12th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Downtown Redwood City (map)
Salsa Stage - Courthouse Square
|12:00pm||Edgardo Cambon y Candela|
|2:00pm||Carlos Xavier y Su Orquestra|
|4:00pm||Jesus Diaz y Su QBA|
|6:00pm||Salsa Tasting Winners Announced|
Latin Jazz Stage
|1:00pm||Kat Parra Latin / World Ensemble|
John Calloway with the Latin 7
|12:00-5:00pm||Salsa Tasting Competition - Public Tasting|
|12:00-6:00pm||Micro Brew Tasting|
|SALSA STAGE- COURTHOUSE SQUARE|
“Edgardo y Candela” is a Salsa group based in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 30 years, making them one of the most established Salsa Orchestras in California. The instrumentation is piano, bass, trombone, sax, flute, guitar, conga drums, bongo drums, timbales, and vocalists. Better known as simply “Candela,” their trademark is their high energy level performance, featuring great vocals, a tight rhythm section and the powerful sound of the horns. The band features the crop of professional musicians in the Bay Area, which makes for an incredible musical experience at every show!
The word Candela has many related meanings in Spanish: candle, fire, measurement unit for luminosity, it's also often used to describe a hot-tempered character or to compliment someone's good looks, but most significantly, in the old days drummers would light a small fire by the street curve, to heat up and thus tune their congas and other types of hand drums: "Darle Candela al Tambor" ("Set the drums on fire"). The name Candela has described very well the energy and intensity of this great San Francisco Bay Area Salsa band's live performances for over three decades.
Carlos Xavier is a Bay Area vocalist, raised in the Salsa music scene, who has been singing in nightclubs for over fifteen years. He draws influence from the music of his upbringing; urban hip-hop, R&B, and rock, and combines them with the affluent Latin rhythms. His roots in the Latin power vocal style produce warm, beautiful tones as he exhales his melodies. Carlos engages his audience with his pure, passionate vocals. Backed by his band and his years of musical experience Carlos is able rise up and shine. His music has taken his groups all over the world. He has played with Los Mocosos at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Australia as well as throughout the Caribbean as a cruise ship entertainer.
His sound is very identifiable to the Latin American community as it draws from Latin Balada roots and meshes them with the rock and pop. His melodies are expressed through his passionate lyrics and his desire to reach people’s souls. Carlos Xavier is his name and singing is his game!
Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesus Diaz arrived in the United States from Habana in 1980. He quickly identified the Bay Area music scene as the grounds to establish his new home. His local and worldwide performances in collaboration with world-renowned and acclaimed artists are recognized for their contributions to the richness of an ever-expanding musical genre.
Orquesta Taino (Tah-ee-no) is a Latin Dance band specializing in music from the islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, as well as Central and South America. Some of the genres performed include Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia, Bachata, Merengue among others. While most of the music is in Spanish, there are also several English songs in the repertoire.
The band began as a project to deliver salsa and Latin jazz in August of 2010. Inspired by bands and individuals such as Ray Barretto, Tito Rodriguez, Tito Puente, Machito, Willie Rosario, Bobby Valentin, Manny Oquendo y Libre, Eddie Palmieri, and many others, Orquesta Taino has developed into one of the most solid, hard-hitting Salsa bands in the area. With a strong vocal section, swinging rhythm section, and a blazing horn section that will make you move, Orquesta Taino brings you a musical masterpiece that you won't soon forget. Prepare yourselves!
The band Thrive was formed under the Redwoods of Mendocino County, in Northern CA, in 2008. Songwriters Aaron Borowitz and Kenneth Rogers joined forces, in order to create music that they love with an emphasis on conscious lyrical content. Currently Thrive is knee-deep into the post-production of their most anticipated release, “Be Love”. Their new album will be a reflection of everything the group has learned in the past decade of nonstop musical adventures.
San Francisco powerhouse, Native Elements has been keeping the energetic, feel-good reggae tradition alive in the Bay Area for over 20 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!!
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