Pizarro: George Clinton returning to San Jose Jazz Summer Fest
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, performing here at the 2010 San Jose Jazz Festival, are slated to return to perform Friday night at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest,, which is being held Aug. 11-13, 2017. (Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News)
San Jose has five months to make sure its power grid is amped up because George Clinton and Paliament-Funkadelic are coming back to the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.
The last time the famed funk and soul group played the festival in 2010, their performance was so powerful it actually tripped a breaker and knocked out electricity in Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Fans were left literally in the dark — wondering whether the Friday night show had gotten so wild that the city had pulled the plug on Clinton. That wasn’t the case, but it was a topsy-turvy night in any case — even Pat Dando, who was then CEO of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and then-San Jose Councilwoman Rose Herrera were on stage dancing with the band.
At San Jose Jazz Winter Fest shows, audiences have been hearing the news that Clinton and his band are slated to play the Friday night slot on the main stage, and San Jose Jazz Executive Director Brendan Rawson confirmed that Saturday night. Agreeing that the show remains the benchmark all other Friday night performers are compared to, Rawson hopes the city’s ready with as much electricity as the band and the audience.
The Villalobos Brothers perform at the San Jose Jazz Mardi Gras Gala at the<br />Hotel De Anza in San Jose on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (Sal Pizarro/Staff)
JAZZING IT UP, VERACRUZ STYLE: There was no shortage of power Saturday night at San Jose Jazz’s Mardi Gras Gala, which had a crowd of nearly 200 people dancing at the Hotel De Anza to a vibrant performance by the Villalobos Brothers, a trio of violinists who grew up near Veracruz, Mexico.
The gala put a Latin flavor on its Mardi Gras theme to honor the performers and raised thousands of dollars for San Jose Jazz’s education programs — including Progressions, which provides music training to at-risk students in the Franklin Mckinley School District. Progressions Director Julie Rinard presented an award of appreciation to Elaine Curran of the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, which has supported the program since its start.