In This Issue

  • From the soulful sounds of Adele and Jewel to the funky beats of The Roots and classic tunes of Steely dan and Jackson Browne, the South Valley has no shortage of excellent concerts to attend this summer.

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    Steely Dan head to Shoreline June 16.

    Steely Dan head to Shoreline June 16.

    Fri, May 13, 7:30pm: Jewel

    After living in her van, Jewel got signed after a performance at a coffee shop where she also barista’d. She released her first album, “Pieces of You,” at the age of 21 and charted three songs with her pure compositions and conversational lyrics. The album sold more copies than her subsequent works combined, and her current tour, “Picking up the Pieces” promises to a return to that sound.

    Sun, Jun 26, 7:30pm: The Roots

    If rap is food, then The Roots are vegetables. Questlove tip-taps the boom-baps and the effortlessly eloquent Black Thought unspools rhymes that balance story-telling with … READ MORE

  • How do you want to spend you summer? Dancing in the streets or dining on mushrooms until you burst? Maybe motorcycles are your thing? Whatever gets you and the family going, we’ve got you covered with this South Valley list of attractions.

    San Jose Japantown’s Nikkei Matsuri May 1

    Boogie on the Avenue should be bigger than any year prior.

    Boogie on the Avenue should be bigger than any year prior.

    To celebrate America’s Bicentennial, San Jose encouraged ethnic groups to celebrate their culture. And for 40 years, Japantown has kept the tradition alive with this festival. Focusing on contemporary Japanese-American stylings, over 60 vendors will showcase their garments, ceramics and other handcrafted goods. The food will be prepared onsite and the outdoor amusements will range from jazz to the traditional taiko, an intricate percussion routine.

    Boogie on the Avenue—Downtown Campbell May 21-22

    Typically attracting about 50,000 people, this jazz-centric outdoor festival allows area residents to luxuriate in the sunshine, listen … READ MORE