Music, Dance, and more this Fall in Union Square!
Music by The SkyFlakes, Dirty Boots, and Cassandra Farrar + The Left Brains
Plus Live Chalk Art with Paolo Salazar and Christian Cabuay
Sunday | August 26, 2012 | 2:30PM
The Skyflakes, an indie band based in Milpitas, are often lovingly described as ‘cute and bubbly’ or ‘sweet and sugary.’ But underneath the indie rock swirls and cuddly pop hooks are sharp lyrics about putting bullets into yourself, dropping acid, talking shit about co-workers, and meatheads with body image problems. Composed largely of family members, the band is musically and familialy “tight” – with well-crafted electro-garage-pop melodies, hooks, and harmonies.
Dirty Boots is a multi-instrumentalist band focused on vocal harmonies and dynamic song-writing. Members James Dumlao (Drums), and Rachel Lastimosa (Bass/Piano) met each other through a vocal-jazz ensemble in college. Their unique sound combines jazz, hip-hop, indie, and soul influences. Dirty Boots released their self-titled, debut EP in May 2009. In 2011, Dirty Boots served as the house band of the monthly open-mic, In Progress, @ Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA. Their first Full Length Album “Where We Go” was released September 2011.
Cassandra Farrar + The Left Brains is a fusion of folk/pop/rock sounds. With fun, quirky, and upbeat tunes, Cassandra Farrar and her Left Brains bring a variety of relatable and honest music to the table, with unique vocals and catchy hooks to get stuck inside your brain. Born and raised in SF, Cassandra has been writing songs since the 7th grade. Shortly after her high school years, Cassandra met Chris Mayrena of Hyper Raje Records. There, along with Dave Demuth, they began collaboration on her 2nd CD and the final teaming of her band mates the Left Brains, came together. Cassandra Farrar+ the Left Brains are proud to release their debut CD as a band, “Hello My Name Is…”
Join us for live mandala chalk art with talented artists: muralist/painter Paolo Salazar and Baybayin artist Christian Cabuay – grab a piece of chalk and add your own color to Union Square! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Tagabanua by Philippine Master Choreographer Jay ‘Wawa’ Loyola
Sunday | September 2, 2012 | 2:30PM
Set in the Philippine island of Palawan, Tagabanua, meaning “from the village,” integrates indigenous rhythms, beats, and chants with performances by homegrown Bay Area dance artists. Adopted by the Tagabanua tribe of Palawan, Loyola explores the dynamism and universality of Philippine dance. A former assistant choreographer and principal dancer of the world-renown Bayanihan Philippines National Folk Dance Company, Loyola creates new dances to manifest the richness and relevance of indigenous knowledge in today’s world. Tagabanua embodies creation and innovation, grounded in a deep respect for the indigenous culture and traditions of the Philippines.
Kulintronica and Funkanometry
Sunday | September 9, 2012 | 2:30pm
Ron Quesada’s Kulintronica is a fusion of traditional kulintang and electronic music, combined with live guitar looping to create a wondrous soundscape. Kulintang music comes from the Southern Philippines. Complicated and beautiful melodies are performed on eight gongs laid horizontally in a row.
Funkanometry San Francisco Dance Company, directed by Emerson Aquino is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization renowned in the Bay Area for their cutting-edge choreography, stylistic versatility, and professionalism. Established in 2002, Funkanometry SF’s services include weekly public dance classes ranging from a Beginner level to the highly regarded Advanced Company Class level, dance workshops featuring locally recognized as well as industry credible choreographers.
The Funks goal is to provide dancers with a well-rounded, versatile dance experience by teaching choreography that is influenced by various forms of dance, and that is performed to a diverse selection of music.