San Jose Jazz Summer Fest will return this summer with iconic funk bassist Bootsy Collins headlining the festival.
Collins, known for rubbery baselines, outlandish style and signature voice (literally and musically) got his start working with James Brown before moving on to the acid funk of Parliament-Funkadelic in the 1970s and a solo career.
Joining Collins at the festival, August 8-10, is classic Bay Area funk and R&B act Con Funk Shun and New York Latin Jazz group Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band.
The initial San Jose Jazz Summer Fest lineup:
Con Funk Shun
Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band
Viento de Agua
Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas
Aaron Lington Quintet Plays the Music of Paul Simon
Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo
Several more artists are expected to be announced before the festival arrives in downtown San Jose with 11 stages. Early bird tickets are available through May 18 starting at $35 for general admission. More info.