Bobi Céspedes
Performance/Touring History

Unless otherwise noted, all events listed below are with The Bobi Céspedes Band, with Bobi Céspedes as Director and Lead Vocalist.


CalArts House of Voices (livestream performance) - Friday, January 13, 2023 (Bobi Céspedes Folkloric Group)


Healdsburg Jazz, Healdsburg, CA - Thursday, June 6, 2022 (Bobi Céspedes Band)

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA - Saturday, April 2, 2022 (Bobi Céspedes Band)


Freight & Salvage (livestream performance), Berkeley, CA - Saturday, June 12, 2021 (Bobi Céspedes Band)

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, CA - Sunday, May 2, 2021 (Bobi Céspedes Band)


TBWIG (The Black Woman is God), virtual exhibition. December 2020.

San Francisco Jazz, San Francisco, CA.  October 2020, “Fridays at Five” (streamed series of live-archived band performance)

Streamed performance, Kennedy Center Couch Concerts Series with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. (Solo performance)

San Francisco Jazz, San Francisco, CA. March 2020 Global Voices—Women in Jazz Around the World. (Performance with folkloric group, Siguaraya)


Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA. September 2019

SF Jazz Festival, San Francisco, CA.  June 2019

Stanford Live!  Palo Alto, CA. February 2019. Bobi as guest artist with John Santos Sextet and Special Guests.

Brava Theatre, San Francisco, CA.  August 2018

San Jose Summer Jazz Festival, San Jose, CA.  August 2018.  Bobi as guest artist with John Santos Sextet.

Radio Active Resistance, UC Theatre, Berkeley, CA. BCE with special guest, John Santos.  Program included multi-Grammy winner, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.  May 2018

Ashkenaz, International Women’s Month, Maestra Series, Berkeley, CA.  March 2018

The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz, Eastside Arts Alliance & First Presbyterian Church, Oakland. Bobi as guest artist with John Santos Quintet. February, 2018                                                                           

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA. November 2017

Yerba Buena Festival, San Francisco, CA.  August 2017

SF Jazz Festival, Tribute to Celia Cruz, San Francisco, CA. July 2017

Benefit concert for Giovanni Hidalgo, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.  Bobi as guest artist, along with Zakir Hussain, John Santos, and others.  July 2017

SF Jazz Festival, Special performance at Funder’s Dinner.  San Francisco, CA.  Bobi with José Roberto Hernández on guitar.  May 2017

Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.  Bobi as guest artist with Junius Courtney Big Band. April 2017 

Ashkenaz, International Women’s Month, Maestra Series, Berkeley, CA. With special guest, John Santos.  March 2017

New Year’s Eve Celebration, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA.  December 2016

Friday Nights at OCMA, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.  November 2016

The Sacred Roots of Latin Jazz, Eastside Arts Alliance & First Presbyterian Church, Oakland. Bobi as guest artist with John Santos Sextet. October 2016

Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration--Dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Smithsonian Museum, Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage, Washington DC.  With special guest, John SantosSeptember 2016

“Sounds of California,” Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Museum, Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage, Washington DC. Bobi as Special guest with John Santos Sextet.  July 2016

SF Jazz Festival, Celebrating Celia Cruz. 2 shows at Joe Henderson Lab.  2016


During these years, Bobi Céspedes toured nationally with her band, promoting the release of the CD’s: Patakín and Rezos  The following are highlights from those tours (approximately 10 tours):

San Juan Islands tour, including show at San Juan Community Theatre, San Juan Islands, Washington. 2011                                                                                                           

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma, WA. 2011       

International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, NM.  2010

International Folk Festival, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.  2009

Joe’s Pub, New York, NY. 2009 & 2003.

Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL.  2007

Milwaukee Latino Arts, Milwaukee, WI. 2007

Habana Harlem Festival, Aaron Davis Hall, NY. BC guest artist with Oriente Lopez and Roman Díaz.  2007

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.  2003                                                                 

SOB’s, New York City, NY.  2003

St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, NY.  2003

Chicago Summer Dance Series, Chicago, IL.  2003

Dance Nights, The Skirball Community Center.  Los Angeles, CA.  2003

Conga Room, Los Angeles.  2003

African Festival of the Arts, Chicago, IL.  2003

Harbourfront Festival, Toronto, Canada.  2003                                                                                                


Bobi performed as Lead Vocalist for Mickey Hart’s Bands on the following national tours, at multiple venues:

  • The Rhythm Devils Tour. 2007
  • Bembe Orisha Tour. 2000
  • Planet Drum Tour. 1998


Highlights of performances with the band, Conjunto Céspedes (CC), which Bobi co-founded and directed, and was lead vocalist for:

Sidney Festival, Bacardi Festival de Cuba, Sidney, Australia.  2000

International Performing Arts Series, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Lancaster, CA.  2000

The Conga Room, Los Angeles.  2000

Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival, Chicago, IL.  2000                                                   

Old Town School of Music, Chicago, IL.  2000

“The African Influence in Latin America,”  CSU Dominguez Hills.  2000

SOB’s, New York.  1995

Talkhouse. Miami Dade Community College, Miami. 1995

Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC. 1995

Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco, CA.  BC with Siguaralla.  1995

BAM Festival, Barcelona, Spain. This tour also included performances in Germany and Amsterdam. 1995. 

Bomhard Theatre, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville, KY.  1995

Embarcadero Center, SF Jazz Festival Benefit.  1993

San Diego Street Scene, San Diego, CA. 1993

Twilight Concert Series, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT.  1993

Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco, CA.  1991

Great America Music Hall, San Francisco

Celia Cruz Concert, Design Center, San Francisco.  Opening band for shows in SF and Sacramento.  1988

Bryan Ferry Tour, Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley, CA.  CC opened up for the Bryan Ferry Band during their California tour, which included additional venues. 1988                                                

Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, Opening Band for Ruben Blades.  1987

Bill Graham World Beat Festival, Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 1985


Conjunto Céspedes opened for such groups as:  Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Willie Rosario, Los Van Van, and Bryan Ferry.

In addition to the venues listed above, Conjunto Céspedes played regularly in the following Bay Area venues:  Yoshi’s, La Peña Cultural Center, Ashkenaz, El Rio.