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Marcia Ball with Mighty Mike Schermer

Plaza de Cesar Chavez

June 18, 2022 @ 2:40 pm - 3:55 pm

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Marcia Ball with Mighty Mike Schermer

June 18, 2022 @ 2:40 pm - 3:55 pm at Plaza de Cesar Chavez

About the Event

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, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie…heartfelt, powerful and righteous.”

Ball’s earliest awareness of blues came over the radio, where she heard people like Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair and Etta James, all of whom she credits as influences.  Born in Orange, Texas and raised in Vinton, Louisiana, her Acadian heritage and a lifetime of absorbing Gulf Coast rhythm and blues is evident in her original songs and the classics she chooses to cover – making her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. Ball has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse party every time she takes the stage. With each new release, and five decades of honing her craft, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow.

Ball holds eleven Blues Music Awards, ten Living Blues Awards, and five Grammy Award nominations.  2010’s Grammy-nominated Roadside Attractions and 2014’s The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man successfully grew her fan base even further.  She has been inducted into both the Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.  The Texas State legislature named her the official 2018 Texas State Musician.  In 2018, Marcia was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.

Come see for yourself why her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs.



Plaza de Cesar Chavez

1 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

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June 18, 2022

2:40 pm - 3:55 pm

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


Fountain Blues Foundation

The Fountain Blues Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is organized to preserve and promote the indigenous American music known as the blues, and related genres like rock 'n' roll and R&B. Activities take a variety of forms, including live performances, broadcasts, lectures, and community education, culminating in the longest-running blues festival in Northern California: the San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival and live music events throughout the year.

New This Year: Follow the Music

We are thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration between Fountain Blues Foundation and Follow the Music, a pioneering music education and emerging artists program. Follow the Music, spearheaded by a passionate group who recognize the profound impact of music, boasts honorary guests such as 49er legend and NFL Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott, alongside Oakland music icon and Elevate Oakland co-founder Sheila E.

This innovative program, developed in partnership with Elevate Oakland and key stakeholders in arts, entertainment, media, and sports, serves as the gateway into the vibrant South Bay community. By joining forces with Follow the Music, Fountain Blues Foundation aims to enrich the lives of young people by bringing the transformative power of music directly into their lives. Together, we envision a future where music becomes a catalyst for inspiration, creativity, and community engagement, and we invite you to be a part of this impactful journey.