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M’Sippi Slide

Plaza de Cesar Chavez

GA $25 VIP $85

June 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm

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M’Sippi Slide

June 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm at Plaza de Cesar Chavez

About the Event

Poor House Bistro Stage: Experience the revival of classic R&B with M’sippi Slide at the San Jose Fountain Blues and Brews Festival! Led by the powerhouse vocals of Lijah Raoof, reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and more, M’sippi Slide takes you on a journey back to the raw, emotional sounds of the 1950s and 60s.

Transport yourself to a time when music was vibrant, soulful, and moved you to your core. Feel the irresistible beats that make you sway and groove with every note. Joining Lijah are esteemed blues musicians from the South Bay Area: Johnny Cat Soubrand on guitar, Frank DeRose on bass, and Scotty Griffin on drums.
Lijah’s passion for music traces back to her upbringing in San Jose, where she was immersed in the sounds of Aretha, Marvin Gaye, and more, thanks to her father’s influence. With M’sippi Slide, she brings these influences to life, captivating audiences with her own soulful renditions and infectious energy.

Since forming in late 2022, M’sippi Slide has garnered a dedicated following, with Johnny Cat and Frank DeRose helping Lijah refine her craft and find her true rhythm and blues voice. Now, they’re ready to share their electrifying live performance with you at the Poor House Bistro stage.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of M’sippi Slide at the San Jose Fountain Blues and Brews Festival. Get your tickets now and be part of a musical experience that will leave you longing for more.

Festival Tickets

Advance Ticket Prices: General Admission $25 VIP $85
Day of: General Admission $30 VIP $100

Early Bird 2 Pack – General Admission: $40. Limited supply. So act quickly!

VIP tickets provide a seat in a shaded section located near the stage, along with exclusive access to a private bar and flushable toilets. Additionally, the package comes with two drink vouchers and a commemorative 41st San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival t-shirt.

Drink Tickets

Save $2 on a 10-drink ticket package: $18 in advance, $20 day of.


Plaza de Cesar Chavez

1 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

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June 15

3:30 pm - 4:10 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

Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., featuring non-stop, award-winning national and regional talent – alternating for nine hours on two stages.  In addition to world-class blues, gospel, jazz, swing, soul, R&B, Zydeco and rock bands, the longest running blues festival in Northern California never disappoints with a village-like atmosphere – featuring artist vendor booths; family-friendly lawn games near the beloved Plaza de Cesar Chavez fountain; a craft beer garden to sample of the best in regional craft beers; plus, local ciders, wine, and Southern-focused cuisine.

This year’s festival boasts main stage packed talent guaranteed to keep the groove going for an expected attendance of 2,500 people,

Craft Beers, Wines, Ciders & Food

Alongside top-notch blues performances, there will be an array of more than 20 breweries showcasing their craft beers, wines, and ciders.  Plus the best in local barbecue, New Orleans and other southern-style foods, an artist vendor zone, and interactive family-friendly activities area.

The 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.



  • General admission tickets: $25. Early Bird GA tickets, 2 for $40 will be available soon.
    VIP tickets: $85  Includes a seat in a shaded area adjacent to the stage, access to flushable toilet and private bar, plus 2 drink vouchers and a 41st San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival T-Shirt!

Day of:

  • General admission tickets: $30
    VIP tickets: $100  Includes a seat in a shaded area adjacent to the stage, access to flushable toilet and private bar, plus 2 drink vouchers and a 41st San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival T-Shirt!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Visit this link to learn more about exciting new benefits associated with sponsorship.

Vendor Inquiries

Download our 41st San Jose Fountain Blues & Brews Festival Vendor Application at link for food, business and artisan booths.

What You Need to Know

  • Gates open at 11 AM.
  • 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. All bags will be rechecked upon reentering.
  • No pets, weapons and sharp objects allowed per City of San José ordinances.
  • Service dogs with proper identification permitted.
  • Picnic-style games and cool fountain for families to enjoy. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult.
  • Only low back, beach style chairs will be allowed.
  • There’s VTA light rail stations nearby and free bike valet 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. near the main entrance, courtesy of Silicon Valley Bike Coalition. Nearby parking options can be found at: parksj.org.

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.