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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