Autism friendly jazz jam May  1 @ 6 p.m.

May 1 Autism-friendly free jazz jam and Azure Family Night!

Please join us as a musician or audience member for our next Free Jazz Jam! Set to run from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, Stephen Prutsman will host and play the piano. The music lives upstairs while downstairs we host our monthly Azure Family Night for families living with children who are living with Autism or other neurological differences. Each First Friday, Prutsman will be … Continue reading May 1 Autism-friendly free jazz jam and Azure Family Night!

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April 30 – Special Needs Talent winners perform here @ 7 p.m.

Special Needs Got Talent! Showcasing the Prize Winners of the 2016 Northern California Special Needs Got Talent Competition for those with developmental disabilities. Free admission for all.

Three performers walked away as top winners  of the March event. Eleven finalists competed at the event before a FULL HOUSE of over 600 in the audience, 5 prominent judges and our beloved returning emcee Matt Keller, whose poise and humor made the event even more joyful. Entertainment throughout the night also included 10 honorable mention performers.

Michael Valcour of Sacramento, who as a child was unable to speak, won with his baritone-version of “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music. Michael has used his musical talent volunteering in special education classes, performing at Special Olympics and Easter Seals events, and appearing for Actors for Autism in Hollywood.

Alice Jen from our FCSN Dream Achievers Band, and student at Mission San Jose High School, won for her piano concerto solo, “Yellow River, First Movement”. Alice taught herself piano at age four after seeing someone playing piano on television. She began lessons at age six, has won a number of state-wide competitions, including this year’s US Open Music Competition senior division, and considers music to be her life-long companion and best friend.

Lawrence Wang, growing up at FCSN, won for his solo performance of the Village People’s disco hit, “Y.M.C.A.” Lawrence wore a colorful, yard-wide red and white feathered Indian headdress as he sang and played two instruments–the saxophone and drums–for his rendition. He discovered his musical talent only six years ago when he attended FCSN’s summer music camp. Since then, he excelled in singing, playing the flute recorder; the saxophone, including soprano, alto, and tenor; and drums.

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The Motherlode: Songs and Stories from the Vein – A Concert for the Mother

May 14, 2016 7:30 PM     Through a double spiral of original music and lyrics spun around ancient myth, fairy and folk tales, two women artists sound out the raw, open, grateful, fragile and ever-powerful experience of mothering in the embrace of an endangered yet resilient Mother Earth. This event is probably most appropriate for grown-ups; however, mature children ages 10 and up are … Continue reading The Motherlode: Songs and Stories from the Vein – A Concert for the Mother

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MISNER & SMITH, JEFFREY HALFORD & The Healers (acoustic)

 Apr 09, 2016 8:00 PM MISNER & SMITH JEFFREY HALFORD & the Healers (acoustic) Misner & Smith’s combination of vocal blend, lyrical potency, and diverse songwriting make this duo one of the most unique and loved Bay Area bands on the scene today. With two singers who could easily lead a band on their own, the duo produces a sound that is one voice. This … Continue reading MISNER & SMITH, JEFFREY HALFORD & The Healers (acoustic)

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A Festival of Light & Peace with the Amazing Bella Gaia Vocalist KRISTIN HOFFMAN Sat. Dec. 19 @ 8 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 19, 8PM                $18adv/$22door   A Festival of Light & Peace with the Amazing Bella Gaia Vocalist KRISTIN HOFFMAN featuring flutist Larry Kassin in a  seasonal concert like no other as Kristin performs songs ranging from Joni Mitchell to Silent Night plus spiritual originals. Advance tix are available online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com and by phone at (800) 838-3006 FREE PARKING! At Blood Centers of the Pacific lot. Two … Continue reading A Festival of Light & Peace with the Amazing Bella Gaia Vocalist KRISTIN HOFFMAN Sat. Dec. 19 @ 8 p.m.

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Folk music legends KIM & REGGIE HARRIS, JAMES LEE STANLEY Nov 14 @ 8 p.m.

“ Kim and Reggie Harris inspire a sense of joy and exhilaration that lifts the soul.. and makes you come alive!”  -Philadelphia Daily News Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim & Reggie Harris combine traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kim and Reggie’s early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools … Continue reading Folk music legends KIM & REGGIE HARRIS, JAMES LEE STANLEY Nov 14 @ 8 p.m.

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Autism-friendly free jazz jam and Azure Family Night!

Please join us as a musician or audience member for our next Free Jazz Jam! Set to run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, Stephen Prutsman will host and play the piano. The music lives upstairs while downstairs we host our monthly Azure Family Night for families living with children who are living with Autism or other neurological differences. Each First Friday, Prutsman … Continue reading Autism-friendly free jazz jam and Azure Family Night!