Posted on Dec 27, 2013

I have taken most of the last third of this year off from posting on this blog.  I’m not making any excuses for my absence.  There has been a lot going on with my life both positive and negative that I have not shared with you.  It has been an introspective period of time for me.  However, I am experiencing a rebirth/renacimiento…I now feel that I am willing to share my perspectives that I am passionate about with you again.  So let’s proceed as we head into 2014.

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Yoshi’s JazzFest – Free – Sunday 8/25/13 – Jack London Square Waterfront-Oakland

Posted on Aug 22, 2013

Salvador Santana will be headlining a free concert this Sunday, Aug. 25 from Noon to 5 pm at Oakland’s Jack London Square Waterfront brought to you by Yoshi’s Jazz Club.  KPFA is one of the media co-sponsors of the Yoshi’s JazzFest which also features the Julian Coryell Trio, Cuban reggaeton mix-master Dos Four and the Oaktown Jazz Workshop Performance Ensemble.  It promises to be a great musical afternoon.  For more information, visit www.yoshis.com

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation 2013

Posted on Aug 17, 2013

I have been on Summer vacation from this blog.  But I’m baaaccckkkk!!  During the last few months, I had a birthday, took a real family vacation to Spain (which included Barcelona, Catalunya and La Costa Brava..had a blast & visited my in-laws and friends), came back and saw Spanish Harlem Orchestra (so good!!), checked out Outside Lands Festival (saw great acts: Paul McCartney, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, Chic, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rhye, Bombino, Bauer etc) , the San Jose Jazz Festival (Javon Jackson w/Les McCann & Dr. Lonnie Smith , Wil Campa & powerhouse vocalist Paula Harris with The Beasts Of Blues were awesome!), moving forward with plans for a new personal web site, have hosted and produced a lot of radio, raised money to keep KPFA alive, interviewed Puerto Rican salsa stalwart Don Perignon, contemporary Salsa sonero/matinee idol Michael Stuart and emerging Cuban music star Wil Campa (they were ALL great performing live in person by the way!!!).  I haven’t stopped yet..I am hosting Con Sabor tonight – Saturday, August 17 from 9 to 11 pm on KPFA 94.1 FM/www.kpfa.org.  I am starting a new nightclub scene…I will be resident dj for a new weekly Salsa night “Sabroso Mondays” this Monday 8/19 from 8 to Midnight at Lukas, West Grand at Broadway, Downtown Oakland, just a couple of blocks from the Paramount Theater.  I will also return to my regular monthly spot at Cafe Cocomo this coming Saturday, August 24th with the popular Julio Bravo & Salsabor on stage!!  Que...

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tidbits late June 2013

Posted on Jun 26, 2013

memories of spring and the beginning of Summer 2013:  Don Perignon and his great trio of singers including Rico Walker, Gonzalez and Josue Rosado performing a smoking set in semi darkness due to a blackout at El Vacilon, Treasure Island…Peruvian Cuban Timba sensations Barbaro Fines and Mayimbe packed Cafe Cocomo to the rafters.   The band with it’s frontline reminiscent of Charanga Habanera wowed the timberos at the club….Carnaval SF was rescued at the last minute by a Mission District community coalition led by Roberto Hernandez that pulled off the 2 day festival and parade with a volunteer staff and bands that played for free.  SFCAT, the non-profit producing entity that ran the event for the past 3 years (and that hired me as Carnaval’s entertainment consultant from 2011 to 2012) went kaput this year and punted to Hernandez and the Mission coalition…..The indestructible salsa great Oscar D’Leon was joined by two violins and a full band mesmerizing the crowd at Cocomo.  Tragic news about D’Leon just weeks later.   He lost his eyesight after he was struck in the eye by a chest in a domestic accident.  Wishing Oscar a speedy recovery!  He is truly one of the great Salsa singer and performers of all...

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