Yerbe Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off 2019

Yerba Buena Gardens FestivalSaturday, May 4th marks the start of a great summer of performances at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Tribute to Charlie Palmieri by The Uprising All-Stars
As the definitive salsa trombonist of his generation, Jimmy Bosch is the ideal player to serve as the music director for this tribute to Charlie Palmieri, the innovative bandleader known as the Giant of the Keyboards. The older brother of Latin music legend Eddie Palmieri, Charlie was a progressive force on the New York Latin music scene from the moment he joined Tito Puente’s band at the Copacabana in 1947 until his death at the age of 60 in 1988.

Featuring the Uprising All-Stars, the production combines New York’s finest purveyors of Latin dance music with world-class Bay Area talent, including trombonist Doug Beavers, conguero Little Johnny Rivero, and Santana bongo master Karl Perazzo. New York heavyweight Arturo Ortiz, who’s collaborated widely with Latin music giants like Rubén Blades, and Marc Anthony, is the ideal cat for the piano chair.

A short electrifying set by DJ José Ruiz (KPFA/KPOO) opens the program.

Saturday, May 4th from 1 to 2:30 PM
At the Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens
On Mission Street between 3rd & 4th Streets

There is no cost to attend this performance.

About Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is an independent nonprofit presenting 6 months of admission-free performances reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the Bay Area. Programs are outdoors, family-friendly and ADA accessible.

Featuring 6 different series
Weekend Sessions
The Festival’s flagship series of world-class music, dance, and theater. A new experience every weekend.

Let’s Go Salsa @Jessie! 
The perfect way to enjoy the Bay’s vibrant Latin music bands — outdoors with friends and community. No partner necessary!

Thursday Lunchtime Concerts
Intimate 1-hour performances featuring Bay Area bands make the perfect lunch hour getaway.

Poetic Tuesdays
A sampler of the Bay Area’s rich poetry scene. Four Litquake-selected poets plus a musical guest take their lines outdoors.

Special Projects 
Brilliant new work and extraordinary projects by accomplished playwrights, composers and choreographers under YBG Festival’s commissioning and residency program.

Children’s Garden Series 
Interactive half-hour shows for kids under 10 & their adults! School groups and camps welcome.

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