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Thursday, August 16

Highest Ani: Armenian Folk Fusion Concert | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, August 16 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Highest Ani: Armenian Folk Fusion Concert | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Committed to paying homage to Armenian music, Highest Ani has created a powerful new sound by combining ancient Armenian folk and contemporary Western instrumentation with musical elements drawn from rock, jazz, hip hop, funk and Middle Eastern music. The four-piece band features Mark Ohanesian on qanun (a large trapezoidal zither …

Saturday, August 18

“Brazil in the Gardens”: Pragandaia w/ Marcos Costa | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, August 18 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
"Brazil in the Gardens": Pragandaia w/ Marcos Costa | Yerba Buena Gardens

No city in the Americas boasts a richer and deeper African cultural presence than Salvador da Bahia in northeastern Brazil. And vocalist Dandara Odara’s ensemble Pragandaia serves as a conduit for sounds from this world-shaking musical hotbed.
Born and raised in Salvador, she gained early recognition in the …

Thursday, August 23

Faun Fables: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 23 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Faun Fables: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Describing the Bay Area’s Faun Fables as a duo is like calling the Sagrada Família a church. It’s accurate as far as it goes, but hardly captures the vast, fantastical realm lovingly constructed by front woman Dawn McCarthy, a regular collaborator with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and multi-instrumentalist …

Saturday, August 25

Vân Ánh Võ & The VA’V: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, August 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Vân Ánh Võ & The VA’V: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

While Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated traditional artists, she revels in the freedom she’s found in the various musical styles surrounding her in the Bay Area. An award-winning traditional performer and virtuoso on 16-string dan tranh (zither), she’s also an Emmy Award-winning …

Thursday, August 30

La Patronal: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 30 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
La Patronal: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Hailing from the Peruvian capital of Lima, La Patronal is a singular brass band rooted in the tradition of fiestas populares (town fairs) common in rural villages across Latin America. Direct descendants of rural musicians from Peru, the members of La Patronal combine their first-hand knowledge of …

Saturday, September 1

Manila Disco Fever: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, September 1 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Manila Disco Fever: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Disco fever wasn’t just an American epidemic. In the late 1970s, those lithe, funk-inflected bass lines, slinky keyboards and punchy horns spread around the globe, finding a particularly receptive audience in the Philippines. Manila Disco Fever celebrates the Manila Sound, a hugely popular movement that …

Thursday, September 6

John Brothers Piano Company: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, September 6 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
John Brothers Piano Company: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

You know a band is crazy dedicated when they bring their own piano to the gig. John Brothers Piano Company has honed a rambunctious, irresistible jazz-meets-stride-and-swing sound redolent of Barbary Coast revelry and Prohibition era hijinks. Starting with their first sidewalk street show–hauling their Wurlitzer spinet to …

Saturday, September 8

Marcus Shelby Orchestra Blackball: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, September 8 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Marcus Shelby Orchestra Blackball: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Marcus Shelby, YBG Festival’s resident composer, is a masterly bassist, charismatic bandleader, and award-winning composer. But it’s probably most accurate to describe him as an American griot whose music explores the stories too often overlooked and diminished in the history books. In his latest YBG …

Tuesday, September 11

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, September 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, October 4

Daniel Riera – Future Flutist with Electric Ensemble: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, October 4 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Daniel Riera - Future Flutist with Electric Ensemble: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

As the sonic architect of the Mission District’s prodigious, politically-charged Latin music collective Soltron, Daniel Riera often plays amidst a surging tide of percussion and brass. But for this concert the San Francisco native presents a set of new music in a stripped-down setting showcasing his compositional …

Thursday, October 11

Rice Kings: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, October 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Rice Kings: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

A multifarious duo created by two of the Bay Area’s most creative young jazz musicians, Rice Kingschannel original electronic jazz directly from the future. Keyboardist and self-described nerd Erika Oba, a Berkeley High alum and Oberlin Conservatory grad, is a rising force on the Bay Area …

Tuesday, October 16

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, October 16 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.


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