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San Francisco is Full of Latin Flavor as the Library Presents Series of Engaging Public Programs

This week we’ll be highlighting the inviting public programs that have brought children, families and young adults to the San Francisco Public Library as they share the vibrancy of Latin music, dance and culture in conjunction with the American Sabor exhibition. The exhibition is on view through Nov. 13 and more great programs are planned.


Latin Beats and Tiny Feet Come Together

This family program hosted at the Library as part of American Sabor brought together two well known Bay Area music groups to perform on September 24 for an audience of 170.


From La Familia Peña-Govea, the song “Bella flor” stood out. It showcased daughter, Cecilia’s, amazing vocals (she’s also a mean trumpet player). This group is known for their memorable performances of Tex-Mex and Colombian music. “Aqui no sera” by youth ensemble, Futuro Picante, a big band salsa song, got the audience moving in addition to their cover of Bobby Caldwell’s “What you won’t do for love”. Director Jose León explained that the song was one he danced to during his prom in 1979 that the group then turned into a great salsa number. The youngest member of the Futuro Picante is 12 (oldest is 20). He gave an amazing bongo solo. The entire group was very impressive. It’s clear why they were voted Best Kid Band in San Francisco Weekly’s “Best of” issue in 2010.

Pictured above, La Familia Peña-Govea.

Guest blog by Lisa Vestal, San Francisco Public Library