Peña Pachamama -Support for an incredibly special place
Organized by: Quentin Navia
We want to be able to continue as a magical, musical peña but we can't do it without your help.
Peña Pachamama, still open after 18 years as a magical, musical peña in the heart of San Francisco’s touristic North Beach district, came from following our hearts and inner Creative Spirt. It became a gathering place for great world musicians and dancers some of whom are in this short film including Chuchito Valdés, Fito Reinoso, Metzi Henriquez, Georges Lammam, Fogo Na Roupa and celebrities Robin Williams and Willie Brown.
As musicians in the late 90s, we were just renting a space for a weekend to do our home season concert. Unknown to us, this space turned out to be a landmark location, San Francisco’s most historic speakeasy, and later, the beloved restaurant Amelio’s. Clark Gable fell in love here with Carole Lombard and Joe DiMaggio had his wedding dinner with Marilyn Monroe. It was so full of history, but also of a spirit that resonated with ours. Nourishing a young organic restaurant and cultural center also brought us to an understanding of live foods and our health.
Peña Pachamama's founders, two time Latin Grammy nominee Eddy Navia (Savia Andina) and Quentin Navia of SUKAY, toured and performed for over 40 years bringing the music and dance of Bolivia and the Andes mountains throughout the world. SUKAY has appears on some of the great stages across America including New York's Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, Masonic Auditorium, Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater and Vilar Center, Washington DC's Lisner Auditorium and Smithsonian Institution's Baird, Arizona's Roy Disney Center for the Performing Arts and Centennial Hall, Spivey Hall, GA, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, AZ, and the Colisée in Quebec City (opening for Peter Gabriel and Genesis). The group also appeared at festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto, and at Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival and countless other venues.
This fundraising campaign is to raise money to help keep this magical place alive.
We will be grateful for your support of any amount and help spread the word of this fundraiser!