The San Jose Downtown Association is picking up Music in the Park right where it left off in 2019, after a hiatus forced by the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Reggae singer Jay Boog will headline this season’s solo concert at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on August 27.
And at least one San Jose company thinks it’s high time to get music back in the park: Airfield Supply Company — the cannabis dispensary near Mineta San Jose International Airport — is the event’s title sponsor. “The opportunity to help re-open San Jose by presenting an open-air concert at the park is a special moment for us,” said Mark Matulich, CEO of Airfield Supply Company. And, maybe it’s a stereotype, but is there a better sponsor for a reggae act?
Jay Boog, a Long Beach native of Samoan descent whose real name is Jerry Afemata, was featured in the final live Music in the Park concert in 2019 and won the Music in the Park showdown last summer — 32 separates from the series A bracket contest with the show’ history vying for fans’ votes on social media. After five weeks of competition, Jay Boog topped the WAR in the final. His 2011 release “Backyard Boogie” included the hit “Let’s Do It Again” and his hip-hop influenced music has garnered a lot of fans.
“Fans essentially asked for him, and now he’s back for a double performance,” said Donna Butcher, event and promotion manager for the Downtown Association. The airfield concerts in the park begin at 5:30 pm with live music and DJ music by Needle in the Groove. Tickets $25-$50 at . will be available on sjdowntown.com/music-in-the-park.
start here: There are a lot of “First Friday” events, but the Urban Vibrancy Institute, a brand new nonprofit that aims to create buzz in downtown San Jose, doesn’t want you to have to count the weeks. So it’s launching an “every Friday” program this week, starting July 23, with plans to continue them weekly until October 1.
The first will take place on South Second Street in Fountain Alley next to the historic Bank of Italy building and will feature music from San Jose jazz and beer and wine sold by The Shop by Chef Bacca. You can feel free to bring food from nearby restaurants, which run from 4:30 to 7 pm, not a bad way to bring people together and start the weekend off on a fun note.
It will dawn on you: Many of us will be watching the Olympic Games this weekend, but one sport you won’t see on display in Tokyo is the Lawn Bowl. However, you can see some of the best bowlers in the area in competition this weekend at Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park in San Jose.
Fourteen teams will compete on Saturday and Sunday in the Summer Sizzle Mixed Triples tournament with $2,000 in prize money. You can find more information on the club’s website, www.sjblc.org.
Lawn bowls, which are similar but different to bocce, made their way to North America in the early 1900s with the British and clubs. San Jose established its own club in the early 1960s, and with the support of San Jose Parks Commissioner Frank Bramhall, a bowling green was built in the park at the corner of Willow and Camino Ramon. The green was revamped in 2017, and the San Jose Lawn Bowls Club expects to host more local and regional events this year and beyond.