In addition to the great local artists and organization we spotlight during Summer Fest weekend, our Fest also gives you the chance to see some of the best musical talent from around the globe.
Here’s a quick run-down of some of the acts who are arriving from the Caribbean, Asia, Australia and beyond.
Fans of salsa and Latin jazz have numerous chances take in authentic Caribbean talent at Summer Fest 25. Saturday Salsa Stage closers Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas are one of the most celebrated son bands from their native Cuba, the same country Orquesta Con Sabor hail from. Viento de Agua bring a similar folk angle – the 13-piece big band pays homage plena, the folk music from their native Puerto Rico.
We close the California Theatre August 10 with the sixth annual jazz organ fellowship tribute, and two of the night’s honorees, Atsuko Hashimoto and Midori Ono, are Japanese. The fact that they’re spreading their love for B-3 organ halfway across the globe is a huge testament to the power of jazz.
Alex Hahn, on the heels of her debut The Wallflower, plays our Blues Stage with her band the Blue Riders. The Australian group is just starting their world tour, and Summer Fest 25 played a key part in kick starting that campaign.
In a victory lap of sorts, Gypsy All Stars return to Summer Fest. The All Stars, featuring three former Gipsy Kings, are a multi-cultural mash-up that features members from France and India.
As these examples show, Summer Fest is a celebration of the unifying power of music, and with music of every shape and color to take in, attendees are bound to find something they love.