San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of June 1st

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of June 1st, 2016 featuring Mary Ellen Duell, The Steven Graves Band, Sweet HayaH, ZoTobi, and the Dizzy Burnett Jazz Duo.

Mary Ellen Duell: Thursday June 2nd @ 7pm

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Mary Ellen Duell has been singing in "The Garage Band", in the recording studio and on stages across the country for over two decades.  Her unrivaled vocal talent along with her engaging stage presence truly makes Mary Ellen an entertainer guaranteed to exceed your expectations!  Mary Ellen has a variety of fabulous musicians that provide live music that~combined with high-end recorded tracks~allows them to provide a huge variety of music that is continually being updated.

The Steven Graves Band (a touch of Country): Friday June 3rd @ 7pm

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Steven’s musical career is unfolding just as is his dream and vision for a better world. In just three short years since committing to a full-time career in music, he has released five CDs. Time Will Tell – his most recent – is his third full-length CD. Music from the heart, organic, socially conscious and thought-provoking are just some of the acronyms used to describe his music. Embracing sounds from the early California Country songwriters (Eagles, J. Brown, etc), Steven takes off into his own original musical expressions unafraid to let the music unfold in its most authentic form.

Sweet HayaH w/ opener ZoTobi: Saturday, June 4th @ 7pm

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HayaH is the Arabic and Hebrew word for “life", and Sweet HayaH has a lust for life that pulsates through the music they create. Sweet HayaH is a high-energy festival band, but don’t think that the sweetness makes them pure sugar. There is genuine musical complexity layered into their Rock-Soul-Funk blend, and if there was to be one band to represent the diversity of culture and exuberance found in the Bay Area it would be Sweet HayaH. All of the members of Sweet HayaH were first local musicians in their own right, and since they converged the band’s reach has grown bigger and bigger. Sweet HayaH has kept up an impressive touring schedule and taken their high energy live show all over in 2015 including a run to SXSW. Sweet HayaH has had the honor of performing with some great bands and artists along the way sharing the stage with living legends like Robby Krieger of The Doors.

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Positive as Michael Franti, epic as the Dave Matthews Band, and infectious as Nahko & Medicine for the People, Zo Tobi delivers a soulful soundtrack for change, to awaken the hero’s heart of humanity.

His songs effortlessly combine the energy of modern rock, the passion of gospel, and the catchiness of pop. In-studio and onstage, Zo’s rhythmic grooves, musical prowess, lyrical depth, and emotional power call on us to find our place, play our part, and do what we came here to do.

Born to a socially-conscious, middle-class, multicultural Israeli-American family, Zo grew up with the message to “live the life you came to live, and make the contribution you’re here to make.” At age 16, his 80-year old mentor woke him up out of a sense of resignation and powerlessness, saying: “When you’re my age, your grandkids will ask what you did with your life.”

By college, he dove head-first into the movement for climate justice. A few years out, after working 80 hours a week as a grassroots organizer, he found himself “burnt out” and lost. After a time of soul-searching and spiritual awakening, he embarked on a rigorous course of training as a leadership coach, and began supporting social change leaders to thrive and amplify their impact. Now, Zo writes, records, and performs, while working as a coach and entrepreneur to spread wisdom teachings to those who are dedicating their lives to their communities.

The Dizzy Burnett Jazz Duo: Sunday, June 5th @ 1pm

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Since their inception in 1991, this hard working musical duo has established itself as one of northern California's premier jazz vocal ensembles. Enthusiastic audiences are charmed by their combination of musicality and showmanship,

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of May 23

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of May 23rd, 2016 featuring: Local Traffic Band, 5 O'Clock Shadow, Soul Track Mind, The Johnny Neri Band, and Diminished Blue w/ Charles Begun.

Local Traffic Band: Thursday, May 26th @ 7:00pm

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Formed in the Summer of 2002, local traffic combines the songs you love – and will love – while giving them a unique sound and spin. Originally a 4-piece rock band, local traffic played every venue in the area – from the Gilroy Garlic Festival, and the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, to the San Jose Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon – until the two founders decided to focus on their two favorite instruments…the ukulele and double bass. As a duo, local traffic has performed at many private events, corporate events, and weddings.

