traditional

Bridging the generational gap in Japantown

Jul 29, 2015
Suite J-Town

On Post Street in San Francisco’s Japantown, there’s a building that doesn’t look like its neighbors. It’s modern, and covered in chrome and glass. Inside, Japanese pop music pumps through speakers.

The New People building is dedicated to Japanese pop culture -- street fashion like the frilly “Lolita” style, or manga and anime, Japanese comics and animated cartoons. But just up the street lives the older, slower Japantown -- where it’s more about bonsai and taiko than robots and platform boots.

Paddy O'Brien will be our special guest this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond."  Paddy will demonstrate his mastery of the accordion and talk about his remarkable musical memory for traditional tunes.  He has collected more than 4,000 compositions—jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes.   Paddy will open the Crossroads Irish-American Festival in San Francisco this weekend.

The great Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill return to Folk Music & Beyond for a live performance this Saturday February 25th at 3 pm.  Hayes ranks among the most innovative and distinguished fiddlers playing traditional music today.