After fronting two critically acclaimed and commercially successful musical projects, one might assume South Bay native Eric Victorino would be comfortable on stage and confident in his own skin. But that’s not always the case.
In fact, right up until moment he went on stage for the first solo performance of his career, Victorino says he was terrified. Continue reading »
The Annex in Menlo Park was doing about as well as any recording studio could hope to do. Throughout the aughts, or post-Napster years, everyone in the recording industry—from the labels and musicians to producers and engineers—had to innovate to survive. Compared to many others, The Annex had equipped itself well for the changing times. Continue reading »
San Francisco made a lot of contributions to the early days of punk. Bands like Crime, Flipper and The Avengers each made their own, unique contributions—expanding the nascent genre’s boundaries in myriad directions and incorporating disparate sonic elements, from rockabilly to noise. Continue reading »
The Los Altos Stage Company’s excellent production of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Assassins” continues it’s run at the Bus Barn Theatre. Read a review of the show in this week’s Metro. Funnywoman Wanda Sykes comes to the Montalvo Arts Center. Chart-topping ’90s alt-rockers Eve 6 play The Ritz. And the Bay Area’s very own Counting Crows play Shoreline Amphitheatre with Rob Thomas and the SoFA Street Fair returns. Continue reading »
The SoFA Street Fair returns to San Jose’s South First Street arts, culture and nightlife district this Sunday for a day of music, food, beer, art and much more. It marks the fourth such event since festival organizer Fil Maresca brought the party back to life in 2014 after more than a 10-year hiatus. Continue reading »
Downtown San Jose is losing its only first-run movie theater. Camera 12 Cinemas, San Jose’s largest independently owned movieplex, announced last week that it would be punching its final tickets Sep. 9. Camera Cinemas’ two other theater complexes—Camera 3, located just blocks from Camera 12, and Camera 7 in Campbell—will remain open.
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A new program intended to aid South Bay youth in creative endeavors kicks off Labor Day weekend in San Jose. A.M.P. (or, Arts & Music Program) offers free art and music workshops for anyone ages 13-21. Hosted by the Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy on Story Road, the program has been organized by one of San Jose’s most active grassroots groups: Think & Die Thinking. Continue reading »
After working for years with the Island Reggae Festival, hosted annually at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, the San Jose-based streetwear brand Cukui is going solo to bring the South Bay a music festival that boasts a number of big names in reggae, hip-hop and Latin rock. Continue reading »
Alternative rock superstars Coldplay perform this week at Levi’s Stadium behind their newly released full-length record “A Head Full of Dreams.” Also, Rey Res, Ozomatli and Iamsu! rock the inaugural Cukui Music Festival at Great America. Finally, Sonido Clash continues to expand its influence in the South Bay music scene with its Music & Mezcal Fest. Continue reading »
In decades past, five big arts groups dominated the Silicon Valley culture scene, slurping up the majority of public support and private donations, while dozens of much smaller organizations fought over the table scraps. With annual budgets that in better times passed the $5 million mark, Ballet San Jose, San Jose Rep, San Jose Museum of Art, Opera San Jose and the Symphony were big companies that were dominated for years on end by big artistic forces—Dennis Nahat, Timothy Near, Jim Reber, Leonid Grin or the late Irene Dalis and George Cleve. Continue reading »