The Sabor Blog

News, Events & Stories from the Latino Community across the U.S.

SPECIAL GUEST BLOG: Sabor Opening Concert in San Francisco Has Audience Dancing in the Aisles

The John Santos Sextet performed to a standing-room only packed house in the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library on August 27.  As the opening program, the five-time Grammy nominated John Santos and his stellar sextet kept the crowd dancing in their seats and in the aisles throughout the program.  The audience was ecstatic when John brought out a surprise guest, Maraca (Orlando Valle), the renowned Latin flautist, to sit in with the group and play a set.  Many in the audience lingered after the program to talk with John, his fellow musicians and with library

Bill Graham and Santana at Woodstock

Fresh to the San Francisco music scene—playing a combination of bluesy electric guitar, Latin percussion and organ—Carlos Santana rose to the national music stage through his performance at Woodstock, thanks to Bill Graham. Graham agreed to help recruit performers for Woodstock under the condition that Santana, a little known band at the time, perform at the show.

The Anniversary of Woodstock

Forty-two years ago this week, half a million people gathered on a dairy farm near Bethel, New York to listen to 32 acts perform over a rainy weekend. Two sounds coming from San Francisco who were part of the Woodstock experience are also featured in American Sabor: Joan Baez and Carlos Santana. This week, we’ll highlight their musical contributions.

Latin Flavor Hits the Nation's Capitol

Washington, D.C. will taste the flavor of Latino popular music when the larger version of the American Sabor exhibition opens at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery on July 11. This is one of two exhibitions—both titled American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music—that celebrate the influence of Latinos in shaping American popular music.

Latin Rhythms Come to Life at Sacramento Public Library Free Latin Jazz Concerts

Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo kicked off American Sabor Community Programs

Sacramentans rocked-out to Latin rhythms of jazz, R&B and funk at a standing-room only performance of Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra at the Sacramento Public Library on June 8th.

SPECIAL GUEST BLOG: What do salsa, city council members, nonprofit executive directors and a member of Congress have in common?

On March 24th I had the pleasure of meeting Sacramento community members who gathered at the Sacramento Public Library to hear about the upcoming American Sabor exhibition.  Following a preview of the website and the planned community and education programs, the room was charged with excitement as people began to see the possibilities this exhibition will bring to Sacramento.

Telling the Story with Half the Size

When SITES was approached by Ford Motor Company Fund, a longstanding supporter of the arts, about collaborating on a Latino-focused traveling exhibition, they immediately thought about American Sabor. SITES had heard about this Latino music-focused exhibition created by Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) that was traveling to major cities across the country. They felt it would be an exciting challenge to tell the story in half the space in order to travel to smaller, community-based museums and libraries with access to a broad base of visitors.

Behind the Scenes: American Sabor

At the exhibition you’ll learn that music that is considered deeply “American” like Richard Berry’s 1955 rock n’ roll hit, “Louie Louie,” is built on the rhythmic foundation of Latin sounds. In the case of “Louie Louie,” it’s the cha-cha-chá. Check out The Kingsmen version below to hear for yourself. Was there one musician that the curatorial team wishes they could have included in the exhibition? Yes, José Feliciano.

Behind the Scenes: The Making of the American Sabor Exhibition

Six years ago, professors from the University of Washington (UW) approached Experience Music Project (EMP) with the idea of chronicling the history of Latino music in the U.S. through an epic exhibition. According to Jasen Emmons, EMP’s curatorial director, the professors explained how Latino artists and Latino music’s influence is often overlooked or altogether ignored, and they wanted to collaborate on an exhibition that highlighted its impact and contributions.

The Sabor Blog - Why a Blog?

Hispanic Heritage Month is upon us—a time to honor the contributions of Hispanics to the fabric of this nation. In celebration we are launching the Sabor Blog. Why a blog you ask? What is American Sabor?

This Smithsonian traveling exhibition sponsored by Ford chronicles the impact of Latino music in the U.S. through 5 cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio and New York. It highlights how Latino musicians have influenced popular music throughout the decades and will start to tour in early 2011.