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RHYTHM CAFE
Oakland’s Premier World Percussion Party!


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All-Star Drummers LIVE and UNPLUGGED

Rhythm Cafe Culture: Delicious International Cuisine, Friendly One Love Music Crowd and JAW-DROPPING BEATS.

If you love drums and percussion, the Only-in-Oakland RHYTHM CAFE serves up mouth-watering rhythms and arrangements from Mali, Havana, Brazil, Oakland, Haiti and New Orleans LIVE and UNPLUGGED. Cross-cultural drums and percussion, scintillating solos and arrangements, tremendous energy.

Grammy-nominated Rhythm Cafe artists include:

  • Javier Navarette (Aretha Franklin, Poncho Sanchez)
  • Edgardo Cambon (Carlos Santana, Eddie Palmieri)
  • Patricio Angulo (Fito Reynoso, LoCura)
  • Jeff Pierre (Afoutayi, Dance Party, Path of Light)
  • Ben Isaacs (Nabi Camara, Pangea)
  • Kiazi Malonga (Fua dia Congo)
  • Bobby Wallace (Bonnie Riatt, Margareth Menezes)
  • Wade Peterson (Rhythm Addicts, Marin Dance Theater)
  • John Santos (Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente)

RHYTHM CAFE performs in Oakland, CA, the hotbed of Cross Collaboration and Culture

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RHYTHM CAFE: SPECIAL PERFORMANCE!

RHYTHMS UNITED: 8×8 CONCERT

Sat. April 23, 2016
10pm-Midnight
FREE!

The Rhythm Cafe, Oakland’s premier percussion ensemble, presents their Second Annual “RHYTHMS UNITED: 8×8 CONCERT”! Eight original percussion pieces played by eight different drummers! “8×8” features the cream of West Coast Percussion: Edgardo Cambon, Javier Navarrette, Ronnie Daliyo, Bobby Wallace, Jeff Pierre, Ben Isaacs, Patricio Angulo and Wade Peterson, each presenting one original work with influences from Havana, the Bronx, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Brazil, Oakland and Mali!

Bissap Baobab Senegalese Restaurant
381 15th Street
Oakland, CA
510-817-4722

FREE AND FUNKY! NO COVER CHARGE!

  • Located in resurgent and vitalized downtown Oakland
  • Lip-smacking West African food and One Love vibe

Oakland 8 x 8: Rhythms United
Historic Oakland Percussion Showcase

Saturday, October 24
10pm – Midnight

Featuring: Edgardo Cambon, Wade Peterson, Patricio Angulo, Bobby Wallace, Ben Isaacs, Jeff Pierre, and Javier Navarette

8 World Premier percussion pieces written by 8 different Drummers ALL living or working in Oakland, CA! Never before attempted in any city in any country, this ground-breaking Oakland 8 x 8 percussion showcase may very well be the future of rhythm.

Bringing together the music from 8 distinct world percussion regions – Congo, Haiti, Uruguay, Brazil, Guinea, Cuba, Mexico and Mali – the artists of Oakland 8 x 8 represent the best of our City of Soul: Musicians who have not only dedicated their lives to the cultural history and ancestry of the drum but who have now chosen, out of mutual respect, cooperation, openness, and commitment to each other, to allow the Rhythms of Oakland to emerge. Right here, right now.

And YOU get to hear it first!

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Bissap Baobab Senegalese Restaurant
381 15th Street
Oakland, CA
510-817-4722FREE AND FUNKY! NO COVER CHARGE!

  • Located in resurgent and vitalized downtown Oakland
  • Lip-smacking West African food and One Love vibe
  • 10pm Start time perfect for dinner and early-night dancing

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Every Second Saturday, 6-8 pm

2015: November 14, and December 12, 2015

La Estrellita Bar
446 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA
510-465-7188

FREE AND FUNKY! NO COVER CHARGE!

  • Only 3 blocks from Lake Merritt!
  • Delicious, Family Recipes from Jose and Andrea Macias!
  • Early start time (6pm) perfect for Happy Hour and Dinner

Rhythm Cafe: SPECIAL PERFORMANCE!

Featuring Bernardo Aguilar (Pandeiro) & Gabriel Policarpo (Repinique)
Sat. Nov. 7, 2015
7:00 – 9:00pm

The Rhythm Cafe is honored to welcome, live and direct from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, two of the hottest, most innovative percussionists alive today: BERNARDO AGUILAR (Pandeiro) & GABRIEL POLICARPO (Repinique) are two young musicians redefining the possibilities of two of Brazil’s most iconic percussion instruments: the pandeiro and repinique. They have performed with Yamadu Costa, Carlos Malta and Marcos Suzano! Joining Bernardo and Gabriel on this percussive odyssey will be members of Oakland’s renowned RHYTHM CAFE.

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La Estrellita Bar
446 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA
510-465-7188

FREE AND FUNKY! NO COVER CHARGE!

  • Only 3 blocks from Lake Merritt!
  • Delicious, Family Recipes from Jose and Andrea Macias!
  • Early start time, perfect for Happy Hour and Dinner

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Rhythm Cafe: Back to the Roots

Featuring Ben Isaacs, Jeff Pierre, and Bobby Wallace
Sat. Nov. 14, 2015
6:00 – 8:00pm

In 2014, the Rhythm Cafe began with three dynamic percussionists determined to forge new musical territory: Ben Isaacs (djembe, djun-djun, tama), Jeff Pierre (percussion of Haiti), and Bobby Wallace (pandeiro, chekere, conga). Now, for the first time in 2015, Ben Jeff & Bobby return as a trio, releasing new composition and exploring unchartered percussion waters.

La Estrellita Bar
446 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA
510-465-7188

FREE AND FUNKY! NO COVER CHARGE!

  • Only 3 blocks from Lake Merritt!
  • Delicious, Family Recipes from Jose and Andrea Macias!
  • Early start time, perfect for Happy Hour and Dinner

World Premier! Rhythm Cafe “Au Lait”

Sat. Nov. 28, 2015
Live Music: 9-11pm
World Funk DJ to follow

Members of Oakland’s percussion ensemble Rhythm Cafe unplug and collaborate with Oakland’s top melodic musicians: Singers, horn players and guitarists, for an unforgettable exploration of rhythm and melody. Rhythm Cafe Au Lait this night will feature Jeff Pierre, Bobby Wallace + Special Guests! Live music from 9-11pm, and World Funk DJ to follow. Premiering Sat. Nov. 28 and continuing every 4th Saturday through 2016.

Bissap Baobab Senegalese Restaurant
381 15th Street
Oakland, CA
510-817-4722

FREE AND FUNKY! NO COVER CHARGE!

  • Located in resurgent and vitalized downtown Oakland
  • Lip-smacking West African food and One Love vibe
  • 10pm Start time perfect for dinner and early-night dancing

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