SAN JOSE – Music in the Park kicks off its 28th season on June 23 with New Zealand-based roots-reggae group Katchafire.
The five-piece all-Maori band formed in 1997 is regaled as one of the most cherished, original live reggae bands in the world. Roots reggae artists at their core, Katchafire also integrates R&B, funk, dancehall and pop themes into their shows.
Most recently they put out a single Burn it Down and contributed Stir It Up on a recent tribute to Bob Marley. This in the wake of four studio albums, multiple awards and platinum sales.
Openers: Island reggae artists One-A-Chord from Monterey Bay, Mango Kingz, and guest reggae DJ Robert Rankin.
This do-not-miss show is in the heart of Downtown San Jose at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, off Market Street.
Advanced tickets are $10 per adult and free for kids 12-under when accompanied by an adult.
Day-of-the-event general admission cost $15. VIP tickets for $25 in advance include access to a special seating area and bathroom, plus a drink ticket. VIP tickets are $30 the day of the show.
Tickets and information are available here.
Music in the Park is presented by Metro Newspapers and produced by the San Jose Downtown Association. The events are supported by the City of San Jose.
Other dates in the series are:
July 20: Blues Traveler – One of America’s all-time favorite jam bands. Blues Traveler has recorded 12 albums and sold millions of records. They hit it big with their 1994 release, “four,” which included “Hook” and the Grammy-winning “Run Around.” Their latest release, “Blow Up the Moon,” (2015). www.bluestraveler.com
Openers: Ben Henderson and friends and special guest Socorra. Both artists are from San Jose. Henderson offers Americana and blues, while Socorra blends Motown, folk rock and pop.
Aug. 3: To be announced.
Opener: Sweet HayaH – Featured artists from San Jose were at SXSW in 2015, HayaH offers an impassioned blend of rock, soul and funk. Website
Aug. 25: WAR – From Low Rider to Why Can’t We Be Friends, WAR has been bringing the Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Rock, Blues fusion to your ears since before you could dance.