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Jill Arnone
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Jefferson Starship Headlines
San Jose Rocks---Celebrating Silicon Valley's Role 'n Rock

History San Jose Launches San Jose Rocks Music Hall of Fame, Concert Event

San Jose, California - October 17, 2006
Grab your tie-dyed T-shirt and get yourself to the grooviest event in the South Bay. Jefferson Starship will headline the inaugural San Jose Rocks Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony, dinner and concert on Friday, October 20, at History Park in San Jose.

Also featured are four South Bay successful rock bands from the Sixties: Syndicate of Sound, psychedelic music pioneers who topped the charts in 1966 with the hit, Little Girl; the Count Five, whose 1966 hit, Psychotic Reaction, is now considered to have shaped the rock sound; John Tristao of People and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, performing with The Groove Kings, 985. KFOX radio's cover band of the year; and The New Arrivals, a Sixties band that performed with The Beach Boys, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and the Righteous Brothers, to name just a few.

Jefferson Starship front man and founder Paul Kantner (founding member of Jefferson Airplane) attended both Santa Clara University and San Jose State University. The band's popularity has spanned 40 years, and includes such mega-hits as:
  • Somebody to Love (1967);
  • White Rabbit (1967);
  • Count on Me (1978).

    Paul Kantner, Syndicate of Sound, the Count Five, and John Tristao are inaugural inductees in the San Jose Rocks Music Hall of Fame. A fifth inductee, Doug Curtis of Los Gatos who founded Electromusic Specialties, will be recognized for developing the integrated circuits which enable today's analog electronic music synthesizers.

    The fundraiser will be emceed by 98.5 KFOX radio personality, Laurie Roberts. Campbell-based Soundtek Studios owner, Los Gatos resident and international recording artist Robert Berry is the musical director.

    San Jose Rocks is presented by the Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust, and all proceeds from the silent and live auctions benefit History San Jose. Band sponsors include The Muller Family and TAJ Stone Records, with additional support by Guitar Showcase, Guitar Center, Orloff/Williams Advertising and Public Relations, TEC productions, and many others.

    Historic evening events have become a tradition with History San Jose. They include a tribute to Manny's Cellar, Open One Night Only, a legendary downtown watering hole, dinner at the former Mirassou Winery, commemorating Santa Clara Valley's winemaking families, and most recently "Valley of Hearts Delight" honored longtime historian and writer, Patricia Loomis.

    "San Jose Rocks is an extremely rare chance to see all of these groups together once more, for one night only, to honor a unique time and special South Bay musical landscape that will never be duplicated," said History San Jose's interim president Alida Bray. "Music is the soundtrack of our memories, and memories are what make history," she added.

    "The launch of San Jose Rocks represents, for my co-founder Tom Muller and me, the singular opportunity to recognize and celebrate something special that happens here - where the best of artistic, technological and entrepreneurial drive come together for all of us to benefit from," said Orloff/Williams advertising and public relations agency president and San Jose Rocks co-founder Dan Orloff.

    San Jose Rocks inaugural concert, benefit and awards presentation to be held at History Park on Friday, October 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person for dinner, concert, award ceremony and auctions and can be purchased at www.sanjoserocks.org

    About History San Jose: History San Jose (HSJ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the continuing history of the Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish governmental records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology. www.historysanjose.org

    History Park at Kelley Park, located at 1650 Senter Road, is a 14-acre park featuring a town atmosphere, with free rides on historic trolleys, exhibit galleries and 27 historic buildings, including a Museum Store and O'Brien's Cafe, with an ice cream parlor and candy store. History Park is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112, 408.287.2290

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