Freight & Salvage’s holiday season brings us traditional music from cultures near and far

Freight & Salvage’s upcoming holiday shows include select Freight traditions, as well as holiday interpretations from around the world – and the year ends with two nights of celebration at Latin Jazz. For returning artists like Tuck & Patti, Laurie Lewis, Barbara Higbie, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Christmas Jug Band, the holidays are a time to reunite with their extended communities for annual shows.

Tickets are now available for:

November 25: For the Freight, Thanksgiving is synonymous with the sweet jazz melodies of Tuck Andress & Patti Cathcart Andress (aka Tuck & Patti — click to listen).

November 26: The exciting bluegrass of the Laurie Lewis Annual Gratitude Concert with surprise special guests.

December 4: Hawaiian soul phenom Kalani Pe’a kicks off December with her Hawaiian Christmas show, featuring Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner Patrick Landeza and local hula instructor Kumu Hula Mahealani Uchiyama and dancers from Halau Ka Ua Tuahine.

Kalani Peʻa is a three-time Grammy Award-winning Hawaiian singer-songwriter. 1 credit

December 11: The boundless joy – complete with surprise choreography and costumes – of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus fills the halls of the Freight with their holiday exuberance.

December 12: The Freight’s longtime partner, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, presents a celebratory version of its annual Viola Mania concert as part of the monthly Classical at the Freight series.

December 15: Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff brings intimate storytelling to her “Home for the Holidays” concert. She is joined by Livingston Taylor.

December 17: In a unique cross-cultural experience, klezmer ensemble The Klezmatics pay homage to folk legend Woody Guthrie with their rendition of Guthrie’s newly discovered Hanukkah songs.

December 18: Windham Hill Records original multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie’s annual Winter Solstice concert doubles as a CD release party this year and features local favorites Jami Sieber, Vicki Randle, Michaelle Goerlitz and Dewayne Pate.

Barbara Higbie, who plays jazz piano and folk fiddle, among other things, performs a winter solstice concert on December 18. Credit: Irene Young

December 20: For the musical explorer, try the tangy styles of the Christmas Jug Band’s Holiday Ramble – a Bay Area musical tradition that spans over 40 years.

December 21: Irish Christmas in America combines song, dance and traditional Celtic storytelling for their hugely popular family event.

December 30 and 31: The Freight kicks off 2022 with two evenings of dazzling Latin jazz from legendary conguero Poncho Sanchez, culminating in a New Year’s Eve dance party. Sanchez embraces the legacy of past legends, such as Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente, while exploring his point of view of the canon of Latin jazz and opening up avenues with his original compositions. Freight Artistic Director Peter Williams has worked with Sanchez for over 20 years.

“When I think of New Year’s Eve, I always want to make it a big party, with dancing and great music,” Williams says. “Put them together and Poncho Sanchez is the perfect choice. One of the highlights of my career was a New Year’s show with Poncho in 2003! »

Conguero Poncho Sanchez leads the New Year’s Eve party at Freight & Salvage. 1 credit

As freight celebrates the end of 2022, Williams reflects on the difficulties.

“It’s the whole community that helps us keep our doors open,” he said. “From the artists, the public, our donors, our staff, our volunteers and the board of directors – our staff and our volunteers – everyone has supported us and trusted us to ensure their safety. We are so grateful for this support which has helped us survive and keep the music on stage.

There’s still time in 2022 to become a Freight Friend through the Donor Program, or support them and the artists by coming to a family show. There is something for everyone!

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