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Timba Roots: La Rumba y el Son / John Santos
EastSide Cultural Center
Oakland, CA
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Timba Roots: La Rumba y el Son / John Santos
Timba Roots: La Rumba y el Son
The John Santos Sextet with an exquisite line up of multi-generational guest Artists
Sunday November 3rd @ EastSide Cultural Center
Show starts at 3pm
Doors open at 2pm

$25 General  Admission
(No one turned away for lack of funds)

An unforgettable concert illuminating the origins of the Cuban style of dance music known as Timba. The concert will feature the internationally renowned local ensemble, The John Santos Sextet with an exquisite line up of multi-generational special guest vocalists including pioneering Cuban octagenarian vocalist/percussionist José de la Caridad Hernandez "Perico" making a rare Bay Area appearance, vocalist/guitarist extraordinaire José Roberto Hernandez from Tabasco México, genre-busting Guadalupe-born Christelle Durandy, and bilingual Chicano phenom Juan Luis Pérez. In addition to John's highly-acclaimed Sextet, newly-arrived Cuban trombonist, Obrayan Calderón will round out the front line horns (saxes, flute and trumpet). All the artists are Bay Area residents except grand master Perico Hernandez who will grace us with his wisdom, experience and golden voice. The Cuban foundational forms Rumba and Son are the main pillars of the hugely popular Timba style of dance music that rose in the 90s and is still gaining momentum.  We will present a wide musical selection that clearly shows the evolution of the form with original renditions of classics especially conceived and prepared for this project as well as original compositions. The concert will take place at the fabulous EastSide Cultural Center in Oakland's extremely diverse San Antonio District. EastSide is a bastion of light, culture and unity in our community. We have a long and illustrious history of working together that spans three decades.

Afro-Latin music and culture have played a major role throughout the Americas. In the United States, where my parents and I were born, it has permeated pop culture in myriad ways, particularly in its parallel relationship with our national art form, Jazz. I learned from my grandparents, parents, and through extensive experience that music is a crucial component of our education and identity as individuals, families, communities and nations, uniting us in a unique way. Now more than ever, with the strong atmosphere of division being fomented in our country, it is of particular importance to show the beauty and commonalities we share through Afro-Latino forms of artistic expression across all lines and borders.

List of Artists:
John Santos - director, percussion, vocals, composer
Dr. John Calloway - flute, piano, composer/arranger
Marco Díaz - piano, trumpet, composer/arranger
Saul Sierra - bass, composer/arranger
Charlie Gurke - saxes
David Flores - drums
José de la Caridad Hernandez "Perico" - vocals/percussion
José Roberto Hernandez - vocals/guitar
Christelle Durandy - vocals
Juan Luis Pérez - vocals
Obrayan Calderón - trombone


EastSide Cultural Center (View)
2277 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94606
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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