Levi’s Stadium – First event was a disaster

Quakes_LevisStadium_DL_Final-150x150_f_improf_150x150Well, I have now had a night’s sleep and had a chance to reflect on my experience watching the first sporting event at the Levi’s Stadium, the new home to the 49rs. I know I was experiencing the first “trial run” of the stadium going into this. But it was such as terrible experience all around, I felt I had to share my experience in detail. Maybe this will help at least one other person have a great experience when attending future events there.


Final Grade

Was going to give the complete experience a D+ (from A being best, F being worst), but gave it a C- since San Jose Earthquakes beat the Seattle Sounders.

Top Tips

1. Take Light rail in, but leave game early to catch one before the HUGE line builds up. If possible, I would have friend drop you off and pick you up at Togos near the stadium.

2. Only bring very small clear bag/purse. If you have anything bigger, like any street thug, security will take the bag from you upon entering. ALL PURSES will be taken. Unlike street thugs, you will get your item back.

3. If you’re a vegan/vegetarian, I recommend you eat a full meal before coming. Food quality was poor and over-priced. If you’re a meat eater, not sure if food was much better.

4. If you do order food, order on the Levi’s App and have it delivered to your seat. Not sure how long this will take, but worth it.

My detailed experience

1. VTA Parking Lot
Decided to park at i-880 lot and pre-pay $23 for spot. Felt duped – only $15 cash upon arrival – lot was basically empty. First loss – before entering stadium – $8.

2. Light Rail
For some reason, didn’t feel tons of people would take it. Once again, surprised. VTA train – every seat was takens, so we had to stand the whole way in. Not a big deal – just another annoyance.

3. Seeing Stadium
Loved seeing new stadium from the outside. It’s glorious and inviting.

4. Getting into Stadium with black pack, any backpack, purse, camera bag.
Not going to happen. Nothing printed on ticket about this. Waited in line for 20 minutes to check in backpack. SUPER ANNOYED. VTA didn’t warn about this either. Turns out 49r tickets will be printed with this, but not Earthquake tickets. Very sloppy, as no one who worked there seemed to know this was coming. Very disorganized. I feared what would happen upon exiting. My fears were realized in a few hours.

5. Buying first food
Very easy but expensive as I though. Water, Vegan Dog, MMs, Garlic Fries – $26.50

6. Getting to seats
For some reason with the billions they spent on this stadium, they ran out of money to paint the section number at the top of the stairs. They had them on the wall, but it wasn’t clear at all. I’m sure they fill the couple thousand dollars and paint that shortly. I was in wrong section for first 15 minutes – until I went out and came back in and second usher knew where I was seated.

7. Getting food for 2nd time
Well, I had purchased really good VIP tix. Didn’t know all food was in clubhouse and I could get food super easy. So, Jordan Smith and I ordered food on app to get the super cool “Express” line check out. Wow – most messed up part of the night. We left our seats at 645 pm. Jordan got back to his seat at 725 pm (as I sent him back while waiting in line). I got back to my seat around 750 pm – just in time to watch first kick. Missed National Anthem and Skydivers.

8. More about standing in “Express” line
There was absolutely no advantage to standing in this line. There was only one person (I would have expected 3 people hustling for us “priority” people.) We watched as the guy next to us – not in priority line – almost got his food before us. We were one person ahead of him. And don’t dare try to add on a beer, or snack. Register only checks you in for food you prepaid for.

9. Food Quality
Never thought I say this, but I know realize how good the service and food quality is at McDonald’s. Not that I’ve eaten there for 15+ years, but 49rs need to hire them as a consultant. Except for the Dasani water and french fries, it was some of the worst food I’ve had in a long time. I’m sure you could agree Phil and Catherine. I didn’t have non-vegan food, so I’m curious if that was as bad quality.

10. Food Variety
Was cool to see Vegan Dogs, BBQ Jackfruit, and Vegan Buns. Well, the BBQ Jackfruit (which took 30 mins to get in line) was okay, but the bun was over cooked and tasted stale. The Vegan dogs (how can you mess these up?) was overcooked and hard.

11. The Game
The game was awesome and fun. Went smoothly and the last placed Earthquakes kicked Seattle Sounders butt. You would have thought they were tied for first place. Love that game was one 1-0 – first game in new stadium.

12. Leaving the stadium (picking up my backpack)
We left 5 mins before end of game, thinking to get a jump on getting inline for Light Rail only to be confronted by A HUGE LINE waiting to retrieve bags. People were cursing, jumping the line, stating there were terrorists and generally pissed off. 30-40 minutes, later, I got my backpack.

13. Catching Light Rail
So, finally, we’re were ready for a nice relaxing ride to our car. Not so much. Over a thousand people were now in line for the light rail, due to our delay. Jordan and I decided to walk the 3.3 miles to our card. Took over an hour.

14. Final Grade
Jordan and I discussed this and we wanted to give the evening’s experience a D+. But, since the EQs won the game, we decided to give it a C-.

I’m sure 49r fans won’t put up with any of the bullshit we experienced and will surely make their voices heard. Biggest annoyance – I’m sure people will know NOT to bring anything but a clear, small bag for stuff. Would be great for entrepreneurs to make clear purses with 49r log.

Normally, I would look to get a refund for the experience, but wouldn’t even know where to begin.

Bottom line, though, had fun doing all this with my buddy Jordan – who generally had a positive attitude about things.


Free Music Concerts San Francisco Bay Area – May – September 2014

Every city, it seems, in the SF Bay Area has free weekly concerts. Does it get better than this? Below you will find a random list of cities offering free concerts. If you’re playing in one of these bands, feel free to post your site here and let us know about your band. If you know of another city offering free concerts, post it here and I’ll update my list! Before we get into the “main event,” we want to share something new.

