With over 20 years on the Bay Area music scene, drummer Brian Andres has played alongside some of the region’s Latin music legends, and gone on to start his own projects with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel and Trio Latino. For his Summer Fest performance, he’ll be joined by Mexico City-born vocalist Sandra Aran.
Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today. He fuses a wide range of jazz, world music, and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound – all with a Latin jazz heart.
Learn more about one of Summer Fest’s Main Stage artists before she takes the stage! Cuban rapper and urban music artist Telmary Díaz shares her personal and musical story with music critic, reporter, and author Betto Arcos. This event will take place inside the Tech Interactive’s New Venture Hall.
Called “one of Mexico’s greatest young talents and vocalists” by KCRW’s José Galvan, Silvana, who is 23 years old, is the new voice of a movement of independent female artists who have characterized Latin Alternative music over the past decade.
Fused with the contemporary rhythms of modern Latin music – Salsa, Bachata, Timba, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, and Latin Jazz – Son Habana crafts a distinct sound that serves as a new identity for Cuban music.
Prior to their performance on the Latin Tropical Stage, Juan Moreno & Junior Guzmán of Clave Dura speak on their musical experience with Betto Arcos, Summer Fest’s Latin Tropical Stage curator. This event will take place inside the Tech Interactive’s New Venture Hall.
Crafting a fusion of salsa, Cumbia, merengue and bachata, Clave Dura brings together the collective talent of multiple musicians to deliver the authentic sounds of Puerto Rico and Colombia.
Whether he’s touring with Herbie Hancock, recording with George Duke, or hearing his compositions on popular film soundtracks, San Francisco native Ray Obiedo has made a name for himself as one the most originally expressive and exciting guitarists of his time.
Grammy nominated Raul Midón – dubbed “an eclectic adventurist” by People magazine – has released 10 studio albums as a solo artist and collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, along with contributing to recordings by Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me.
Led by percussionist Carlitos Medrano, Sabor De Mi Cuba fuses Medrano’s Afro-Cuban roots with a world music flourish. Since 2012, the group has been a vehicle for his own compositions and arrangements.
Inspired by bands and individuals such as Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Willie Rosario, Eddie Palmieri and many others, Orquesta Taino has developed into one of the most solid, hard-hitting salsa bands in the Bay Area.
Telmary is one of Cuba’s leading, cutting edge hip-hop and urban music artists. Her study of English, theater, and writing informed her work in the Havana music scene during the late ’90s and early 2000s.
An American vocalist of African American and Afro-Brazilian heritage, Kenya Moses shares the sounds of Brazilian Bossa Nova with her project Bossa e Bossa, which performs throughout California and beyond for both public and private events.
Formed by Cuban singer, songwriter and percussionist Mario “Mayito” Salomón, Timbeko incorporates elements of R&B, gospel, jazz and funk into the sounds of popular Cuban Salsa, also known as Timba.
Orquesta Latin Heat is one of the Bay Area’s most popular dance bands. Featuring a swinging three-piece horn section, fiery rhythms and authentic Latin percussion and vocals, the group performs sizzling Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, cumbia and more.
Mexican-American LA native Danie showcases a sound that’s a thoughtful mixture of retro 60’s Chicano soul and ‘70s glam with a sultry R&B twist.
Orquesta Borinquen features some of the youngest and most talented musicians in the Bay Area salsa scene today. Lead and directed by Bill Ortega Jr., Borinquen always puts on an electrifying show and then some.