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NEWS

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

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

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

Fri, Mar 12 - Wind Weavers with Annie Hendrix at the Monkey House, Berkeley

Fri, Mar 13 - Dona Francisca at Amado's, SF (ongoing 2nd Fridays)

 
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JULIO LEMOS & DIANA STRONG DUO

Feb 7, 2020

This duo of accordion and seven string guitar brings you an exciting blend of music from Brazil, France and beyond, including choro, forró, tango, musette and swing. Julio Lemos is an accomplished guitarist and composer from Goiana Brasil, where he is a professor of music at the Federal University of Goiás. His most recent album “Julio Lemos Brasil Acústico” was released in 2019. Diana Strong plays accordion with Dona Francisca (forró), has performed a wide variety of styles from modern opera to klezmer, and leads Wind Weavers, performing original and eclectic international music.

WIND WEAVERS & ANNIE HENDRIX AT THE MONKEY HOUSE

Thurs. Mar 12, 2020

Join us Thursday March 12th for an evening of live music with Wind Weavers and Annie Hendrix!

Annie Hendrix is a San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter, composer, and music producer. She has enjoyed writing for film, video games, and stage. Her recent work includes composing and producing educational children's songs for Enuma, songwriting for feature-length independent film In the Absence of Eden , and making a record of original songs currently in production and due to be released in 2020. Annie’s work, as demonstrated in her debut EP Three Songs (2016), draws influence from a breadth of experience across genres and mediums, reflecting an eclectic background as a poet and creative writer, musical theater actress, folk musician, and music composer and producer. She has been awarded Best Song, Runner Up at West Coast Songwriter's monthly song competition in Berkeley, the Donna Peterson Vocal Prize from Mills College, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Annie currently lives in Oakland, CA, where she spends her time writing, exploring the beautiful East Bay, and working as a gardener.
www.anniehendrixmusic.com

DONA FRANCISCA OPENS FOR ALCEU VALENÇA

Aug 2nd, 2019

A true icon and one of the most influential artists in Brazilian music, Alceu Valença returns to North America after a 20-year hiatus and embarks on his first major tour across seven cities. With a career spanning over 40 years, 35 albums, over 5 million in sales, and four Latin GRAMMY nominations, Alceu Valença has established himself as the voice of Northeastern Brazil. His album “Vivo” was defined by Richard Perry of Arcade Fire, as a “psychodelic masterpiece”. You can expect a high-energy show full of forró, baião, xote, frevo and embolada, and all of his popular hits like “Morena Tropicana”, “Coração Bobo”, “Anunciação”, “Taxi Lunar”, “Belle de Jour”, and more.

Supported by local forró ensemble Dona Francisca, and Oakland based Grupo Cocada, a group of singers and percussionists playing Côco de Roda.

Tickets on sale at www.augusthallsf.com 

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.