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The Masonic
Between Taylor and Jones 1111 California Street San Francisco, CA 94108
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12 reviews
11 stars
Don't drive. Take a cable car or cab.
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You have a choice of a few spots to have a drink before or after a show. We like the Huntington Hotel bar and the Fairmont is right there also. Check out the Tonga Room for a tropical experience.
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Bobby McFerrin Presents "VOCAbuLarieS"
43 ratings
4.6 average rating
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18 events
8 reviews
0 stars
attended Apr 10 2010

Utterly magnificent, fabulous performance. The only drawback was the outrageously high parking fee.

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 10 2010

Awesome concert. Bobby McFerrin continues to grow and educate and just plain entertain. Cudos too, to Roger Treece--an awesome musician
and conductor as are the percussionist and mouth percussionist whose names were not in my program. They are...continued

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28 reviews
0 stars
attended Apr 10 2010

The show was outstanding. Mr. McFerrin was kind and his music displays the gentle being that he is.
I really like the way he gave the members of the audience the opportunity to share their talents and gifts with the other folks who came to hear...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.”—Los Angeles Times
“An idiosyncratic jazz singer with a sharp ear for improvisation and a phenomenal circular-breathing technique … he also has an uncanny ability to bring out your inner child.”—The New York Times


Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force who exudes pure joy while reconfiguring the definitions of jazz, a cappella and classical music. Perhaps McFerrin’s greatest achievement is that he has dispelled previously held beliefs about the limits of the human voice. The pivotal decision in his career was when pianist Keith Jarrett inspired him to perform completely improvised solo concerts, leaving onlookers slack-jawed in disbelief. From there, the vocalist has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians; been a conductor, an educator and arts evangelist; scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and has earned an incredible ten Grammy Awards.

Founded in 1986, McFerrin’s Voicestra has re-invented the choir concept with stylistic influences from jazz to R&B to Indian classical opera. This SFJAZZ appearance is the American premiere of VOCAbuLarieS, a new choral project with compositions by McFerrin and his frequent collaborator Roger Treece. A new Decca album of the same name will be released in March, 2010.