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Lunada Literary Lounge - 2013 Spring Season Opener

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Monday, February 25, 2013 | 7:30 pm

Featured artists John Santos, Israel Matos, & Deuce Eclipse, with host Sandra Garcia Rivera.

The LUNADA Spring season opener celebrates the life of the lyric, featuring an intimate evening of latin music artists, sharing their lyrics in our literary lounge. Galeria is honored to feature San Francisco native son and Latin jazz icon John Santos, in an expression of his lyrical compositions, the poetry behind the music. Also featuring singer/songwriter Israel Matos of Manicato, with special Guests, launching a fresh new project to season the Spring with song. Additionally dazzling with his rap/rock/bilingual flow, front man for Bang Data, Deuce Eclipse will slow his roll so we can ride the wave of his lyric line. With deep roots in the Mission, all three voices reflect a commitment to ongoing international struggles for peace and justice, within a collective movement of artists and activists. Our Open Mic sign-up is at 7:00pm, when doors open, 10 slots on the list, and five minutes to shine under the full moon spotlight. 

~ $5 ADMISSION: Please arrive early, seating is limited. 

2857 24th Street (at Bryant)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Held every month on the night of the full moon, Galeria de la Raza’s LUNADA series is a community gathering where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared. For over a decade, Lunada has been the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each Lunada features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.



Five-time Grammy-nominated multi-percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, November l, l955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. He’s been a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer for over 35 years, having worked with acknowledged masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdés, Francisco Aguabella, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, Batacumbele, Omar Sosa, Giovanni Hidalgo, Negro Hernandez, Eddie Marshall, and Carlos Santana. John is a member of the Latin Jazz Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Institution. He has conducted countless workshops, lectures and clinics in the US and Europe since 1972 at institutions of all types including the Adventures in Music program of the San Francisco Symphony, the Berklee School of Music in Boston, UCLA, Yale, Stanford, Duke, the Universities of Wisconsin at Madison and Milwaukee, the University of Michigan, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Hayward, Cal State Sonoma, Cal State Sacramento, Cal State San Jose, Tulane University of Louisiana, The Jazz School in Berkeley CA, Jazz Camp West, the Los Angeles Music Academy, College of San Mateo, and La Universidad Inter-Americana in San Germán Puerto Rico. He was the founder and director (1985-2006) of the internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated Machete Ensemble, who released nine CDs with special guests from Puerto Rico, Cuba, NY, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, mostly on John’s Machete Records label. He is currently a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ, and on October 9th, 2012, in a ceremony at City Hall, received the 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award from the Mayor’s office.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Israel Matos is the founder of musical group Manicato, which started in SF's Mission district in 2004. His lyrics are socially conscious, and he delivers intelligent music that feeds body, mind, and soul. An ever evolving artist, having achieved musical success with awards and nominations from the Independent Music Foundation, and the People Choice Independent Music Awards, Israel will be sharing brand new music with a fresh new project at Lunada, with three invited musical guests on percussion, vocals and trumpet.  

Deuce Eclipse: “We are blessed with our own style and I just want to voice mine. I know I have something important to say.” Emcee Deuce Eclipse is driven by a desire to express himself through music. His goal is to create an open universal sound, which he describes as “Freedom Style” or “Indigenous Noise.” Deuce spent his childhood immersed in music and has been rapping, beat-boxing and singing since he was nine. He draws influence from both his Nicaraguan heritage as well as the culture of Hip-Hop he grew up with. It is Deuce’s creative openness that enables him to create a unique sound that breaks the conventional bonds of culture and style. And though he has far exceeded those conventional bonds, his vision is deeply rooted in both the traditional Nicaraguan music his father would play on his guitar and the rhythmic expressive style of American Hip-Hop. Deuce’s true talent lies in his ability to paint a vivid picture of where we are as a society by weaving compelling personal stories into his rhymes. “Music has always been with me. As I change, it changes. I learned how to grasp the concept of songwriting by rapping, watching and feeling. Using it to speak of the things I go through or see, things people have taught me or showed me in my life. I just try to express what is around me and inside me. Nurture that piece of myself that is for the world.”

Sandra Garcia Rivera is an award-winning poet, and accomplished vocalist, based in the Bay Area of California. She has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Europe both as a solo artist, and alongside musical legends. As a vocalist she has performed and recorded with William Cepeda, John Santos, Los Pleneros de la 21, Rico Pabon, The Welfare Poets, Yomo Toro, Xiomara Fortuna, Laura Pausini, Yerbabuena, Bryan Vargas & Ya Está, The NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble, La 21 División, Aguacero, and Las Bomberas de la Bahia. She was a co-founder of Yaya the Afro-Puerto Rican & Dominican all-women music ensemble based in New York City. As a poet her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Caribbean Erotic; Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012; Centro Journal; Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana; and Urban Latino Magazine. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and two art editions of her hand-made book That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). She appeared in the film Yo Soy Boricua Pa Que Tú Lo Sepa by Rosie Perez, and was the featured poet and mentor of the reality TV show The Chicas Project (Mun2) representing the world renowned Nuyorican Poets Café. In 2001 she travelled to Cuba for the Writers of the Americas Conference, working with writers Junot Diaz, Jack Agüeros, and Danny Hoch. She is currently a Teaching Artist with SF WritersCorps, a vocalist and percussionist with Hector Lugo y La Mixta Criolla, featured on their debut CD AfroTaino, and the Host & Curator of Lunada at Galería de la Raza. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, and is a guest poet/mentor with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Program at UC Berkeley.


DEUCE ECLIPSE, JOHN SANTOS, & ISRAEL MATOS. Featured artists, for LUNADA Spring Season Opener, 2013. SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA, Host & Curator of Lunada. Photo by Edwin Monclova. ISRAEL MATOS, featured artist. JOHN SANTOS, featured artist. Photo by Frank Espada.
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