2018 Lineup / Soul/R&B/Funk

Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

The Sacramento-based four-piece Mino Yanci seamlessly combines elements of jazz fusion, rock and hip hop. Their 2017 debut features propulsive rhythms and intricate harmonic landscapes. Their name translates to “Musical Freedom” in two African languages, which precisely captures the band’s artistic goal.

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Mino Yanci

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Jessica Lá Rel

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Jessica Lá Rel is a recording artist, songwriter and storyteller from Chicago. Her “cinematic soul” sound can be likened to an orchestra traveling from the south side of Chicago to Ghana. Known for her soaring vocals and thrilling live performances, Lá Rel releases her LP, War Love, later this year.

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Jessica Lá Rel

Fri, Aug 10 @ 6:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

CONFUNKSHUN

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

ConFunkShun has carried the torch of funk music for over four decades, and continues to be one of the most recognized bands in the genre today. Their chart-topping discography has influenced scores of artists and lives on through the new generation.

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CONFUNKSHUN

Fri, Aug 10 @ 7:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Los Angeles native Jimetta Rose has become a mainstay in the independent music scene while digging firm roots into LA’s burgeoning creative renaissance. Her music is not constrained by an expectation of what qualifies as art; instead she draws inspiration from jazz, R&B and hip-hop. She’s even been known to spit a verse or two.

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Jimetta Rose

Fri, Aug 10 @ 8:15pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Lalah Hathaway

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Listeners can’t help but be wrapped up in and in awe of vocalist / songwriter / producer Lalah Hathaway’s tremendous singing and borderless, cross-genre musical concepts. Her infectious blend of R&B, gospel, jazz, pop and rock has, in turn, been embraced by multiple generations.

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Lalah Hathaway

Fri, Aug 10 @ 9:30pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Jessica Johnson

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

Bay Area vocalist and songwriter Jessica Johnson captivates audiences from the moment she walks on stage, engaging listeners with her rich, sultry voice and R&B stylings.

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Jessica Johnson

Fri, Aug 10 @ 10pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

Aaron Abernathy Trio

Fri, Aug 10 @ 11pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Aaron Abernathy is a rising pianist/singer with a style rooted in gospel and the organic, acoustic soul of the early ’70s. Frequent collaborator of hip-hop artist Black Milk, Abernathy has created a stir with his latest solo album, Dialogue.

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Aaron Abernathy Trio

Fri, Aug 10 @ 11pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Bobbito García a.k.a. Kool Bob Love

Fri, Aug 10 @ Midnight
Special Event
Continental Bar

During the 1990s, Bobbito Garcia was one-half of the “Stretch and Bobbito” program on WKCR. The duo introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie and Wu-Tang, as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem and the Fugees. In 1998, the Source Magazine voted them as “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time.”

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Bobbito García a.k.a. Kool Bob Love

Fri, Aug 10 @ Midnight
Special Event
Continental Bar
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School of Rock San Jose

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

School of Rock is a performance based music school that strives to help students rock on stage and in life. The house band serves as ambassadors of the school by showcasing the program at various events in San Jose.

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School of Rock San Jose

Sat, Aug 11 @ 1pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
El Taurino Stage

In less than three years, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has become one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular Hammond B3-driven bands. With its leader’s muscular playing, guitarist Jimmy James’ sly riffs and drummer David McGraw’s well-placed accents, the trio raises the swagger in any setting.

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:30pm
El Taurino Stage
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Made By Crooks

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Sacramento native Made By Crooks combines the influences of soul, funk and hip-hop with a dynamic stage presence and a gift for storytelling. Now based in Los Angeles, he and his band Grooveliners have built up a loyal California fan base from San Diego to Rocklin.

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Made By Crooks

Sat, Aug 11 @ 2:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Booker T.’s Stax Revue: A Journey Through Soul, Blues and R&B

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

As house organist for the Stax Records label in the ’60s and leader of the MG’s, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger Booker T. Jones is familiar to countless music fans for his own hit “Green Onions” as well as his support for the likes of Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers.

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Booker T.’s Stax Revue: A Journey Through Soul, Blues and R&B

Sat, Aug 11 @ 4pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Genius Wesley Project

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Drums prodigy at only 16 years old, Genius Wesley returns for his second performance at this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. A Bay Area native, Wesley has been playing the drums since he was six years old. This standout artist’s sound is a melding of jazz, R&B and funk.

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Genius Wesley Project

Sat, Aug 11 @ 5pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

Goapele

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Blessed with abundant soul and fluent in hip-hop’s rhythms and flows, singer-songwriter-producer Goapele’s warm singing captures listeners’ hearts like a fond childhood memory. Since Closer, her debut release from 2001, the Oakland native has been known as a wise storyteller as well as an imparter of wisdom.

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Goapele

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Ghost & the City

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

With a mystical combination of hip-hop, electronic and dub, blended with a smoky jazz aesthetic, Ghost & the City is an exciting new voice in the Oakland electronic soul scene founded by the likes of The Seshen, Goapele and Ledisi.

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Ghost & the City

Sat, Aug 11 @ 6:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

With a velvet voice rich as smooth wine, Jackie Gage possesses a musical grace that channels torch singers of decades past, mixing elements of jazz, soul and R&B into her music, which nods to the future of jazz.

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Jackie Gage

Sat, Aug 11 @ 7:30pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage
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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

Eugenie Jones is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist, songwriter and producer. Described as a performer that makes audiences feel jazz, Jones possess “a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” (The Stranger)

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Eugenie Jones

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Sushi Confidential Stage

Johnny Gill

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Multi-platinum R&B icon Johnny Gill has dazzled listeners worldwide for over three decades. From his solo career to his spotlight role in New Edition, Gill’s soul-stirring vocal performances have stood the test of time, and continue to grow stronger with his latest album and national tour.

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Johnny Gill

Sat, Aug 11 @ 8pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

Urban Renewal Project

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sushi Confidential Stage

The Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles-based band that uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz and hip-hop.

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Urban Renewal Project

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
Sushi Confidential Stage

Meernaa

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
El Taurino Stage

The Oakland-based Meernaa have a gift for balancing intimate songs with immersive psychedelic arrangements. Most notable is Carly Bond’s transfixing voice which emits an elastic melody and tone that are perfectly suited to tackle the complexities of the group’s songs.

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Meernaa

Sun, Aug 12 @ Noon
El Taurino Stage
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No Water After Midnight

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Take a soulful journey through hip-hop infused jazz and funk with No Water After Midnight, whose influences draw from such wide-ranging places as contemporary artists Tortured Soul, Robert Glasper, Frank Ocean, and Daft Punk, and timeless names such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

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No Water After Midnight

Sun, Aug 12 @ 2:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Oakadelic

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Oakadelic is a funk, soul and R&B collective at the heart of the Bay Area’s funk scene. Primarily an instrumental ensemble led by horns, the group combines its roots in ‘50s and ‘60s jazz improvisation with an extension to ‘70s and ‘80s funk.

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Oakadelic

Sun, Aug 12 @ 4:45pm
Casino M8trix Boom Box Stage

Kool & the Gang

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage

“There’s a party going on right there / a celebration to last throughout the years.” With those lyrics, shouts of “Yahoo!” and that opening snare drum salvo, Kool & the Gang’s dancefloor hymn makes any occasion a “Celebration.” With scores of other timeless hits, they’ll close 2018 Summer Fest in style.

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Kool & the Gang

Sun, Aug 12 @ 6pm
Sobrato Organization Main Stage