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 next spring.
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.
“We’re looking to bring back Music in the Park’s tradition of good times and great music,” said Blage Zelalich, deputy director, San Jose Downtown Association. “Ozomatli is the perfect band to continue this new model.”
Ozomatli’s “Embrace the Chaos” won a Grammy Award in 2002 for best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. The Los Angeles-based seven-piece band performs a mix of musical styles including Latin, rock, salsa, jazz, funk and reggae. We have more band info below.
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 about Ozomatli: In their eighteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Their music has been taken up by MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers and the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, they recorded the travelogue “City of Angels” as a new urban anthem, and they were featured as part of the prominent L.A. figures imaging campaign “We Are 4 L.A.” on NBC-TV. Ozomatli also have the distinction of headlining the Hollywood Bowl three times, in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In recognition of their efforts, the City of Los Angeles has officially declared every April 23rd in perpetuity as “Ozomatli Day.” They have performed twice for President Barack Obama.
About Sonido Clash Sessiones: Four groups and artists will perform individually and collectively. Sonido Clash is a monthly performance and dance party that explores the intersection of the traditional, modern, and emerging Latin Sound diaspora every 1st Friday inside the Pagoda at the Fairmont San Jose, featuring special guests:
- Raul Y Mexia – (pronounced mex-EYE-uh) are the sons of bassist Hernán Hernández, a founding member of the iconic San Jose norteño band Los Tigres del Norte. Brothers Raul and Mexia Hernández recently celebrated the release of “Arriba y Lejos” with a major record deal with Nacional Records.
- Philthy Dronez – Mr. Philthy is more determined than ever to make this project a collective of musicians and singers spanning many different types of music including Latin, alternative, experimental and progressive.
- Turbo Sonidero Futuristico – Beat-maker/producer Turbo Sonidero Futuristico (Roman Zepeda) lyrics are versatile, and reflective of his East San Jose upbringing.
- Chatos1013 – Thomas Ramon Aguilar serves as curator of the group and will kick off the evening spinning “360 degrees of Soul.”
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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