Katia Cardenal was born in Nicaragua in 1963. She became a fan of popular music at an early age, singing in the chorus at Managua's El Colegio Teresiano chorus. She began to perform in public with her brother, Salvador, when they were just 16. They called themselves the Duo Guardabarranco, after the national bird of Nicaragua. It did not take long for her fresh harmonies, original poetry, and melodic songs to gain popularity.
Drenched in the uplifting and sultry sounds of Gospel and Jazz music, Tammi’s voice is filled with rich tones, elegant phrasing, and vocal versatility, giving it a unique flavor. Influenced at the tender age of 4, Tammi quickly found her musical roots in the soulfulness of Gospel music while singing, playing organ, and directing the choir in church. Her musical roots blossomed when she discovered the vocal gracefulness of Ella Fitzgerald, the rawness of Aretha Franklin, and the power of Chaka Khan.
Please join us for a very special concert to benefit and honor José Hernández, a beloved musician, church choir director, community leader, and father of three, who for 30 years has given his talent and service to thousands throughout the Monterey Peninsula. José is battling a very aggressive stage 4 lymphoma and needs our help. All proceeds from this concert will go towards his medical and personal expenses.
Gary Meek is back at Palenke Arts after an epic sold-out show last year! Southern-California native Gary Meek is one of the finest jazz saxophonist on the West Coast, who has toured and recorded for over twenty years with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. and collaborated with artists such as Jeff Lorber, Brian Bromberg, Dave Weckl and many others
Join us for a holiday family potluck and student performance featuring our Palenke Arts Chorus, Jazz Workshop, Beginnig Band and Orchestra students and West African Drum and Dance. Bring a plate to share and celebrate with other Palenke Arts families
Join us to celebrate the end of the year; our beautiful community; the human spirit; our collective creativity; the power of arts to bring us together! Come to perform or just to soak it in, bring family, friends, and an open heart.
We’ll make this a community potluck, so bring a treat if you can. As always, donations at the door are appreciated but not required.
Sign-ups at 6; performances start 6:30. Please get there early to support every performer, you won’t want to miss out on this one!
The Latin Jazz Collective is a high energy seven piece Latin Jazz ensemble led by percussionist John Nava and drummer Martin Binder. The band creates a rich and engaging blend of jazz compositions with energetic Latin rhythms and received a standing ovation from a full house at the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Come one, come all - every open mic is better than the last one. Whether you dance, read poetry, play music, share stories, tell jokes, or just come to listen, we want to see YOU!
Free and family-friendly, please make a cash donation or bring a snack to share! No one turned away for lack of funds
Join us for a very special concert featuring Patricio Hidalgo, artistic director and founder of Afrojarocho, directly from Veracruz, México. Don Patricio is a singer, poet and jaranero (jarana player) who has revived the “conga” genre which is part of the musical heritage of southern Veracruz for over 20 years and is rooted in African origins. Afrojarocho has appeared at major venues in Mexico and abroad.
“Son Jarocho, a musical genre from Veracruz, Mexico, has been nationally regarded during the 20th century as one of the original components of the Mexican cultural heritage. The recent popularizers of Son Jarocho have drifted away from the historic styles in favor of new forms that may be more commercial. The Jaranero Movement —named so after the central use of the jarana, a small guitar of Spanish origin—, attempted to recover the tradition of Son Jarocho musical style, since it has been exploited for commercial goals since the 1940s. It also tries to recover the roots of the genre, “whitened” or lost to European inﬂuences. In the last 20 years the new generation of Veracruz musicians and the Chicano movement in the United States have multiplied their collaborative eﬀorts to recover an authentic version of Son Jarocho. In this process, the encounter with the African roots have been occurring in a new way.” (Cardona, I, and Rinaud,, C. Son Jarocho in between Mexico and United States: Deﬁnition “Afro”of a Transnational Practice
AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZA’s stirring performances feature deep, danceable rhythms, intricate string melodies, and soaring, soulful vocals. Visually dynamic and engaging performers, AZA has been inspiring international audiences for more than 15 years.