Live Music: Ginger & Juice Saturday Nov 2nd @ 8:00pm

1005122 464781146948289 906221931 nSan Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a special performance with local bay area Santa Cruz band, Ginger & Juice, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 @ 8:00pm

Tyler Armstrong: Vocals, percussion
Austin Armstrong: Drums, back up vocals
Andreas Dunn: Guitar
Matt Young: Guitar
Landan Main: Bass

Influences: The Mars Volta, Curtis Mayfield, Led Zeppelin, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind and Fire, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Porcupine Tree

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Live Music: Aki Kumar Blues Band Friday Nov 1st @ 7:00pm

aki kumar1 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Aki Kumar Blues Band on Friday, November 1st, 2013 @ 7:00pm.

Dynamic frontman & harp player Aki Kumar is a rising star among the next generation of SF Bay Area bluesmen. A master of the amplified Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harp legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the blues, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own.

Kumar first broke onto the West Coast blues scene in 2009 as frontman of the SF Bay Area's blues outfit Tip of the Top. His latest venture, The Aki Kumar Blues Band, involves several Bay Area blues luminaries and has been the culmination of his journey through American roots music. The band performs vintage blues with tremendous skill and energy and is guaranteed to entertain audiences across all venues, from intimate listening rooms to large festivals. Kumar has shared the stage with some of the finest contemporary blues greats: Kim Wilson, Joe Louis Walker, Ron Thompson, Little Charlie Baty, Junior Watson, and more.

Video: Aki Kumar Does Jimmy Rogers Last Time

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Live Music: Daydream Nation Vol. 19 | Saturday Oct. 26th @ 7pm

daydreamoctSan Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for the 19th installment of the Daydream Nation Live Alternative music series in Downtown San Jose on Saturday, October 26th starting at 7pm in the Market Plaza.

  • BANDS INCLUDE: The Odd Numbers + Stunt Monkey (Reunion)

More info on the bands:

THE ODD NUMBERS: San Jose mod legends |

Stunt Monkey: San Jose pop punk | |

poster art by Gilbert Armendariz
design by Cassandra Croft/ Kendall Sallay

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Live Music: John Worley and Friends Friday Oct 25th @ 7pm

john worley 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with John Worley and Friends, "Cookin' At the Market," on Friday, October 25th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Trumpeter and Yamaha Performing Artist John Worley brings together old and new friends with "Cookin' at the Market." This project will feature John and friends in three different musical settings.

John's friendship with Portland trumpeter, Ron Howard goes back to the 80’s when they both played in big bands and “casuals” in San Francisco.  Ron eventually moved to the Pacific Northwest and recently has been arranging works for his new group PDX Brass.  PDX Brass features three trumpets and rhythm section and will open for saxophonist Vincent Herring at Jimmy Mack’s jazz club in Portland this coming December.  John will be joining Ron and PDX Brass for this exciting event.

Up and coming vocalist Jackie Gage was featured with the Touch of Brass Big Band led by veteran trumpeter Ed Morrison on the Silicon Valley Stage at the 2013 San Jose Jazz Summerfest.  Jackie was recently awarded the San Jose Rotary Club Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award and a residency at the Blackbird Tavern in San Jose.  Jackie and John will be playing tunes from their recent collaboration at the Naglee Park Garage and Blackbird Tavern.

Saxophonist Oscar Pangilinan and John are co-leaders of the Red Dragon Quintet.  For 2 ½ years, the Red Dragon Quintet was the house band for the Hedley Club Jazz Jam, which is located in the historic Hotel De Anza in downtown San Jose.  The Red Dragon Quintet played at the San Jose Jazz Winterfest  and  Summerfest  in 2012.  Joining Oscar and John are pianist Nicole Boaz, Mo-Chi Quartet member’s bassist Ken Okada and drummer Wally Schnalle.

