Battle of Santiago @ Freight & Salvage // Berkeley

Thursday, July 14, 2022 8:00PM
The Freight & Salvage is conveniently located in Downtown Berkeley at 2020 Addison Street.

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A concert series of diverse 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.


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While Canada is seldom thought of as a Latin music hotbed, Toronto hosts many thriving immigrant communities — including one of the largest Cuban expat communities in North America — and Battle of Santiago is strongly rooted in the city’s wealth of Cuban musical talent. “There are a couple of different Battles of Santiagos to choose from historically,” explains the group’s founder Michael Owen, “so you can take your pick.

We liked that ambiguity. It reflects how our music can change and take on different vibes. The name also implies some kind of soundclash, which works for us since the band has both a Latino section and a non-Latino section, and that dynamic can create a really exciting creative tension.”


Battle of Santiago combines ancient Afro-Cuban rhythms and chants with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility.

Fused by dynamic elements of jazz, the result is a party-forward experience that has brought them to stages across the globe, including NYC’s legendary Joe’s Pub, and festivals across Canada, the US, Spain, France, The Netherlands and more. Their unique sound tells a universal 21st Century story, placing them in a prism between artists as diverse as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thundercat, and transcending borders while staying rooted in one city’s immigrant experience.



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.


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.


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