THE 37TH ANNUAL CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

MAY 23RD & 24TH, 2015

Photo courtesy of Oliver Klink

CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2015 THEME

This year's theme is Agua sagrada, which is Spanish for “sacred water.” It symbolizes the universal reverence for the most basic element of life. To learn more, please look at our Theme Page.

 

YEMAYA, 2010 copyright Laura James www.laurajamesart.com

 

 

 


 

Don't miss KOFY TV's re–broadcast of the Grand Parade!

May 24th at 7pm and May 25th at 5pm

 

 

 


SHEILA E. IS OUR 2015 CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND MARSHAL

Carnaval San Francisco is proud to announce Bay Area native Sheila E. as our Grand Marshal of the 37th Annual Grand Parade. Sheila E. is a world-class drummer and percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Ringo Starr. Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. Grammy & Emmy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind the seminal hits "The Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre." A fearless multi-instrumentalist, equally proficient on guitar and bass. Actress. Mentor. Philanthropist.

 

Family, faith and music were guiding forces for Sheila E. growing up in the Bay Area. In addition to percussionist dad Pete, the Oakland, Calif. native counts former Santana member/Azteca founder Coke Escovedo and The Dragons frontman Mario Escovedo as uncles. Fellow Latin star Tito Puente was her godfather. In addition to being weaned on Latin jazz and Motown, Sheila E. was exposed to a diverse array of Bay Area acts. Those influences ranged from the rock of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead to the R&B/pop of the Pointer Sisters and the funk of Sly & the Family Stone. “I used to sit on the corner outside of the local community center with Twinkies and 7-Up listening to Sly and Larry Graham rehearse,” remembers Sheila E. “The sounds of the Bay Area molded me.”

 

 

 

 


PETE ESCOVEDO LIVE IN TRIBUTE TO HIS 60TH ANNIVERSARY & HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY
All Star band lead by Ray Obiedo Band Mambo Caribe
Saturday, May 23rd, 4:30PM 22nd & Harrison Street Stage

Join Carnaval San Francisco as we Celebrate with the Bay Area's Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo performing live on May 23rd at 4:30pm on our Harrison Street Stage. Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years. Pete is known worldwide for his live performances, session work and solo albums.

 

Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Ray Obiedo has had an eclectic musical background during his youth spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sounds of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini and the popular sounds of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona.

 

For the full festival schedule, click HERE.

 

 

 

 


DONATE

Your pledge will support Carnaval's operations this year and into the future, thus cementing this beloved San Francisco tradition annually. In appreciation for your support and thanks to our partners, we have special gifts available for those who wish to support Carnaval San Francisco.

 

Donations are tax deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Brava! for Women in the Arts / Brava Theater Center.

 

 

 

 


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