Note – if you’re another blogger/journalist and you’re using my guide as a reference, I’d appreciate a link-back, as I put hundreds of hours of work into this guide.

Multi-Day Concerts

People in Plazas
All throughout San Francisco
July 9 – October 3, 2014
Almost Daily 12 pm – 1 pm

Next 4 concerts – go to link for full schedule
Peter DiBono Wednesday, July 9, 12-1 525 Market St. Plaza
Sony Holland Wednesday, July 9, 12-1 50 Fremont St.
Courtyard Dirty Cello Thursday, July 10, 12-1 Transamerica Redwood Park
Manteca Thursday, July 10, 12-1 303 Second St. Plaza

The “Grove on the Road”  – Stern Grove Festival takin’ it to the streets – Playing in local SF neighborhoods

Sunday, May 4 – Sunday Streets/Bayview
Sunday, May 9 – Bryant Elementary in The Mission
Saturday, May 17 – Cleveland Elementary in Excelsior
Friday, June 1 – Noe Valley Town Center

Free Music Concerts Schedule

Free Music Concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area Cities

Saturday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday      Thursday

 Music on the Square

Redwood City
Fridays,   6-8pm
June 6 – August 29, 2014

June 6 • Peter Michael Escovedo Allstars   “Percussion

Peter Michael Escovedo III, Emmy nominated Musical Director / Producer, has earned recognition not only as a percussionist, but a producer, singer, songwriter, and television personality.Peter Michael (named after his father, percussionist and original member of Santana, Pete Escovedo) has contributed in countless world tours, recordings and television productions.

Journey RevisitedJune 13 • Journey Revisited   “Journey Tribute”

It’s the dream of every Journey fan to hear the amazing lineup that dominated arenas worldwide in the late 70s, 80s and the amazing comeback in the mid 90s.

June 20 • Mustache Harbor    “Yacht Rock” 
Our mission, our destiny, is simple, to build a mustache army capable of creating a Soft Rock Explosion the likes of which has not been seen since the days when Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Ace, Kenny Loggins and The Little River Band, to name but a few, created A.M. Gold. So Join us! party with us, live with us, work out at the dojo with us, sing with us, slap on a stash and drink from our bountiful coconuts filled with delicious grooves and tasty hooks. Video…

June 27 • Livewire   “Party Band” 
LIVEWIRE is a high-energy 6-piece dance cover band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Showcasing an eclectic mix of the best songs from the 70’s and 80’s through current rock and dance hits, the band accurately covers a wide range of music, from Journey to The Jackson 5, to Rihanna.

July 11 • Caravanserai   “Santana Tribute”
Now in it’s sixteenth phenomenal year, Caravanserai has established itself as the most widely known Santana Tribute band in the country.

July 18 • The Sun Kings   “Beatles Tribute”
Going into their 14th year and considered one of the premier Beatles Tribute acts in the country, The Sun Kings continue to amaze their fans and win over skeptics with their uncanny channeling and respect for the music they perform.

July 25 • Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers   “Blues Festival Kick-Off”
At this point in his career, Piazza has been recording longer than his mentor George “Harmonica” Smith did, or Sonny Boy Williamson (either of them!), or Big Walter Horton. He’s been making records for more years than Little Walter was alive.

The Purple OnesAugust 1 • The Purple Ones “Prince Tribute”
The Purple Ones was formed in April 2012 to pay homage to one of the most well known musicians spanning over multiple decades, the incredible songwriting, musicianship and over the top legendary performances of The Purple One himself…PRINCE!

August 8 • Foreverland   “Michael Jackson Tribute”
Foreverland is a 14-piece tribute to one of the most amazing entertainers in the world, Mr. Michael Jackson.

August 15 • Steel ’n’ Chicago “Steely Dan & Chicago Tribute”
“Steel ‘n’ Chicago plays the music of Steely Dan and Chicago. From Reelin in the Years and Rikki Don’t Lose That Number to Saturday in the Park and 25 or 6 to 4 they perform the music with conviction and pure love.

August 22 •  Boys of Summer   “Eagles Tribute”
The Boys Of Summer (A Tribute To The Eagles) is among the finest tributes to America’s most successful pop/rock icons, THE EAGLES.

August 29 • Pride & Joy   “Pop/Soul”
They have achieved this by success as being the most timeless pop/soul music of our time in an electrifying high-style show that pulls the audience directly into the heart of their performance.

Friday Night Music on the Boardwalk
Santa Cruz
2 shows for each band: 630 pm & 830 pm
June 13 – August 29, 2014

June 13   Smash Mouth    “All Star”

Greg Kihn

Greg Kihn

June 20   The Greg Kihn Band   “Jeopardy”

June 27    Blind Melon   “No Rain”

July 4        The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill   “She’s A Beauty”

July 11      Macy Gray    “I Try”

Papa Doo-Run-Run

Papa Doo-Run-Run

July 18      The FIXX    “One Thing Leads to Another”

July 25      Santana Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie    “Black Magic Woman”

Aug 1         Y&T    “Summertime Girls”

Aug 8         Starship starring Mickey Thomas    “We Built This City”

Aug 15       Eddie Money    “Take Me Home Tonight”

Aug 22       Great White    “Once Bitten Twice Shy”

Aug 29       Papa Doo Run Run    “Santa Cruz Beach Party”

{New to our Guide for 2014}
Summer Concert Series
Foster City – Leo Ryan Park Amphitheater
Fridays, 6 pm – 8 pm
July 11th – August 15, 2014

July 11              Pure Ecstasy – Motown

Pure Ecstasy
July 18              Super Huey – Huey Lewis Tribute

July 25             Zebop! – Santana Tribute

August 1          TinMan- Rock

August 8         What is Hip – Tower of Power Tribute

August 15      Apple Z – Dance Mix


Music at the Market
San Jose, Sand Pedro Market

Fridays, from 7 pm – 9 pm
On-going in 2014
Music each and every Friday (and sometimes on Thursday and Saturdays, too).

