Fest Five: Board Member Curtis Jacobson

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Though he’s a relative newcomer to San Jose Jazz’s distinguished board, Curtis Jacobson has been a longtime supporter of Summer Fest. He’s been celebrating and promoting the great music, culture, food and fellowship found at the Fest for years, so he was excited to start serving alongside his board members when he began last year.

San Jose born and Bay Area raised, Jacobson is a chief officer with the San Jose Fire Department.  He’s also a graduate of San Jose State (BA, Political Science) as well as Harvard, where he studied at the Kennedy School of Government. He’s currently completing his Master’s degree in Public Administration.

With a real feel for Summer Fest’s vibe, Jacobson had no trouble coming up with the five things he’s most excited to experience this coming weekend.

The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash

Who needs an intermission? This year, be ready to groove between sets at the Kaiser Permanente Main Stage! The greatest tag team DJ’s in the business will keep the crowd moving, dancing, laughing, and reminiscing over classic R&B, jazz and funk tracks. I know this show well and recently saw them do their thing at the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. They’re a great addition to the Main Stage festivities.

People were losing their hats in the crowd! Cheers to this creative couple for becoming their own festival beacon.Photo Credit: Bruce Fram

A Weekend of Fabulous Music

I love Summer Fest because it is the premiere event in San Jose. It becomes an informal reunion of friends, family, co-workers and SJSU colleagues for a weekend of fabulous music, food, drink and great summer weather. I look forward to it every year, and can’t wait to see which new memories I make with friends this August!


New Orleans born and Oakland raised, Ledisi never disappoints. She’s played everywhere from San Francisco’s Café Du Nord to festivals and stages around the world. Her world-class voice will definitely have folks talking when she takes the Kaiser Permanente Main Stage Saturday night.

Bootsy Collins

Booty’s accolades speak volumes about the caliber of his talent. He was groomed under the tutelage of two of music’s greats, James Brown and George Clinton. After spending time as part of James Brown’s famous back up band, the JB’s, Clinton made him a fixture as part of his Parliament-Funkadelic empire. His work with Booty’s Rubber Band showed he could be a master bandleader just like those he learned from. He rightfully earned his spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and he’s sure to keep the crowd grooving on the Kaiser Permanente Main Stage Friday night!

Snarky Puppy

This video gave me chills when I saw it for the first time last year. I can see why this performance earned them a Grammy for Best R&B performance. I specifically love Lalah Hathaway’s vocal performance at around the six minute mark. While I wish she would be there with them at Summer Fest, I’m sure this band is more than capable of holding it down on their own. See them on the Main Stage or try to grab a seat later at the Umpqua Bank Blackbird Tavern Stage. That room is bound to be packed!

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