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Tango in the Square- Tango No. 9

June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tango Number 9 is an all-star Bay Area ensemble (members have played with The Residents, Tom Waits, Club Foot Orchestra, Eric McFadden, Extra Action Marching Band...) united in a love for a famously elusive non- native art form. Since 1998, the group has delved deeply into the world of tango, playing countless concerts and milongas, collaborating with many of the top dancers on the west coast, and recording two critically acclaimed albums — the all-Piazzolla All Them Cats in Recoleta…

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Salsa in the Square- Andy y su Orquesta Callao

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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. Orquesta Callao is now a staple in the Bay Area salsa music scene, playing regularly in venues around the Bay Area including GlasKat, Roccapulco, and Cafe Cocomo as well as at festivals such as the Fillmore Salsa…

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Swing in the Square- The Fil Lorenz Orchestra

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Live music from one of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie! Come dance to the swingin’ music of the Fil Lorenz Orchestra, a star-studded “little BIG band” that bridges the gap between the classic big bands of the 1930’s and the smaller, lighter groovin’ bands of the 1950’s. Band leader & saxophonist Fil Lorenz leads a tight ensemble that packs a bold punch with…

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Moonalice

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Our songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. We invented Twittercast concerts, which are free broadcasts to fans over social networks. Our single, "It's 4:20 Somewhere" has been downloaded more than 3 million times. We…

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Tango in the Square- Trio Garufa

July 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Trio Garufa is an international ensemble dedicated to performing authentic Argentine music. They have performed across Argentina, Colombia, Canada and the US at venues such as Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Chicago Symphony Hall, Teatro Leon de Greiff and La Viruta (the largest Tango club in Buenos Aires). Trio Garufa's repertoire includes Classic Argentine Tangos from the golden era, as well as Argentine Folklore Music, modern Tangos from Piazzolla, Electro-Tangos and original compositions. The Trio's music is exciting, virtuosic, and rooted in…

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Circus Bella’s Out of Line!

July 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Circus Bella, San Francisco’s favorite one-ring circus, returns with Out of Line!, an entirely new production conceived and directed by Bella-founders Abigail Munn and David Hunt (and commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival). Set to original music by the ingenious composer/accordionist Rob Reich, who leads the stellar Circus Bella All-Star Band, the action-packed 60-minute show features static trapeze, rope walking, juggling, contortion, clowning, and acrobatics, while incorporating a delightful array of local and guest artists. Circus Bella partners with…

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Salsa in the Square- Orquesta Dharma

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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. Sponsored by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

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Swing in the Square- Stompy Jones

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Live music from some of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie! Stompy Jones is a San Francisco based sextet, renowned for their jumpin' rhythm, wailing improvisations, hip charm, retro style, and explosive stage show. Whether appearing at a posh supper club, concert hall, festival or cozy tavern, these journeymen of jump deliver the romping, joyous, overwhelming style of jazz that came to be known…

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Tango in the Square- Redwood Tango Ensemble

August 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Redwood Tango Ensemble is an energetic tango sextet from San Francisco. The ensemble plays traditional Argentine tango with transcriptions and arrangements of the classic "golden era" orchestras of the 30's, 40's and 50's, primarily working in the styles of Troilo, Di Sarli, D'Arienzo, and Pugliese. The group also ventures into the concert pieces and nuevo-tango of Astor Piazzolla, Sexteto Mayor, and modern ensembles around the world. Their signature is a growing repertoire of original compositions written in the style…

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Salsa in the Square- Josh Jones Latin Ensemble

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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. Josh's recent recording projects include a solo project with Jerry Gonzalez, as well as Nels Cline's "Macroscope", the soundtrack to the movie "La Mission," and albums with Larry Coryell, Phil Ranelin, and Jacqui Naylor. Other notable recordings include Yosvanny Terry & Columna B, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Bernstein, Chico Freeman,…

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Swing in the Square- Lisa Gonick & the Damfino Players

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Live music from one of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie! Sweet, sentimental & hot music from a by-gone era to warm your heart & burn your feet! Traditional Jazz & Vintage Jazz, Swing, Blues & Bop performed for your listening & dancing pleasure. DJ music with Dj Tanoa "Samoa Boy" 6pm: DJ Music 6:15pm: live music 7pm: Dance lesson with Jeff Kroll 7:30pm-8pm:…

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Tango in the Square- Orquesta Z

September 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Orquesta Z is composed of San Francisco Bay Area musicians with a love for Argentine tango. Our repertoire is rich with Golden Era Argentine tangos from the 30's thru 50's, plus modern and original compositions from the 60's thru today from around the world. The tangos we play are chosen to be interesting, engaging, and most importantly danceable! Sponsored by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

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