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New Orleans Holiday Celebration

Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco

CHELLE! and Friends will be celebrating the holidays, New Orleans style! Join us at the Red Poppy Art House and dance away those extra Thanksgiving turkey and dressing pounds. Come and get your “Wang Dang Doodled” and Laissez les bontemp rouler!

CHELLE! and Friends Kids Concert

Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission Street, S

Led by New Orleans-native Michelle Jacques, a soul-steeped vocalist with a big, bold voice, Chelle! & Friends bring to the Gardens a family-friendly taste of the Crescent City, the cradle of so much essential American music. Featuring some of the region’s most exciting musicians, including blues-steeped guitarist Eric Swinderman, jazz bassist Sam Bevan, and vocalist Bryan Dyer, Chelle! & Friends deliver music that’s steeped in the cadences of gospel and animated by the earthy grooves of R&B and the Caribbean. Join the party, move your feet, sing along, and join a Mardi Gras parade!

This program repeats at 12:15pm.

FREE Age limit: All ages


Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission Street, San Francisco

If there’s one thing that unites the many styles of music that hail from New Orleans it’s an insistence that the present moment is the best time to celebrate life’s pleasures. Case in point is this double bill, which features two Bay Area treasures with deep Gulf Coast roots. Richmond-raised accordion virtuoso André Thierry lays down dance-inducing zydeco laced with soul and R&B. And New Orleans native Michelle Jacques, a soul-steeped vocalist, leads the talent-packed Bay Area band Chelle! and Friends. Join the party and laissez les bon temps rouler!

FREE Age limit: All ages

Stern Grove Festival Assoc. "Grove on the Road" Popup Music Festival

Cleveland Elementary School, 455 Athens Street, San Francisco

Stern Grove Festival is excited to present Grove on the Road, a new mobile "pop up" arts festival, this spring!

These admission-free events bring the Stern Grove Festival experience directly into San Francisco neighborhoods.

Free Age limit: All ages


Oakland Splash Pad 10th Anniversary Celebration

Oakland Splash Pad Lake Merritt, Between Grand and lakeshore Avenue adjacent to Highway 580, Oakland, CA.


Free Age limit: All ages


Benefit for the Family Violence Law Center

Loring Cafe, 37 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA.


tba Age limit: 21+


Target Family Day

Yerba Buena Gardens, 760 Howard Street , San Francisco, CA.

 Jessie Square

Free Age limit: All ages


Yerba Buena Gardens Children's Summer Series

Yerba Buena Gardens, 760 Howard Street , San Francisco, CA.


Free Age limit: All ages

"Terrific, the power of the vocals and the pulse of the rhythms dazzle audiences of any ages, nothing short of breathtaking!"
Pascal Bokar 
Savanna Jazz
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"Hey Chelle, I want to let you know what a fine time we all had checkin' out your show at La Pena last night. As a part-time New Orleans resident (I spend about 1/3 of the year down there and 2/3 in Oakland), and a long-time New Orleans music enthusiast (I've written a book, any number of magazine articles, and I had a long-running show on KPFA a couple of decades ago) I thought I was on top of all important manifestations of New Orleans funk in the Bay Area, but clearly I was wrong about that since I had never known about you before last night. I was really impressed with your set list; a great mix of popular tunes and NOLA obscurities. 

Anyway, thanks again for a down-home funky time. Best live music I've heard in months."

Michael Oliver-Goodwin