Super Soul Brothers Friday July 4th @ 7pm
Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band Friday July 11th @ 7pm
Black Sunday Roadshow Friday July 18th @ 7pm
The Joice Walton Quintet Friday July 25th @ 7pm
The Hit Men Friday Aug 1st @ 7pm
Sammy Miller & the Congregation Friday Aug 8th @ 7pm
Allison Adams Tucker Friday Aug 15th @ 7pm
Dmitri Matheny Live Friday Aug 22nd @ 7pm
Middle Space Collective Friday Aug 29th @ 7pm

Jazz & Blues by the Bay
Sausalito / 
Gabrielson Park
Fridays, 630 pm – 800 pm
May 30 – Aug 24, 2014

May 30    Maria Muldaur and her Bluesiana Band

June 6       Craig Caffall Band

June 13    Terie Odabi

June 20    Ray Charles Project

June 27    Frank Bey and Anthony Paule Band

July 11      The Zydeco Flames

July 18      Jimi James

July 25       Why

August 1    Zulu Spear

August 8    Dan Hicks and Bayside Jazz

August 15  Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers

August 22   Eugene Huggins and Friends

Jazz and Blues in Sausalito

Jazz and Blues in Sausalito




Concert in the Park
Pleasanton / Lions Wayside Park, Neal and 1st Street
Fridays, 700 pm – 830 pm
June 6 – August 19, 2014

June 6    West Grand Boulevard (Classic Soul, Motown)

June 13    James Nagel Bank (Rock and Soul)

June 20    Ruckatan Latin Tribe (Latin/Reggae World Muisc

June 27    The Crisis (Eclectic Rock)

July 11     Cooltones (Big Band, Swing)

July 18     OTR (Classic Rock)

July 25    Plastic Paddy (Celtic Rock)

August 1    Finding Stella (Modern/Alt Rock)

August 8       Tommy & The 4 Speeds (1960s)

August 15    Burton & Co (Jazzy Rhythm & Blues)

August 22     Magic Moments (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s)

August 29    Public Eye (High Energy Rock and Roll)

2014 Pleantano Concert in the Park






Evergreen Village Summer Music Nights
San Jose / Evergreen Village Square
Fridays, 630 pm – 830 pm
june 13th – August 23, 2014

June 13th     The Hum
June 27th     Jeff Watson Band
July 11th       Mike Torres Band
July 25th       Super Soul Brothers
August 8th    Ron E. Beck
August 23rd – Music Festival Featuring John Chapman Band and Touch and Go

Music at the Grove
Newark / Shirley Sisk Grove (near NewPark Mall)
2086 Newpark Mall, Newark
Fridays, 630 pm – 800 pm (doors open at 500 pm)

June 27       Pop Fiction
July 11        Big Bang Beat
July 25        The Fundamentals
August 8     Caravanserai – The Santana Tribute

Santana Tribute Band

Caravanserai – Santana Tribute Band

Rockin’ The Plaza, Davnille

Blackhawk Plaza
7 pm – 830 pm
July 11 – Aug 29, 2014

Michael Jackson Tribute Band

Dance beats from the 60’s through today.

Rock of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

Fleetwood Mac tribute band

August 8 – ZOO STATION
U2 tribute band

August 15 – PRIDE & JOY
Dance with timeless pop and soul

August 22 – EVOLUTION
Journey tribute band

August 29 – TAINTED LOVE
Best of the 80’s

Morgan Hill Concert Series
{New to our guide – 2014}
Morgan HIll’s Downtown Amphitheater. 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA

6:00 – 9:00 pm

June 13th – Jesse Charles Band – Variety Dance Music

June 20th – Rodeo House – Rockin’ Country Music
June 27th – Busta Groove – 70s, 80s, 90s and Today
July 11th – Extra Large – Soul Funk
July 18th – Shane Dwight – American Roots Music
July 25th – Soul Kiss – Rock, Blues, Country & Classic Rock
August 1st – Sugadady – Best Party Band Ever!
August 8th – Usual Suspects – High Energy Classic Rock
August 15th – Entourage – Current R&B, Soul, and Dance Hits
August 22nd – Super Bad – Music from the 70s, 80s and 90s
August 29th – Sage – R&B, Funk, and Soul

Friday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday      Thursday


Vasona Vibraions
Los Gatos
Saturdays, from 5-7 pm
June 7th – July 26th, 2014

Vasona Lake County Park 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, (408)354-2608
Note: All Santa Clara County parks have a $6 fee to park within the park. There is free parking along University Ave
On the lawn near the Ranger Office, and just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane.

June 7th       Hipshake – Rockin’ Blues

June 14th    David Correa and Cascada – Latin guitar world music

June 21st    Cheap Money – Acoustic Country Blues

June 28th    Bean Creek – Bluegrass at it’s best

July 5th        Blue House – Acoustic-Based Rock, Folk, R&B

July 12th      MaCaJo – Acoustic Folk in 3 part harmony

July 19th      Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic Zydeco

July 26th       10th Avenue Band – Dixieland, swing

Classical Series
Redwood City / 
Courthouse Square
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (except 9/14 – 5:00 pm-6:30 pm)
June 21 – September 14, 2014


Saturday, June 21     Redwood Symphony
Redwood Symphony, under the direction of founder and Music Director, Eric Kujawsky, perform a one-hour program of favorites from the concert and movie worlds, including music from Menkin’s, Beauty and Beast; a Henry Mancini Medley; Rossini’s, Barber of Seville Overture; the Can-Can and a “Pops” Hoedown!

