Tia Carroll and The Greaseland All Stars
June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
About the Artist
Bay Area blues singer supreme Tia Carroll’s sassy style of storytelling, powerful voice and command of the stage have drawn comparisons to Tina Turner, Koko Taylor, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. But Carroll has her own unique star power and blends influences from her East Bay, California upbringing – combining a raw mix of sultry jazz, gospel and soulful blues.
Over the last two decades, Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area and has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast – and beyond. Carroll has headlined venues and festivals all over the world with her former band The Hipnotics – sharing stages with legends Ray Charles, Jimmy McCracklin, Elvin Bishop and Sugar Pie DeSanto. She’s earned a reputation for her sizzling stage show – and it only seems fitting that Carroll was part of the production team who compiled the soundtrack and video documentary on the life history of female blues pioneer Ma Rainey with the Bay Area Blues Society’s Ronnie Stewart and Michael “Spiderman” Robinson.
In 2021, Carroll teamed up with Grammy-Award Winning musician Jim Pugh’s Little Village Foundation and Kid Andersen of Greaseland Record Studios, to finally release her first-ever U.S. recording. “You Gotta Have It!” is a talent-packed collaboration and includes some of the most powerful recordings of her career. Tia’s emotive vocals truly mesh well together with the piano/organ playing of Little Village’s Jim Pugh and the jaw dropping, yet tasteful guitar of Kid Andersen. The collaboration includes guest appearances by many blues greats (Charlie Hunter and Rick Estrin), including fellow Little Village Foundation bands like The Sons of Soul Revivers (SoSR). Former Fountain Blues Festival main stage performers – SoSR – added their awesome gospel soul stirring vocals to many of the tunes, including their heartfelt rendition of the Staples Singers’ classic “Why Am I Treated So Bad?” and Z.Z. Hill’s deep soul blues ballad, “I Need Someone.” Carroll will be joined on stage at this year’s Festival with a band compiled from many of The Little Village Foundation’s talented blues/gospel family, a set that will guarantee to have you dancing non-stop, and leave you begging for more.
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About the Venue
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Plaza de Cesar Chavez is situated on over two acres in Downtown San Jose. It is a popular place to hang out as it is located near museums such as The Tech Interactive and the illustrious San Jose Museum of Art. The park regularly attracts visitors with its musical performances and festivals. A stroll through the park is complemented by beautiful water fountains, flower beds, and even an open-air theater. If you are planning to visit the nearby museums, be sure to set aside time to explore this lovely park area. You might even catch a popular food festival or unique performance.
Quick Link: Plaza de Cesar Chavez