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Salsa Festival » Event Schedule

6th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Downtown Redwood City
Salsa Stage | Latin Jazz Stage

 Courthouse Square Stage- Salsa

montuno swingMontuno Swing
Montuno Swing is a salsa band that produces a big crisp sound. It's a combination is a collection of outstanding San Francisco Bay Area musicians hailing from Latin America and the US, with a sound that reflects their eclectic backgrounds. The collective brings together juicy trombone tunes, long-tickling piano solos, and clever percussion beats to send you spinning across the floor. Montuno Swing is not only a music lover’s gem, but also a dancer’s band. They give salseros a lot of structure for movement and groove.


La Fuerza GiganteLa Fuerza Gigante
The very meaning of "La Fuerza Gigante" is "The Giant Force" which is shown in their style of music and presentation. LFG is a very powerful Orquesta that for over 10 years has been bringing you the best Salsa in the Bay Area and beyond. This high-energy Orquesta consists of some of the finest musicians in Northern California and this nice blend of experienced, and up and coming young talent is reflected in their showmanship. They also just released their first CD entitled "Regresando A La Salsa" in June of 2013. Each member brings the flavor of his country ranging from Puerto Rico, Panama, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Chile, and the USA. The high energy Latin sounds of LFG will be sure to keep you on the dance floor! Video


Pa'l BailadorPa'l Bailador
Pa’l Bailador, “The Dancers Salsa Band,” is a twelve-piece salsa orchestra with high energy and an authentic swing that has been taking the San Francisco Bay Area dance floors by storm. Founded in 2009 by Neftali Rosado Jr., co-founder of Temblor Productions, the Oakland based group is made up of some of the most prominent and talented musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a style and repertoire that compares to no other, Pa’l Bailador offers a unique sound that leaves dancers craving more. Video


Egardo Cambon y CandelaEdgardo Cambón y Candela
“Edgardo & Candela” is a Salsa Band based in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 26 years, making them one of the most established Salsa Orchestras in California. The instrumentation is piano, bass, trombone, sax, flute, guitar, conga drums, bongo drums, timbales and vocalists. Better known as simply “Candela,” their trade mark is their high energy level performance, featuring great vocals, a tight rhythm section and the powerful sound of the horns. The band features the crop of professional musicians in the Bay Area, which makes for an incredible musical experience every time they play! “Candela’s” unique sound has consistently delivered to the Bay Area dancers what they do best: Salsa Para Bailar! Video

"When one goes to see Uruguayan born Edgardo Cambón and his Band "Candela" play, two words immediately come to mind: Conguero and Sonero (singer-improviser). Edgardo has mastered that great ability to lead his Salsa Band from the Conga drums...while singing lead vocals…! Now... that’s a show by itself!" ~ Jessie “Chuy” Varela, program Director of KCSM radio and Latin Beat Magazine critic

 Latin Jazz Stage

Masha CampagneMasha Campagne and Caminhos Cruzados
Award winning vocalist and producer Masha Campagne celebrates her internationally acclaimed new project "Like Water, Like Air" with Harvey Wainapel on reeds, Jeff Buenz on guitar, Jason Lewis on drums and Brendan Neutra on bass. Campagne’s sensational vocals, soul-inspired and bluesy, or wistful and airy, paint ambient images - Both cinematic and sunlit while demonstrating a total command of the Brazilian jazz language. Bold and seductive originals as well as exquisitely arranged updated sambas and bossas - delightful ebb and flow that emphasizes impressive musicianship with vision, creativity, and class. Video

" One of the most surprising Brazilian stylists, Campagne is blending the wistfulness of Astrud Gilberto with the robust liquidity of Flora Purim.”
~Jazz Times Magazine

”Campagne's vocals display a rare combination of sophistication and sincerity”
~San Jose Mercury News


Phil HawkinsPhil Hawkins Caribbean Jazz Ensemble with special guest Harry Best
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Phil Hawkins is a drummer and steel pan player now living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He regularly performs with the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Ray Obiedo and Mambo Caribe, the Novo Tempo Quartet and many others. As a composer, Phil has published over forty compositions and three books about steel pans and frequently travels around the United States giving performances and clinics. “Sugarcane Suite” is his second recording, following the 2005 release “H2O” on Ramajay Records. The music of “Sugarcane Suite” is jubilant and aggressive and features a wealth of world renown guests including Randy Brecker, Crazy, Ray Obiedo, Jessica Vautor, Karl Perazzo, Edgardo Cambon and the VW Brothers.

Harry BestA native of St. Lucia, Harry Best is a seasoned songwriter whose music has had more notoriety than his steel drum band. His lyrics are arresting, his melodies sweet, and the rhythms infectious. He is just as comfortable being the romantic, the rebel or the mystic. Add to that his accomplished skills on the steel drum pan and you have the foundation of Harry’s music. His newest CD "See Ya in St. Lucia" was developed as a partnership with steel pannist and producer Phil Hawkins. Video


wayne wallace latin jazz quintetWayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
Five-time Grammy nominee, Wayne Wallace, is one of the more respected exponents of African American-Latin music in the world today. He is known for the use of traditional forms and styles in combination with contemporary music, and has earned recognition with his recent placement in the Downbeat Critics Polls under the trombone and producer categories.
Mr. Wallace is an accomplished arranger, educator, and composer with compositions for film and television. Mr. Wallace has performed, recorded and studied with acknowledged masters of the Afro-Latin and Jazz idioms such as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Hutcherson, Earth Wind and Fire, Pete Escovedo, Santana, Julian Priester, Conjunto Libre, Whitney Houston,Tito Puente, Steve Turre, John Lee Hooker, Con-funk-shun, Francisco Aguabella, Manny Oquendo and Libre, Max Roach, and Orestes Vilató. This experience has provided a solid foundation for Mr. Wallace's current explorations of the intersections of diverse cultural styles, and rhythmic concepts. Video

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