Video: John Worley Pays Tribute to Mile Davis' "Kind of Blue"

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SPSM wishes to give a special thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the inaugural Oktoberfest Celebration at the Market!  We couldn't have done it without the support of all of our partners, vendors, and volunteers!
Big Thanks To:
  • The Wiener Dog Race & Costume Contest Families
  • Donors: Andy's Pet Shop, since 1950 (who by the way are a 100% rescue pet shop-even the fish are rescue pets) in Downtown San Jose
  • Gussied Up Pet Store in Willow Glen
  • Those who came out in their Oktoberfest Best!
  • The festive Stein Hoisting Participants (men & women) 
  • Miss Oktoberfest Monterey, Amber Phillips who was the Grand Oktoberfest Hostess
  • All the SPSM Community and new friends (first timers) of SPSM
  • and our amazing Culinary Partners who participated in creating  their best version of Artisan German Dishes (many who sold out!) They also donated all the game prizes!
And... "Most of All" to all the local young Women & Men from San Jose State and the Intern Program that enthusiastically volunteered to make the first time festival event happen successfully for SPSM.  Here's to next year!
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Special Event: "Dig Into the Past" w/ History San Jose - Saturday Oct 19th @ 11am

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Archaeology Day at the Peralta Adobe at San Pedro Square Market will offer children an opportunity to be junior archaeologists.

Stanford Archaeology Center students will be at the Peralta Adobe historic site conducting a mock excavation, screening, artifact identification and artifact reconstruction.

“This program gives Stanford students a chance to share our research,” said Barbara Voss, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. “The hidden history of San Jose’s early Chinatowns is not well known, and it’s exciting to give our youngest residents a chance to learn about archaeology and about the legacy of San Jose’s 19th century Chinese pioneers.”

This free family educational program will allow individuals to collect stickers for each activity to place in Archaeology Passports and become ‘certified’ as a Junior Archaeologist.

history san joseThe oldest home in San Jose, the Peralta Adobe, serves as a perfect archaeological location. It is the centerpiece for San Pedro Square Market at 175 West Saint John Street in downtown San Jose. It is just across the street from the Fallon House, a mid-19th century Victorian home.

The public archaeology activities are free. While at the Peralta Adobe, visitors can also take tours of the Peralta Adobe and the Fallon House, which are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and older) and students with a valid school identification card; and $5 for children who are accompanied by an adult.

Tours for adults and children ages nine and older, will be held through the Peralta Adobe and the Fallon House, at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. These historic buildings are not wheel-chair accessible. As usual, members of History San José receive free admission.

For more information or to make reservations for a tour, call 408.918.1047.

The Fallon House was built in 1855 by one of San Jose’s earliest mayors. The Victorian mansion showcases 15 fully-furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period. Thomas Fallon was a frontiersman in the John C. Fremont expedition, and Carmel Fallon was the daughter of one of the most prominent Mexican landowners in California.

The Peralta Adobe is San Jose’s oldest address. Built in 1797, the Peralta Adobe is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. See the Adobe’s horno, an outside working oven, or venture inside the home and see two rooms furnished as they might have been when they were occupied by the Gonzales and Peralta families. It is now surrounded by the new San Pedro Square Market.

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Live Music: Grooveyard Shift - Saturday Oct 19th @ 8pm

311708 307235482636024 10426898 nSan Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with the Grooveyard Shift Band, on Saturday October 19th, 2013 @ 8:00pm

Grooveyard Shift is a fresh and interesting addition to the Bay Area music scene and a rarity among bands playing in the South Bay. Featuring an eclectic instrumentation rarely seen in this area Grooveyard Shift is comprised of Madison Bohrer (Tenor Sax), Sweeney Schragg (Guitar), Dustin Vado (Bass), Chris Haskett(Drums) and Dillon Vado (Vibraphone). The vibraphone gives Grooveyard Shift a unique texture and sound that both leads and supports the combination of
original tunes mixed with the occasional groovin' cover song, while the driving rhythms and compelling sax and guitar solos bring power and style to the ensemble.