Saturday, July 12      USAF Travis Brass
Travis Brass is the multitalented brass group of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. From a standard march or traditional brass composition to jazz, ragtime and the popular music of today, this group’s diverse repertoire covers a myriad of styles to exhilarate audiences.

Sunday, July 13     Opera San José
Opera San José, is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, Opera San José specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. Principal artists from the Opera San José resident company will present a concert on Courthouse Square highlighting some of the greatest arias and ensembles in opera repertoire from Mozart to Puccini, and a preview of the company’s 2014-15 season, which includes Verdi’s, Rigoletto, Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers, Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

September 14      Bayshore Lyric Opera (Exception: 5:00-6:30pm)
Let us entertain you with fabulous singing from the greatest singers in the Bay Area. Artists like Liliane Cromer, Delmar McComb, Christopher Wells, Jennifer Der Torossian, Tamami Honma, Steve Zimmerman, Kristin Genis-Lund, Pedro Ledesma and many more. Come enjoy the world’s most beloved opera arias and ensembles from beloved master composers like, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Gounod, Mozart, and Mascagni. Grab some dinner in town and head on over with the whole family. Preview music from our upcoming seasons Madama Butterfly, The child and his spells, and Hansel and Gretel.

San Pedro Square, San Jose
On-going in 2014 – Schedule is always changing – won’t be updating regularly
8 pm – 10 pm (except where noted)
Super Soul Brothers Friday July 4th @ 7pm
Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band Friday July 11th @ 7pm
Black Sunday Roadshow Friday July 18th @ 7pm
The Joice Walton Quintet Friday July 25th @ 7pm
The Hit Men Friday Aug 1st @ 7pm
Sammy Miller & the Congregation Friday Aug 8th @ 7pm
Allison Adams Tucker Friday Aug 15th @ 7pm
Dmitri Matheny Live Friday Aug 22nd @ 7pm
Middle Space Collective Friday Aug 29th @ 7pm

Angel Island Live
San Francisco

May 3 – August 31, 2014
200 pm – 430 pm
Saturdays and Sundays


3 Royal Deuces – ROCKABILLY
4 Victor & Penny – VINTAGE POP
10 Jason Bodlovich – BLUES,SWING AND FUNK
18 Nate Lopez – JAZZ/BLUES/FUNK
24 Kelly Peterson Band – AMERICANA
25 Danny Montana – COUNTRY
26  (Memorial Day): Steep Ravine – AMERICANA FOLK
31 Mad Maggies – ROWDY FOLK FUSION


1 Lowell Levinger (Banana from the Youngbloods) – AMERICANA/BLUEGRASS
8 Vintage Grass (David Thom) – BLUEGRASS
14 Hand Me Down
15 Royal Deuces
21 Nate Lopez
22 Todos Santos
28 Royal Deuces
29 Danny Montana


4 (Daytime): Hand Me Down
4 (Evening): TBD
5 Dirty Cello
6 Todos Santos
12 Jason Bodlovich
13 Vintage Grass
19 77 El Deora – COUNTRY
20 Nate Lopez
27 Danny Montana


2 Jinx Jones – ROCKABILLY
3 Vintage Grass
10 Mad Maggies
16 TBD
17 Danny Montana
23 Ten Ton Chicken – JAM FUNK
24 Todos Santos
30 Nate Lopez
31 Jeb Brady’s Band – BLUES/AMERICANA

Twilight Concert Series – Palo Alto
7 pm – 9 pm
As of 5/15/2014 – Concert Schedule hasn’t been announced


Classical Sounds of the Shore
Redwood City /Music by the Water, Marlin Park
Sundays, 500 pm – 700 pm
June 22, July 13 & August 10, 2014

June 22 • The Shanks “Classic Rock”
The Shanks are a premier six piece classic rock cover band from San Jose California. Expect to hear songs from Foreigner, ZZ Top, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, The Pretenders, Queen, Journey, Free, The Rolling Stones, Grace Potter, Clapton, Led Zeppelin and many other great artists as you dance the night away!

July 13 • The Cocktail Monkeys “Rock/Pop/R & B”
The Cocktail Monkeys have been a Bay Area favorite for over the last seven years. Specializing in entertaining all types of audiences with their high energy stage performance while masterfully executing popular songs from genres of music that include Rock, Pop, Motown & R&B.

August 10 •  Highwater Blues “Blues”
We are musicians with a passion for blues-based American music.


KidChella, A Rock Series for Kids
Redwood City
Sundays, 11 am – 100 pm

July 13, August 10th, September 14th

7-13 The Hipwaders

8-10 Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock

9-14 Andy Z and the Andyland Band

Music in the Park
Los Gatos
Sundays, 5-7 pm

June 15th – August 24th, 2014

June 15    The Sun Kings – Beatles Tribute

June 22    Mark Bettencourt & the Aftermath Band – Classic Rock

June 29    Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic – Zydecajun Music

July 6        The Hitmen – Funk.Soul.Disco.LatinThe Hit Men

July 13     Richard Lemvo & Makina Loca – African Soukous and Rumba

July 20     Hapa – Premier Hawaiian Music Band

July 27    New York Gypsy All Stars – jazz-influenced Gypsy, Funk, Balkan

NIkki Hill Music

Nikki Hill Music

August 3        Nikki Hill – Electrifying Rock’n Roll

August 17    Matuto – Brazilian Music merged with American Bluegrass

August 24     The Entourage Band – R&B Classics


Angel Island Live, San Francisco

May 3 – August 2014
200 pm – 430 pm
Saturdays and Sundays
(see Saturday for detailed concert schedule)

