We had our San Francisco and East Bay debut on Saturday October 1, 2011. We started with an afternoon show at the 17th Annual Arab Heritage Festival and then quickly packed up and crossed the bridge later that day to La Peña Cultural Center, a gorgeous building that had us running around outside like little kids. We had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the beautiful Naima Shaloub who opened for us.
For those on the west coast that came out and supported us, thank you so much for coming and giving us your energy, and most importantly for dancing and having a good time. Below is a free download from Saturday’s show at La Peña featuring an unplugged arrangement of “Alkoan Kulu” with Haig Manoukian on Oud, Rami El-Aasser on Percussion, Nahid Elgadi on backing vocals, and yours truly on lead vocals. This recording wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for Oscar (my new favorite sound engineer of all time second only to Kamilo) and his quiet stealth.