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Summer Nights at the JCC: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca in Concert

Saturday, August 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

Osher Marin JCC – Swig Field (outdoor behind the main building)
200 North San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
A Family-Friendly Summer Fiesta and Concert

Join us at the Osher Marin JCC for a multi-cultural night of great music, food, and dancing under the stars!

Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo’s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.”

Lemvo hails from São Salvador Do Congo (M’Banza-Kongo), Zaire in Northern Angola. He grew up in Congo-Kinshasa where he was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. Lemvo came to the US more than 30 years ago to pursue a law degree but ended up devoting his life to music

Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. He is truly multi-cultural and equally at home singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Kimbundu, Turkish, Lingala, and Kikongo.

Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, raising his joyous voice with strength, singing songs that celebrate life, and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries.

Start the evening at 6:30 with free salsa lessons, then strut your stuff on the outside dance floor, or just sit back, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the party and people watching!

The evening is being held outdoors at the Osher Marin JCC aside Marin’s beautiful nature and openspace preserve.

Doors open: 6:00pm

Pre-event salsa dance class: 6:30pm, presented by Salsa Marin Dance Academy

Show starts: 7:30pm

Food: Dinners will be available for purchase on site from El Huarache Loco, and snacks will be available at concessions stands. Guests are also invited to bring picnics; however, alcohol and glassware may NOT be carried in.

Drinks: Beer, wine, and sodas will also available for purchase.


All seating will be General Admission and on the turf. Children 12 and under are FREE and will not need a ticket.


Bring a blanket or a low-seated ,low-backed lawn chair. Chairs not within regulation will be asked to be removed to the outside of the turf area.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? No, although a photo I.D. will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Public transportation to our location can be difficult; however, the Center offers free onsite parking, and there is plenty of street parking. Bike racks are also available and located at the front of the building.

What can I bring into the event? Outside food is permitted (however, do NOT bring glass or alcohol). Lawn blankets and/or low-backed lawn chairs are encouraged, and we recommend sweaters and jackets as it can get cool in the evenings.

Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, pets, candles or grills, and anything glass. BAGS WILL BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please e-mail skelman@marinjcc.org

What is the refund policy? We have a no refund policy, but as a non-profit 501c3 we are able to send you an acknowledgement donation letter for the value of your unused ticket.

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center is a non-profit organization, and your generosity helps us produce events such as this one. Your gift—big or small—is always appreciated.


Thank you!


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