Live Music: Jessica Johnson Saturday April 5th @ 8pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with Jessica Johnson on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 @ 8pm in the market garage in downtown san jose.

"Jessica is definitely no cookie cutter singer; her voice is far superior to even some of the commercial singers who are already established and, at just 23, she is a seasoned vet on the music scene, her bright, vibrant voice reaches all generations." Justin Langston, Sidewalks TV.

Singer Songwriter Jessica Johnson is currently working on her second album that will be released spring of 2011. Jessica released her debut album "Till it Happens to You" with producer Tom Tomasello. "Till it Happens to You" is a collection of jazz standards & contemporary songs arranged with an intriguing original jazz twist that have been made to fit Johnson's unique style and voice.

Jessica is no stranger to performing. At the age of Five she started to sing. At Eight, she started receiving formal vocal training, competing and garnered an impressive array of awards including winner of San Jose Idol at Music Matrix, Overall Female Vocalist 16-24 World Championships in Hollywood, and a perfect score at the California State Talent Competition, just to name a few.

In addition, she won the title of California State Teen Ambassador, was a contestant on the Apollo Amateur Night on Tour and was nominated Best New Artist of the year, 2005 by South Bay Entertainment.

At the age Twelve she started singing the National Anthem for the San Jose Sharks, which eventually parlayed into singing the Anthem for additional notable entitles such as: Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, EarthQuakes, NASCAR, Olympic Gymnastics Trials, SAP Tennis Open, and many more.

In 2006 the Bay Area Vocalist began performing with her band. Johnson was a featured artist at San Jose Jazz Festival, Shaighnai 1930, Roux, Zingari, Catalina's Jazz Club, Milpitas Summer Concert Series, Fairmont Hotel Lounge, JJ's Blues, Village's Golf and Country Club, Citrus Restaurant, Bleu Ginger, Agenda, San Jose Jazz Festival, Viva's, Hedley Club Lounge, Almaden Wine & Art Festival, Jazz Blues by the Bay in Half Moon Bay, Vasona Vibrations, Alexander's, Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, Krest/Hollywood, the Octavia Lounge, and many other venues.

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Live Music: Terrence Brewer Latin Jazz Friday April 4 @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with the Terrence Brewer Latin Jazz Project on Friday, April 4th, 2014 @ 7pm

Award-winning guitarist/composer Terrence Brewer returns with his 7th studio recording as a bandleader, Mi Historia (My Story) The Calling: Volume 4, The Latin-Jazz Project. Released this year on Strong Brew Music  Mi Historia (My Story) is a passionately fiery and grooving tribute to the Latin Music styles which Brewer grew up idolizing.  From up-beat, driving samba’s like “Love’s Evolution” to laid-back, groove-oriented cha-cha’s like “Shut Up and Play” and dreamily sweet Bossa Nova’s like “Afternoon Romance,” Brewer’s compositions/arrangements show the maturity and diversity of someone who loves and is steeped in the Latin-Jazz tradition.  Six of the nine compositions on “Mi Historia” are originals from Brewer, with the three standards penned by Brazilian masters Antonio Carlos Jobim and Louis Bonfa.

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Live Music: Burroughs Brothers Band THURSDAY April 3 @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with the Burroughs Brothers Band, on Thursday evening, April 3rd, 2014 @ 7pm

The BBB, a local San Jose Classic Rock & Alternative Cover Band, will kick off around 7pm and will play two sets for your viewing pleasure! Bring the family on by for this free weeknight show in the Market Garage.

Enjoy some Led Zeppelin, Doobie Brothers, Black Crowes, Journey, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, and Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes!

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Live Music: Daydream Nation Vol. 24 | March 29th @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for the 2 year anniversary show of Daydream Nation....showing volume 24 on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 @ 7pm & Content Magazine decided to team up with Grand Fanali Presents to keep with the momentum of everything the music community has been building.


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

More about the bands:

Best Guest: San Jose indie rock

Avery Burke of Corpus Callosum: San Jose dark indie folk

Debbie Neigher: San Francisco indie pop

Yvette Young: San Jose math pop

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Live Music: The Bicoastal Collective Friday Mar 28th @ 7pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with The Bicoastal Collective on Friday, March 28th, 2014 @ 7:00pm in the market garage in downtown san jose.

The brainchild of Nova Scotia-based trumpeter Paul Tynan and San Francisco-based, Grammy-winning baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington, the Bicoastal Collective is a contemporary jazz partnership that explores the variety of facets that comprise the modern post-bop jazz sound. The group was forged in 2007, and explores new sounds in jazz and improvised music by focusing on original compositions and melody-driven improvisations.

