2024 Lineup / California Music Lounge

The California Music Lounge is an intimate stage featuring acts originally slated for Hammer4. Located just a short walk up the palatial California Theater’s grand staircase from the Main Lobby, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite artists up close in an air conditioned, intimate space. Space is limited, so consider an upgrade to Priority Access and above wristbands for first-in access. Note the California Theatre Stage is on the main stage in the same building. You’ll need an All Stages or higher wristband and Priority Access and above ticket holders have first-in entry.

Pascal Le Boeuf’s “Ritual Being”

Fri, Aug 9 @ 6:30pm
California Music Lounge

Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by The New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy Award-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to hybridizing notation-based chamber music with production-based technology.

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Pascal Le Boeuf’s “Ritual Being”

Fri, Aug 9 @ 6:30pm
California Music Lounge
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Terrence Brewer & Mason Razavi: The Magic of Monk

Fri, Aug 9 @ 8:30pm
California Music Lounge

In this special performance, local favorites Mason Razavi and Terrence Brewer pay homage to the great pianist Thelonious Monk, known for his influential style of dissonant voicings and off-beat rhythm. They are joined by first-call musicians Gary Brown and Sylvia Cuenca.

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Terrence Brewer & Mason Razavi: The Magic of Monk

Fri, Aug 9 @ 8:30pm
California Music Lounge
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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with Charles Haynes

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1pm
California Music Lounge

A Bay Area icon known for delighting audiences in jazz, blues, and cabaret clubs in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol has shared the stage with some of the most revered names in music, including Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Pharaoh Sanders.

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with Charles Haynes

Sat, Aug 10 @ 1pm
California Music Lounge
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The JuJu Exchange

Sat, Aug 10 @ 3pm
California Music Lounge

The JuJu Exchange is a musical partnership of three childhood friends from Chicago: Nico Segal and brothers  Julian Reid and Nova Zaii (Everett Reid). Formed in 2016, the band creates exploratory and nuanced music that calls us all to wonder and trust. 

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The JuJu Exchange

Sat, Aug 10 @ 3pm
California Music Lounge
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Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

Sat, Aug 10 @ 5pm
California Music Lounge

She’s a DownBeat “Rising Star” trombonist. He’s a California Jazz Conservatory faculty member who plays alongside Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter and Lee Konitz. Together, Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini have honed a singularly expansive creative communion encompassing their love of the Brazilian songbook, jazz, impressionism and sophisticated pop songcraft.

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Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

Sat, Aug 10 @ 5pm
California Music Lounge
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Kristen Strom Quintet with Skylar Tang

Sat, Aug 10 @ 7pm
California Music Lounge

Saxophonist Kristen Strom has been a mainstay on the Bay Area music scene for nearly two decades, acclaimed for beautifully rendered melodies, exceptional tonality, and accomplished musicianship. Strom has played alongside many well-known artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, Taj Mahal, Ruthie Foster, Pamela Rose, and Jon Faddis.

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Kristen Strom Quintet with Skylar Tang

Sat, Aug 10 @ 7pm
California Music Lounge
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Brian Ho Album Release ft. Dan Wilson and “Wookie” Landham

Sun, Aug 11 @ 12pm
California Music Lounge

Brian Ho has dedicated countless hours to mastering the rich history of the Hammond Organ on and off the bandstand, while simultaneously adding his voice and influences into the music. Joined by drummer Byron “Wookie” Landham and other alumni of Joey Defrancesco’s trio, Grammy Award Nominated guitarist Dan Wilson, this performance will premiere songs from Ho’s new album, Bridges.

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Brian Ho Album Release ft. Dan Wilson and “Wookie” Landham

Sun, Aug 11 @ 12pm
California Music Lounge
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Ken Okada Group featuring YOYOKA

Sun, Aug 11 @ 2pm
California Music Lounge

Known as one of the top jazz fusion bassists and composers in Northern California, Ken Okada has performed in clubs and festivals all over the state. At Summer Fest, he performs material including his latest project, Young and Brave, with 14-year-old Japanese rock drummer YOYOKA, who has racked up over 30 million views on YouTube.

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Ken Okada Group featuring YOYOKA

Sun, Aug 11 @ 2pm
California Music Lounge
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NIKARA presents Black Wall Street

Sun, Aug 11 @ 4pm
California Music Lounge

Vibraphonist, composer and arranger NIKARA’s debut album, Black Wall Street, is a convergence of hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, Afro-Latin and more. Granddaughter of Kenny Barron, she has played at the Kennedy Center, the SFJazz Center and, most recently, at NYC’s 20th Anniversary Winter Jazz Fest.

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NIKARA presents Black Wall Street

Sun, Aug 11 @ 4pm
California Music Lounge
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Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ 6pm
California Music Lounge

An SJZ Jazz Aid Fund artist who sold out his New Works Fest show this March, Ayo Brame has reached a mastery of the jazz idiom at the age of 16 that musicians twice his age can only dream of. A gifted and technical improviser, Ayo’s shy off-stage presence belies ferocious ambition.

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Ayo Brame

Sun, Aug 11 @ 6pm
California Music Lounge
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