmy Sabater and New Swing Sextet, and Bloque53. Is it cool? Yes, very -­‐  with a smaller configuration band featuring the alluring sounds of the vibraphone. Is it hot? Extremely! -­‐  bringing forth the hot rhythms that make salsa irresistible! This is music for the ages, that live on and on.

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6pm

Pal BailadorPa'l Bailador
Pa’l Bailador, “The Dancers Salsa Band,” is a twelve-piece salsa orchestra with high energy and an authentic swing. Pa'l Bailador is the San Francisco Bay Area's hottest Salsa band and fuses the sounds of New York and Puerto Rico, while playing all of the latest hits as well as original scores. Founded in 2009 by Neftali Rosado Jr., co-founder of Temblor Productions, the Oakland based group is made up of some of the most prominent and talented musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a style and repertoire that compares to no other, Pa’l Bailador offers a unique sound that leaves dancers craving more. 
Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPvUO4nX5dM

 Latin Jazz Stage
1pm

Ed JohnsonEd Johnson and Novo Tempo featuring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ivan Lins
Classical. Brazilian. R&B. Jazz. Afro-Cuban. Popular Rock and Roll. ED JOHNSON’s mastery of so many different styles, coupled with a passion for harmony vocal and horn arrangements, all factor into a magical blend of vibrant, original contemporary jazz that is winning fans and airplay worldwide. Ed’s original music is evocative of Brazilian pop, but unlike anything you’ve heard before. Ed’s fourth and latest solo release The Other Road has garnered critical acclaim from JazzTimes and other jazz journals and webzines. His previous releases, 2004’s Movimento and 2002’s Over That Wave, also received numerous glowing reviews, and the trio of recordings has enjoyed wide national and international airplay.

For this year’s Salsa Festival, Ed brings a powerhouse sextet version of his band Novo Tempo for a special tribute to the music of Ivan Lins and Antonio Carlos Jobim, two of Brazil’s most iconic songwriters who have been a major influence on Ed’s compositional and vocal style. With this stellar ensemble of musicians, Novo Tempo’s performance promises to deliver a dynamic listening experience for festival goers.

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3pm

Brian AndresBrian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel
The San Francisco Bay Area has been a historic hotbed for Latin Jazz artists, from Cal Tjader and Armando Peraza, to John Santos and Wayne Wallace. It is from this tradition that The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel arrives.  Lead by drummer Brian Andres, the group was formed to contribute its own mark to that storied history.  Their repertoire consists of original compositions and arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. 

The ACJC has two CD’s.  The first, Drummer’s Speak, released in 2007, hailed the arrival of the group and features 9 songs that were composed by well known Jazz drummers and percussionists. In 2013, the ACJC released its second recording, San Francisco.  Focusing on the composing, arranging and performing talent of the SF Bay Area Latin Jazz scene, the recording debuted on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 at number 39. The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel will continue to expand their catalog by returning to the studio in early 2015 to work on a third recording. 

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5pm

Ray ObiedoRay Obiedo and Mistura Fina
Ray Obiedo and Mistura Fina bring the beautiful rhythms and vocals of Brazil, while the Caribbean sound of Steel Pans adds yet another dimension to the fire. Mistura Fina is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. With its heavy influence of Brazilian & Afro Cuban rhythms, a traditional West Coast Latin Jazz sound is always at the core of the ensemble. Guitarist/composer, Ray Obiedo, formed this group in 2007 to further explore his love of Latin music. His compositions for the group are drawn from many musical influences, including contemporary Jazz and Funk, Caribbean as well as other music genres. The rhythm section includes some of Obiedo’s mainstays over the past few years, vocalist Sandy Cressman, steel pan master Phil Hawkins, reed player Alex Murzyn, pianist Bob Karty, bassist Dave Belove, percussionist Derek Rolando, and drummer Colin Douglas. Ray Obeido and Mistura Fina work with a wonderfully rich array of textures and colors, melding together all of it’s musical elements for a delightfully distinct Bay Area flavor.

 Reggae Stage
12pm

Native ElementsNative Elements
San Francisco powerhouse, Native Elements has been keeping the energetic, feel-good reggae tradition alive in the Bay Area for over 19 years. Comprised of 10 seasoned musicians with decades of experience in rock, metal, blues, jazz, R&B and hip hop, this eclectic and fearless crew meld their unique influences into a contemporary, melodic horn-driven party taking their listeners through improvisational peaks and valleys from blazing guitar to soaring saxophone wails. Having grown up together since elementary school (playing in garage bands and skateboarding), Native Elements bring a uniquely warm experience to the stage that is both entertaining and uplifting...Fun for all!!

2:30pm

RafaRafa
Rafa is the Hebrew word for “healing.” The bands focus is to bring healing to people through their music, words and actions. Rafa is based out of East Palo Alto and started out about six years ago as part of the Vintage Music Collective, a diverse group of musicians that were into playing different styles of soul music. Rafa grew as a band when they were invited to open some of the Island Sol shows at the Avalon in Santa Clara, opening for Hawaiian reggae acts like J Boog, Fiji, Ekolu, Rebel Souljahz and others. Since then they’ve done monthly residencies at Mojito in San Francisco, and Club Fox in Redwood City.

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