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Live Music: The Trims Saturday March 22nd @ 8:00pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with The Trims on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 @ 8:00pm

In the Bay Area, there is a lot of great new music coming out each week. Bands break up, new ones begin and the buzz ensues…That brings us to The Trims, a local San Jose outfit that has the loyal fanbase and buzz to take them beyond their locality and into a national “spotlight”. The Trims have a strong sound reminiscent of early Strokes and the brit pop of the 90′s, while also conjuring the swagger of artists like Joy Division. Blend that style with over-sexed lyrics about all things scandalous, and you have the identity that defines The Trims.

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Live Music: George Cole Friday March 21st @ 7:00pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with George Cole on Friday, March 21st, 2014 @ 7:00pm

George Cole: guitarist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, music educator, and San Francisco native is a consummate performer, bringing vast experience and enormous talent to each show and every project he is a part of. George played lead guitar in the bands: Young Country, The Upstarts, Zula Pool, Beatnik Beatch (Atlantic Records), and Big Blue Hearts (Geffen/Interscope). He has toured with Joe Walsh, recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Foreigner, The Cars), and performed, played guitar and sang duets with jazz legend Keely Smith. He recorded on Chris Isaak’s platinum selling Forever Blue album. George was guitar instructor and mentor to Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day.

Garnering rave reviews and standing ovations, George has dazzled audiences at musical landmarks across the country. He continues to tour, compose and record extensively while placing music education and his students as a high priority. He is curator/director of violin and guitar for the annual Esprit de Django et Stéphane Festival at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. George and the band are now in preproduction for a new record with Grammy Award winner John Cuniberti.

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Live Music: Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience Saturday March 15th @ 8pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a live performance with the Kavanaugh Brothers & Celtic Experience with Celtic Soul on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 @ 8:00pm in downtown san jose in the market garage.

An acoustic band steeped in the tradition of Irish folk songs, the Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience deliver rebel tunes and pub songs, as well as dabbling in Americana, blues and country. Influenced by the Clancy Brothers, the Dubliners, the Pogues, the Grateful Dead, and all points between and beyond, a rollicking good time is guaranteed.

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Live Music: Ron E Beck Friday March 14th @ 7pm

ron e beck 400x200San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for a live performance with Ron E. Beck on Friday, March 14th, 2014 @ 7:00pm in the Market Garage.

Ron E. Beck has spent the last forty years playing in bands such as Tower of Power, as well as with other R&B, blues and jazz bands including: Bell and James, Bobby Womack, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., 5th Dimension, Danny Hull Quintet (Spang-a-Lang), Sista Monica, Chris Cain, Steve Cropper, Herbie Hancock, and Carlos Santana. He contributed as a drummer, vocalist, and producer on Tower of Power’s albums and toured with the band. Beck has also released his own albums including Soul Cry in 2005, and Love Comes and Goes in 1998. His newest CD Baby Boomer was recently released in 2012, and will be available at the performance. Beck is founder and an instructor at Ron E. Beck Drum Institute, where he educates up-and-coming drummers about the trade.

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Live Music: Witchdream Mansion - A Million Creatures - Andrew Conner March 8th @ 8pm

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San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM for a special multi-band performance on March 8th, 2014 @ 8pm in the market garage for the album release party of Withdream Mansion, A Million Creatures & Andrew Conner.

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Witchdream mansion sing quiet songs inspired by folk and lo-fi music immersed in dark imagery and haunting landscapes. Live performances are usually Robert Raymond performing solo, but for this performance Robert will be backed by a seven-piece band. Witchdream Mansion also just recorded an album, and will be debuting copies of it at the show. The songs on the album are richly layered and have an almost orchestral feel to them, featuring violin, piano, booming percussion, and stirring harmonies.

For this set, there will be a special treat- Robert Raymond will be accompanied by Molly Murphy on vocals, Andrew Conner on vocals and electric guitar, Zach Pallin on bass, Emily Octopys on piano, Tyler Rusten on harmonium, and Della Duncan on drums!

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An unforgettable and haunting voice radiates from Molly Murphy, the musician behind the heartfelt songs of a million creatures. Deeply evocative lyrics put together with poetic imagery and powerful honesty creep into your soul as Molly shares her inner world over lightly plucked, delicately finger-picked acoustic guitar. A million creatures just released an album called 'in this hour'.

Andrew Conner
For his first full solo performance, Andrew will draw inspiration from his eclectic musical influences to offer up a mixture of classic and original songs played from the heart.

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Live Music: Dirty Cello March 7th @ 7:00pm

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From wild Eastern-European gypsy music through the blues and ending with some shredding classic rock, Dirty Cello takes audiences on a tour of all the cello can do. The band--led by cellist Rebecca Roudman--morphs from a solo project, quartet, and large ensemble that includes musicians from Symphony Napa Valley.

Dirty Cello has performed at House of Blues (Voodoo Lounge), the Hard Rock Cafe (Oahu and Maui), the De Young Museum and tours to China, Hawaii, L.A./San Diego, Portland, Austin, and Seattle, among other venues.

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