5 O'Clock Shadow: Friday, May 27th @ 7:00pm

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Walter can’t stop picking up new instruments and trying to play them. At age 10, he picked up a trumpet. Later he picked up a guitar, then a piano (that was heavy!) - singing all the time. In 5os he sings, plays guitar, trumpet, and whatever else they’ll let him. He’s now in an instrument addiction intervention group. Sometimes he’s from California, Sometimes he's from Argentina.

Dan doesn't remember an age that he didn't play music. His initial desire to play the Trombone was ironically thwarted by his then short arms. He has performed with a variety of ensembles from Irish to concert bands. He enjoys drumming and singing with 5os!

Rich started playing bass in 1976 after he traded Tennis lessons for guitar lessons. He bought a McCartney Beatles bass replica and built his first speaker cabinet at age 15. It worked surprisingly well (just ask his neighbors). Ever since, he's been laying down the groove in dozens of Rock, Blues, Pop, and R&B groups. Oh, he sings too!

As a kid, Jon hated practicing the violin so he switched to guitar. Jon has been playing in bands for more than three decades. In his previous projects, he has played rock, pop, R&B, blues, and funk. He likes to play crunchy, rhythmic textures and distinct leads. Oh, he sings too!

Soul Track Mind: Saturday, May 28th @ 1:00pm

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When Donovan Keith moved to Austin in 2008 to form Soul Track Mind, he couldn’t read music or play an instrument, and he’d never fronted a band. In fact, he’d never even sung in one. But within a few months after he met self-taught guitarist Jonathon Zemek, Soul Track Mind had a regular Wednesday-night gig at an East Austin speakeasy, where they quickly earned a following while honing their energized mix of R&B, funk, pop, rock and blues. Eighteen months later, Soul Track Mind released their first album, Ghost of Soul, and earned mention in a New York Times magazine story about soul music’s revival.
Accolades continued as they built audiences in 20 states (with airplay internationally) and recorded in the same Muscle Shoals, Ala., studio as their heroes had. Earl Thomas, the blues/soul singer who encouraged Keith to pursue his dream after hearing some vocal tracks Keith had sent him, also encouraged the band to stretch beyond their original retro-soul foundation to find their own groove. Their self-titled second album moved in that direction — and drew praise from the Huffington Post, which enthused, “Soul Track Mind’s performances are not just stylish [horn] solos and blurry guitar riffs; they are a cultural exclamation point about American music.”

The Johnny Neri Band: Saturday May 28th @ 7:00pm

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The Johnny Neri Band is a four piece high energy Classic Rock and Rock’n Soul Dance Band. These four musicians have over 100 years of music experience between them and it shows in every  performance. Take one part experience, two parts of versatility and a heaping spoonful of energy, stir well and you have the Johnny Neri Band. They pride themselves on the fact that they use no special effects, no gimmicks, no pre- recorded music, just raw talent that comes from years of experience and excellent four part harmony. Playing songs from over seven decades of music this band can please all audiences with hundreds of songs in their repertoire from many different genres of music. They perform at clubs, private parties and festivals all over the Bay Area.

Diminished Blue w/ Charles Begun: Sunday May 29th @ 1:00pm

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Diminished Blue is a three-piece guitar, bass, drum combo which specializes in some great 
music.  Whether it's a coffee house, restaurant, bar, reception, wine tasting or a corporate 
function, Diminished Blue is your solution for a casual, cool and fun listening experience.

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of May 15th

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of May 15th, 2016 featuring Mitchell Lujan, Hootenanny!, The Refugees, Cocktail Monkeys, and Wil Roberts.

Mitchell Lujan: Thursday, May 19th @ 7pm

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Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Mitchell Lujan bounced around many different environments but a creative mindset always remained consistent. Mitchell finds himself rooted in Rhythm & Blues but later found a love for alternative rock music after picking up the guitar. Altogether, Lujan's sound can be described as soulful, big, yet intimate with similarities to artists like John Legend, JP Cooper, John Mayer, & Allen Stone. With a handful of plans for the future, Mitchell's upcoming EP, Subject to Change is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

Hootenanny!: Friday, May 20th @ 7pm

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Armed with only acoustic instruments, Hootenanny! sings and strums your favorite Rock/Pop gems and other musical curiosities.

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Saturday May 21st 

The Refugees (Tom Petty Tribute Band) @ 8-11pm @ the Market Plaza Stage

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The Refugees have been entertaining Bay Area crowds since 2007, bringing the music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to local stages with a stunning level of realism. Voted the top tribute band in the S.F. Bay Area in 2009, their extensive song catalog includes all of Petty's hits with the Heartbreakers as well as his solo work and other side projects like The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch.

