San Rafael, CA (Top40 Charts/ Osher Marin Jewish Community Center)
Rupa and the April Fishes continue the celebration of outdoor family friendly concerts in the second of 5 Saturday nights in the 2012 Festival of Summer Nights at the Osher Marin JCC. With a unique sound of their own, the San Francisco Bay Area band creates music that defies easy categorization. Influences range from French chanson, Argentinean tango, Gypsy swing, American folk, Latin cumbias, to Indian ragas and more. Led by a young woman of Indian heritage whose nomadic upbringing and dual life as a musician and doctor has led her to explore issues of identity, borders, and the vagaries of life, love and death.
Rupa & the April fishes embody the pluralistic and paradoxical sounds of the San Francisco Bay Area. Having come together in the Mission District, the land of earthquakes, social movements, social networking, peace-lovers and global corporate conglomerates, the history of Spanish missionaries, 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 are all rooted deep in their music.
WHAT: Cultural fusion, Euro-Gypsy music with Argentinean tango, American folk, Latin cumbias & Indian ragas influences, picnics, dinners available on site from Sol Food Restaurant, playground, dancing cocktails, fun. Outdoors under the stars.
WATCH the bike tour
WHO: All are invited. Family Friendly
WHEN: Sat, July 14 @ 7pm. Doors
Open @ 6pm
WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA
PARKING: Ample free parking. Accessing the Osher Marin JCC from
Highway 101 is effortless, ¼ mile E off 101
TICKETS: Adults- $20 advance/$25 day of/Kids 6-18 - $5. Children 5 and under free ~
With its polyglot influences, the music of Rupa & the April Fishes reflects Rupa's interest in the arbitrary nature of borders and how they artificially create differences and divisions between people who are at core the same. The result reflects her hope for the future, a world with dissolving borders, where the essential humanness of any person or group can be heard or seen before labels and dividing lines are drawn. Rupa's music is a pastiche of sounds and impressions--undeniably full of heart--with subject matters ranging from love and loss in a time of uncertainty to stories of people in transition.
The members of Rupa & the April Fishes include: Ed Baskerville (cello) Marcus Cohen (trumpet), Isabel
Douglass (accordion) Aaron
Kierbel Safa Shokrai (upright bass)
Sat, 7/7: Bluegrass Night — Bill Evans banjos open for Hot Buttered Rum
Sat, 7/14: Euro-Gypsy Night! — Rupa & the April Fishes
Sat, 7/21 : African Music
Night! —Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Sat, 7/28 : Cajun Night - with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Sat, 8/4: Latin Music
Night —Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion