San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival

Event has passed (Fri Feb 3, 2017 - Sun Feb 5, 2017)
Brava Theater Center
Music, Latin Music, Music Festival


5th Annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival
Honoring the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas
Featuring the Grammy Award winning band Quetzal, Gilberto Gutiérrez and Gisela Farias Luna of Mono Blanco, Russell Rodriguez, and Cuicacalli Dance Company
February 3-5, 2017

Explore the folkloric music style of Veracruz with a weekend of live music, dance performance, and community activities when Brava presents the 5th Annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival.

Friday, February 3 – 6:30pm: Panel discussion and reception
Saturday, February 4 – 7:30pm: Concert and Fandango Jarocho
Sunday, February 5 – 12pm: Workshops with Son Jarocho masters


Friday, February 3 – 6:30pm
Panel Discussion & Reception
Join KPOO host and producer Chelis Lopez and 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas, along with Gilberto Gutiérrez, Martha Gonzalez, and Quetzal Flores, for a panel discussion on the Bay Area history of Son Jarocho as a music style, and its evolution as a social movement and grass roots organizing tool.

$10 suggested donation

6:30pm – Pre-show tostada bar reception in the Brava lobby
7:30pm – Panel discussion

Saturday, February 4 – 7:30pm
Concert and Fandango Jarocho

Celebrate the unique sound of Son Jarocho with music from the Grammy Award winning band Quetzal, who combine the traditions of Son Jarocho with rock, salsa, R&B and more, to push the boundaries of Chicano music. Joining Quetzal is the Son Jarocho singer-poet and master of the stringed jarana, Gilberto Gutiérrez, and fellow member of his internationally acclaimed group Mono Blanco, the singer Gisela Farias Luna. Also coming to the stage is the accomplished Son Jarocho musician and dancer, Russell Rodriguez; and the San Francisco-based Cuicacalli Dance Company led by Jesus Jacoh Cortes.

Following the concert, move with the performers from theater to lobby, for the cultural convening ritual known as Fandango Jarocho, a late-night session of instruments, dancing, voices and verse.

Tickets $18 - $25

6:30pm – Doors and Bar
7:30pm – Concert
10:30pm – Fandango Jarocho

Sunday, February 5 – 12:00pm
Workshops with Son Jarocho Masters

Open to people of all skill levels and knowledge, the workshops provide an opportunity for the community to learn from masters of the tradition in an intimate setting. There are five separate workshops on offer, all happening simultaneously. Following the individual workshops, participants come together for a Fandango Jarocho to practice what they’ve learned.

1) Versada (lyrics) – led by Artemio Posadas
2) Jarana (guitar-like string instrument) – led by Gilberto Gutiérrez and Quetzal Flores
3) Requinto (smaller version of a classical guitar) – led by Russell Rodriguez
4) Dance/Percussion – led by Martha Gonzalez, Gisela Farias Luna, and Dolores Garcia
5) Bajo (bass) – led by Juan Pérez

Workshop $15 -

12:00pm – Individual workshop of your choice
1:00pm – Fandango Jarocho style practice

Image Credit: Flores by Alec Dempster



  1. Brava Theater Center
    2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA