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Poetry Performance by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía
September 16, 2016 -
6:30pm6:45pm

Poetry Performance by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía with an introduction by curator, artist, and community activist, Rene Yanez.

Murguía will take about the origins of his short story, The Other Barrio and about the 1975 Gartland Hotel fire, and the start of gentrification in the Mission District of San Francisco. He will read one or two paragraphs from the story, and then recite two poems: "Mission Vision" and "Silicon City."

Live California Surf Music by the Aquavelvets

AquaVelvets. Photo by Grace Kelly Corbin
September 2, 2016 -
6:30pm8:30pm

The Aqua Velvets are one of the world's premier surf instrumental bands. Their sound is a blend of surf, latin rhythms, blues, lounge exotica, and free-form improvisation. Originating in San Francisco in the early 1990s, the Aqua Velvets released their first CD in 1992 on the indie label Riptide/Heyday Records. They were signed to Atlantic Records in 1995 with the release of Surfmania, and they are currently signed with Milan Records with which they have released Nomad and Guitar Noir.

Live music by Brazil Beat and special guests

Sarah Cabral, Alex Calatayud, and Eva Scow of Brazil Beat with Klaus Mueller and Scott Thompson
August 26, 2016 - 6:30pm

Longtime collaborators Sarah Cabral, Alex Calatayud, and Eva Scow present their project Brazil Beat. With a focus on the jazz music of Brazil, the group traverses between classics from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s while mixing in a uniquely contemporary repertoire. Special guests include New York City-based pianist Klaus Mueller and long-time collaborator and Bay Area rock star Scott Thompson on bass.

Live music by the Darren Johnston Trio

Darren Johnston. Photo by Julie Caine
July 29, 2016 - 6:30pm

With an emphasis on spontaneity, melodic story-telling, and deep grooves, this highly-adaptable collection of musicians under the leadership of trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston is steeped in jazz traditions but finds ways to organically weave their combined musical interests into a curious new blend of roots/art/dance music that defies category.

Darren Johnston - trumpet
Dave MacNab - electric guitar
Doug Stuart - upright bass

Music by DJ José Ruíz

DJ José Ruíz aka MundoMuzik
July 22, 2016 -
6:00pm8:30pm

Known also as MundoMuzik, José Ruíz is a DJ, radio host, promoter, and collector of world music, vinyl, art, and all cultural and music ephemera. He has been a mainstay in the Bay Area music scene for over 30 years, holding residencies, or as a special guest at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Yoshi’s, Salsa Festival On The Fillmore, Kimball’s Carnival, Jelly’s, Glass Kat, Mr. E’s, Montero’s, Alberto’s, Harry Denton’s, Cafe Cocomo, Roccapulco, Alegro’s, Mint leaf, La Taza, La Caña, Elbow Room, Ashkenaz, and El Rio.

Live Music by the Village Road Trio

Village Road Trio
August 5, 2016 -
6:30pm8:30pm

Cocktail Hour at the de Young featuring live music by Village Road Trio

The Village Road Trio features Sascha Jacobsen, bass; Rob Reich, accordion; and Alisa Rose, violin. Rooted in classical and jazz traditions, the folkloric qualities of the musicians lead them to an extensive range of styles, including American bluegrass and old-timey music, Romanian and gypsy tunes, swing tunes and rags, favorite classical melodies, as well as originals which defy genre classification.

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