Most members of Voluntary Hazing met while they performed for San Jose State’s marching band. | Photo courtesy Voluntary Hazing.
San Jose’s population is currently ~980,000 people, which means that there’s nearly 980,000 different perspectives on what makes San Jo such a fantastic city.
In our new series, 5 minute pitch, we’ll spend five minutes with random San Joseans — from local bands, organizations, and other movers + shakers, to every day South Bay residents like yourself — to get an on-the-ground take on the best our city has to offer.
We’re starting things off on a brisk night outside the Caravan Lounge, where City Editor Gregg caught up with San Jose emo ska band Voluntary Hazing. Specifically, Kayla (singer, guitarist), Thomas (saxophone), and Alex (drums).
Q: Where’s your go-to for birria tacos in San Jose?
Kayla: I really love Cajeta at Camino Brewing; we’ve played there a few times, and they are so good. We get so excited for those shows… one, they’re fun to play, but also the tacos. Thomas: I gotta double-down on that one. Those tacos are pretty fire. Alex: Yeah, they’re so good. Goes well with their beer.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to perform in San Jose?
Kayla: Each place has it’s own thing going on. For just the sound quality, I’d say Art Boutiki is my favorite in San Jose. Camino’s great for the vibes. Caravan’s great for the party — like, let’s all gather around and be really close — it doesn’t get more personal than that. Thomas: Yeah that’s kinda my vibe. I like the sets we play in a really small venue where everyone is pushed up to the front. It really builds up the energy, and it’s super fun. Alex: I’m not going to lie, playing The Ritz was really cool. They have a big stage, and it feels like ‘yeah, I made it!’ but Caravan’s where family and friends are.
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“The Barber of Seville” | Through Sunday, Nov. 26 | Times vary | California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose | $55-$195 | This perennial favorite tells the story of barber Figaro and his quest to ensure true love wins.
Thursday, Nov. 16
LGBTQ+ Holiday Mixer | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Haberdasher, 43 W. San Salvador St., San Jose | Free | Network with the LGBTQ+ community and enjoy craft cocktails.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose | $19-$434 | After a loss to the Anaheim Ducks earlier in the week, the Sharks hope to bounce back against the Blues.
Friday, Nov. 17
Elf In Concert | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose | $49-$74 | Experience the festive fusion of sight and symphony in a heartwarming celebration of the beloved classic, “Elf.”
San Jose Barracuda vs. Colorado Eagles | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7 p.m. | Tech CU Arena, 1500 S. Tenth St., San Jose | $13-$62 | The San Jose Barracuda take on the Colorado Eagles for a two-night homestand.
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