Stern Grove
San Francisco

Sundays at 2:00 pm
June 22 – August 24 2014

June 22     Smokey Robinson & Patti Austin
June 29      Allen Stone & Yuna
July 6       San Francisco Symphony / Edwin Outwater, conductor
July 13     Funky Meters / Sugar Pie DeSanto
July 20     Pupy Y Los Que Son Son & Vieux Farka Touré
July 27     Rufus Wainwright & Quartet San Francisco
August 3     Andrew Bird And The Hands Of Glory / Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors
August 10     Darlene Love & Monophonics
August 17     Sergio Mendes & LoCura
August 24     The Zombies & Vetiver
Concerts in the Park, Santa Clara
Central Park Pavillion
230 pm – 400 pm
Sun, July 6 The Gary Gates Band Tropical Raggae/Jazz
Sun, July 13 Bsides 1960’s Rock, R&B, Soul
Sun, July 20 Legally Blue Blues
Sun, July 27 The 357’s Youth Bank
Sun, August 3 The Megatones Rock ‘n’ Rock/90’s & 2000’s/Funk
Sun, August 10 Dave Rocha Hardbop Jazz Bank Jazz
Sun, August 17 Daze on the Green Classic & 80’s Rock
Sunset by the Lake
Pleasant Hill / Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane
600 pm onwards
Every other Sunday, beginning May 25 – Sept 7, 2014
May 25 – Tender Mercies
An original band, Tender Mercies is a side project, of a sort, that includes two Counting CrowsJune 8     David Martin’s House Party
One of San Francisco’s premier party bands for over twenty years, this “interactive” eleven piece all-star groupJune 22     Super Diamond – The Neil Diamond TributeJuly 6         Zydeco Flames
The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast’s premiere Zydeco band.

July 20     Fast Times – Fast Times plays the top dance hits of the 80s, the ultimate decade of decadence.

August 3     En Vivo – Known for their smooth yet rich quality of sound and energy with their original songs as well as their own arranged favorite cover-songs.

August 17     The Fundamentals – present a high octane, fun filled stage show featuring two dynamic lead vocalists, two of the hottest horn players around, a super tight four piece rhythm section and by request, up to six costumed choreographed dancers.

August 31     The Big Jangle –  San Francisco Bay Area Band dedicated to playing all things Tom Petty.

September 7     East Bay Mudd – dynamic 10 piece band has been thrilling audiences and dancers all over the Bay Area for years with their upbeat and powerful take on Soul, Funk and R&B classics.

Summer Music Series
{New to our Guide – 2014}
Town Center Corte Madera
200 pm – 400 pm
August 3 – September 28, 2014
August 03: Mixed Nuts (40’s – Present Day Hits)August 10: The SoulShine Blues Band (Blues)August 17: Lovin’ Harmony (Jazz Trio)

August 24: New West Guitar Group (Jazz Guitar)

August 31: Andoni (Pop, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Motown, R&B, Italian)

September 07: David Correa and Cascada (Rhumba Flamenco)

September 14: Harmonics Steel Band (Caribbean Steel Drum Music)

September 21: Setchko & Meese (Folk/Intimate Acoustic/Folk Rock)

September 28: Corte Madera Town Band (Full Band, Local Favorite)


Concerts in the Park, Santa Clara
Central Park Pavillion
700 pm – 800 pm

Mon, June 9 Alphabet Rockers, Family Friendly Hip-Hop
Mon, June 16 Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks Family Fun
Mon, June 23 Coventry & Kaluza Circus & Comedy
Mon, June 30 Andy Z Kids’ Concert
Mon, July 7 Eric Herman Kids’ Concert
Mon, July 14 Captain Jack Spareribs Magic, Juggling, Comedy
Mon, July 21 San Jose Taiko Family Fun!
Mon, July 28 Tempos de Outrora Portuguese Entertainers

Tuesdays, 630 pm – 830 pm
July 1 – Aug 26, 2014
July 1 Rosie McCann’s – Rhonda Benin Pomodoro – John WarleyJuly 8 Village California Bistro – Terrence Brewer El Jardin – TBDJuly 15 Left Bank Brasserie – Kris Strom Maggiano’s – TBDJuly 22 El Jardin – Stephen Kuehn Roux – Jack Conway TrioJuly 29 Thea Mediterranean Cuisine – Milla Milojkovic Yankee Pier – I’ve never been to BrisbaneAugust 5 Hotel Valencia Courtyard – Tribute to San Jose Jazz Festival

August 12 Roux – Robert Stewart Rosie McCann’s – TBD

August 19 Consuelo’s Mexican Bistro – Marina Garza Village California Bistro – Gus Ka
Friday     Saturday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Thursday

Sunnyvale Music Series

Wednesdays, 5:30pm-8:30pm
June 18th – August 27th, 2014

June 18    The Cheeseballs  (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Now)                   

June 25     The Houserockers (rock & soul)

July 02     Sage (old school, r&b, dance)

July 09     Ascension (r&b, pop, dance)

July 16     Busta-Groove! (top 40, dance)

July 23 –    Phil ‘n The Blanks / Daze On The Green  2 Bands! Classic Rock Double Shot!

