At Summer Fest, music is everywhere. As you walk from stage to stage on Saturday and Sunday, you’ll find even more music, with up-and-coming bands performing on street corners around the Fest.
Sat, Aug 12
10–12pm: Jason Keiser & Melissa Garay Duo (In the Atrium of the Tech Interactive)
12–3pm: Jason Keiser & Melissa Garay Duo (Next to Starbucks on the corner of Paseo San Antonio and S Second St)
Jason Keiser (guitar) & Melissa Garay (vocals) have been close collaborators and colleagues since their meeting at SJSU in 2018. They began working together during their Masters of Music in Jazz Studies after finding a shared interest in boundary pushing jazz and latin music. Since graduating in 2020, both have professionally released music including “Amor Prohibido” by the late-great Selena Quintanilla. In 2022, Garay was also featured on “Black Orpheus” and “Pequeña Avé” by The New Acoustic Collective; a string band led by Keiser. Both are working together on a new album featuring jazz guitar master John Stowell. You can see Keiser and Garay uniting their talent, recording, and performing with many bands throughout the Bay Area. Don’t miss out on this unique duo!
12–3pm: Mrkmrkmrk (Art Museum on the corner of S Market St and W San Fernando St)
Playing a loose, improvisational mélange of jazz, blues, funk, reggae and rock n roll, Mrkmrkmrk is a Downtown San Jose band which strives to provide quality musical entertainment for their friends and neighbors. Made up of longtime friends, the band has an aggregate experience, but is new in playing together.
12–3pm: Former San Jose Jazz All Stars U19s (Paseo de San Antonio between First St. and Market St.)
Former San Jose Jazz High School All Stars U19s is an experimental jazz combo group focusing on jazz, blues, funk, and pop music. In the recent past, this group performed in many venues across the Bay Area, playing many of the members original arrangement and compositions. Now, all members in this band are college students. After a two year hiatus, the band comes together for a big reunion!!
1–3pm: Chris Villa (In the Atrium of the Tech Interactive)
4–7pm: Chris Villa (Paseo de San Antonio between First St. and Market St.)
Independent musician from San Jose, CA. Genres including: r&b hip hop, soul, indie rock and neo pop.
4–7pm: Nancy Blue (Next to Starbucks on the corner of Paseo San Antonio and S Second St)
In the 1980s Nancyb Davis played pop covers while touring the US…but all the while she was loving jazz. Upon returning to her native Sacramento, influenced by Miles Davis and soul-jazz, Nancyb played the standards with notable musicians in Sacramento including Aaron Garner and Steve Homan, at Auburn, CA‘s State Theatre and other local venues. From 2013 to 2017 Nancyb Davis began composing jazz songs, headed Song Writers In Kind, a showcase within the First Congregational Church of Auburn UCC, an open and affirming church, and studied with Henry Robinett, a jazz luminary in Sacramento, and member of Charles Mingus’s family. In 2019 she formed a jazz trio in Trinidad, CA, Nancyb and the Do Rites, and in 2021 she formed Happy’s Back Trio in San Jose. Happy’s Back trio is currently recording original songs at Acoustic Sound Shop Studios in San Jose, featuring Kenny Stahl on flute.
4–7pm: Kyle Martin (Art Museum on the corner of S Market St and W San Fernando St)
The Kyle, Wesley and Daniel Trio is a San Jose-based improvisational trio influenced by Black American Music, soul, gospel, hip hop and R&B styles. This powerhouse group makes music for the everyday-sophisticated-multicultural person, whether on-the-fly or otherwise. These musicians aim to impress, please and groove.
Sun, Aug 13
11–1pm: Jonah Cabral (In the Atrium of the Tech Interactive)
12–3pm: Jonah Cabral (Art Museum on the corner of S Market St and W San Fernando St)
Jonah Cabral is a Bay Area based saxophonist from San Francisco, CA. He has been able to share the stage with highly respected musicians in both Jazz and Classical such as Carl Allen, Smith Dobson Jr, Nicholas Beard, Akira Tana, John Daversa, Andreas van Zoelen, Paul Cohen and many more. He has played throughout the world South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Slovakia and extensively throughout the United States.
12–3pm: U19s (Next to Starbucks on the corner of Paseo San Antonio and S Second St)
12–3pm: Nancy Blue (Paseo de San Antonio between First St. and Market St.)
2–4pm: Come Say Hi! (In the Atrium of the Tech Interactive)
4–7pm: Come Say Hi! (Next to Starbucks on the corner of Paseo San Antonio and S Second St)
Come Say Hi! bridges the gap between music’s past and present with a unique blend of RnB, Funk, Jazz, and Pop, presented by a familiar, chemistry-driven instrumentation featuring William McNamara’s ethereal vocals supported by an ensemble cast of up-and-coming young Bay Area musicians Archish Arun, Ansel Austin, and Ian Ma.
4–7pm: Barely Funktional Music (Art Museum on the corner of S Market St and W San Fernando St)
Barely Funktional is a hip hop group turned funky who specialize in freestyling lyrics to engage with the crowd and make every show unique and unforgettable. Each song and style represents one of their members’ musical backgrounds so they all get a chance to shine.
4–7pm: Trevor Strohl (Paseo de San Antonio between First St. and Market St.)
Trevor Strohl is a jazz saxophonist and arranger with nearly 17 years of experience and a degree in Jazz Studies from San Jose State University. His years of experience across many genres of music, combined with his unique use of the Electronic Wind Instrument, allows him to stand out in the variety of groups he’s in across the Bay Area. Trevor is also the bandleader and saxophonist of Character Select, a local video game jazz fusion band that plays unique, grooving arrangements of music from video games new and old. Most recently, his band Character Select collaborated with the infamous 7th Street Big Band for a massive show at MAGWest, a video game music convention located in San Jose, featuring Trevor’s own new big band arrangements of classic video game music. Whether it be through his unique arrangements or his eccentric style of playing, Trevor performs with a simple philosophy; create great music and have fun doing it!