Left Coast Live is back October 8, 2011

san jose music, music festivals, san pedro square market, left coast liveLeft Coast Live comes back to Downtown San Jose this Saturday October 8th. 25+ bands will be performing on 3 outdoor stages and partner venues. The event will be in downtown San Jose between South 1st and South Market Streets on Post Street and Lightson Street. The event will feature a beer garden and urban food zone.

In its 3rd year, Left Coast Live is an annual, all-ages music festival which showcases national and local acts in the downtown San Jose area, establishing Silicon Valley as a regional destination for live music. Previous years included performances from OK Go, Neon Trees, Yo La Tengo, Booker T., Lyrics Born and Miggs as well as many local favorites.

What started as an idea quickly became a movement for revival of live music downtown. san jose music, music san jose, san jose event Members of the community group South Bay Live helped refine ideas, do research and move this idea into reality.  This group included: Richard Adoradio of Thriving Artists, Gustavius Aiton of Resonant Frequency Records, Tommy Aguilar of UnGrammar, Matt Beasley of Lumina Music Group, Michael Brilliot of Jazz Mechanics, Lisa Dewey of Kitchen Whore Records and Barbara Wahli of Barb Rocks Presents.

Co-manager Shiela Dowd is active in the music scene and founder of Clever Girls Collective, Sheila is an asset to Downtown San Jose and active in many communities. We wish her and Left Coast Live the best as they take this festival to new heights.

Tags: Live Music 2011

The Stan Erhart Band

Stan Erhar band, san pedro square market, peralta adobe plazaI have to write about The Stan Erhart Band. These guys played the Peralta Adobe Plaza last night for the Shark Game. They were absolutely amazing. Their vocals and style took me back to the times when music was truly great. Eric Clapton, Greatful Dead, TP & the HB's (Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers), and my personal favorite from the set list, Merle Haggard's "okie from muskogee". I cannot say enough about these guys.

Stan's roots go back to the family farm in Kansas; where hard work and play were accompanied by John Deere tractors, V-8 cars, & country guitars. His brother's baritone horn was the first instrument, followed by guitar, vocals, sax, flute, and an interest in keyboards. He spent his college years playing in bands in Michigan, later moving to Chicago to play the clubs, and finally to San Francisco to form one of the busiest bands in the Bay Area. They have a grand ole time dishin' up..."A great big plate of roots rockin' blues with a little of everything on the side!"

San Francisco singer/songwriter Stan Erhart exists in that blues-rock space occupied by John Hiatt, Warren Zevon, and Dave Alvin. With his weary, gravelly voice, Erhart exists well outside of the pop mainstream, but should find fans among those who seek a rootsy, American style..."
Doug Cornell, HitSession

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I cannot wait to get these back at the Market. They are amazing


Stay tuned for next weeks San Jose Shark's Blog by Aaron Sholl, we will also be rolling out our San Pedro Square Market tailgating series, with tips, games, recipes, and essential checklists for all styles of tailgaters. Yes, tailgating at the Market!

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Downtown San Jose Events -August

August is going to be a huge month for Downtown San Jose events.

San Jose Renaissance Fair

downtown san jose events, san jose renaissanace fair The fun begin this weekend as the popular, San Jose Renaissance Fair comes to Guadalupe Park in Downtown San Jose. This full scale, interactive experience is a great way for friends and families to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. Close to 800 costumed performers bring Shakespeare’s England back to life with parades, pageants, and fun townsfolk, offering continuous entertainment throughout the the park. Come down and enjoy musicians, jugglers, and actors drawing you ever deeper into the Renaissance.


Starlight Cinemas:

The always popular Starlight Cinemas will be here August 10th and 24th.

Pre-movie entertainment:  Enjoy a night of mass "Musical Chairs" to classic songs from this soundtrack:  Schools Out – Alice Cooper; Slow Ride – Foghat; Rock and Roll All Night – Kiss; Low Rider – War; Paranoid – Black Sabbath.  And then finish the lyric - we'll play a portion of a song and you have to finish the next line.

Pre-movie entertainment:   Enjoy a live swing band before the movie.  Show us how “money” you are - prizes for best swing outfits and dancing will make it worth sweating in the streets!


Jazz Fest

August 12-14 The San Jose Jazz Festival comes to town.                                   The Tabard Theatre and SJJF 2011, old wagon saloon, tabard theatre, downtown san jose eventsThe Old Wagon Saloon will both have stages so make sure to bring a date to the swing dance lessons inside the Tabard Theatre and rock out on Old Wagon's massive patio. San Pedro Square is going to be rocking out all weekend long.


HP Pavilion

Finally the HP Pavilion has an amazing lineup for August. Things kick off next Monday when Monday Night Raw comes to town. Then, Katie Perry and Michael Buble will bring sell out crowds to San Pedro Square as they play on the 12th and 13th.


August will be a busy month for Downtown San Jose. Be sure to check in at our great restaurants on your way to one of the many upcoming events.

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