Experience the music of latin fusion band CALMAO accompanied by Cumbia Dancers from Colombia!
Plus, incredible poets, culture bearers, opera singers and jazz musicians. See 2 day schedule below!
Saturday, August 28 & Sunday, August 29, 2021
3:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 2070 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Join an amazing FREE Downtown Berkeley Festival of Opera, Music, Spoken Word and Dance!
Six performances in two days, curated by SLAM, La Peña Cultural Center, California Institute for Community, Art & Nature, and California Jazz Conservatory.
CALMAO is a delicious fusion of rhythms from the Caribbean Coast all the way down to the lush Andean meadows with a heavy influence of Bay Area vibes: champeta, cumbia, chandé, currulao, timba, funk, R&B, soul, jazz, and more.
Saturday 28th August:
3:00 PM SPOKEN WORD IN ACTION Poets from SPARC poetry by Bay Area Creative perform an hour long set of spoken word.
5:00 PM CALMAO A latin fusion band that blends traditional Colombian and Caribbean sounds with New Soul, Hip Hop, Funk and Latin Jazz.
Plus: special guest Cumbia Dancers from Colombia.
6:45 PM BIRDS IN THE MOON The West Coast premiere of a mobile chamber opera featuring Maria Elena Altany, Austin Spangler & The Friction Quartet www.birdsinthemoon.org
Sunday 29th August:
3:00 PM RE-INDIGENIZING CALIFORNIA California ICAN presents three remarkable California Indian culture bearers: Cafe Ohlone Co-Founders Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) & Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone) together with Storyteller Eric Wilder (Kashia Pomo) for a profoundly beautiful presentation with California’s first peoples via words, image and song.
5:00 PM THE ELECTRIC SQUEEZEBOX ORCHESTRA San Francisco Bay Area’s own 17-piece big band that plays music composed and arranged by its members, which include some of the very best of the Bay Area’s jazz musicians.
6:45 PM BIRDS IN THE MOON The West Coast premiere of a mobile chamber opera featuring Maria Elena Altany, Austin Spangler & The Friction Quartet.
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