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Yoshi's Oakland
In Jack London Square across the street from BevMo 510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607
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The weather was warm. I wore A spring sweater, slacks and loafers..
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I would still get food before hand. Especially if you have a restricted diet. It's hard to explain food modifications to a server while the music is playing. This is a great after dinner spot.
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31 reviews
1 stars
attended Oct 16 2011

Music was full - four singers, 4 violins! Good banter by musicians; most incredible jazz flautist. They ended set pretty quickly at about 75 minutes.

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37 reviews
12 stars
attended Oct 16 2011

Nothing but the best, and later for the rest! going to see a band like this is just like a trip to Cuba, only much cheaper and no jet-lag. Glorious good time.

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29 reviews
22 stars
attended Oct 14 2011

excellent show as yoshi's!

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The legendary Orquesta Aragon is also known as The Mother of Cuban Charanga, as well as La Charanga Eterna (The Eternal Charanga). Their long and successful career began on September 30th, 1939, in Cienfuegos, Cuba, under the leadership of Orestes Aragon. Since then, they have undoubtedly secured their status as the favorite Cuban band for millions of passionate music listeners who cherish the island’s most popular musical genres: Son, Danzon and the Cha Cha Cha.

After more than 70 years, Orquesta Aragon continues to be the legendary music group that reaches young and old fans throughout the world. Under the direction of violinist Rafael Lay, who follows in his father’s footsteps as the leader of Orquesta Aragon, the group has maintained their signature sound. The group’s top priority rests with preserving the true, original sound that became the group’s trademark from their inception. This has been an important factor in the continued success of the group, evidenced by their continuing run of sold-out concerts on every continent. When you attend an Orquesta Aragon concert today, not only will you witness Cuban music in its purest form, but you will be surprised by the many generations of fans in attendance.

Orquesta Aragon has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Paris’ Olympia Theatre and Tchaikovsky’s Theatre in Russia, where they were the first international act ever to perform. In 1999, the group was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame. Their many international awards and accomplishments also include multiple Grammy nominations.

About the Ticket Supplier: Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi's began in 1973 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by a trio of struggling students with plenty of dreams. Its founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, orphaned during World War II, came to the U.S. to study fine arts, dance and dance therapy. She opened Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant with her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. The original North-Berkeley, 25-seat restaurant quickly became successful and by 1977 the three partners moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland and began introducing live music in their restaurant. Over the next 20 years, Yoshi's built itself into one of the world's most respected jazz venues and won a reputation as the Bay Area's premier location for people who were looking for great food and the best jazz. Yoshi's has hosted legendary jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson among hundreds of others.

In 1997, Yoshi's was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Together with Morimoto Architects, Yoshi's built an award-winning 330-seat jazz club with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club is in it's tenth year in that location which has become one of the East Bay's greatest destinations. The restaurant and lounge have a combined capacity of 220. In 1998 Peter Williams was hired as the club's artistic director. Under his leadership, the club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, latin jazz and afro-cuban music. In fall of 2006, Kajimura decided that it was time to elevate the menu to the quality of the jazz by recruiting Executive Chef Shotaro 'Sho' Kamio, one of the Bay Area's top chefs to make the change. Chef Kamio (formerly of Ozumo) brought a whole new generation of modern Japanese cuisine to Yoshi's, which instantly put it on the map as a destination to dine in addition to the best place to hear great live music.