Award-winning jazz guitarist Leni Stern leads her trio project featuring original compositions written with reverence to the rhythms and tonalities of Mali and Senegal. Stern’s performance celebrates her most recent release, 3, an authentic exploration of the interplay between traditional West African music and American jazz.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Leni Stern is an unstoppable force of bottomless energy. Her long-time fans know her from a successful jazz career that saw her touring the globe on the stage of every major festival and legendary club, performing with some of the biggest heavyweights on the scene like Dennis Chambers, Paul Motian, and Bill Frisell to name a few. Everything changed when, in 2005, Stern was first invited to perform at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. It was there that she would meet Bassekou Kouyate and his wife, Ami Sacko. Embraced by their family and their bands, she dove headfirst into the traditions of West African guitar and later the n’goni, an African banjo. It was a natural path from jazz, a journey to where her playing and sound all began, a spiritual exploration coupled with devoted study and practice. Stern’s recent compositions pay humble homage to the drum patterns of traditional Senegalese folk songs. What emerges is a new repertoire of cross-pollinated ideas and reverence to jazz, blues, Africa, and folk music of today’s diaspora.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When should I arrive?Doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time. For example, if the show is scheduled to start at 7:30pm, the doors will open at 7:00pm. If the show is scheduled to start at 8:00pm, the doors will open at 7:30pm, and so on.
TICKETING & ADMISSION
When does the box office open to buy tickets at the door?Guests may buy tickets when doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time. Ticket availability at the door is limited and contingent on online sales and capacity for each show.
Does purchasing an advance ticket guarantee seating?Purchasing an advance ticket guarantees admission, but does not guarantee seats. Seating is first come, first served.
Does the Poppy accept debit or credit cards?Yes, we accept all major credit cards for ticket sales, concessions, and donations.
What's the refund policy?Refunds are only available in the event of a cancelled performance.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Is there a discount for children?No, this event is all ages. However, refreshments will be served at the concessions counter. Children 10 and under receive free general admission.
Where are my tickets?Your tickets will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment from Eventbrite on behalf of the Red Poppy, or you may access them in the Eventbrite app. If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. Enter your email address here if you can’t find them, you’re having trouble printing, or if you’re not sure if you have an Eventbrite account. For all other technical issues, you can find help here.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?You may bring your printed ticket or show your ticket on your phone. There will be no tickets available for pick up at Will Call.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?Yes, you’re welcome to purchase tickets for someone else.
VENUE & LOCATION
Is the space ADA accessible?Yes, there is a ramp at our 23rd St entrance.
What kind of seating do you have available?For most of our events we have folding chairs and a few couches available.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?Street parking is available but can be limited around the Red Poppy. We encourage you to take public transportation whenever possible. Several MUNI lines run close to the Red Poppy, and the 24th St. Mission BART station is just under half a mile away.
What can I bring into the event?Guests are welcome to bring food. Beverages are available by suggested donation. We recommend bringing collapsible strollers, if possible.
How can I donate to the Poppy?You may bring cash, check, debit or credit card, or donate online at http://redpoppyarthouse.org/participate/give/.
Where can I grab a bite to eat?Nearby places include El Farolito, Taqueria Vallarta, Basa Seafood Express (sushi), and Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine. For more options, click here.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?You can reach us at [email protected] or give us a call at (650) 713-5383.
Award-winning jazz guitarist Leni Stern leads her trio project featuring original compositions written with reverence to the rhythms and tonalities of Mali and Senegal. Stern’s performance celebrates her most recent release, 3, an authentic exploration of the interplay between tr...