KCSM Music Lounge

What: Join us at the exclusive KCSM Music Lounge, Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10th. Ron Pelletier, Host of Evening Jazz, will be your emcee Saturday, and Harry Richard Hall, Host of Jazz Sessions, emcees Sunday.

Who: Top Fest artists will perform 20-minute pared down sets for a select group of lucky folks in this intimate setting, with great music, drinks and light hors d'oeuvres are available for purchase. The Music Lounge holds just 80 people, putting you right up close to the music!

Where: The Lounge is located on the mezzanine level of the California Theatre (handicapped accessible.) Enter from the main theater entrance at 345 South First Street. The lounge opens 1/2 hour before each set time.

Limited!: Hurry! Only 15 pairs of tickets are available for each of the 6 acts below. Limit is one pair of tickets per person to one Music Lounge show. Look for the 'Get Tickets' link next to each show listed below.

Bring: To enter the Lounge, you must have a valid festival wristband for the day the show takes place along with the ticket you will receive in your email confirmation (may also be displayed on a smart phone.)

Saturday, August 8 Performances

Natalie Cressman
Villalobos BrothersJavon Jackson

12:30pm Natalie Cressman

2:30pm Villalobos Brothers

4:30pm Javon Jackson


Trombonist, composer, and vocalist Natalie Cressman has assimilated the full range of her sonic influences into a startlingly mature, strikingly original voice. Melding the sophistication of modern jazz with captivating storytelling and intoxicating melodies reminiscent of indie rocks’ most distinctive songwriters, Cressman has worked with everyone from Trey Anastasio to Peter Apfelbaum. Raised in San Francisco by parents Sandy Cressman, a jazz vocalist immersed in the traditions of Brazilian music, and Jeff Cressman, a recording engineer, trombonist, and longtime member of Santana, Cressman was constantly surrounded by a vast array music. These varied experiences and inspiration from these bandleaders’ boundary-blurring approaches has revealed a distinct sound from the musician that is utterly uncategorizable but instantly recognizable.

The Villalobos Brothers are widely recognized as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles, delivering an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awakens and mesmerizes. Their original compositions masterfully blend the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical. They have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians, including Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dan Zanes, Jay Rodriguez, Pierre Boulez, Dolly Parton, and Eddie Palmieri. Villalobos Brothers are composed of brothers Ernesto Villalobos, lead vocals, violin; Alberto Villalobos, lead vocals, violin; and Luis Villalobos, lead vocals, violin); with collaborators Humberto Flores, guitar and back-up vocals; Leo Sherman, bass; and Rosa Avila, drums.


Javon Jackson has appeared on more than 125 recordings and has played with such giants as Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd and Cedar Walton, and has developed a formidable career as a leader, recording and touring throughout the world. He's jamming with Jimmy Heath a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. In addition to performing with countless icons from Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, many of Heath’s compositions have become bona fide jazz “standards.” Gary Bartz has been a trailblazer since his youth. He made his name accompanying Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln and has since worked with everyone from Byrd to Charles Mingus and McCoy Tyner. Last is Donald Harrison, whose style merges jazz with R&B, hip hop, soul and traditional New Orleans styles. He has performed with an illustrious list of musicians, including Davis, Blakey, Tyner, Ron Carter, and Dr. John.

Sunday, August 9 Performances