Thank you for your support in this year’s Music in the Park. Plans are to bring the series back again in 2014, so check back in May.
After a one-year hiatus, Music in the Park returned to celebrate its 25th anniversary celebration with a single concert July 19. Grammy Award-winner Ozomatli headlined the paid admission show in St. James Park.
Music in the Park details:
- Friday, July 19
- 5:30-9 p.m.
- St.James Park, North First and St. James streets
- Openers: “Sonido Clash Sessiones” featuring Raul Y Mexia, Philthy Dronez, Turbo Sonidero Futuristico and Chatos1013.
- Admission is $15 day of the show and tickets are available online until 7:30 pm. The Box Office at the park will open at 4 p.m. today and gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets available below
- Children 12-under are free when accompanied by an adult.
While plans are made for the next step of Music in the Park’s journey, check the LiveandLocalSJ.com page for what’s happening this week in downtown San Jose.
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. In all, SJDA produced 258 free shows featuring acts such as Tower of Power, Smash Mouth, Maroon 5, Eek-A-Mouse and Greg Kihn.
The concerts were supported by loyal sponsors and attended by devoted fans that reflected the region’s diverse population and socioeconomic makeup. The event peaked in 2010 when 83,500 people attended, 37 percent of them coming from outside the city and creating $2.4 million in economic impact. SJDA decided not to produce Music in the Park in 2012 as attendance at the free shows outgrew the venue.
“By gating the park and charging admission, we believe the focus will be on the music,” Zelalich added.
More Music in the Park information
• No coolers, outside food or drinks, cans or glass bottles (except people with special medical conditions).
• No pets (except licensed service dogs)
• Low-back chairs and blankets OK. No canopies or tents
• No smoking in San Jose City Parks
• No sharp objects or weapons
• Silicon Valley DeBug will have a variety of music and art activities, including make-your-own T-shirts, hands on mural painting and hula-hooping. They will be selling a limited number of commemorative Music in the Park 25th Anniversary T-shirts for sale for $15, but if you bring your own T’s, favorite bag or item to get screen printed, the cost will only be $10 each.
• There will be FREE bike valet parking, courtesy of the City of San Jose and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition – available near the main entrance from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.
• Downtown restaurants featuring menu items at the event include: Poor House Bistro; House of Siam Gourmet Thai Wraps Truck;Angelou’s Taqueria; Pizza My Heart; Nita Bee’s Southern Style Desserts and Asmara’s Kettle Korn.
• This is a GREEN WAST EVENT! Thanks to a grant from the San Jose Environmental Services Department and help from Republic Services, Nothing Wasted Consulting and Conservation Corps, at least 75% of waste from the event will be diverted away from landfill, reducing the event’s impact on the environment.
•POSTERS: A limited number of framed posters from past seasons of Music in the Park are available for sale. The posters were created by some of Silicon Valley’s best designers. These make wonderful gifts for Music in the Park fans and former attendees. For information, please contact Blage Zelalich.
T-SHIRTS: Silicon Valley Debug produced some cool Music in the Park T-shirts, which are available for sale. Check them out!
Enjoy a special attendee rate of $99 per night for Music in the Park (July 19) and / or Fountain Blues Festival (July 20) by clicking on the link and take advantage of staying in one of San Jose’s premiere hotels – just blocks away from the events. https://resweb.passkey.com/go/fountainblues
Before you come downtown visit sjdowntownparking.com to keep your drive stress-free
Parking: $5 parking after 6 p.m. is available in CITY OF SAN JOSE garages, such as the garages at Third Street near Santa Clara Street and at Market and San Pedro streets. Parking informational signs on city streets will guide you to the nearest city lot or garage.
TICKET UPDATE – Online ticket sales ($15) continue today until 7:30 pm. The Box office at the park will open at 4 p.m. TODAY and gates open at 5 p.m.
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