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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Thursday, May 05, 2005

    Natalie in San Francisco and later San Jose, plus Maroon 5 at HP tonight

    Yesterday I had the chance to interview and have lunch with an up-and-coming R&B singer Natalie. She was wonderfully humble and a pleasure to talk to. Instead of her road manager, San Jose native Darryl Gooden, getting drinks for lunch, she asked him first what he wanted. (She performs in a stellar line-up with The Game, Snoop, Baby Bash, etc. May 25th at the HP Pavilion.)

    All kinds of industry insiders came to her showcase at Universal Records in San Francisco. Two were people I regularly listen to: Jose Melendez and Lesley Perez of KYLD-94.9 FM. Checking them out today at San Jose's club, Vault spinning the night away.

    The two were really approachable and saw Natalie's music as having potential.

    Melendez emphasized that music to him is not what's supposedly on the charts, but what the fans ground level think is hot - this includes what's shakin' in high schools.

    So tonight, there's lot of great music to check out:


    Maroon 5, The Thrills, Simon Dawes
    WHERE: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara, San Jose Mercury News
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday 5/5
    TIX: sold out but here's a link to tix
    WHY: Maroon 5 skyrocketed from playing San Jose's Music in the Park to having a sold out show in HP.


    Bruce Springsteen, acoustic style
    WHERE: The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday 5/5
    TIX: $75.50-$85.50; sold out but here's a link to tix
    WHY: He's not called "The Boss" for nothing.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    the maroon5 guys went from small time rockers to grammy award winners. awesome band.

    3:10 AM  

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