July 30 –   Tortilla Soup (salsa, latin, funk)

Aug. 06 – Night Fever (hi-nrg dance band)

Aug. 13 –  The Megatones (rock, r&b, funk)

Aug. 20 –  Radio (r&b, top 40)

Aug. 27 – The Hitman (r&b)

Jazz on the Plazz
Los Gatos / 
Los Gatos Town Plaza
Wednesdays, 630 pm – 800 pm
June 25 – August 27, 2014

June 25    Halie Loren

Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley

July 02    Kim Nalley

July 09    Diego Figueiredo & Ken Peplowski

July 16    Perry Beekman

July 23    Ramsey Lewis

July 30    Blues Wednesday with Frank Bey with Anthony Paule Band

Aug. 06    Snark Puppy

Aug. 13    Monterey Jazz Festival County High School Allstars

Aug. 20    Tuck and Patti   Tuck and Patti

Aug. 27    Kathy Kosins and Full Spectrum Jazz Orchestra

Music in the Park
Redwood City
Stafford Park
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm
June 18 – August 13, 2014

June 18 • Motown – Top Shelf
Performing Classic Soul, R&B, Motown, Funk, Doo-Wop

June 25 • Blues, Rock & Soul – Hibbity Dibbity
Drawing from influences such as the guitar-driven sounds of the Allman Brothers to the greasy down-home grooves of RL Burnside to the improvisational journeys of the Grateful Dead with the folk harmonies of the Wood Brothers. Hibbity Dibbity is rapidly becoming a must-see band in the San Francisco music scene.

July 2 • Funk & Rock – Sinister Dexter
Sinister Dexter is a ten-piece soul machine that brings the unique sound of the great funk horn bands to a club near you. Featuring our sensational vocalist Rebecca Lipon, a hot five-piece horn section, and a tight rhythm section.

July 9 • Bluegrass / Bean Creek
Bean Creek is a bluegrass band that plays straight ahead traditional style bluegrass. This band was voted Best Band this year by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and also captured Best Vocalist, Best Banjo Player, and Best Mandolin Player . Vocal harmonies and fine pickin’ places Bean Creek in the top echelon of the California traditional bluegrass scene. Band members include Billy Pitrone on guitar and vocals, Sarah Eblen on bass and vocals, Rob Horgan on banjo and Peter Hicks on mandolin, fiddle and vocals.

July 16 • Celtic Rock / Tempest
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 25 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member

July 23 • Acoustic Blues / Mighty Mississippi
Mighty Mississippi is a popular acoustic Blues trio from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band delivers a spoonful of Southern comfort that harkens to the bygone days of juke joints playing Blues on hot summer nights. From classics to original compositions, the music is raw and unplugged, with heartfelt lyrics; the way the Blues was born. Enough said….

July 30 • Rock, Motown and R & B / Retro Rockets
For over ten years The Retro Rockets have been rock’n the bay area performing classic rock and roll with a special emphasis on the music of the mid 60’s to the mid 70’s. Many of the songs we play you just won’t hear live anywhere else.

August 6 • Swing / Rhumba / Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums
STEVE LUCKY & the RHUMBA BUMS are a highly entertaining band from San Francisco featuring Steve Lucky’s soulful piano and vocals, and the vivacious Miss Carmen Getit’s vocals and acclaimed guitar.

August 13 • Soul / Funk – The Soul Section
The Soul Section is a Bay Area band with it’s primary focus on the great funk and soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. They also draw favorites from the deep well of music of the entire Rock era. This group of experienced musicians share a passion for live performance and a solid dance beat.

Town & Country Village Center Concerts
Rinconada Park, Mitchell Park and California Avenue. 
630 pm – 800 pm

June 28 United States Air Force Band of the Golden West

July 12 AJ Crawdaddy

July 19 Doctor Noize
kids pop/rock

July 26 Tempest
Celtic folk rock

August 2 (on California Avenue) Caravanseral
Santana tribute

August 9 (Mitchell Park) Moonalice
70s rock, acid blues

August 16 (Mitchell Park) Mads Tolling Quartet

August 23 (Mitchell Park ) Teens on the Green
Pop music

Menlo Park Summer Concert SeriesMenlo Park (University & Santa Cruz Avenue)
Wednesdays, 630 pm – 800 pm
June 18 – August 13, 2014

6-18: The Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute) and Block party.
6-25: The Megatones (Funk/R&B)
7-9: Ballroom Blitz (Rock/Pop)
7-16: Con Brio (Blues/Jazz)
7-23: John Garcia Blues Band (Blues)
7-30: Jessica Johnson (Soul/Jazz)
8-6: West Grand Boulevard (Motown)
8-13: Hot Rods Band (Rock-n-Roll)

Summer Sounds Concerts, Oakland
City Center Plaza Stage,13th and Broadway
1200 pm – 100 pm

July 2 Noon to 1pm
The Cosmo Alleycats / Get ready to snap your fingers to jazzy San Francisco swingsters.

July 9 Noon to 1pm
MoeTar / Enjoy these East Bay all-stars playing prog pop.

July 16 Noon to 1pm
Busta Groove / Get ready for the hottest party band playing hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today!

July 23 Noon to 1pm
Rumbache/ Ay Caramba! It’s Salsa Time.

July 30 Noon to 1pm
The Sun Kings / Hear your favorite Beatles tunes with The Sun Kings.

August 6 Noon to 1pm
Night Fever Band / Party with us and the Night Fever Band!

August 13 Noon to 1pm
Mic Gillette Band / Join us to hear a world-renowned trumpet and trombone player.

August 20 Noon to 1pm / trong Like Bull
Come enjoy favorites from the 90’s 2000’s and today!

August 27 Noon to 1pm
Times 4 / Performing an energetic mix of modern jazz and urban grooves.


Friday     Saturday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday


Summer Concert Series
Cupertino / Memorial Park Amphitheater
630 pm – 800 pm
June 5th – July 10th, 2014


June 5- Cupertino Symphonic Band
This local non-profit organization features music from musicals and movies, classical, big band and so much more!

