9 Latino Shows in 2022 @ Freight & Salvage // Berkeley

A concert series of Latino (American) music representing hemispheric creativity in a wide range of formats interpreted by several of the most dynamic interpreters in the field.

The term America in its true sense refers to North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean islands. Accordingly, Latin American music defies brief descriptions. Folk styles and rhythms in traditional and evolutionary settings, dance music and jazz play seminal roles in this series.

Date: August 10 – December 2, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Location: The Freight & Salvage is conveniently located in Downtown Berkeley at 2020 Addison Street.



Dance Floor Open!

  • Please Note: With an open dance floor, a ticket guarantees admission, but does not guarantee seating.

These are the Open Dance Floor shows:

Meridian Brothers
Telmary and HabanaSana


Here’s 9 Latino shows!


WED 8/10 Meridian Brothers.

Dance Floor Open!

Colombian guitarist and composer Eblis Alvarez started Meridian Brothers back in 1998 as a vehicle for his own experimental music. Over the years, the group has evolved into a five-piece band focused on re-interpreting all manners of Latin Tropical styles with a strong psychedelic and experimental sensibility.

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FRI 8/12 Telmary and HabanaSana.

Dance Floor Open!

From Havana, Cuba, street poet Telmary has emerged as a leader and trendsetter on the cutting edge of hip-hop and urban music in Cuba. As a rapper, Telmary uses her distinctive voice, at times deep and soulful, at times fast and aggressive to proclaim a positive, empowering message that contrasts with the genre’s commercial norm.

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THU 8/25 Rebolu.

Dance Floor Open!

Rebolu is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States. The group was created from the desire of Ronald Polo, (vocalist/composer/gaitero), Moris Canate, (master folkloric percussionist), and later on Johanna Castaneda (Vocalist/musician) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

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THU 9/15 Suenatron.

Dance Floor Open!

Hailing from a legendary musical family, it’s no surprise brothers Mexia and Giovanni Hernández would have an affinity for music. Following their father’s footsteps, Hernán Hernández of Los Tigres del Norte, the Hernández brothers combined their musical talents to produce music with a message. Staying true to their roots, they mix musical sounds they heard growing up with modern genres like Hip Hop, electronic music, and Cumbia Funk. They dubbed this sound “Popteño” (a combination of Pop and Norteño).

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SAT 9/24 Cimafunk.

Dance Floor Open!

Cimafunk is an Afro-Cuban Rockstar. His name refers to his heritage as a ‘cimarrón,’ Cubans of African descent who resisted and escaped slavery, as well as to the essence of his music that aims to subvert conventional sounds with rhythmic innovation. By bringing out the best in Cuban rhythms and traditions and infusing sounds and styles from Africa and the U.S., Cimafunk has created something unique and special, not only in terms of music but also with the values he stands for. He is redefining contemporary Cuban music as well as Afro-Latin identity and the fusion of black cultures.

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WED 10/19 Flor de Toloache.

Latin Grammy®-winning, all-female group, Flor de Toloache mixes tradition and innovation, breaking boundaries with their edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Latin American music. The group has graced international stages from Mexico to Japan and has extensively toured the USA and Latin America. Having released three studio albums to date, the talented New Yorker ensemble recently released Florecita Rock-ERA, a compilation of unforgettable anthems inspired by the great rock classics, which left their mark on the group’s sound.

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FRI 12/2 John Santos Sextet.

Multi-Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Organized in 2003, they specialize in exciting concerts and educational presentations from lecture/demonstrations to detailed clinics focusing on any number of relevant subjects such as composition, arrangement, rhythmic development, stylistic interpretation, studio performance, etc. Their repertoire consists of exciting original arrangements of Latin American classics and Jazz standards from the US, as well as original compositions. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, The John Santos Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages.

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Transportation tips:

Bart: The Freight & Salvage is BARTable! Downtown Berkeley BART station is a half a block from the Freight.  Details at bart.gov.

Buses: Many AC Transit bus lines stop within a few blocks of the Freight.  Details at actransit.org.

  • Parking:
  • Center Street Garage, next door to The Freight, has re-opened and is currently open nightly until 11:30pm. See also Downtown Berkeley’s parking info.
  • Bicycle:
  • Bike Station: 2208 Shattuck Street. Secure free bike parking 7am to 9pm; inexpensive bike parking through BikeLink 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.





The purpose of the Freight & Salvage Education Department is to deliver outstanding, hands-on programming which explores traditional music from around the world, celebrates the power of community music-making, and illuminates musical connections between people and cultures.

We are proud to celebrate the vibrancy of music and culture from diverse global traditions through a wide array of education programming for youth and adults.

During the toughest parts of the COVID-19 pandemic we were able to shift the bulk of our classes for adults to an online format, which allowed us to reach new students from around the world and work with instructors who are not exclusively Bay Area-based. Starting in Fall 2021 we are planning to offer both in-person and online classes, from classics like Ukulele and Banjo to newer offerings like French Café Songs and many more.

Our flagship youth arts integration program, PLAYING WITH TRADITION, illuminates the historical context, cultural roots, and expressive power of varying musical traditions and gives students a chance to jumpstart their creativity and make connections between contemporary music and historical music traditions.

Our partnerships with Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) and local private schools continue to grow, with multiple large-scale symposiums planned for BUSD in 2022. The 2021-2022 school year will also include the soft launch/pilot program of our new arts integration program Golden State of Song, which enhances 4th grade California history curriculum with music from a multiplicity of Californian communities and traditions.

In addition to our evening classes and PLAYING WITH TRADITION, more recent offerings like the Freight Singers Community Chorus are still growing every year, and our long-running jams (Bluegrass/Country, Swing, Blues, and Old Time) continue to be an important part of the Bay Area’s vibrant roots music scenes.

In 2019 we added a Pre-Show Conversation Series featuring exclusive and insightful interviews with headlining artists on our stage and in 2020 we piloted an online lecture series with prominent music-centered authors, historians and musicians. As a whole, our education programming includes everything from folk and jazz to hip-hop, South Indian classical music, and beyond. We believe that working with a multiplicity of traditions gives us all an opportunity to engage with each other directly and build community through music.

The Freight’s education programs are led by teaching artists with decades of classroom and performing experience, and are managed by Director of Education & Community Engagement PC Muñoz and Education Associate Leah Wollenberg, two seasoned musicians/arts education professionals.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at education@freightandsalvage.org.

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