La Gente is a Bay Area based international recording group led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. The group has created their own unique multilingual blend of Reggae, Cumbia, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Rock, and World Music. They perform a high energy dance party and have cultivated a large, loyal and diverse following. They have independently released three studio albums, numerous live recordings, two DVD’s and are currently in production to release their fourth studio album collaborating with a variety of international recording artists.
La Gente was founded in 2002, since then They have performed numerous festivals, universities, radio stations, museums, art galleries and major venues all over the US. For example: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin, Portland and New York. La Gente has also performed internationally in Spain, Italy, France, Great Britian, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Nicaragua. Their notoriety and showmanship had found them sharing the stage with other recognized recording artists, such as George Clinton and The P-Funk All Stars, E-40, The Digital Underground, Hyro-Glyphics, Coolio, Digable Planets, Pato Banton, Lyrics Born, Rupa & The April Fishes, Meklit Hadero, Pete Escovedo, The B-side Players and MALO.
MJ’S BRASS BOPPERS
The Bay Area’s only New Orleans style brass band with musicians born and raised in NOLA, San Francisco based MJ’s Brass Boppers is a singing and swinging brass-line ready to party at a drop of a dime. As if you were following a brass band down Claiborne Ave., with the Brass Boppers you will have an authentic second-line experience with true New Orleans flair.
Unlike other brass bands in the area MJ’s Brass Boppers is not a group of musicians who get slapped together for your event. The musicians in MJ’s Brass Boppers are a tight group who love the music, and are constantly rehearsing to refine the art they share with passion. Within seconds of hearing MJ’s Brass Boppers you can tell that this is not a group that happens to play a few New Orleans tunes, but rather a band that lives the music, with the second-line beat pulsing through their veins. With New Orleans style and California sophistication, MJ’s Brass Boppers can perform at any event imaginable, giving everyone a huge smile and lifted spirit!
‘Tarimba’ is believed to be the African root word of ‘tarima’, which is the most important instrument and symbol of the Son Jarocho tradition of Veracruz Mexico.
TARIMBA is a band comprised of local Bay Area musicians who have embraced the traditional genre of Son Jarocho music from southern Veracruz, Mexico. The members of TARIMBA have all been active performers and teachers in the Bay Area music community for over ten years, and they are excited to have the opportunity to embrace, learn, and preserve such a rich musical and communal tradition.
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Drawing its inspiration from the clove and incense scented air Bali, Indonesia, Gamelan X explores the sonic landscape of contemporary beleganjur gamelan to offer a wildly unique expression of both East and West. From the resonating sound of the gongs to the explosive drum beats and interlocking cymbals, Gamelan X remixes the ritual of a Balinese procession with a decidedly west coast twist. The ebb and flow of the energy of a performance will transport you on a journey that will take you from dancing ecstatically, through moments of reflection and wonder.
Kuckaw! is a brand spankin’ new band, fresh out of Oakland, California. Members Adam Lowdermilk (Bass), Michael Wynar (Guitar), Casey Cameron (Keys), Ross MacIntire (Drums), and Teddy Raven (Sax) came together through happenstance in order to fulfill one common goal: to get some Bay Area booties shakin’. The music of Kuckaw! melds the driving, heavy sounds of 70′s funk with the hypnotic, interlocking essence of Afrobeat, a touch of disco, and the unwieldily abandon of a through-composed psychedelic odyssey. Lowdermilk and Wynar, both members of Albino! Afrobeat, combined forces with Ross Macintire (of DRMS), fresh off the Bayou from New Orleans. Feeling the emptiness of a keyboard-less trio, the three conscripted long time flood pants advocate and all around musical wizard Casey Cameron to lay down an ever-shifting polyester blanket of harmony. Shortly after, the band managed to rope-in Bulgarian folk music extraordinaire, and fulbright fellow Teddy Raven (MWE, Jazz Mafia). Together, the five notoriously funkified local heavy-hitters compile an outfit of epic proportions… Keep an ear out for this burgeoning ensemble, bringing the funk to a location near you!
The audience is invited to interact with these wise women through story-sharing, ritual,movement and song. Live Music, Jazz & Blues
Join us for a celebration of the Bomba y Plena Workshop. We turn 13 and are honoring our students, families and friends. Performances by the Children’s Workshop, Adult Workshop and the Music Ensemble Workshop. We will end the night with a Bombazo and Jam at La Peña’s Cafe.
Doors open at 6:30pm with performances at 7pm.
Tickets: $7-10 sliding scale. Child donation: $5
La Peña is Building Our Future, Your Future.
