Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2022

Image of KitkaThe Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2022 is an independent nonprofit that presents 6 months of admission-free performances reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the Bay Area. Programs are outdoors, family-friendly, and ADA accessible. Many of them happen during weekday lunch breaks at the Yerba Buena Gardens in SF.

Programs continue through October, but here is a list of some upcoming programs taking place in the next few weeks:

Ismail Lumanovski & Inspector Gadje FT. Frank London
Saturday, May 14th from 1 to 2:30 PM
With a dozen horn players and two percussionists, Inspector Gadje is a leading force on the Bay Area’s thriving Balkan music scene, specializing in the gorgeous, celebratory music of southeastern Europe’s Roma people.

Songs for Ukraine: Kitka & Mariana Sadovska
Thursday, May 19th from 12:30 to 1:30 PM
The women in Kitka are fearless sonic explorers, and you can hear their intrepid spirit in the lush, haunting harmonies, intricate ornamentation, angular rhythms, and powerful resonance in every song they share.

Carlitos Medrano & Sabor De Mi Cuba
Thursday, May 19th from 6 to 7:30 PM
A protégé of Cuban conga legend Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Havana-born Carlitos Medrano has played an important role on the Bay Area’s Latin music scene over the past decade.

CAAMFest40 Directions in Sound: Pinays on the Rise
Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 2:30 PM
CAAMFest presents a dynamic music showcase featuring fresh contemporary voices in the Asian American landscape to celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary.

Tiffany Austin
Thursday, May 26th from 12:30 to 1:30 PM
Bay Area jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin appeared suddenly on the national scene with the release of 2015’s Nothing But Soul, one of the decade’s most widely hailed debut albums.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya: Sudamala—World Premiere
Saturday, May 28th from 1 to 2:30 PM
The most celebrated gamelan ensemble outside of Bali, Gamelan Sekar Jaya has spent four decades forging deep and abiding ties to the art form’s greatest Indonesian practitioners.

Mads Tolling Quartet
Thursday, June 2nd from 12:30 to 1:30 PM
Within months of moving to the United States in 2000 from Denmark to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music with a full scholarship, violinist Mads Tolling started making waves.

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