The last time Kevi Ford hung out with childhood pal Justin Bieber, the Canadian megastar quite literally shit himself. The Biebs, standing atop a table in a Vegas nightclub, soiling his white leather Dolce and Gabbana pants after apparently succumbing to food poisoning. Bros being bros, Ford couldn’t resist cracking wise about the incident. He kept at it for a while before the pop singer decided he’d had enough and tweeted out Ford’s number to his rabidly faithful followers. Continue reading »
On a night drive in 2013, Seattle-based surf-rock group La Luz was driving home from a show when their van spun out on some black ice. The van smashed into a divider on the highway. They were safe but rattled. After calling AAA, the four-piece were sitting in the van awaiting a tow when a semi spun out on the same patch of ice and smashed into their waiting vehicle. Continue reading »
It’s buried deep in the heart of every boom-bap beat; it’s churning hot at the center of every rip-roaring rock & roll riff; and it’s slyly creeping in the smoky shadows of every soulful R&B jam. As we argued last week, jazz, and the music from which it sprang—the blues—are the purest American art forms. And they are both rolling into town this weekend with the 27th annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.
With so many amazing acts to check out in such little time, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to … um … catch ’em all. Make the most of your time with this guide of festival picks. Continue reading »
While it will most certainly dominate the local arts page headlines, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest isn’t the only hot ticket in town this weekend. Sango, a Seattle-bred producer and DJ, performs at The Continental, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy trade killer licks at The Mountain Winery and Ben Harper is reunited with his old band, The Innocent Criminals, at The Mountain Winery. All this, plus the EDM violinist, Lindsey Stirling, Shakespeare in the Park and the Peninsula Roller Girls. Continue reading »
Rising above the din of boisterous, drink-fueled conversation and clinking glassware, a saxophone’s squawk snakes through the crowd. Parting the cigarette smoke haze and ambling over sticky tabletops, a wandering double bass, a splashy trap kit and a peppery piano plod on. It’s the kind of place where a private eye might have met a dame desperately in need of help, or a venue for a gang of beats to stage a poetry slam. But this is not a page out of a dimestore novel or a scene from decades past. It happens right now—every weekend and most weeknights, anyway—in downtown San Jose. Continue reading »
Over the course of his career, Rahsaan Roland Kirk was not always appreciated. Nonetheless, he inspired many still-active jazz musicians. Running the gamut from a trombonist and conch shell player to a pianist and composer to a Bill-Clinton-approved saxophonist, the following artists either played with Rahsaan or deeply studied his works, making them the closest replicators of that singular man’s sound. This week they come together at Café Stritch’s annual Rahsaanathon to honor the legendary jazzman. Continue reading »
The Warped Tour debuted in 1995, making the traveling alternative music festival as old as its average attendee. And while punk acts have teeter-tottered in mainstream popularity in the intervening decades, the festival is still going strong with a mix of legacy acts and newer bands. Continue reading »
Music in the Park returns this Thursday with the L.A.-spawned cultural melting pot that is Ozomatli. That same night, Barbra Streisand, one of the last true lounge singer legends, looks back on her long and bedazzled career with a performance at SAP Center. Back in town for its 22nd year The Vans Warped Tour descends upon Shoreline Amphitheatre. And Ira Glass, creator of “This American Life” discusses the human condition in Saratoga. Continue reading »
Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann—along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti—rolled through their old Grateful Dead stomping grounds, Shoreline Amphitheatre (which Bill Graham allegedly designed to resemble the band’s iconic “Steal Your Face” logo from above.
Naturally, Deadheads young and old turned up in force, many without tickets and hoping for a “Weiracle.” Metro sent our photographer Greg Ramar to capture all the action. Check out the pics below, or click here for the full gallery. Continue reading »
The Major League Soccer All-Star Team fell to Arsenal Football Club yesterday, July 28. The squad, comprising top talent from American and Canadian soccer teams lost 1-2 at Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes’ recently completed home field. Continue reading »