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Southern California Club to host 2016 NABO Convention July 2-3

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The younger dance group Eskualdun Izarrak.

The younger dance group Eskualdun Izarrak.

Linda Iriart

Linda Iriart

The younger dance group Eskualdun Izarrak.


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The annual convention of the North American Basque Organizations will be hosted by the Southern California Basque Club in Chino, Calif. this coming weekend.

Gatibu, a rock band from the Basque Country, and the Jean Flesher Band, from Salt Lake City, will provide music for the event, which starts Saturday July 2 with a barbecue steak dinner at Brinderson Hall at the Chino Fairgrounds.

A video history of the Southern California Basque Club which is celebrating its 70th anniversary will be shown and many of the club’s long time members will be honored. Gatibu will play after dinner.

Accordionist Jean Flesher  with singer and trumpeter Michelle Iturriria and J.P. Etchechury on drums.

Linda Iriart
Accordionist Jean Flesher with singer and trumpeter Michelle Iturriria and J.P. Etchechury on drums.

On Sunday, July 3, the club picnic, also at the fairgrounds, begins with a Basque Mass, followed by a traditional Basque barbecue lamb lunch. Folk dancers from Chino’s Gauden Bat group and visiting San Francisco Zazpiak Bat Dancers will perform in the afternoon, followed by an evening of dancing with the Jean Flesher Band.

On Monday, July 4, the Centro Basco restaurant will be serving a traditional Basque breakfast that includes eggs, chorizo and bacon. Centro Basco is located at 13432 Central Ave. in Chino.

Delegates from Basque clubs from around the U.S. will be attending the convention, which is an annual summer event that rotates to a different club every year.

To buy your meal tickets early, click here.

The fairgrounds are located at 5410 Edison Ave. in Chino, Calif.




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