June 12- Daze on the Green
A 2010 98.5 KFOX “Last Band Standing” contest semi-finalist. Let the sounds of Journey, Foreigner, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac fill your need for the classic rock

June 19- Patrón Latin Rhythms
One of the hottest Latin bands in the Bay Area, playing the songs of Santana, Malo, Pete Escovedo, and Poncho Sanchez, amongst other award winning Latin artists.

June 26- Retro Rockets
For over ten years The Retro Rockets have been rock’n the bay area performing classic rock and roll with a special emphasis on the music of the mid 60’s to the mid 70’s.

July 3- Steel ‘n’ Chicago
Plays the music of Steely Dan and Chicago.

*July 4- OTR
(Concert will be held from 10:30am-12pm)
OTR performs Rock n Roll and R&B dance hits from the 70’s all the way to today’s hits- older songs that are already classics and new ones that will be!

July 10- Steel Horse- The Music of Bon Jovi

Summer Concert Series
Fremont / 
Central Park
600 pm – 800 pm
July 11th – Aug 14, 2014

July 10          Department of Rock – Defending Your Right to Party

July 17         The Hitmen – Funky Soul Meets Disco Fever

July 24         Jukebox Heroes – Decades of Billboard Hits

July 31          Diablo Road – The Saddle Rack’s Country Band

August 7      Carvanserai – The Legendary Music of Santana

August 14     East Bay Mudd – Big Horn Band Playin’ R&B Hits

Time for Wine
Live Music @ Clos LaChance
(New for our Guide in 2014)

Clos LaChance Wines, 1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin
5:30 pm – 9:00 PM
May 29 – August 28, 2014

May 29: David Johnson (R&B and Jazz)
June 5: JJ Hawg (Classic Rock)
June 12: Houserockers (Classic Rock)
June 19: Naked in Vegas (Dance Rock)
June 26: Sage (R&B and Dance)
July 10: Double Vision (Foreigner Tribute Band)
July 17: Hackjammers (Classic Rock)
July 24: Chris Gardner (Country)
July 31: Steel Horse (Classic Rock)
August 7: Sugadady (Rock and Cover Band)
August 14: Aftermath (Rock and Cover Band)
August 21: California Beach Boys (Beach Boys Tribute Band)
August 28: Shane Dwight (Country)

Annual Summer Concert Series
(New for our Guide in 2014)
Orchard City Green btwn City Hall & Campbell Library
6:30 pm – 8:30 PM
June 20 -August 22 , 2014

June 19: Cocktail Monkeys

June 26: Crocodiles

July 10:  The Houserockers

July 17: The Groove Kings

July 24: Tinman

July 31: Joint Chiefs

August 7: Sage

August 14: Long Train Runnin’

Note – if you’re another blogger/journalist and you’re using my guide as a reference, I’d appreciate a link-back, as I put hundreds of hours of work into this guide.

Music in the Glen, San Jose
Willow Glen Elementary School
630 pm – 830 pm
June 12th – July 31st, 2014


Summer Jazz Concert Series, Palo Alto
Stanford Shopping Center btwn Nordstom and Crate and Barrel
600 pm – 730 pm

June 5: North Beach Brass Band -San Francisco’s Premiere New Orleans-style Brass Band

June 12: Anton Schwartz Quintet – Jazz for the Head and Heart
June 19: Stanford Jazz Workshop – Community based Jazz Classics
June 26: Guitar Goddesses-Powerhouse Jazz – Rock Trio
July 3: Adam Theis & The Western Territory Project – World/Jazz/Chamber Octet
July 10: Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums – Swing Revival
July 17: Pamela Rose w/ Wayne De La Cruz – B-3 Hammond Organ Party
July 24: The Tiffany Austin Quintet – Soulful Jazz Vocalist
July 31: Tammy Hall Quartet – Jazz Piano Virtuoso
Aug 7: The Joshi Marshall Project – Lyrical, Technical, Harmonic Jazz

As of 5/15/2014 – The schedules for these shows have not been posted.

Almaden Valley Summer Concert Series in the Park, San Jose
Graystone Park
630 pm – 800 pm
July 5 – July 26, 2014


July 5 – The Hitmen (Funk, Soul, Disco Latin)
July 12 – The Groove Kings (Danceable, Party Music)
July 19 – Silicon Valley Houserockers (Classic Rockin’ Roll and R&B)
July 26 – SAGE (Top 40, R&B, Motown and Big Band) 

Yes, we have an amazing amount of Free Concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area – Fremont Free Concerts, Los Gatos Free Concerts, San Jose Free Concerts, Sunnyvale Free Concerts, Marin Free Concerts, San Francisco Free Concerts Redwood City Free Concerts, Santa Clara Free Concerts in the Park, Los Altos Free Concerts, Campbell Free Concerts Summer Music Series , Cupertino Free Concerts, Santana Row Free Concerts, Summer Music Nights, Concerts in the Park, Summer Music Series, Summer Music, Summer Concert Series, Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz, Rockin’ The Plaza, Free Concerts in Danville

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Michael Beckwith’s Calm Message about Surrender

This really calms me, a message about Surrender. Relax, Close your eyes, and enjoy the 1.5 minute message. Thank you Michael Bernard Beckwith.


Heartbleed – Quick To Do List


Heartbleed Virus_Quick To Do List

Quick “To-Do” List

Important Update  (4/14/14)  If you get any email, no matter how legitimate it looks, telling you to click on a link and update your password, DO NOT CLICK ON EMAIL LINK. No legitimate company would do this. The only way you should update passwords is to go to your web browser of choice and click in “www.” and the website. Never go from a link.

