San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival 2014 | Mission Dist.
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Valencia St. (21st to 24th) | Valencia St. and 24th St., San Francisco, CA
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo 2014 in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration that is normally held in Dolores Park, but due to construction is being held as a block party for 2014 on Valencia Street with live music, cultural performances and more.
10th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival
Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 10 am to 6 pm
Valencia between 21st and 24th, Mission Dist., SF
Event highlights include concerts by Bay Area Latin salsa, jazz and choral groups, as well as a 5 pm performance by Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco, preserving the tradition of Mexican folk dance with quality, authenticity and colorful costumes.
2014 Entertainment Schedule
(Valencia & 24th Street)
- 10-11 am: Zumba (a $10 donation may be requested for Zumba, as it has been in past years)
- 11:15-11:45 am: Arely Tinoco, Rachero, Comité Mexicano
- Noon to 6 pm: Master of Ceremony, Valentin Garcia “El Semental” 93.3 La Raza
- 11:45 am to noon: Welcome by Mission Neighborhood Centers Board President, Dr. Liliana Rossi, introduction of Executive Director, Sam Ruiz, the Consul General of Mexico, Dr. Roemer, and Supervisor Campos
- Noon to 1 pm: Ms. Berta Olivia, a gifted ranchera vocalist accompanied by Mariachi Mexicanísimo, a talented a Mariachi group
- 1-1:30 pm Directed by Martha Rodriguez-Salazar, this ensemble of 26 middle and high school youth from the Mission District plays musica bailable including favorites from Mexico, Colombia and Cuba. The Mission District Young Musicians Program brings Latin music to low-income Mission District youth, entirely tuition-free. Students receive a half-hour private lesson at CMC, gather for weekly classes at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and interact with master guest artists. They learn traditional music from Spain, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Peru, as well as Latin jazz and classical music.
- 1:30-2 pm: German Contreras, an 8 year old Mariachi singer direct from Puebla, Mexico
- 2:15-3:15 pm: Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco, preserving the tradition of Mexican folk dance with quality, authenticity and colorful costumes. Each 15 minute presentation will showcase a different region in Mexico.
- 3:30-4:30 pm: Conjunto Picante Salsa and Latin jazz, directed by Tony Rodriguez’s 12-piece orchestra cultivates a full and vibrant sound, portraying the sounds that are reminiscent of the Salsa era that brought Fania Recording artists to the forefront of Latin music.
- 5-6 pm: Montuno Productions presents, San Francisco Bay Area’s newest all-original show salsa band, Project Salsa Old School (S.O.S.), led by Cuban musician Yanill Nario, who studied music composition and arranging at the prestigious Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba. Under his leadership, Project S.O.S. brings together top-rated San Francisco Bay Area professional musicians to form a salsa ensemble focused on performing original compositions that draw on the rich Afro-Caribbean musical traditions and sounds.
Community Entertainment Corner
(Valencia & 21st Street)
- 11-11:45 am: Kristen Pantiis and Cristina Ysselstein “Mexican rancheras and boleros”. Songs by Cuco Sanchez, Jose Alfredo Jimenez and others.
- Noon to 12:45 pm: Community Music Center and Community of Voices Older Adult Choirs Four Mission district older adult choirs from the Community Music Center and Community of Voices will sing songs from Mexico and Latin America. The choir will feature participants from CMC’s Coro Solera (Mission Neighborhood Centers) and Coro de la Treinta (30th Street Senior Center), and Community of Voices choirs at Mission Neighborhood Centers and Centro Latino de San Francisco. Choirs are directed by Martha Rodriguez-Salazar and are accompanied by Jennifer Peringer.
- 1-2:30 pm: Banda Regional Corazón Del Valle, members of the Comité Mexicano
- 3-5 pm: Adelante: Led by Mission District Native, Bassist and Vocalist Susana Cortez, Adelante is a Mission-based band featuring Salsa, Latin Jazz, and other Latin rhythms. They will be peforming Latin Jazz from 3 to 5 pm, and salsa from 4 to 5 pm.
- 5-5:30 pm: German Contreras, an 8 year old Mariachi singer firect from Puebla, Mexico.
Links: Event detailsCost: FREE
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