Salsa in the Square, part of Union Square Live, takes place from 6-8 pm on the third Wednesday of the month from May to September.
Arrive early for free introductory dance lessons by professional dance instructors and stay for the open dance floor during the band’s live set.
2016 Salsa in the Square
Third Wednesdays, May to September | 6-7:30 pm
Union Square, San Francisco
5/18 – SFSU Afro-Cuban Ensemble
Led by John Calloway, this instrumental and vocal ensemble is unique in its approach in that it organically creates its own new and exciting arrangements each semester. The mission of the ensemble is to expose the larger listening audiences of the Bay Area to the richness of Cuban music that has so influenced American music since the 19th century.
6/15 – Andy y su Orquesta Callao is a 10 member salsa music groups based in the SF Bay Area. The group was founded in 2004 by Andy Gutierrez, a singer from Peru who performed for Band Kache and Kalichin before starting his own group.
7/20 – Orquesta Dharma
Grammy-winning trombonist Jamie Dubberly formed Orquesta Dharma in 2008 originally as a studio project to record some original afro-cuban jazz material he had written and arranged. Since then the group has released two critically successful albums, and has performed live to enthusiastic audiences all over the California Bay Area, and central California.
8/17 – Josh Jones Latin Ensemble
Drummer & Percussionist Josh Jones is internationally recognized from his touring with such jazz greats as Don Cherry, Steve Coleman, Omar Sosa, and Peter Apfelbaum. He currently tours with Jacqui Naylor. Other notable recordings include Yosvanny Terry & Columna B, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Bernstein, Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Tupac Shakur, Goapele, Zion-I, Taj Mahal, Bob Weir, and AfroCuba de Matanzas.
9/21 – Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
Under the leadership of Dr. John Calloway, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who has worked at the creative edge of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene since the 1970s, the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco is an invaluable proving ground for stellar young musicians.