After a one-year hiatus, Music in the Park returns to celebrate its 25th anniversary celebration with a single concert July 19.
Grammy Award-winner Ozomatli will headline the paid admission show in St. James Park.
"We're looking to bring back Music in the Park's tradition of good times and great music," said Blage Zelalich, deputy director, San Jose Downtown Association. "Ozomatli is the perfect band to continue this new model."
Ozomatli's "Embrace the Chaos" won a Grammy Award in 2002 for best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. The Los Angeles-based seven-piece band performs a mix of musical styles including Latin, rock, salsa, jazz, funk and reggae.
Music in the Park is from 5:30-9 p.m. Opening acts have not yet been announced. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 day of the show. Children 12-under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available starting May 3 through sjdowntown.com/events/music_in_the_park.
The next day, July 20, St. James Park will serve as the venue for the 33rd annual Fountain Blues fest, featuring Ruthie Foster, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Girls Got the Blues, and a headliner to be announced later this week, from noon-8 p.m.
Music in the Park started in 1989 as an eight-week, Friday lunchtime series in Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The series moved to Thursday evenings in 1990, eventually growing to 13 concerts. From 1998 to 2008, Music in the Other Park was produced in St. James Park in June ahead of the Plaza Park season. In all, SJDA produced 258 free shows featuring acts such as Tower of Power, Smash Mouth, Maroon 5, Eek-A-Mouse and Greg Kihn.
The concerts were supported by loyal sponsors and attended by devoted fans that reflected the region's diverse population and socioeconomic makeup. The event peaked in 2010 when 83,500 people attended, 37 percent of them coming from outside the city and creating $2.4 million in economic impact. SJDA decided not to produce Music in the Park in 2012 as attendance at the free shows outgrew the venue.