2012 Summer Nights Festival of Outdoor Concerts
Euro-Gypsy-Cultural-Fusion Night at the Osher Marin JCC
Rupa and the April Fishes
Music, Dinners, Cocktails, Picnics, Dancing, Playground
Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 7pm
“Creating music that defies categorization”
Rupa and the April Fishes return to Swig Field for the second of five Saturday night outdoor family friendly concerts as part of the 2012 Summer Nights Festival at the Osher Marin JCC. Cultural fusion with a strong Euro-Gypsy feel, the San Francisco Bay Area band creates
music that defies easy categorization with influences of French chanson, Argentinean tango, Gypsy swing, American folk, Latin cumbias, and even Indian ragas. Led by a young woman of Indian heritage whose nomadic upbringing and dual life as a musician and doctor has led her to explore issues of identity, borders, and the vagaries of life, love and death.
Rupa & the April Fishes embody the pluralistic and paradoxical sounds of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Having come together in the Mission District, the land of earthquakes, social movements, social networking, peace-lovers and global corporate conglomerates, the history of Spanish missionaries, old San Francisco Irish families mashed up with relatively newer Latino, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander communities and the most recent group---the children of the middle and upper
middle class, mostly white hipsters are re all rooted deep in their music.
Throw a blanket on the turf, secure a picnic
table next to the playground, sit on chairs or dance away, bring the kids and play together, or make it a date night.
Bring a picnic or purchase dinner on site from Sol Food Restaurant . The night is filled with possibilities and the music rings true of cultures from around the world ~ the cultures that create our Bay Area.
WHAT: Cultural fusion infusion, Euro-Gypsy music with Argentinean tango, American folk, Latin cumbias & Indian ragas influences, picnics, dinner, playground, dancing cocktails, fun. Outdoors under the stars.
WHO: All are invited. Family Friendly
WHEN: Sat, July 14 @ 7pm. Doors Open @ 6pm
WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd. San
PARKING: Ample FREE parking. Accessing the Osher Marin JCC from Highway 101 is effortless, ¼ mile E off 101
TICKETS: Adults- $20 advance/$25 day of/Kids
6-18 - $5. Children 5 and under FREE ~ www.marinjcc.org/summernights
With its polyglot influences, the music of Rupa
& the April Fishes reflects Rupa’s interest in the arbitrary nature of borders and how they artificially create differences and divisions between
people who are at core the same. The result reflects her hope for the future, a world with dissolving borders, where the essential humanness of any person or
group can be heard or seen before labels and dividing lines are drawn. Rupa’s music is a pastiche of sounds and impressions--undeniably full of heart--with subject matters ranging from love and loss in a time of uncertainty to stories of people in transition.
The Festival of Summer Nights is a series of five
celebrations for all ages with live music, dance instruction, food, and family fun. Presented by The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, each celebration brings in hundreds of guests for an
evening of culture and community under the summer skies.
“One of the most remarkable aspects of Summer Nights is the venue. The outdoor field and playground where the concerts take place are part of the larger campus serving the JCC and Brandeis Hillel Day School. Located uphill from the JCC, Swig field is surrounded on all sides by the Marin Hills and the JCC building, creating a self-contained, safe, outdoor park-like environment that is expansive and open,
yet accessible only through the JCC and removed from the street.”
Sat, 7/21: African Music Night —Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Sat, 7/28: Cajun Night - Steve Riley & the Mamou
Sat, 8/4: Latin Music Night —Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion