Chemical Therapy Makes Its NorCal Debut at Music in the Park San Jose
Metro Silicon Valley » Music
by sstreet
3w ago
This Saturday marks the return of Metro-produced Music in the Park, a longstanding summer tradition in downtown San Jose, with headliner Alex Lora’s El Tri, who will ignite the crowd as they celebrate their 55th year as one of Mexico’s most popular rock bands. Also on the bill is a much newer band, making its first appearance in Northern California. The group, Chemical Therapy, has its first single out: “Daddy’s Girl,” a blend of rock, hip hop and pop mixed by Blind Melon’s Chris Thorn at Fireside Sound in Joshua Tree. Though the band in this form is fairly new, its bandmates share musical ro ..read more
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Make Music Day Fills the City with Sound for Summer Solstice
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by sstreet
3w ago
Looking at the national music scene can be dreary these days. As stadium show ticket prices climb and small venues struggle, artists and fans alike face barriers to entry that threaten to suck the joy out of one of the most joyful forms of human expression. Enter Make Music Day, a public celebration keeping the spirit of music alive in San Jose and far beyond. Scheduled to coincide with the summer solstice each year, the festival will fill the streets, plazas, museums and restaurants of the city with the sounds of local musicians from morning to night on June 21. “One of the things that has b ..read more
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Something New at San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival
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by sstreet
1M ago
This Saturday, the San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival returns, with bands alternating on two stages for nine hours in Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose. A craft beer garden with food takes care of the Brews part of the equation, while the blues will be supplied by Terrie Odabe, John Németh, Anthony Arya, Jon Cleary and others, with the Delgado Brothers and Chris Cain wrapping up with a 6:30pm show. The late Ted Gehrke, along with SJSU students, originated the festival in 1981 and then marshaled the whole campaign for decades. (For more about that, see page 3). Now it is the ..read more
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Third Eye Blind Fans Never Let Them Go
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by sstreet
1M ago
Twenty-seven years ago, Third Eye Blind blasted onto the music scene with a self-titled album that went six-times platinum and included the enduring alternative rock hits “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Graduate,” “How’s It Going To Be” and “Jumper.” A double-platinum second album, Blue, followed two years later. Then the radio hits stopped coming, with 2000’s “Never Let You Go” marking the last top 10 single for the band. So it might seem surprising for Third Eye Blind to still be headlining amphitheaters this summer. But Third Eye Blind’s popularity endures. And Stephen Jenkins, Third Eye Blind’s fou ..read more
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TheatreWorks Revue Celebrates Sondheim’s Take on Romance
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by sstreet
1M ago
Two years ago, Robert Kelley and William Liberatore of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley jumped at the chance to create an original Stephen Sondheim revue. The challenge—well, one of many—was that five Sondheim revues already existed. “It was like, how do you do something new?” Kelley, the show’s director, recalls. The longtime collaborators found themselves in this exhilarating situation in August 2022. Sondheim had died the previous year at age 91, and Music Theater International, the company that licenses his shows, had opened a brief window for organizations to create their own tributes to the ..read more
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Hall on the Hill
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by sstreet
1M ago
Radio listeners in the ’70s and ’80s would be hard pressed to have missed the pop/soul group Hall & Oates. Darlings of both FM and AM, and MTV regulars during the ’80s, the duo would eventually split with both artists releasing solo records. Originally part of the Atlantic Records family for their first three records, which yielded the No. 1 hit “She’s Gone,” Hall & Oates had a run on RCA Records that saw them rise to the top of the charts on a consistent basis. At their new label, distributed by behemoth BMG Distribution, they would strike gold yet again with an astounding six No. 1 ..read more
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Blues Guitarist Coco Montoya Builds on a Lifetime of Lessons
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by sstreet
1M ago
When guitarist Coco Montoya takes the stage at the Redwood Mountain Faire in Felton on June 1, audiences can count on the respected blues guitarist’s well-earned reputation as a compelling live performer. And after nearly three decades as a solo artist, he has a deep catalog. His first release hit big, winning a W.C. Handy Award in 1996. Today Montoya remains grateful for that award, but he shakes his head and laughs when the subject is brought up. “Believe me, I’m appreciative,” he says. “But I won for ‘Best Newcomer’!”  That album was his solo debut, but he had already been on the road ..read more
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Music in-Takht Embraces Egypt’s Modern Musical Evolution
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by sstreet
1M ago
Basma Edrees had to leave her native land to learn its music. “Surprisingly, it’s when you go away from home that you begin to realize, ‘I need to be more connected to my roots, to my culture,’” the Egyptian-born musician says. After spending years studying western classical music in Cairo, the violinist and educator began to immerse herself in Arabic music once she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. The exploration led her to found the instrumental ensemble Music in-Takht in 2022. With the mission of sharing and preserving Egyptian musical heritage in the Bay Area, the group ..read more
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Ringo Starr’s All-Stars Ascend to Mountain Winery
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by sstreet
1M ago
This spring, as he has done annually since 1989, save for a two-year interruption because of the pandemic, Ringo Starr will play live shows, starting with a brief run of dates that includes a stop at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, plus another run of shows in the fall, generally playing six shows a week. For a drummer/singer who is now 83, that might seem like a demanding workload. But this is exactly how Starr likes it. Speaking during a pair of recent press conferences with the other members of his All Starr Band, Starr, who has just released a four-song EP called Crooked Boy, said he som ..read more
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Cody Jinks Gets Back on Track With ‘Change the Game’
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by sstreet
2M ago
Cody Jinks flat out says he won’t make another album like his new effort, Change the Game. It’s not that he doesn’t like the album. In fact, he says he thinks it’s his most complete effort. He just doesn’t see himself being in the same headspace and place in life again. And he wouldn’t want to relive the changes and struggles that are reflected in the new songs. “This record, I was working on myself personally, exercising some personal demons and trying to live better, live healthier, be a better husband, be a better father, and that translates into being a better boss and putting on a better ..read more
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