Summer Heats Up In the Bay

Posted on Jun 13, 2011

I wanted to note all the fine music that is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area during the next few weeks. Renowned flautist/bandleader/composer/arranger Orlando “Maraca” Valle will be visiting us this week on Wednesday through Friday over at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. He will be leading his Cuban based band performing his distinctive style of cuban salsa, timba and latin jazz. He usually leads a top notch band so look out for the musical fireworks! The annual El Dia De San Juan scholarship benefit concert will take place at History Park in San Jose on Saturday, June 25 featuring the sounds of 2 L.A. based bands Angel Lebron y Sabor Latino and Tabaco Y Ron. My radio station KPFA is sponsoring three great free shows at the annual Stern Grove Festival which takes place every Sunday during the summer at the beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue & Sloat Blvd in San Francisco. The shows include the Jazz Mafia Symphony with renowned rapper Chali 2Na formerly of Ozomatli and Jurassic 5 on June 26; Afrocubism, an all-star collaboration between Cuban and Malian music icons plus the Bay’s own Pellejo Seco on July 10 and famed Spanish musician/producer Javier Limon and vocal sensation Buika plus Brazilian songstress Luisa Maita on August 14. For more information, visit