Venue Details

17 Star Starred
Swig Field at the Osher Marin JCC
200 N. San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903
415-444-8000
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Rupa & the April Fishes
8 ratings
5.0 average rating
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52 events
8 reviews
50 stars
attended Jul 14 2012

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...continued

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94 events
30 reviews
186 stars
attended Jul 30 2011

Rupa is great, with a dynamic performing style. The venue is excellent, also. Outdoors, on the grass, good weather... Could go a little later, is all.

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12 events
6 reviews
17 stars
attended Jul 30 2011

Lively, Intelligent group of Highly Talented Musicians !
Loved the Zydeco, Bistro, Klezmer, European influences in there music and songs... Very high energy, Fun, complex compositions !!!
Amazing we have such Great Musicians like Rupa and the...continued

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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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Description

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.

_Please note:

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.

<em>Irving Berlin's White Christmas</em> Disney's <em>The Lion King</em> <em>Beach Blanket Babylon</em> Sarah Silverman <em>A Christmas Carol</em> WinterFest at California's Great America San Francisco Ballet's <em>Nutcracker</em> <em>The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes</em> <em>A Christmas Carol</em> <em>Fun Home</em>