Please join La Peña in thanking our business sponsors.
Levels of Support
($100) The name and the logo of your business, recognition in a biweekly email campaign, name printed in the Building our Future program.
($250) All of the above plus tickets for up to 5 of your employees for events
($500) All of the above plus tickets for up to 10 of your employees for events
($1000) All of the above plus use of La Peña’s theater and community room for your event on a Sunday – Thursday (limited number available).
($5000) All of the above plus use of La Peña’s theater and community room for your event including catered dinner for up to 25.
Thank you for your support.
The Camejo Group – Environmental and Socially Responsible Investing since 1987
Do you love music and dance? Do you support arts and activism? Are you in favor of arts education?
Then you should keep reading!
In case you missed it, we recently launched our legacy campaign, Building Our Future, on Razoo.
What is this campaign about? What are your goals? What is a Razoo?
Glad you asked!
La Peña has three main goals for this campaign: Renovate, Innovate, and Engage.
- We need to renovate our building to give it a more modern look
- We aim to provide more groundbreaking and innovative programming
- We strive to continue to engage our current audience and reach out to younger generations
Awesome, right? We already started the renovations by restoring our Song of Unity mural, which is the picture on the top left. The bottom right picture is a rendition of how we plan to remodel the exterior of the cafe.
These renovations will serve as a foundation through which we can build our innovative programming and reach out to future generations of artists and activists.
The renovations and ideas are great, but I’m still wondering what a Razoo is.
Razoo is a crowdfunding site specifically for non-profits like La Peña. We set up a campaign page for Building Our Future, and on this page, you can read more about our goals, you can donate, keep track of our progress, and watch our campaign video. Click here for our Razoo page, and click below to watch our video.
We think so too. Our first week is wrapping up with $2730 raised so far. $2000 was raised offline, and $730 was raised online.
Is there anyway I can help?
Yes! Crowdfunding is all about joining forces with other individuals who are passionate about the cause. They are active in spreading the word in person, and especially online.
If you’ve ever been to La Peña, taken a class, rented the space, or in any other way been involved, you know that it is crucial for places like us to exist.
La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interact with diverse social movements.
We need to keep these activities going strong, and we need people like you to help us spread the word about our mission and our campaign!
Yes, YOU. You can help make a difference. You can help with a donation, a facebook share, a facebook post, a tweet, a retweet, and an @reply. Throughout the month of November, we will be giving away La Peña bumper stickers, and La Peña hats to people who are most active in sharing our posts on Twitter and Facebook.
This just in! If we raise at least $1000 through Razoo between now and Nov 18, an anonymous donor will match it with an additional $1000 to La Peña! Double your donation to increase the impact of your gift!
If you haven’t donated yet, or have considered donating, please do so before Nov 18th. Help us reach our goal! Let’s tell everyone #IamLaPeña
For the month of November, we will be doing some giveaways for those who are most active in sharing our campaign from our Facebook, and retweeting it from our Twitter.
Did you say free La Peña merch?
We sure did! Here are the details -
15 retweets and/or @replies will get you a La Peña bumper sticker (First 10 people)
15 shares on facebook will get you a La Peña bumper sticker (First 10 people)
20 shares on facebook will get you a La Peña hat (First 5 people)
Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter.
Use the share and retweet buttons below our posts – this is how we will be keeping track of who is most active on sharing. Shares and retweets MUST originally come from our page.
All shares, retweets, and @replies must be Building Our Future/campaign related
If you choose to @reply us on twitter, we will retweet them as long as they are campaign related.
Remember to use #IamLaPeña and #BuildingOurFuture for your shares/posts
You can only claim one prize. (If you have 20 shares on Facebook and 15 retweets on twitter, its your choice between a hat or sticker.)
Share, retweet, and @reply all throughout November! Winners will be announced on our facebook page and twitter page on December 2nd. If you see your name on our list of winners, send us a message through facebook or twitter, and we’ll either set up a time for you to pick up your prizes or we can mail it to you.
For a limited time, we will also be bringing back complimentary tickets to one of our shows if you donate! $50 & up = 1 ticket to a show, and $100 & up = 2 tickets to a show. Let’s reach this goal!
Another way to get involved with our campaign is by sending in your own pictures, like this one:
We will be making a collage out of all of the pictures that we get, and posting them on our social media pages throughout our campaign. Write #IamLaPeña on a piece of paper, take a picture, and send them to our Facebook inbox or upload it and use the hashtag so that we can see it.
Your efforts and support online will help us get that much closer to reaching our goals!
You’ll see. The end result is going to be…