Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots
Sun., Jan. 7 – 7:30pm
From proprietor Sam Rudin: “To kick things off, I lined up my old band Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots. We call our music “Boogie, Blues, and Jazz,” which means that we like to find that borderline between blues and jazz, and then mess with it. It’s high-energy stuff. This will be the third time that the band has played here, but it’s the first time that I have all the original members, including Steve Evans on bass. Steve is the only electric bassist that I know who can make me totally forget that I usually prefer an acoustic upright bass. And he is a founding member of the Hotshots, back in 1990.”
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage. Located at 1984 Bonita Ave. in Berkeley. 510-654-3808.
- Saturday, January 6 – 9-10:30am
- Just what it says! Come Just Paddle with 510-Waterline. Must have prior paddling experience. Taking our 510-SUP Intro is a good place to learn SUP. Just Paddles are for those who have paddled before and would like to get out on the water with others to hone their paddle skills. Join Mara and Jess for some paddle fun!
- Saturday, January 6 – 9-10:30am
Sign up on their website. Marina Bay Yacht Harbor 1340 Marina Way S Richmond, CA 94804
Jack London Square Farmers Market
Sunday, January 7 & every Sunday, 10am-3pm
Stop by CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland, which is operated by CUESA on Sundays in the Palm Plaza (near Webster Street and Embarcadero West), year round, rain or shine. Founded in 1989, the farmers market has deep roots in Oakland, providing a vibrant waterfront marketplace for Bay Area families. With more than 40 vendors, the market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch options. CUESA also hosts free education programs, such as cooking demos, tastings, and kids activities. Visit cuesa.org to learn more.
Pacific Mamo Orchestra
Friday, January 5 – Doors: 9:45 PM / Show: 10:00 PM
2014 GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra (a.k.a. the PMO) is a 20 piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big band Sound. The PMO uses the traditions of the classic mambo‐craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Currently the only fully active Latin Big Band on the West Coast of the United States, this elite group of the Bay Area’s finest musicians performs in both English and Spanish (French and Portuguese selections are also available).
The PMO is directed by Mexican‐born pianist Christian Tumalan and German‐born trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, each one a highly skilled and experienced artist in their own right. The band’s instrumentation consists of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, piano, bass, timbales, congas, bongos and two lead singers, the lovely Ms. Alexa Morales and Armando Cordoba. Powered by a sensational percussion section featuring Venezuelan timbalero Omar Ledezma Jr., Mexican conguero Javier Cabanillas and Peruvian bongo expert Braulio Barrera, the band also showcases savvy improvisers forged in the region’s most celebrated Latin bands.
PMO’s sizzling, self‐titled, 2014 Best Tropical Latin Album GRAMMY® award winning debut record honors the sounds of the great Latin Big Bands of the 1940s through 1960s, including Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez, while infusing them with an intoxicating new energy. Richly textured arrangements flow through the entire production, with exquisite playing by ace musicians. With a repertoire of mostly original scores, the selections move in a frenetic pace, pulsing with the sounds, rhythms and beats that only a true Big Band is capable of producing.
Yoshi’s: 510 W. Embarcadero in Jack London Square in Oakland
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