by Juliana Birnbaum Fox
Nerio Degracia brings you an evening of pure, classic Latin jazz, playing his vives instrument like no one else, accompanied by two of the finest percussionist in the Bay Area, Jaime Vanegas, from Nicaragua (ex member of 70s Latin Rock band, Zorro) and Jack Gruber. At the exclusive restaurant Mantra of Palo Alto, every Friday at 8 p.m. Aug. No cover. http://www.myspace.com/
Radio Bilingüe presents “Chilefornia”
On the 30th anniversary of the first wave of Chilean exiles that arrived in California, Radio Bilingüe presents a special series titled “Chilefornia.” This ten-program cultural series focuses on the contributions of Chilean immigrants and kicks off a celebration of National
Latino Heritage Month.“Chilefornia” is a series of ten 30-minute-long programs in Spanish, with the premiere airing on Labor Day, September 3rd, at 9:00 AM PST on Radio Bilingüe. The series will culminate on Friday, September 14th. A repeat of the series will air beginning September 17th at the same time. It will also be available live on Radio Bilingüe’s webcast service at www.radiobilingue.org.
Jimmy Bosch, talented trombonist and innovator of contemporary “Salsa Dura”, a form of avant-garde Salsa from NYC, will be performing at Oakland’s Club Caribe.
Jimmy Bosch brings “Salsa Dura” to Oakland
Thursday, August 30th. Bosch, who has arranged for Marc Anthony’s orchestra, will perform with Anthony EventsBlea y su Charanga. Special Guest is DJ Luis Medina from SF’s renowned KPFA Radio. The party starts at 9pm at Club Caribe at 1408 Webster St. in Oakland, and tickets are $15 before 10pm and $20 afterwards. For more info contact: (510) 251-0769. Or log onto: www.saboryritmo.com.
Classic salsa and mixing in great cumbias and merengues
Otro Mundo, a 10-piece band playing the best of classic salsa and mixing in great cumbias and meringues, will be at Berkeley’s La Peña Cultural Center on Thursday, September 6. The band features great vocals, tight rhythms and a powerful horn section. The members of the band have united in the Bay Area from all parts of the Americas to create this exciting sound. The performance will start at 8pm; tickets are $10.
On Friday the 7th, La Peña will present the Berkeley premier of War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. The film, narrated by Sean Penn, focuses on the way the news media has disseminated pro-war messages, distorting history and exaggerating facts. It is based on research and analysis by media critic Norman Solomon, who will be at the screening for a question and answer session.
La Peña Cultural Center is located at 3105 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. For more information call 510-849-2568 or go to www.lapena.org.
Tribute to Santana original member José ‘Chepito’ Aréas
A special event entitled “Tribute to the Living Legend,” honoring Jose Chepito Areas, an original member of the Santana band, took place at South San Francisco’s State Room Hall on August 24th. More information can be found at www.ChepitoAreas.com.