Note: For those of you who don’t want (or care) to read the details below – change passwords for your most important websites: http://bit.ly/1kY8wIK

1. If you’re not using Last Pass Premium. Get it. Buy It. Use it to generate all passwords and save all passwords. Works on all Computers, all mobile devices. Note: When setting password for Last Pass – go here to check how good your password really is and how easy it can be cracked.

2. Go to this spreadsheet – update all of these passwords – immediately – with different passwords for each: Google Spreadsheet – Copy and paste this link: ​http://bit.ly/1kY8wIK  if “Google Spreadsheet” link didn’t work for you

3. Just to make sure, update banking passwords – even though those were probably not affected.

4. Only use Last Pass to fill in passwords on sites.  (BTW, Roboform and 1Password are awesome, too, we just like LastPass best. No need to switch if using others).

5. Check Mashable’s List of Sites regularly for next 2-3 weeks and see which sites have been patched after you’ve done your spreadsheet mentioned above.

6. Bonus Tip – when going through and changing passwords, you’ll probably be looking at a list of passwords, cancel the accounts you don’t use any more. Here are two great sites for cancelling accounts:  Account Killer & Wiki Cancel

The Heartbleed Security Vulnerability is probably the biggest security issue we’ve seen to date – ever seen. The bug has been around since December 2011. Many programs started using vulnerable software starting in May 2012. So any password you’ve used since December 2011 is vulnerable to this attack. Even if the service that you use (Facebook, Gmail, Pinterest, GoDaddy) put the patch in place, you’re still vulnerable because the evil password stealers out there could be sitting on your passwords waiting to use sometime in the future. This could very well be the reason so many people’s email accounts get hacked.

Who’s affected? Yeah, that would be anyone who uses a Mac, a Windows, A Linux  Computer, an iPhone, an iPad, a Galaxy S-S5, or any other mobile device to access a website on the Internet.

Heartbleed Virus_Android 4.1.1 is affected

Android users who have 4.1.1 are also especially vulnerable (not just passwords on Internet). If you have android phone, dowload and use the “HeartBleed” detector.

So, the vulnerability was widely disclosed last week and many people have scrambled to fix their servers. The following list have guaranteed to have patched their servers already. But, many others could take months to patch their servers. The good news is that most financial institutions appear not to have been affected.

Change Passwords on the following sites – These are the major sites that have been patched, so your changes will stick and you shouldn’t have to “re-change” your password, like you’ll have to do with other companies who patch in the future. If there’s a site you normally  use, check the Mashable site in references below or use the LastPass Heartbleed Test – one site at a time.

  • Facebook
  • Tumblr
  • Google – including Gmail, Wallet, Play
  • Yahoo – including Yahoo Mail
  • GoDaddy
  • Pinterest
  • Intuit
  • Dropbox
  • Minecraft
  • OkCupid

I have compiled a Google Spreadsheet that you can use to keep track on when you changed your passwords. I put a column for the date changed as well. NOT the new password. If you want a copy of this you can print it out, save it,  or copy it into your Google Docs and use it. I’ve listed these in order of importance (my opinion of course).

A note about changing passwords – now’s the time to have NEW PASSWORD FOR EVERY SITE. As almost all of you have either one or two passwords for every site (trust me, after 20 years in the tech business, I know), when your password is compromised on one site, most hackers know this is your password for every site and they’ll try it on all your bank accounts, email accounts and social media accounts.

But, you say, WHAT A PAIN IN THE A**! Well, use a password manager. See our tutorial on changing your passwords and checking strength of passwords.

For Additional Reference
Very through list of sites that have changed and need changing – constantly updated – by Mashable.com
HeartBleed explained in Simple Video
Top 10,0000 worst passwords
Check One Site at a Time – see if it’s been patched – By Lastpass.com

Passwords – You really need to change yours!

First off, let me just say this: Yes, passwords are important. Many of us tell ourselves that they are just formalities, or that you don’t store information online or on a hard drive, but the facts are this: Someone, somewhere, “keeps your record on file.” I’m not saying we should all have less faith in our neighbors, but someone is keeping close tabs on you, and there is no harm in protecting yourself. So change your password. It is the simplest and least expensive identity and privacy protection you can get.

So, now that that diatribe is out of the way, let’s be frank about the actual password. In short, make it a good one. Yup, having your child’s and/or pet’s name as your password, not such a good idea. And don’t even try to keep inquiring minds away with “love” or “god.”

Here are 3  free password strength checkers:
Microsoft Password Checker
Password Strength Checker
How Secure Is MyPassword

And having the same password for all site – phones – computers (computer admin, email, social media, shared accounts, billing and bank services) is not practical or fruitful.

One solution: Password Managers to help keep the login info within reach.

Our 3 Preferred Password Managers: LastPass, Roboform, 1Password. All 3 of these are compatible with Windows, Mac, iPhone, Andorid, iPad. LastPass & Roboform are more versatile in that both support Windows Phones and LastPass supports Blackberry devices. We like LastPass Premium the best of the three. All 3 of these excellent Password Managers will generate and save non-pronounceable passwords for you.

Want to generate your own passwords, but can’t think of easy way to do it?

A few good choices

Strong Password Generator

Password Generator (like this one – you can save a copy of page on your desktop – so it doesn’t access internet when setting passwords)

Note: all Password Managers mentioned above will also generate very secure passwords.

Changing Passwords, Setting new passwords
Top 10,0000 worst passwords

PS This is an update of a September 30, 2010 post. Those of you who followed this advice from four years ago then most likely will find it much easier to update passwords using one of the Password Managers I mentioned.

PPS Worst passwords you can use (aka most common) – Top 10

  • 123456
  • password
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • 123456789
  • 111111
  • 1234567
  • iloveyou
  • adobe123