What: Join us at the exclusive KCSM Music Lounge, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9th.
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 40 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.
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
12:30pm Natalie Cressman
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.
2:30pm Villalobos Brothers
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.
4:30pm Javon Jackson Trio
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
12:30pm Anton Schwartz Duo
Saxophonist Anton Schwartz has earned a national name for his big tone, smart compositions and soulful improvisations. Tutored by such greats as Warne Marsh and Eddie Daniels, in high school Schwartz formed a group with future stars Peter Bernstein and Larry Goldings, and appeared in concert with Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman. After earning a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy at Harvard, Schwartz put music on the back burner for several years, but in 1995 he jumped back in, steadily building his reputation in the Bay Area and later Seattle, where he moved five years ago. No less a giant than the late saxist Illinois Jacquet said of Schwartz that he “plays the tenor sax like it’s meant to be played.”
2:30pm Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters
Whether she’s singing a haunting, slow blues ballad or a lowdown shuffle, Adrianna Marie is a mesmerizing performer. She digs deep into blues and roots music with a sense of timing and soulful delivery that draws listeners in and leaves them spellbound. Daughter of members of the 60s folk group The Carolee Singers, her musical education began at an early age. As a small child, she traveled up and down the eastern seaboard with her musical parents and her desire to sing and perform began to grow. She was influenced heavily by the sounds of the 60s and the music played in the house–everything from The Kingston Trio to Louis Jordan and Memphis Minnie. Top blues guitarists including have accompanied Marie’s eclectic folk, jazz and blues vocals.
4:30pm Quinn DeVeaux
Vocalist Quinn DeVeaux has packed houses and astounded audiences in the Bay Area for years with his smooth, soulful voice and cool, melodic songwriting. Quinn DeVeaux has combined the influences of his early Chicago Blues band and New Orleans soul and gospel group in the Blue Beat Review, a self-styled crossroads for his many musical roots. With all the style and subtlety of the great soul and blues singers of the past, DeVeaux and his bright ensemble keeps audiences in a state of joy. The modern soul songs of the vocalist are sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones. In making old tones new, DeVeaux and his Blue Beat Review have created a singular sound filled with bright tones, confident swagger, and warm grit.