39th San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival

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San Jose, CA.  95128

39th San Jose Fountain Blues & Blues Festival

Silicon Valley’s longest running music festival, San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival, returns to downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez with award-winning talent to celebrate its 39th festival.

In addition to main stage artists, SJZ  Boombox Truck will feature young, local bands between main stage acts. Enjoy the blues, R&B and soul traditions interpreted with a unique, modern twist.

Savor a large variety of regional craft beers, ciders and wine, plus the best in local BBQ, New Orleans by Poor House Bistro, Ribs N' Things BBQ, Nita Bee’s Tastys, and other Southern-style foods. Take in an artist vendor zone and family-friendly activities and games.

The San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival, supported in part by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José and produced by the Fountain Blues Foundation, provides a one-of-a-kind, laidback atmosphere that is perfect for all types of music fans – even the kids – 12 and under get in free with a paid adult.

VIP seats will keep you in the shade with a cool festival t-shirt, plus 2 drink vouchers.

Advance Ticket Prices
General Admission $20
VIP $75

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Festival Lineup: Music on the SJZ Boombox Truck Stage Begins at 11 AM

Tia Carroll and The Greaseland All Stars

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
1 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States

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…

Gary Smith and the Houserockers with special guest Andy Just

June 18 @ 1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
1 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States

The Houserockers played the inaugural Fountain Blues Festival on San Jose State’s campus in 1980 and continue to rock Bay Area fans for over four decades with their harmonica-driven, jump…

Marcia Ball with Mighty Mike Schermer

June 18 @ 2:40 pm - 3:55 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
1 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States

Marcia Ball Pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball has been described by Billboard Magazine as “A welcome ray of sunshine…Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco,…

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

June 18 @ 4:20 pm - 5:50 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
1 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers It’s been a big year. Tommy Castro swept three major awards at the 43rd Blues Music Awards,  Castro, 67, took the B.B. King entertainer of the year…

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

June 18 @ 6:20 pm - 7:50 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
1 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States

Embodying a deep repertoire of sounds, drawing from the heavy grooves of Albert King, the punked-up blues of R.L. Burnside, the storytelling of Bobby “Blue” Bland, the raw rootsiness of…

About San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival

39th Year of San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival.  Silicon Valley’s longest running music festival returns to downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Saturday, June 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with award-winning talent to celebrate its 39th year.

Craft Beers, Wines and Ciders.  In addition to world-class blues, gospel, soul, R&B and rock music, there will be varieties of regional craft beers, ciders and wine, plus the best in local barbecue, New Orleans and other southern-style foods, an artist vendor zone and interactive family-friendly activities area.

Check out this lineup of craft beers!

Allagash Brewing • Almanac Beer Co. • Altamont Beer Works  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co. • The Bruery  • Camino Brewing Co. • Del Cielo. Brewing Co. • Drakes Brewing Co. • Fort Point Beer Co. • Full Circle Brewing Co. • Gordon Biersch • Hapas Brewing • Lagunitas  • Lost Coast Brewing • Modern Times  • Narrative Fermentations • North Coast Brewing Co. • Offshoot • Promised Land Brewing Co. • Seismic Brewing Co. • Sierra Nevada • Sonoma Springs • Stone Brewing

Food and more.

Who's hungry? Bring your appetite to this year's festival: Poor House Bistro with the best hot po' boys (BBQ chicken; Cochon De Lait Pulled Pork; Roasted Beef; Cajun Seafood); plus classic and veggie Muffaletta sandwiches and more! Nita Bee's Tastys down home desserts serving up homemade cobblers, sweet potato and pecan pies; bread pudding and salmon served up soul food style since 1955.

Rib's n' Things will be serving up BBQ pork, chicken, trip tip and more; Wonks Street Tacos with authentic Mexican street food; and Thai Street Food featuring a variety of grilled kabobs, BBQ honey chicken and pork, plus authentic Thai tacos, including veggie options.

And for an added boost - the mobile ZoomCaffe will be pouring locally roasted artisan coffee options, including espresso, cold drip, frappe, plus hot and cold brew teas, smoothies and pastries.

A vendor fair will feature a range of items from jewelry, hats, t-shirts, music and more.

City of San José support.

San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival is supported in part by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José and produced by the Fountain Blues Foundation.

Ticket Sales.  Advance general admission tickets are $20, get two for $25 (limited availability).

VIP seats, $75, will keep you in the shade with a cool festival t-shirt and two drink vouchers.

Parking.

There are five ParkSJ garages, near the festival, with max $10 flat rate deals that offer first 90 minutes free at this link.

Festival details.

  • No Covid-19 restrictions in place at this time, but subject to change if required by governmental authorities.
  • All ticket holders will need to get their tickets scanned to obtain a wristband and have bags checked by security before entering the festival.
  • There will be “in and out” privileges with all bags rechecked.
  • No pets, weapons, and sharp objects.
  • No outside food and beverages.
  • Service dogs with proper identification are permitted.
  • Children 12 and under are free with paid adult
  • Low back, beach style chairs and blankets okay.
  • VIP ticket holders will have a padded folding chair/seat in the shade provided by the festival (these are GA and not reserved).

Plaza de Ceasar Chavez

1 Paseo De San Antionio, San Jose, CA.  95113

Time & Date

June 18, 2022 @ 11AM to 8PM

SJZ BoomBox

SJZ Boombox Truck

In addition to the main stage artists, the SJZ  Boombox Truck will feature young, local bands, such as Frunkyman, Rose Madsen and Noah & The Arkiteks, between main-stage acts. They represent multiple genres incorporating the blues, R&B and soul traditions, but interpreted with a unique, modern twist.