Playing a range of styles from straight ahead jazz to funk and Brazilian music, Grooveyard Shift is a band that will have your head bobbing and your feet moving before you know what hit you and have you calling them your favorite band by the end of their performance!

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Live Music: Times 4 Band - Friday Oct. 18th @ 7pm

times4 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with the Times 4 band, on Friday October 18th, 2013 @ 7:00pm.

Drummer Maurice Miles and bassist Kevin Lofton, both San Jose natives, have been friends and musical collaborators since high school; likewise, saxophonist Lincoln Adler and keyboardist Greg Sankovich continue a musical dialogue that also dates back to their teen years. Combined, these seasoned musicians produce an artful musical conversation that plays off their music friendships and common roots. Together, this creates Times 4.

The ensemble has shared the stage with many esteemed artists, including Kem, Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, and more. Highlight performances include the JVC Jazz Festival, Oakland Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, Mountain Winery, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach Festival, and the Boom Boom Room and multiple past San Jose Jazz Summer Fests, that it’s hard to count!

Their newest album Eclipse is the fresh sound from the group, playing uplifting modern jazz with an urban flavor.

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SJ Bike Clinic Skill Share Workshop: 3rd Thursday | Every Month @ 7pm

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Need help with your flat tire? Chain needs some grease? Something more specific? We will have tools, bike stands, and bike mechanics ready to help you get your bike in riding condition. 

This event is free and open to the public.

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Live Music: Mystique Band Friday Oct 11th @ 7:00pm

mystique1 no logo 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join us for a live performance hosted by San Jose Jazz, with Mystique Band on Friday, Oct 11th @ 7:00pm

The secret to Mystique’s “Musica Caliente” is buried in the mind of bandleader/bassist Edward Villalba. Since 1995, Mystique has been entertaining fans with a four-piece horn section—echoing thoughts and images of Tower of Power—and a Latino-inspired percussion section.

Band features on local television networks and radio stations like Kiss 98.1FM pushed their name to the top of Bay Area Latin bands, and in 2001, Mystique became the first Latin band to play a halftime show in the history of the National Football League.

Photo Credit: Sabrina Onate

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OKTOBERFEST EVENT UPDATE: Food / Beers / Activities OCT 12th

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Screen shot 2013 10 04 at 10.59.20 AMBeer Update:
  • Weihenstephaner, Oktoberfest, Hefe, Original Lager & Pilsner drafts on tap
  • Erdinger Oktoberfest and Dunkel Weisse drafts on tap
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest and Premium Pilsner drafts on tap
  • plus a variety of bottled beer from our own Market Beer Company




describe the imageFood Update:
Market's artisans will be participating by serving their twist on authentic German food:

  • Calidog will be serving hot Brat & Sauerkraut Dogs
  • Robee's Falafel will be serving Sausage Skewers with German Potatoe Salad
  • Treatbot will be serving handcrafted German Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Vino Vino will be serving Gugelhupf Cake with whip Cream and Fresh Strawberries
  • Chocatoo will be serving Black Forest Cupcakes and Kirsche Chocolate Truffles
  • Bray Butcher Block & Bistro will be serving Pork Schnitzel and Spaetzle
  • Sama Zama will be serving handcrafted Warm Pretzels
  • Pizza Bocca Lupo will be serving sizzling Sausage, Pancetta and Sauerkraut pizza drizzled with brown spicy Mustard
  • Little Chef will be serving German Potato Pancakes with Green Brussels Sprouts
  • On A Roll will be serving German Meatballs on a Stick
  • Loteria Taco Bar will be serving Gemuse Gebraten also known as deep fried pickles or Frickles
  • Phonomenal will be serving Oktoberfest Sausage Rolls
  • Konjoe will be serving juicy Currywurst Burgers


2013amberoktoberfestContests & Activities: 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest contest - Wear your Oktoberfest Best!
  • Double Stein Hoisting Contest
  • Dachshund Wiener Dog Races
  • 2-minute Brat Eating Contest
  • San Jose Largest Chicken Dance








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See you on the 12th!

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