Wednesday - Jul 17, 2019

9th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival

Compiled by El Reportero’s staff

The Redwood City Salsa Festival, a FREE outdoor festival happening in downtown Redwood City. With three stages of live entertainment, and a Salsa Competition & Tasting, this event is a high point in Redwood City’s summer event.

Multiple stages featuring a variety of music, including Salsa, Latin Jazz and Reggae, will fire up Redwood City with music and dancing all day long. FREE hands-on art projects, and a Children’s Play Area, complete with bounce houses, and more! More info at 650-780-7340 or

Madelina y Los Carpinteros Premiering @ Berkeley’s La Peña

Between the South and the North is the La Peña’s debut concert of Madelina y Los Carpinteros and Friends. The group features the soulful voices of Madelina Zayas with Brandon Vance (both Buena Trova Social Club), and multi-instrumentalists (former members of Grupo Raíz) Fernando Feña Torres and Denis Schmidt. Also, Bay Area jewels Ruthie Dineen, Craig Thomas and Brandon Vance.

Special performance by sikuri master and choreographer Luis Valverde and partner Claudia Susana (Valverde dance and former Grupo Anqari), and Tomás Enguidanos on the Andean Mandolina.

Following the tradition of the Nueva Canción and Nueva Trova – movements that came out of The Americas’ liberation struggles to freshly embody the folk roots with an enriched lyricism – this concert will premiere Fernando Torres’ own compositions as well as unique interpretations of music from Puerto Rico to the Andes Mountains (Argentina, Chile, Perú, Venezuela, the Andes Region, Puerto Rico) and the mainland US.

Madelina, Los Carpinteros and friends will be debuting at La Peña. Since its inception 41 years ago, the Berkeley’s venerated hut has become the casa of the nueva trova/nueva canción, where the attentive ear and lovers of the genre can enjoy the musical gems of its originators as well as the work currently developed locally. A not-to-be-missed Fall evening with some soulful and rhythmic picks into the Latin American cancionero, including originals from Fernando Torres and unique interpretations from Osvaldo Torres, Simón Diaz, Rafaél Manríquez, Roy Brown, Juan Antonio Corretjer, Rafael Hernández, Fernando Solanas and Roberto Goyeneche, amongst others.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 8 p.m. $15 adv. $20 dr. At La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley. 510-849-2568 Tickets: