San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a special multi-band performance on March 8th, 2014 @ 8pm in the market garage for the album release party of Withdream Mansion, A Million Creatures & Andrew Conner.
Witchdream mansion sing quiet songs inspired by folk and lo-fi music immersed in dark imagery and haunting landscapes. Live performances are usually Robert Raymond performing solo, but for this performance Robert will be backed by a seven-piece band. Witchdream Mansion also just recorded an album, and will be debuting copies of it at the show. The songs on the album are richly layered and have an almost orchestral feel to them, featuring violin, piano, booming percussion, and stirring harmonies.
For this set, there will be a special treat- Robert Raymond will be accompanied by Molly Murphy on vocals, Andrew Conner on vocals and electric guitar, Zach Pallin on bass, Emily Octopys on piano, Tyler Rusten on harmonium, and Della Duncan on drums!
a million creatures
An unforgettable and haunting voice radiates from Molly Murphy, the musician behind the heartfelt songs of a million creatures. Deeply evocative lyrics put together with poetic imagery and powerful honesty creep into your soul as Molly shares her inner world over lightly plucked, delicately finger-picked acoustic guitar. A million creatures just released an album called 'in this hour'.
For his first full solo performance, Andrew will draw inspiration from his eclectic musical influences to offer up a mixture of classic and original songs played from the heart.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a liver performance with Dirty Cello on March 7th, 2014 @ 7:00pm in the Market Garage.
From wild Eastern-European gypsy music through the blues and ending with some shredding classic rock, Dirty Cello takes audiences on a tour of all the cello can do. The band--led by cellist Rebecca Roudman--morphs from a solo project, quartet, and large ensemble that includes musicians from Symphony Napa Valley.
Dirty Cello has performed at House of Blues (Voodoo Lounge), the Hard Rock Cafe (Oahu and Maui), the De Young Museum and tours to China, Hawaii, L.A./San Diego, Portland, Austin, and Seattle, among other venues.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join us for the next installment of the Daydream Nation band series, live at the market, on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 @ 8pm
The Y Axes
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Raq Filipina on Friday, Februrary 21st @ 7:00pm in the market garage.
Raq Filipina’s music is a unique mix of Filipino roots with Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean and chill electronica sounds. Her songs are mysterious and uplifting, innovative and modern, nostalgic and iconoclastic. Her voice is sultry, haunting and sensuous.
She’s an award winning composer and performer who grew up in a musical family in the San Juan neighborhood in Manila, singing and dancing from a young age. Since she arrived in the United States as a young woman, she has sung, danced and performed a range of styles, earning recognition and numerous awards along the way. In early 2010, the legendary world music producer Greg Landau contacted her to work on a new project combining roots music of the Philippine Islands with eclectic rhythms and a touch of electronica. The chemistry of Raq Filipina’s compositions and Landau’s innovative production was immediate and powerful, and they have recorded a unique album.
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The San Jose Challenge urban adventure race is returning to Silicon Valley on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
The Challenge is a ridiculously fun “Amazing Race” style competition packed into one incredible day. Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other Challengers for immortal glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city.
Think of it like a 5K that tests your brains as much as your legs, with bigger prizes and a whole lot more fun--we guarantee you’ll have a blast!
An amazing, active way to spend a Sunday with friends in SJ! Don't worry—fitness is a plus, but you’ll need a blend of smarts AND speed to win this race!
And at the finish line, we’ll welcome you back with cold water, food and drink specials, music, costume contest and awards ceremony for our winners!
San Pedro Square Market
12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
San Pedro Square Market Special Events: Calling all whiskey lovers! Join SPSM for a special event on March 27th, 2014 from 6pm - 10pm
- Whiskies of the World® Expo brings you the "Art of Whiskey"
- TICKETS ARE GOING FAST: Click HERE to Purchase and Reserve your spot!
- Benefitting Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (bcef.org)
What to expect:
- Meeting whiskey distillers, gurus and brand ambassadors as you taste and experience their finest spirits from around the world.
- A two hour tasting experience starting at 6:00PM or 8:00PM
- A souvenir tasting glass designed for nosing and enjoying spirits
- More than 100 whiskies to taste
- An informative whiskey seminar staring at 7:40PM conducted by High West Distillery "Whiskies: A Scientific Art "
- Whiskey and cigar pairing session for those who dare to experience the pleasures of whiskey and cigars (Partagas and Macanudo).
- Blue Flame Spirits, Downslope Distillery
- Dry Fly
- Four Roses
- Muirhead's Silver Seal, Buck, 8 Seconds
Gordon and MacPhail
- High West
- Kilchoman, Isle of Arran, Exclusive Malts
- Ardbeg, Glenmorangie
- The Glenlivet, Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa
- Lexington Bourbon, Calumet Farm Bourbon, Bird Dog Whiskey,
- Sam Houston Whiskey
- Clyde May's
- Colorado Gold Distillery
- Corsair Artisan
- Ascendant Spirits
- Beam Inc.: Laphroaig, Kilbeggan, Canadian Club, Makers Mark, Small Batch Bourbon
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a special performance with A Yawn Worth Yelling Band on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 @ 8:00pm
For emerging indie-rock outfit A Yawn Worth Yelling, thinking different is more than just a revolutionary marketing catchphrase; it’s an ethic deeply ingrained in the personalities of the young musicians that comprise the San Jose, California four-piece. “Our musical tastes and backgrounds are diverse, so challenging ourselves to make different and exciting music is second nature to us,” states lead vocalist, guitarist, and percussionist Tyler Boyd. The band’s sophisticated, and whimsical indie-rock sound hosts dashes of math-rock, alternative rock, and even R&B, with the experimental style paying homage to influences such as The Dirty Projectors, The Dear Hunter, Manchester Orchestra, and Joanna Newsom, among others. As bassist Johannes Heine adds; “We love the unpredictability and foreignness of experimental artists. It’s definitely a creative ambition of ours to channel that degree of musicianship.”
Since their early-2011 inception, the band has been ever-active in the studio, having amassed an EP and a full-length to their name. As lead guitarist Brayden Deskins explains, “Our debut full-length ‘Hieme Bellum’ is really special to us. It’s a concept album about a kid who becomes fascinated with death and learns that love is more powerful than negative thoughts and feelings. It’s weird and it’s perfectly us – our individual personalities and spontaneity really shines through.” With an unshakeable group dynamic and chemistry, the future looks bright for the band. “We’re best friends and we want to make music together. We want our music to reach as many people who enjoy what we have to say as possible. There’s nothing that could be more fulfilling than that for us,” adds drummer Taylor Stover. The band will be releasing new music and touring extensively, particularly around the west-coast, for the remainder of 2014.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Peppe Merolla on Friday, February 14th, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Drummer, trumpeter, singer, and actor Peppe Merolla is as versatile as can be. Past work as an Italian singer, and actor has won him aan Italian Oscar.
Video: Peppe Merolla Quartet Featuring Vincent Herring - Massimo Farao'- Aldo Zunino
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: SAVE THE DATE!
San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2014, presented by Metro, continues its trend of providing a “cool” counterpart to the celebrated Summer Fest by presenting emerging jazz talent that’s pushing the art form forward. They also place a spotlight on education with two afternoons of student band performances accompanied by master classes taught by some of their featured performers.
This year, they present saxophone hotshot Anton Schwartz with his quintet, featuring young talent Taylor Eigsti. Other performers include LA-based composer and viola player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with local singer Mara Hruby; adventurous bass virtuoso Thundercat, who recently announced his collaboration with Herbie Hancock; blues/soul diva Nikki Hill; rising LA vocalist Moses Sumney; hot zydeco band Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys; straight ahead pianist, composer and bandleader Amina Figarova, alternative Latin powerhouse La Santa Cecilia, who just won a 2014 Grammy, and more.
Student performances include the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars, San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra, and Folsom High School Jazz Band. Master classes will be led by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Amina Figarova, and Taylor Eigsti.
Hotel De Anza is the official hotel sponsor of Winter Fest 2014.
San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with Casey Frazier on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 @ 8:00pm
Casey Frazier is a talented songwriter, singer and guitarist with an eclectic Americana sound with roots in country and 70s rock. Casey was born in Missouri, grew up in a small mountain town near Denver, Colorado, and spent a reasonable amount of his adolescence in Nashville, Tennessee. Casey has recently relocated to the Central Coast of California in order to continue his songwriting and expand his West Coast presence. He has shown incredible talent and growth as an artist, with upwards to 150 songs, two full-length albums, two EPs and another album on the way. He spends his time between Nashville and California. He is hoping to start expanding his audiences by taking his albums live, as well as creating a more dynamic online and print-media presence.
Photo Credit: Richard Herbert