Fest Five: Noelani Sallings, Director of Business Development

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One of the more recent additions to the SJZ roster, Noelani Sallings came on board after a successful run working in politics. She’s fiercely dedicated to the community, having served on boards for the Santa Clara Schools Foundation, Wilcox Dance Team Boosters, and Next Vista for Learning. The Santa Clara University grad is aiming to join the Santa Clara School Board in the fall.

We caught Noelani between sponsors and asked her to share who she’s looking forward to see at Summer Fest 25. In her words, she shares who’s sure to keep her moving the second weekend in August.

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Bootsy Collins

I love Boosty Collins because he reminds me of my family road trips: when my daughters were little, we would start off our road trips with Parliament-Funkadelic.  It was pretty cool watching my kids rocking out to funk!

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Soul Rebels

I am absolutely in love with New Orleans music (I was a huge fan of Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Summer Fest last year). The Rebels’ horns remind me of my punk rock youth, plus they cover the best songs that get you up dancing (watch our line-up video – that’s them playing Daft Punk hit “Get Lucky”).  They’re so much fun, and I can’t wait to see them live.

Kris Bowers

Kris Bowers is absolutely brilliant.  I can not get enough of him. I remember the first time I heard him play his cover of “Rigamortis” (one of my daughters loves the rapper Kendrick Lamar).  I’m sure his Summer Fest performance will be a high point for many. I would listen to him over and over again if I could

Snarky Puppy

With a name like Snarky Puppy, how could you ever go wrong?   The first time I ever heard them was their song “Something” featuring Lalah Hathaway. I was blown away by the video and the way that Snarky Puppy engulfs their audience into the music experience.  True artists. [Ed. Note: This performance won them a Grammy® for Best R&B Performance earlier in the year] .

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Pedrito Martinez

I have to move whenever I listen to any of Pedrito’s music.  This is going to be a show you CAN NOT miss – and with him performing THREE times at Summer Fest, there are no excuses if you skip out. The pace of his music makes make think of my next vacation.

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Honorable Mention: JC Smith

JC Smith’s band is one of my favorites. They have one of my favorite bass players – I know him as Papa Green – but the rest of your know him as the Killer bass player Robert Green. I can’t wait to see him close the Blues Stage with JC and Maxx Cabello.

For a full rundown of who’s playing Summer Fest 2014, visit our line-up page. Visit our tickets page to secure Summer Fest passes.