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NEWS

Here's what's coming up! Scroll down for details and past events.

Wed, Jan 22 - Dona Francisca at Festywise, Sports Basement, SF

Sat, Jan 25 - Dona Francisca with SambaDá at Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol

Fri, Jan 31 - Dona Francisca at Amado's, SF

Fri, Feb 7 - Julio Lemos and Diana Strong duo at Curio Bar, SF

Fri, Feb 14 - Dona Francisca farewell to Amnesia party, SF

Fri, Feb 21 - Wind Weavers - House Concert, Santa Cruz

Fri, Mar 13 - Dona Francisca at Amado's, SF

 
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QVLN WITH DONA FRANCISCA AND MARACATU PACIFICO @ NEW PARISH, OAKLAND

Dec 20, 2019

Violin virtuoso QVLN - Quetzal Guerrero, is back in the Bay Area for a celebration of his musical roots-- an incredible blend of Brazilian, Latin, Yoruba , Reggae & Hip Hop. On Friday December 20, QVLN will focus his set around forró music, the celebrated Brazilian dance genre that has taken the Bay Area by storm.

With Special guests Dona Francisca and Maracatu Pacífico, and DJ Drey

WIND WEAVERS & DONA FRANCISCA AT COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL

Aug 18, 2019

Wind Weavers performs at 10am bright and early on the Accordion Apocalypse stage, Dona Francisca on the Main stage at 4pm. Come enjoy a day filled with accordion music from near and far!

WIND WEAVERS WITH THE PATTY DUKES

Aug 17, 2019

Join Wind Weavers and The Patty Dukes for an afternoon/evening of intimate music, including sung poetry and innovative, tradition-inspired instrumental music in a warm welcoming backyard potluck house concert.

The Patty Dukes are cousins Juliet and Diana Strong singing sweet harmonies, old classics and family poems. In 2017 they recorded Four Quatrains, written by their great uncle Ed Strong in his waning years about aging, death, and enduring love, set to music. These two cousins have been making music separately and together throughout their lives, and each brings a unique voice and perspective to their collaborations. 


STRINGQUAKE AND WIND WEAVERS IN CONCERT

April 18 and May 23, 2019

Thanks to our appreciative audiences at the Back Room and SF Int'l Arts Festival, these shows were a great success!  
StringQuake (led by Bay Area native composer Amelia Romano on electric harp) and Wind Weavers come together in an evening of innovative instrumental music. Expect superb musicianship, rhythmic depth and playful improvisation with influences spanning classical, modern, jazz, and a range of international folk traditions.

WIND WEAVERS DEBUT!

Oct 20th, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came out for this special birthday concert, debuting my newest musical project. After considering all the band name options suggested by the audience, including Avocado Helmet, Patchwork Symphony, the 5 Winds, Blue Vervain, and many more, we have settled on Wind Weavers, which no one suggested (but was inspired by a few of the suggestions). Stay tuned for more to come!

DONA FRANCISCA AT AMNESIA

Every 2nd Friday

Dona Francisa plays forró by the Bay every second Friday at Amnesia in SF. Ranging from classics like Gonzaga, Sivuca, Camarão, to modern forró by Hermeto Pascoal and Marcos Caldi, to original tunes written right here in California, Dona Francisca will keep you dancing til they kick us out of the bar. Vamos dançar!


(Watch facebook for details- some months we give this date to other groups!)

FORRÓ BY THE BAY CD RELEASE

2017

Dona Francisca is proud to present our first recording, featuring original music in Portuguese and English, composed right here in the SF Bay Area, for your dancing and listening pleasure wherever you may be.