Rupa & the April Fishes: Enjoy Euro-Gypsy Music at Outdoor Concert
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Very upbeat and energetic group. Ruppa sang one full set and never slowed down for a second. Great trumpet percussion cello and bass. And really appreciate her political message of equality. Lovely venue - a bit wierd to sit on AstroTurf but very clean! Nice friendly crowd who weren't shy to get up and dance
Quotes & Highlights
- "If Rupa were a movie she would be Amelie meets Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown meets Latcho Drom meets Do the Right Thing. She is an instant cult classic." --San Francisco Weekly
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Coming from the land of earthquakes, social movements, social networking, peace-lovers and global corporate conglomerates, Rupa & the April Fishes embody the pluralistic and paradoxical sounds of the San Francisco Bay Area. The band came together in 2006, in the Mission District, a place of intersection where original dwellers, the Yelamu Indians, lived for 2000 years before the arrival of Spanish missionaries, followed by 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.
The band met through the closely tied arts community and started playing the bars in the barrio, attempting to forge a sound that would bring a strangely segregated city with a radical past into a joint space of engagement. Inspired by street music and the ethos of public art around the world, physician and bandleader Rupa started composing music in multiple languages in order to investigate the idea that what runs beneath the apparent differences is something deeper—-our intrinsic need for human connection and shared celebratory experience. In a country where space for public noncommercial gathering is incredibly limited and shrinking, she sought out like-minded mischievous musicians to create opportunities for artistic dialogue. She found in drummer Aaron Kierbel a longtime creative counterpart who provides the essential heartbeat to the sonic adventures and together with the rest of the band, they are creating music that is bridging divides and pointing to the value of live and living music—in its force and delicacy.
This is an outdoor concert. Please dress accordingly.
Beer, wine, signature cocktails, juice, standard assortment of non-alcoholic drinks, sweets, savories, treats and dinners are available for purchase.
About the Ticket Supplier: Osher Marin JCC
The JCC's performing arts are anchored by its renowned CenterStage events, a stunning annual lineup of world-class musicians, actors, humorists, writers and more. Presented in the intimate Hoytt Theater and outdoors under summer skies on Swig Field, performances run the gamut from classical and world music to cabaret, solo theater to author conversations.