At The Flea with Calafia Armada Performing Live
Today at 11 AM – 5 PM
Garden at the Flea.
1590 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, California 95133.
On Sunday, October 13th, Salsa band Danilo Paiz y la Universal will be performing live at The San Jose Flea Market’s new Garden at the Flea Outdoor Stage & Cantina.
Listen to Danilo Paiz y la Universal play a mix of Salsa, Latin Jazz, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, World Music, Rumba Flamenca, and Swing. Spend your Saturday listening to live music, dancing, drinking and eating at Garden at the Flea.
When Danilo Paiz y la Universal was a child, his grandfather took him to the rehearsals of his Big Band era jazz group. His grandfather, Francisco Perez, known in Nicaragua as Pancho Perez, was the director and saxophonist of both his own groups, “The Black Cats” and “La Centroamericana”(“the Central American”). These bands played the music of Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Perez Prado, Artie Shaw and other music of the ’50s. This early exposure to jazz gave Danilo a strong foundation for his composing skills. The jazz influence is evident in his unique and original vocal style. In his extensive musical career, Danilo has played with extraordinary internationally known musicians such as Ray Baretto, Ruben Blades, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Benny Velarde and his Super Combo, Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Dave Valentin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cal Tjader. He demonstrates some of his best work on bongo and vocals on Ruben Blades’ CD, “Ruben Blades and Son del Solar, Live!”
Event itself is free to attend and will feature the a menu of tasty beers and fermented aqua frescas from Hard Frescos at its Cantina along with some super delicious food trucks (Los cuñaos food truck, Mariscos los compas, Junior’s Roaster, La Sabrosita (Antojitos) in the Garden’s nearby food truck park. All ages welcome.
Parking is FREE before 9 AM. Parking is $15 after 9 AM. Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol. More info about Garden at the Flea: https://gardenattheflea.com.
Calafia Armada is a diverse collective of performers telling the story of the first and only warrior queen of California through the rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean coast of Colombia and Mexico. The band emerged in February of 2016 when musicians from various local bands were drawn together by a mutual fascination of Cumbia and its cousin rhythms from around the Caribbean. The first members came from the La Ceiba and Puyakan music collectives, but the complex rhythms and the story of Calafia soon attracted some of most intrepid musicians in the Bay Area to fill out a lineup that includes two guitars, bass, trumpet, trombone, vocal harmonies, and over a dozen different percussion instruments such as the Tambora and the Quijada. Today the ten member band includes a dancer and plays regular shows in their hometown of Oakland as well as performing at concerts and educational events around California.
When the Spaniards reached the Island of Califaz, they found the land ruled by a warrior queen of African descent named Calafia who struck fear in their hearts. Calafia Armada pays homage to this hidden mythstory, sharing how our state was named for a strong woman who challenged European imperialism and came to embody the fierce spirit of the plants, animals, and people of California. Calafia Armada formed in large part with the purpose of studying the roots of Cumbia in Afro-Mexican and Afro-Colombian folk music, embedding the story of Queen Calafia in the rhythms and melodies that have been brought North to California in the last century.
Event itself is free to attend and will feature the a menu of tasty beers and hard frescos at its Cantina along with some super delicious food trucks (think: elote, mariscos, ceviche, tacos) in the Garden’s nearby food truck park. All ages welcome. The event itself is free to attend. Parking is FREE before 9 AM. Parking is $15 after 9 AM. Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol. Located at 1590 Berryessa Road, San José, CA. More info about Garden at the Flea: https://gardenattheflea.com.