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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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Doobie Decibel System

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

Doobie Decibel System features band members Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, Pete Sears, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz and Jay Lane. As the Dewey Decimal System organizes library materials by discipline or field of study, DDS throws its diverse musical talents together to create riffs and songs that cross genre and generation. On any given night, DDS play their original songs and dip into rock ‘n’ roll archives playing a variety of classics from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead and many…

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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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Crosscut

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Crosscut, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, plays a unique mix of blues, rock, and original music to create a sound that is all its own. Their musical influences include early Delta Blues, Memphis and Chicago Electric Blues, Soul from STAX and Motown, R&B, Rock, and a little bit of everything else. The Crosscut band: crosscutband.net

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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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Okinawan Dancers and Drumers

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisen Kai USA Kinuko Mototake Okinawan Dance Academy and the Okinawa Eisa Shima Daiko Drummers are presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan.

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Manring Kassin John R.

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Separately, Michael Manring, Larry Kassin, and John R. Burr have extensive, multi-faceted careers as musicians. Together they play provocative, complex compositions - music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized - echoes of jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, and world music - something completely new: extemporaneous-jazz-chamber-fusion-music for the new century.

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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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Crosscut

August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Crosscut, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, plays a unique mix of blues, rock, and original music to create a sound that is all its own. Their musical influences include early Delta Blues, Memphis and Chicago Electric Blues, Soul from STAX and Motown, R&B, Rock, and a little bit of everything else. The Crosscut band: crosscutband.net

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Picklewater Free Circus Festival

August 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Presented by Union Square Live, the Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns for its seventh year at Union Square. The Picklewater Free Circus Festival is a free festival of circus arts featuring some of the best in Circus Arts from around the bay area, the festival will entertain and inspire bay area families while celebrating the rich tradition of circus in San Francisco and around the bay.

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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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