• THURSDAY, AUGUST 21:  An evening of Latin rock and jazz, featuring the legendary Pete Escovedo and 2013 Grammy-Award winning La Santa Cecilia, 5:30pm, Plaza de Cesar Chavez

  • Tickets ($10) now on sale.

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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. In 2013, Music in the park returned after a one-year hiatus, and featured Ozomotli.

The concerts are supported by loyal sponsors and attended by devoted fans that reflect the region’s diverse population and socioeconomic makeup.

Check the list of stars appearing on the Plaza de Cesar Chavez stage over the past 25 years.

View some of our pictures and videos from  Music in the Park.


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.

• 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 will serve menu items at the event.

• This is a GREEN WASTE 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!

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Parking Information

Before you come downtown visit 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.

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Thanks to our 2014 Music in the Park Sponsors:

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Thanks to all who came out on July 17th to enjoy Music in the Park – let’s do it again on August 21

THURSDAY, JULY 17:  With Live 105  featuring the English Beat, + Finish Ticket + The Holdup,  5:30pm, St. James Park


The English Beat:   By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune Tears of a Clown. Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: I Just Can’t Stop ItWh’appen, and Special Beat Service. The band toured the world, touring with such artists as David BowieThe PoliceREMThe ClashThe Talking HeadsThe Pretenders, and The Specials, to name but a few. The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist, such as Mirror in the BathroomSave it for LaterI ConfessStand Down Margaret, and their serene cover of the Andy Williams-penned Can’t Get Used To Losing You.  Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The BeatGeneral Public, and his new songs.

Finish Ticket:  Finish Ticket is an American indie pop band from Alameda, California. The group consists of Brendan Hoye (lead vocals/keyboards), Michael Hoye (bassist), Alex DiDonato (guitarist), Gabe Stein (drummer). Brendan, Michael and Alex attended Alameda High School.  The band, currently “at that crucial juncture between being purely amateur and making an honest go of it,” has recorded three EPs and most notably opened for Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Phoenix (band), The Black Keys, and Broken Bells at Not So Silent Night.

The Holdup: The Holdup is a San Jose quartet with a unique sound that incorporates elements of hip-hop, indie, reggae and pop. The group formed in early 2008 when drummer Danny Flores and vocalist Mike Garmany recruited bassist Kyle Christensen and DJ/Manager Clev Stiles. After only just a few months of playing local gigs the group cultivated a solid fan base and began selling out local venues.  The Holdup finished their fourth album Consequence in spring 2012 with their single “My Weekend.”

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