Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo, hosted by Jesse "Chuy" Varela from KCSM

Pete Escovedo

Ring in the new year at the Freight with The Pete Escovedo Orchestra featuring Peter Michael Escovedo and Juan Escovedo. A groundbreaking percussionist and beloved bandleader, Pete has been making great music and pushing the boundaries of Latin jazz for forty years.

In 2018, Pete Escovedo will be going to studio to record a new high-energy latin jazz record with some of the best musicians in the scene. His son, Peter Michael Escovedo will also be going into the studio to record an album paying tribute to his friend and former band leader, George Michael. When Juan Escovedo turned 14 he began playing with his father, Pete. Since that time, Juan has established himself in the the industry as a musician of complexity, style and originality. His artistic achievements flow from his rich musical heritage and compassion for his art form.

The dance floor will be open and tickets include a complimentary finger food buffet before the show and a glass of champagne at midnight.

FLO the Funky Latin Orchestra

The band "FLO," Funky Latin Orchestra, consists of a collective of musicians based out of the San Francisco and the greater East Bay Area with 30 years plus each to their credits of professional entertaining, performing, recording and touring with many greats of the music industry. This group of well seasoned musicians have been playing together and entertaining audiences of many diverse social backgrounds and genres of music and have crossed paths with each other anywhere from the last 5 to 25 years in their career."FLO"Funky Latin Orchestra is pleasured to entertain and get you out of your seat.

The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble Of SF (on the Gallery Stage)

The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, or LJYE, is a performing group of talented musicians ages ten to 18. Despite their youth, several generations of ensemble musicians have already contributed to the legacy of Latin jazz history by recording three CDs which feature original compositions by the students. The CDs present the student musicians playing alongside notable special guests such as Armando Peraza, Jerry Gonzalez, John Santos, Jeff Cressman, and of course, LJYE music director and multi-instrumentalist John Calloway.

Jesse "Chuy" Varela

Tonight's event will be hosted by Jesse "Chuy" Varela!

For KCSM 91.1 FM's Music Director Jesse "Chuy" Varela, music roots have run deep.

From an early age, Chuy was fascinated by music, playing the guitar in Mexican bands and in the army. He attended Cal State Hayward where he majored in music. But after realizing that music would probably not be a lucrative career, he switched to mass communications where he studied print, TV and radio. He worked at the college's cafeteria radio station with KCSM's Clifford Brown Jr. and Keith Hines.

Hear Jesse 'Chuy' Varela on Latin Jazz, Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm, and on Jazz in the Afternoon, Monday through Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm.

$75 ADV / $80 DOOR (plus fees)

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  • PARKING: Because this event is for New Year's Eve and will run late, please check with your parking garage to find out when they will close. We have confirmed the following garage will remain open until 1AM: Allston Way Garage 2061 Allston Way (between Milvia &Shattuck, enter on either Center Street or Allston Way)
  • A ticket guarantees entry, but does not guarantee seating.
  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

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