For immediate release
May 28, 2015
Three Music in the Park shows slated this summer
Reggae on June 18, salsa on July 17 and Los Lonely Boys Aug. 28
SAN JOSE – Los Lonely Boys and top reggae and salsa acts will headline Music in the Park as downtown San Jose celebrates its musical diversity with three concerts at Plaza de Cesar Chavez this summer:
June 18: Afro-pop sensation Freshlyground from Capetown, South Africa, and reggae star Sister Carol of Kingston, Jamaica, kick off the series.
Freshlyground is led by Zolani Mahola, now a judge on The Sing Off SA, who fronts the seven-piece band known for its live performance energy. The international sensation is best known for “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” sung with Shakira, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They have sold albums and appeared all over the world, including China. Their recent hit, “All Things Considered,” topped the U.S. iTunes world music chart. freshlyground.com.
Sister Carol, who has also recorded as Black Cinderella and Mother Culture, has 12 albums to her credit, including her latest, “Live No Evil.” Singer, deejay, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and educator, Sister Carol has 12 albums to her credit, including her latest, “Live No Evil.” She has recorded with artists including Brigadier Jerry, Bunny Banton, Judy Mowatt, Buju Banton, Sugar Minott, and Bunny Wailer. One of many career highlights is her Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album for 1996’s “Lyrically Potent.” sistercarol.com.
DJ Robert Rankin, a Bay Area reggae/dancehall DJ for more than 20 years, completes the opening night lineup.
July 17: Get ready to dance at a salsa show featuring two of the Bay Area’s top bands: P’al Bailador and Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor.
P’al Bailador, “The Dancer’s Salsa Band,” is a Bay-Area based super-group known for playing upbeat salsa music that keeps singles and couples on the dance floor all night. Directed by Neftali Rosado, Pa’l Bailador fuses the sounds of Puerto Rico and New York, and plays original works and covers of latest hits. facebook.com/pages/Pal-Bailador/241592102940
The 11-man group, Julio Bravo y su Orquestra Salsabor, is a unique blend of vocal styles and energetic danceable salsa that has earned them the title, “The Bay Area’s Top Salsa Band.” facebook.com/pages/Julio-Bravo-y-su-OrquestaSalsabor/39025653109 This show also includes a guest appearance by Bloco del Sol, featuring 25-30 Brazilian drums and percussion players.
Aug. 28: Grammy Award winners Los Lonely Boys – the beloved brother trio of Jojo, Henry and Ringo Garza – bring their “Texican” brand of rock ’n’ roll from San Angelo, Texas, to downtown San Jose. Los Lonely Boys combines elements of rock ’n’ roll, Texas blues, soul, country and Tejano. The band’s debut single, “Heaven” became a Top 20 hit, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart, and eventually won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a duo or group with vocal. They followed their initial success with two more Grammy nominations in 2006 for their album Sacred. Very active in 2014 supporting their latest album, “Revelation,” Los Lonely Boys has already included a number of California stops in 2015 including The Fillmore in San Francisco, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and a Santa Cruz festival in May. loslonelyboys.com
Local favorite J.C. Smith Band, which has been voted “best blues band” in South Bay numerous times, opens the show. jcsmithband.com
Concerts start at 5:15 p.m. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, located at Market and San Fernando streets. Advance $10 tickets are on sale at musicintheparksj.com. Tickets are $15 the day of the show. Children 12-under are free when accompanied by an adult.
The concerts are produced by San Jose Downtown Association. Series sponsors include: Metro, City of San Jose, NBC, Telemundo, KQED, El Observador, Content Magazine, KFOG 97.7 SJ/104.5 SF, La Raza 93.3, Lagunitas Beer Company, J. Lohr Wines, Republic Services and Silicon Valley Bike Coalition.
Music in the Park started in 1989 as an eight-week, Friday lunchtime series in Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The series moved to Thursday evenings in 1990, eventually growing to 13 concerts. From 1998 to 2008, Music in the Other Park was produced in St. James Park in June ahead of the Plaza Park season. ###
Also at the event: Kids fun in the southwest area of the park:
- Enjoy urban art activities, live DJ and dance workshops at The FutureArtsNow! Activity Zone. futureartsnow.org
- Interactive CHALK ZONE by Luna Chalk Arts Festival. lunaparkchalkart.org/about-us/ Food and drink:
- New this year – Cocktail Lounge in the Park: Tasty mixed drinks and lounge seating in a transformed space, courtesy Method42 Productions. method42.net
- Also new – Craft Beer offerings from local breweries, including Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Strike Brewing.
- Food on site from Angelou’s Mexican Grill; Falafel Fresh; Pizza My Heart; Asmara’s Hotdogs and Kettle Korn; Snowzilla Shaved Ice and Fruit, and more.
- J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
- San Jose Bike Coalition, in cooperation with the City of San Jose, will provide free valet bike parking from 4:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m.
- To find the nearest parking options to Plaza de Cesar Chavez, go to sjdowntownparking.com
Photos available upon request Contact: Rick Jensen Communications Director San Jose Downtown Association (408)-279-1775 x318