Recreating all the signature guitar solos and rich vocal harmonies down to the smallest detail, The Refugees can make even die-hard Petty fans feel like they are at another Tom Petty concert.

Cocktail Monkeys @ 7-10pm @ the Market Garage Patio Stage

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The Cocktail Monkeys bring you more than exciting music and perfect vocal harmony; they bring fun, camaraderie and professionalism to each show. With an alluring and powerful stage presence, from the first song, Renee and the guys lead you through a fantasy evening covering your favorite songs by your favorite bands. From note one, you realize you are among the Bay Area’s top notch musicians. Renee kicks out killer vocals, Mark St. John plays a screaming guitar, John Perkins tickles the keys, Bobby Asea sets the beat on bass, while Will Diamond keeps it rock steady on the drums. All of this with the drive and passion you will come to see as the heart of the Cocktail Monkeys. 

Wil Roberts: Sunday May 22nd @ 1pm

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Wil creates an atmosphere of musical excellence where ever he performs his mix of R&B, coffee house, and adult contemporary pop.  His beautiful voice and relaxed style on guitar or keyboard set him apart from other entertainers and make him a favorite at intimate events.

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of May 9th

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of May 9th, 2016 featuring The Cruisetones, Summit 2V1, Spill The Wine, and Jerry Sauceda.

The Cruisetones: Thursday May 12th @ 7pm

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The CruiseTones are a versatile, talented group of performers that can lay back & groove things early, then kick it up when it’s time to get the party rolling. Made up of some the Bay Area’s best musicians this group is comfortable playing many musical styles and are indeed, the Fabulous CruiseTones. Check them out!

Summit 2V1: Friday May 13th @ 7pm

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Summit 2V1 (pronounced "two-five-one") is a five-piece jazz/funk band from the San Francisco Bay area.  Founded in 2004 with the goal of keeping jazz/funk fusion alive, the group has created an entrancing style all its own.  A solid, groove-based rhythmic foundation layered with higher harmonic function, melodic form, and searing solos combine to produce a musical essence that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.  The band is comprised of five seasoned musicians with  more than 70 years of combined experience.

Spill The Wine: Saturday May 14th @ 7pm

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Party, Dance, Soul, Rock, Funk, R&B | The San Francisco Bay Area's favorite party band!

Jerry Sauceda: Sunday May 15th @ 1pm

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Jerry Sauceda and his trio are primarily a cover band utilizing Jerry's very own uniquely designed sequenced backing tracks. Mr. Sauceda and his trio perform everything from Rock, Dance R&B, Hip Hop, Motown, Jazz Standards, Latin and Country. He plays as a live guitarist, vocalist with an accompanying live sax player and keyboardist. 

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of May 2nd

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of May 2nd, 2016 featuring Jerry Sauceda, Touch N' Go, Private Label & RB3 Drive Element Music!

Jerry Sauceda: Thursday, May 5th @ 7:00pm

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Jerry Sauceda and his trio are primarily a cover band utilizing Jerry's very own uniquely designed sequenced backing tracks. Mr. Sauceda and his trio perform everything from Rock, Dance R&B, Hip Hop, Motown, Jazz Standards, Latin and Country. He plays as a live guitarist, vocalist with an accompanying live sax player and keyboardist.

Touch N' Go: Friday, May 6th @ 7:00pm

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TOUCH N GO IS A HARD HITTING R&B / FUNK DANCE BAND. TNG AS OUR FRIENDS CALL US, HAS TRAVELED EXTENSIVLEY THROUGHT OUR 30 YEAR PLUS CARREER. PLAYING FESTIVALS, FAIRS, CONCERTS, AND CLUBS, IN HAWAII, CANADA, AND THE U.S. AND STILL GOING STRONG.

Private Label: Saturday, May 7th @ 7:00pm

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We are seasoned musicians who came together to master many of the best known rock hits of all time so we can share them with our amazing fans throughout the Bay Area. All our members participate equally as a team and take on songs which feature our respective talents and guide you on a journey of everlasting memories through the music you love! 

RB3: Sunday, May 8th @ 1:00pm

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The RB3 show combines excellent musicality and wacky humor, and the band loves to interact with its audience. RB3 is comfortable allowing audience members come up and sing along, and can accompany a skilled (or not so skilled) audience member sing a song of his or her choosing. 

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