San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of Jan. 30th

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of January 30th, 2017 featuring: Shark Sandwich / Daddy-O, Mary Ellen Duell, and Jackie Turner.

Shark Sandwich / Daddy-O Duo: Thursday, February 2nd @ 6:00pm

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Variety • Wide-Appeal • Surf & Fun • 50's Sock Hop

Psychadelic 70's • Modern Rock • 80's • Gatsby

Acoustic Ukelele Walk-Around • and more!

Mary Ellen Duell Trio: Friday, February 3rd @ 7:00pm

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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.

Jackie Turner: Saturday, February 4th @ 7:00pm

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Jackie Turner & Friends  provides music for all occasions. R&B, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Reggae, Funk, Top 40, Lite Rock, Country you name it we can play it!

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of Jan. 23rd

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of January 23rd, 2017 featuring: Spill The Wine and Otilia Donaire.

Spill The Wine: Friday, January 27th @ 7:00pm

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Spill the Wine is an energetic and talented band based in Alameda, CA that  has rocked festivals, corporate events, weddings  and clubs all around the San Francisco Bay area, Napa and Sacramento.  With a broad song list ranging from Bruno Mars to Stevie Wonder, and Maroon 5 to the Jackson 5, Spill the Wine offers something for everyone and guarantees to get everyone on the dance floor.

Otilia Donaire and the Back Alley Boys: Saturday, January 28th @ 7:00pm

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Singer, Otilia Donaire came onto the California music scene in 2009, and has been tantalizing Bay Area audiences ever since. Otilia's powerful and gritty vocal style (reminiscent of rock and blues icons Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor) sings with raw depth and emotion, and has the adaptability to equally transition from a power driven rock song to a sultry, blues ballad in making her a crowd favorite. She is an exceptionally dynamic and versatile performer, who is as comfortable belting out hard core, down home blues standards as she is taking on vintage rock and soul classics.

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Week of Jan. 16th

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of January 16th, 2017 featuring: The Jerry Sauceda Trio and the Mary Ellen Duell Trio.

Jerry Sauceda Trio: Friday, January 20th @ 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. 

Mary Ellen Duell Trio: Saturday, January 21st @ 7:00pm

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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.

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

San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for live performances in Downtown San Jose the week of January 9th, 2017 featuring: Andre Thierry and Summit2v1.

Andre Thierry: Friday, January 13th @ 7:00pm

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GRAMMY Nominated, Andre Thierry is a phenomenal talent who has been capturing the attention of other musicians and music lovers since he was a toddler. Andre’s French Creole heritage is deeply rooted in Louisiana although he was born and reared in northern California. Michael Tisserand, author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, considered the definitive book on the history of Zydeco music, wrote, “In America, great migrations produce great music. Just as Delta musicians took Highway 61 to Chicago and electrified their blues, so did the Creoles and Cajuns migrate to California and establish vital dance communities. Now the California scenes rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that’s due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition.”

Andre’s story begins July 9, 1979. Born in Richmond, California to Olivia “Tee” Guillory originally from Basile, Louisiana and Gregory Thierry, originally from Jennings, Louisiana. Andre’s childhood was deeply influenced by his maternal grandparents, the late Houston Pete Pitre (Pa-Pa as they called him) from Basile, Louisiana and his loving grandmother, known to all as Mama Lena Pitre from Soileau, Louisiana.

Andre grew up experiencing the French Creole (La-La) dances his grandparents held at their church parish, St. Mark’s Catholic Church. The best Zydeco musicians Louisiana had to offer traveled to California to play at the dances and spent time at the Pitre’s house while in the area. On one such visit, the “King of Zydeco,” the late great Clifton Chenier, grabbed three-year old Andre by the arms and deemed him a future accordion player. From then on, Andre’s Pa-Pa, Houston Pete, encouraged the young Andre to play the accordion.

Andre captivated by Clifton Chenier, he began teaching himself to play by listening to Clifton’s music. Andre demonstrated an innate musical ability and his skill quickly grew. Andre played his first song, Willis Prudhomme’s version of “Give’m Cornbread” in the backyard of his grandparent’s home, for his delighted family. He soon began playing Clifton Chenier’s music on stages all over Northern California.

His grandparents continued to host Louisiana musicians and this exposure to his heritage allowed him to develop his love for, and mastery of, traditional French Creole music. By age twelve, with the help of his mother, Andre formed his own band, “Zydeco Magic.” Andre’s repertoire grew by leaps and bounds as he was regularly invited to play with visiting bands, such as the late John Delafose, his son, Geno Delafose, and many local Zydeco and Cajun bands, including the late Danny Poullard (California Cajun Orchestra).

Andre is a virtuoso on all the accordion types, single row, double row, triple row and piano key. He effortlessly moves across types to deliver an energetic two-step, hard-driving blues or a blend that is his own alternative Creole sound. Although Andre’s instrument of choice is the accordion he also displays talent on bass, guitar and keys. Thanks to his parents and grandparents he sings traditional songs in original Creole French. He is a gifted composer and song-writer and his music and CDs feature many of his original tunes. As quoted from an article published in Eh Toi magazine 2002, “There is no accordion player in Zydeco that uses his left hand as well as Andre Thierry.”

While playing Washington, D.C. in 2003, the Washington Post called Andre “a master at pumping out fast, funky rhythms on an instrument not usually associated with earthy syncopation. A versatile student of the music, Thierry can’t be lumped into Zydeco’s old-school R&B-influenced camp or its nouveau, rap-inspired one: He and his band, Zydeco Magic, lay down both soulful, traditional slow-dances and bottom-end-booming kinetic groovers.”

In his 30’s, he has already been deemed a legend. There is widespread agreement that Andre Thierry is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge his Accordion Soul sounds with blues, r&b, jazz, latin and rock. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past.

Summit2v1: Saturday, January 14th @ 7:00pm

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Summit 2V1 is a five-piece, all-original 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.  Summit 2V1 is a musical tour de force comprised of bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, and saxophone that is sure to keep the listener entertained.

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