February is Carnival time in Trinidad and Brazil! The SF Panhandlers Steel Drum Band return after their sold out performance last June for an evening of Carnival Calypso music featuring vocalist Harry Best singing classic Trinidadian party music from greats like The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener.
Come enjoy the island sounds of this dynamic 12 piece band a they take you to the islands with their swinging Caribbean grooves.”
The SF Panhandlers are a nationally acclaimed steel band based in San Mateo, California. Under the direction of Jim Munzenrider, this group has been entertaining audiences throughout Northern California since 1987.
With an extensive repertoire of traditional socas, calypsos, beguines, and other styles, the Panhandlers have become a mainstay at a number of Bay Area events, including the San Francisco Aids Walk, numerous community concert series, and the annual Pan in the Schools Jamboree, a day long festival for elementary and high school steel bands. In 2002, the group became the “unofficial steel band” of the San Francisco Giants, when they were invited to perform at the Playoffs and World Series at Pacific Bell Park.
The SF Panhandlers have recorded 5 CDs, to date – all of which have been enthusiastically applauded by the steel pan community and the general public. Their recordings feature original compositions by renowned composers, fresh arrangements of classics, and innovative treatments of popular songs.