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San Jose Music in the Park 2024: El Tri & Los Van Van

 

This year’s San Jose Music in the Park starts off with 2 amazing Latin shows, EL TRI & LOS VAN VAN!

As frontman and driving force behind the iconic band El Tri, Alex Lora is a legendary figure in Mexican rock & roll. El Tri concerts are renown for their electrifying energy, passionate performances and undeniable connection between band and audience.

EL TRI will perform on June 22nd from 4pm – 10pm.
LOS VAN VAN perform on July 26th from 4pm – 10pm.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA,
(408) 933-9733

Buy tickets on sale here!

 

There will also be CHUY GOMEZ as your MC and LUCHA LIBRE at this outdoor music festival!

 

See video!

 

Here’s the 2024 schedule.

 

JUNE 22nd: El Tri — The Mexico City rock act, fronted by Alex Lora.

 

As frontman and driving force behind the iconic band El Tri, Alex Lora is a legendary figure in Mexican rock & roll. El Tri concerts are renowned for their electrifying energy, passionate performances and undeniable connection between band and audience.

With a career spanning more than five decades, Lora has solidified his status as a pioneer of rock en español. His distinctive voice, energetic stage presence and poignant songwriting have earned him a devoted following throughout the Americas.

El Tri’s music is characterized by its fusion of rock, blues and traditional Mexican sounds, coupled with Lora’s socially conscious lyrics, often addressing political and cultural issues. Hits like “Triste Canción de Amor,” “Las Piedras Rodantes” and “Pobre Soñador” have become anthems for generations of fans.

 

 

Setlists often include fan favorites, sing-along anthems and deep archival selections, ensuring that each concert is a memorable experience for both longtime fans and concertgoers experiencing EL Tri for the first time.

Beyond his musical contributions, Lora is also known for his outspoken advocacy of social justice causes. His authenticity and unwavering commitment to his art have cemented his legacy as one of the most influential figures in Mexican rock history.

El Tri’s discography boasts more than 50 albums and a live performance legacy that continues to captivate audiences worldwide, Alex Lora and El Tri remain a cultural institution, inspiring generations of musicians and fans alike.

Read more about El Tri here.

 

JULY 26th: Los Van Van — The legendary Cuban act, which was founded by bassist Juan Formell in 1969.

 

This is rare San Jose appearance of these Havana-based musical pioneers. Music in the Park is pleased to present one of contemporary Cuban music’s most important and influential bands for an outdoor dance party that will be one of the summer of 2024’s musical highlights.

Their name, “let’s go go,” harks back to the go-go music era. Founded in 1970 by the late Juan Formell, they quickly became the island’s favorite dance band, a title they held for years. Their genre-creating sound has evolved over the decades and incorporated the contributions of new generations of musicians that joined the hard working international touring group. Today, drummer and musical director Samuel Formell, Juan’s son, leads the band referred to as the “train” of Cuban music.

At the forefront of Afro-Cuban fusion of rock & roll and son, Los Van Van introduced electronic instruments into Cuban music in its early days and is credited with forging and popularizing subgenres “timba” and “songo,” foundations of the modern Cuban sound. The “songo” style can now be heard throughout the Latin jazz, pop, and fusion world.

In the 1990s, building on folkloric and traditional music mixed with the music of the day, Los Van Van, along with Irakere and NG La Banda, championed a new Cuban sound. In the 2000s, Los Van Van pushed the fusion even further, mixing pop, funk, rock, hip-hop and soul with native traditions that hark back to Africa and took life in the sugar fields of the Caribbean. The band won a Grammy Award in 2000 for its album “Llegó Van Van.”

Los Van Van has captivated audiences throughout Europe, South America and the Caribbean. The continuing US embargo brings them stateside less frequently, but when their irrepressible rhythms make their way here, it’s a reason to celebrate—and dance.

 

 

Non-Latin schedule:

  • The Beach Boys — Get ready to have plenty of “Fun, Fun, Fun” when these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers perform on July 28.
  • Steel Pulse — The English reggae act, known for such songs as “Your House” and “Roller Skates,” performs Aug. 16.
  • J Boog — The SoCal native, who blends West Coast and Polynesian grooves into his reggae music, performs Sept. 22.

 

The outdoor concerts run 4pm – 10pm.
Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA,
(408) 933-9733

Tickets on sale here!

 

See photos & videos from 2022 event:

[4 videos] WAR and Los Rakas: Music in the Park // San Jose

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