Far more than an essential creative catalyst on the Bay Area jazz scene, trumpeter, composer and bandleader Erik Jekabson has played a key role in bringing the region’s deep talent pool into the national spotlight. The founder and driving force behind the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, he’s built a welcoming sonic laboratory that’s inspired a steady flow of new compositions and arrangements from its creatively roiling ranks. Here he's joined by organist Ian McArdle and drummer Isaac Schwartz, two musicians of the next generation who are playing up a storm around the Bay Area.
In December of 2016 Magick Blues Band began performing at local bars, dives, and venues in their hometown of San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. Formed as a quartet composed of a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and pianist–Magick became a resurgent force within the local San Jose music scene. The preamble of Magick delivered a raw, organic experience–offering older patrons' bouts of nostalgia while drawing younger ones to the surface of a vintage sound. As their shows picked up, Magick began performing new, original tunes and captivating covers, which allowed them to embody a unique sound of their own. A collective passion and musical pursuit expanded their presence throughout Bay Area communities–connecting them with local musicians and select venues. Sharing bills with legendary artists such as Eric Gales, Charlie Musslewhite, and Elvin Bishop, the feedback was clear that Magick’s resonance was expanding. At this time Magick set out to start experimenting with supplementary techniques and instruments, in hopes of broadening the tangible horizon of a fuller sound. With the addition of a second guitarist and drummer, the "Ouroboro" of Magick was born. The current six-member group delivers a powerful experience at any venue big or small–channeling elements of historic jam bands such as: The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and more. Integrating elements of rock n’ roll, folk, soul, and jazz, Magick has created distinctive originals intertwined through the melodic resemblance of a classic era. A transcending group of musicians dynamically weaving through improvisational grooves, coalesced together by pulsations of symbiotic euphoria. With a growing archive of live and studio recordings, every performance generates an idiosyncratic nature–never exhibiting the same setlist twice. In their endeavor of eliciting elated emotions–The Magick Blues Band community continues to evolve from hometown family and friends to fans all across the globe.
A staple of the Bay Area scene since 2013, Atta Kid is an all-star crew of the funkiest musicians this side of New Orleans. Led by Daniel Casares (sax and vocals, The New Mastersounds) and Max Cowan (B-3, keyboards and vocals, Zigaboo Modeliste), Atta Kid will take you on a round-trip from Oakland to Frenchmen St in every set. In 2017, Atta Kid reimagined Lee Morgan's iconic 1964 album Sidewinder for two sold-out shows for the SF Jazz Center's Hotplate series. They returned the following year to showcase the funkier side of Joe Henderson's catalog. Atta Kid's original compositions and inspired arrangements form a repertoire with deep roots in Bay Area music and an imagination of infinite locale. Watch for several fall releases as Atta Kid returns to pre-pandemic form.
First Tech Federal Credit Union Music in the Park presents two icons of the ’80s modern rock movement. Take a dive into deep early ’80s synth pop as two of the era’s signature bands share the bill.
While Flock of Seagulls no longer qualifies as a hair band, their music has stood the test of time and their timeless classics “I Ran (So Far Away)’ and "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" helped define an era. If you never got a chance to see them back in the day, here’s your chance, and the band is strong as ever.
This extraordinary Music in the Park double date (think of it as two headliners for the price of one) also includes Martin Fry’s ABC, the English pop band that broke out in 1982 with ”The Lexicon of Love“ and a distinctive David Bowie/Roxy Music-influenced sound that we celebrate 40 years later on this rare U.S. tour. Critics call the album “a benchmark of 80s pop, and a formidable collection of melodramatic love songs.” In other words, a romantic crooner in classic elegant style will hit the stage, so feel free to bring a date—or not.
As a jazz songstress, she possesses an earthiness and willingness to share her good music with the world! Yolandra’s stage presence, dry wit and humor is gracefully combined with her gift of song as she engages her audience.
Recently nominated as Best Jazz Vocalist by the Northern California Entertainer Music Awards and Semi-Finalist in Jazz
Search West 2018, Yolandra can uplift spirits and stir the emotions of her listening audience with an easy grace and a subtle confidence. Her selections of tunes previously performed by jazz visionaries, such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson or even Rachelle Farrell, often likens favorable comparisons.
This professional has honed her skills with both local and nationally-known performers, which includes Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (performed at Kimball’s East), and “showed-out” when she performed her interpretation of Sharon Paige’s “I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon”, equally challenging the memory of this always-popular tune.
She was also invited to perform on Clifford Brown Jr’s (formerly with KBLX) “Jazz Cruise to the Caribbean”, which also featured Gerald Albright and Alex Bugnon. Talk about luminaries!!
This classy Lady of Jazz has done vocal work and studio sessions with other great artists such as Najee and Felton Pilate. Mr. Pilate, who himself is an accomplished musician, producer, and vocalist. She is popular and well-received at various Bay Area clubs, including private and/or corporate parties.
Other appearances include Oakland's renown Art & Soul Festival, San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Gala, Yoshi's, The 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix, The BackRoom, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle with Mr. Yancy Taylor, her guest appearance with Gail Jhonson at Yoshi's Jack London Square.
She wowed the crowds when she opened for Najee at the Paramount Theater, performing the Negro National Anthem for BHM. Yolandra’s talents expand to the theater, where she developed her “act sing chops”; touring with David Talbert’s hit comedy, “Lawd Hav’ Mercy”. This exposure to such a wide range of performing artists enhanced her own abilities and fueled her songwriting talents.
Yolandra has also performed the U.S. National anthem at Golden State Warriors and the U.S. soccer team.
Possessed with a God-given talent; she professes a continual awareness of God ’s presence in both people and opportunities in her life. She says her motto is “success is when preparation meets opportunity”.
Jimi Hendrix’s last performance was a London club gig with WAR, and the band that adopted its name to wage battle against “racism, hunger, gangs, crimes and turf wars” is just as relevant as ever in today’s .
A San José favorite who has played Music in the Park before, WAR brings a message that embraces “all people with hope and the spirit of brotherhood” to Plaza de César Chávez on July 15. Their hits include “Spill the Wine,” “The World Is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can't We Be Friends?,” “Low Rider” and “Summer"
Opening will be Los Rakas, who are pioneers in a new Latin urban sound fusing hip-hop, plena, reggaetón and dancehall music. Bay Area cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun represent the cutting edge of Pan-American music. The Grammy-nominated Panamanians took their name from the word “rakataka,” a slur for someone from the ghetto. Los Rakas set out to inspire fellow “rakas” by empowering them to become successful.
In 2012, Los Rakas released their EP, Raka Love, touring nationally and internationally. Their debut album on Universal Music Latino, El Negrito Dun Dun y Ricardo, released in 2014. In 2016, Los Rakas released their self-titled, second album earning them a Grammy nomination for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.”