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10th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Downtown Redwood City

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Salsa Festival 10th Anniversary Party at the Fox Theater, starring the Spanish Harlem Orchestra
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Courthouse Square (Salsa) Stage

12:00pm Somos El Son
2:00pm Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor
4:00pm Orquesta Salson
6:00pm Salsa Tasting Winners Announced
6:15pm Montuno Swing

Latin Jazz Stage

1:00pm Soul Sauce
3:00pm Masha Campagne and Rio Fever
5:00pm Brian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel
Reggae Stage
12:00pm Mr Mego
2:30pm Bayonics 
Jefferson Avenue
12:00-5:00pm Salsa Tasting Competition - Public Tasting
Hamilton Street
12:00-6:00pm Micro Brew Tasting
12:00-6:00pm Tequila Tasting
Middlefield Road
12:00-6:00pm Kid Zone



SalsonSomos El Son
Launched in June 2013, Somos El Son, is lead by the renowned master percussionist, Braulio Barrera, who is a founding member of 2014 Grammy award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. The band is based in San Francisco and is distinguished by its versatile combination of classic Salsa, Cha-Cha, and original songs.  Having played in various salsa festivals, night clubs, and jazz festivals, Somos El Son has gained a reputation for drawing in large crowds of dancers, exhilarated for the charismatic connection Barrera creates in his performances. He enchants dancers with his powerful presence and engagement with the crowd and Braulio currently teaches music to children with the San Francisco Symphony and performs as a full-time musician across the U.S.



JulioBravoSalsaborJulio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor

Celebrating their 18th anniversary, Julio Bravo's group of dynamic musicians have created a flavor all their own. Beyond the talent of each individual member, Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor, is a unique blend of vocal styles unlike other salsa bands in San Francisco. Peruvian born singer, composer, and bandleader, Julio Bravo creates an explosion of sound and energy that keeps their diverse audience coming back for more.


SalsonOrquesta Salson

Classic Salsa- 60’s and 70’s style and salsa dura.  Original musicians hailing from Monterey Bay mixed with accomplished musicians from the Bay Area. Salsa comes from Cuba with roots in Africa and has been influenced by Puerto Rico, Colombia, New York, and a few other places. It is danced ‘on 1’ and ‘on 2’ with different variations, popularity depending on where you dance.


A few of the fundamental instruments include the conga and the clave.  Getting familiar with their rhythms will help you become a better dancer!


MontunaSwing1Montuno Swing

Montuno Swing is a salsa band that produces a big crisp sound. It's a combination is a collection of outstanding San Francisco Bay Area musicians hailing from Latin America and the US, with a sound that reflects their eclectic backgrounds. The collective brings together juicy trombone tunes, long-tickling piano solos, and clever percussion beats to send you spinning across the floor. Montuno Swing is not only a music lover’s gem, but also a dancer’s band. They give salseros a lot of structure for movement and groove.



SoulSauceSoul Sauce

Soul Sauce draws on the rich body of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian-influenced jazz, as well as incorporating original works and unique arrangements of contemporary, standard, and some lesser-known jazz tunes. The 5-piece group uses Eriksen’s vibes as it’s focus with support from Moore’s tasteful drums, as well as piano, bass, and sparkling percussion and congas. The versatile vibist is also an accomplished jazz harmonica player, and several songs feature his Toots Thielemans-influenced sound.


Since it’s inception, Soul Sauce has played many of the Bay Area’s major festivals including; San Jose Jazz Festival, KCSM Jazz on the Hill, and night clubs including; Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Jazz at Pearl’s, 7 Mile House and Chez Hanny house concerts. The band has also proven to be a popular attraction at Bay Area music and street fairs including; Jazz on Fillmore, Union Street, West Portal, Burlingame Art & Wine, Redwood City Art & Wine, to name a just few. Whether you're cooking in the kitchen or on the bandstand, Soul Sauce is that spicy addition that makes your efforts "come alive"!



MashaMasha Campagne & Rio Fever

Brazilian songstress Masha Campagne and her band Rio Fever unite with brilliant piano player Peter Horvath & multi-reed virtuoso Alex Murzyn in a scintillating and vibrant collaboration to celebrate creativity & artistic modernization of Tom Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Gilberto Gil and other Brazilian legends. 


“One of the most surprising Brazilian stylists Campagne is blending the wistfulness of Astrud Gilberto with the robust liquidity of Flora Purim.” ~ Jazz Times


"Campagne's sensational vocals are informed by naturally delicate, come-hither intonations and dreamy sensuality."
~ Latin Jazz Network


LatinJazz-ACJCBrian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel

The San Francisco Bay Area has been a historic hotbed for Latin Jazz artists,  from Cal Tjader to Armando Peraza, John Santos to Wayne Wallace. The Latin jazz tradition has thrived in the Bay Area.  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.  Featuring Grammy Award winning musicians as well as esteemed music educators, the ACJC never fails to perform its music at the highest level.


The repertoire consists of original compositions as well as exciting original arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States.  He group is equally capable of performing a dance or concert repertoire, as well as educational presentations such as lectures, workshops or instruction focused on the musical instrumentation,  composition and arranging or cultural significance and history of the music they perform. The ACJC exert a firm grip on the music's cutting edge, playing with confidence, poise, and rhythmic imagination.


mr megoMr Mego

Mr Mego has physical roots in the Bay Area, California, but his cultural perspective and values are that of island influences from Guam, Hawaii, and the Phillipines. Constantly reminding us of how he is a singing and writing powerhouse out in the Bay Area through his music, Mr. Mego is changing the face of Reggae by twisting it with Pop, RnB, Rock, and other popular genres. The songs that he brings to life, clearly have their own identities and always have a different groove every time to capture all different tastes in music.


Shawn Megofna, otherwise known as Mr Mego, has been playing music for many years under  various names. You may have seen him perform as Smegofna, TheShawnMegofnaBand and TSMB.



For over a decade, Bayonics has been rocking the San Francisco Bay Area with a unique blend of latin, reggae, funk music. This stalwart band has been a Bay Area headliner for many years and they never fail to deliver fresh new music and move the crowd with consistent passion, energy & emotion. Bayonics is led by the powerful vocal stylings of Jairo Vargas, aka Rojai (Row-Juh), who merges elements to produce a raw soulful sound as distinct and unique as the San Francisco streets that bred him. Channeling a sixth sense that only he holds, he puts forth melodies, lyrics and compositions that carry inherent respect for the artist that inspired his craft.


Playing to packed houses worldwide, Bayonics has performed everywhere from San Francisco to Miami, to Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Brazil. Bayonics have shared the stage with Wu-Tang Clan, N.E.R.D., Mos Def, Erykah Badu, J-Boog, Common, George Clinton, Katchafire, and more. The band has been featured on the cover of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section and is widely recognized as one of the top live acts in the Bay Area. They held the #1 spot on the Reverb Nation Latin charts for San Francisco through 2010 and 2011. In August of 2011 they were awarded the San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor’s Pick for “Best of the Bay – Best Frisco Fusion.”


Redwood City’s Salsa Festival is proud to be supported by the following sponsors: 



boardwalk automall logo whole foods market  county-consumer-plumbing

provident     dosequis

 MEDIA Sponsors
telemundo_new120x   laraza130x
         parks and arts foundation