J Boog, CRSB and Adrian Marcel
September 22, 2023 from 5pm-10pm
Reggae artist J Boog, a Music in the Park favorite, returns for the third time to play Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Fusing a West Coast sound with his Polynesian roots, the Southern California musician brings Pacific Island influences to a distinctly Afro-Caribbean genre. J Boog tours around the world and has developed a universal following, winning over fans with his warm demeanor, impressive catalog and feel-good music. The two-time Grammy winner’s concert sold out last time he played, so be sure to get your tickets early.
R&B artists Chris Ramos and Sonny B, known as CRSB are two Bay Area-native cousins, who have fused island vibes with R&B to create an inimitable sound that’s all their own. With over 15 million streams from hits like “The Break Up Song,” “Give It Up,” and “You & I,” they continue to build the bridge between Island music, R&B and Bay Area culture. Their latest track “Vibrations” has been featured on Netflix, ESPN, and more.
CRSB brings island rhythms and the Bay Area’s Historic Hyphee Culture together. Their music is a representation of the cultural melting pot the Bay Area is known for. The duo has also co-produced Adrian Marcel’s upcoming album to be released later this year.
Get swept away by Adrian Marcel, a true R&B savant who hails from East Oakland. His music is the perfect blend of smooth, sultry sounds and fearless emotional depth. Guided by his mentor, Grammy-winning R&B star Raphael Saadiq, Adrian has earned his stripes with a string of projects featuring heavyweights like Kelly Rowland, Wale and Too $hort. His hit single, “2 AM,” a hyphy-infused anthem that racked up more than 93 million views on YouTube, claimed the #2 spot on the Billboard charts.
Adrian recently teamed up with Bay Area singer/songwriter/producer “Sonny B.” of CRSB to birth their own genre, R&Bay—blending the essence of Hyphy and R&B to create more than 100+ tracks in the past two years. The genre’s first offering, “Bip City” is an energetic track, featuring Bay Area legend E40.
Adrian Marcel’s music isn’t just a sound—it’s an experience that brings to life the Bay Area edginess that is not always represented in R&B. Get your tickets now to watch as he owns the stage, embodying the unapologetic spirit of the Bay!
CeeLo Green, The Limousines, Tony Lindsay
August 18, 2023 from 5-10pm
Atlanta-born former Goodie Mob singer-songwriter CeeLo Green, half of the enigmatic Gnarls Barkley duo of “Crazy” fame, makes his way to San Jose for First Tech Federal Credit Union Music in the Park on Friday, Aug. 18.
Known as a charismatic judge and mentor for emerging performers on NBC’s The Voice, CeeLo has returned to his urban and alternative R&B roots, engaging audiences with prolific retro-soul releases including “Lead Me,” “Doing It All Together” and “People Watching.”
Also performing are The Limousines, back after resting up for a decade and soul sensation Tony Lindsay, who shot to fame as a lead vocalist on Santana’s blockbuster album, “Supernatural.”
Soul Asylum, Living Colour and Tommy Stinson
July 21, 2023, 5-10pm
Three iconic rock bands are gearing up to headline Plaza de Cesar Chavez this July. Soul Asylum, Living Colour and Tommy Stinson will kick off this year’s Music in the Park season.
Soul Asylum is a critically acclaimed band that helped change the sound of rock along with fellow Minneapolis artists The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and, of course, Prince. Soul Asylum is best known for “Runaway Train,” the 1993 hit that won a Grammy for Best Rock Song, and musical contributions to the Kevin Smith films Clerks, Clerks II and Chasing Amy. Despite some lineup changes, lead vocalist and songwriter Dave Pirner still fronts the band, which now features drummer Michael Bland (formerly with Prince), guitarist Ryan Smith and bassist Winston Roye.
Living Colour desegregated American hard rock music in the late 80s, paving the way for future bands like Rage Against the Machine and Sevendust. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the band formed in New York in 1984, with Corey Glover on vocals, Will Calhoun on drums and Muzz Skillings on bass. Their sound is an amalgamation of elements of jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal with lyrics ranging from the personal to the political, tackling issues like racism in the United States. The band’s debut album, “Vivid,” was certified double platinum by the RIAA on its release in 1988. Featuring the widely acclaimed single, “Cult of Personality,” the hard-hitting rock song went on to earn the band the first of many Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance. Today, Living Colour continues to push the boundaries of the genre, more recently in their latest album “Shades,” with the introduction of many elements of thrash metal, blues and industrial rock.
Tommy Stinson—founding member of Minneapolis alternative rock pioneers The Replacements—will take the stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Stinson not only once played bass for Soul Asylum but also for Guns N’ Roses during the Chinese Democracy recording and subsequent tours. Stinson has released albums and toured as a solo artist since 2014.