Bobi Céspedes Band in Concert with Pellejo Seco
Saturday, August 18
VIP reception – 6:30pm
Doors open – 7:00pm
Concert – 8:00pm
A sonera of the classic Cuban style and a priestess of the Yorùbán diaspora, Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes has been at the forefront of representing and promoting Cuban music in the Bay Area and the United States for over 40 years.
Bobi first won international recognition as director and lead singer for Conjunto Céspedes, whichwas recognized as an early exponent of world music for their unique approach to Cuban dance music, incorporating jazz elements and folkloric idioms with the Cuban son. Bobi Céspedes’ electrifying ensemble features some of the Bay area’s finest Latin Jazz musicians: Musical director, Marco Díaz on piano, trumpet and vocals; bassist Saúl Sierra-Alonso; Julio Pérez on bongos and percussion; José Roberto Hernández on guitar and vocals; Lichi Fuentes on vocals, chekeré, and guiro, and special guest John Santos on
Joining Bobi Céspedeson the bill is one of the Bay Area’s most inventive Cuban bands Pellejo Seco, which draws on Afro-Cuban folklore and the latest Havana dance music, Latin jazz and flamenco, bossa nova and jazz/rock fusion.
A portion of the theater will be cleared for a dance floor, so come ready to groove to the sounds of Afro-Cuba and beyond!
$50 premiere seating in the orchestra plus pre-performance VIP reception in Brava’s Cabaret
$35 reserved seating in the orchestra
$30 discounted senior and youth seating in the orchestra
$25 reserved seating in the mezzanine
$20 discounted senior and youth seating in the mezzanine
Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes has been at the forefront of representing and promoting Cuban music in the U.S. for more than 40 years.
A vocalist, band leader, and educator, she first won acclaim as co-director and lead singer for the award-winning family band Conjunto Céspedes, which played pre-salsa Cuban son dance music and recorded and toured internationally. Since 2003 Céspedes has led her own band and recorded two albums, “Rezos” and “Patakin.”
Céspedes’ music integrates folkloric and modern elements in concerts that take a dynamic journey from Afro-Cuban chants sung a cappella to modern Cuban salsa that makes dancing irresistible. “Ms Céspedes’ voice is supreme: powerful, full of strength, even when she whispers…” (Descarga.com) Along the way she shares her narratives of family life and love and the wisdom of Afro-Cuban fables. Always present is her chambo – that vibrant Cuban soul – resilient in its ability to create music and dance through joy and pain. Part of a large Cuban musical family that kept alive African beliefs and practices, she gives a modern voice to the ancestors, providing fresh ways for contemporary audiences to be touched by Cuban music.