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Press coverage from C2SV 2013:
C2SV: 6 can’t-miss acts at the inaugural festival
It seemed like a pipe dream at the time. Dan Pulcrano was standing next to me at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas, watching one of the countless live music events during the South by Southwest conference in March, and he briefly mentioned his plan to bring something similar to Silicon Valley. It turns out that it was far more than wishful thinking.
The fruition of that dream is the inaugural C2SV — Creative Convergence Silicon Valley — the combination music festival and technology conference that will take over downtown San Jose for four days, Sept. 26-29.
- San Jose Mercury News
The folks behind the brand-new Create Converge Silicon Valley conference and music festival have a different aim. They’re shooting for a three-day South by Southwest in San Jose, with an enviable music lineup — the Stooges, Thee Oh Sees, OFF!, Deafheaven, and more — following a daytime tech conference. So if you want to mix swarthy rock ‘n’ roll with panel discussions on artificial intelligence apps, Bitcoin, and the convergence of retail and Big Data, cross off Sept. 26 to 29 on your calendar.
- SF Weekly
Twenty venues, 100 live music performances, lots and lots of tech gadgets: Sure, it sounds like Austin’s SXSW, but it could be an independent Silicon Valley version of the wildly popular tech conference and music festival if one man has his way. Dan Pulcrano, CEO and executive editor of Metro Newspapers, told me on Wednesday that his company, Creative Convergence Silicon Valley (C2SV), will hold the event Sept. 26-29. C2SV formed last year. The goal? Melding a major tech conference and a massive party.
— Silicon Valley Business Journal
High tech giants of Silicon Valley will converge with a ton of bands and artists for the inaugural C2SV Technology Conference and Music Festival in San Jose.
I talk to Boots Riley as he’s preparing for his show at C2SV Music Festival, San Jose’s newest musical offering with more than 50 bands and 70 technologists (Sept. 26-29). I’ve got a notion he might have an opinion about the Valley’s tech moguls or their fetish for “disruption.”
“There’s been a shift in how work is done, but there’s not less work that needs to be done,” Riley says. “People say technology has changed the rules and it’s a different system. Well, there’s different colors, but it’s really the same.”
- Metro Newspaper
C2SV Music Festival is bringing big names, such as Iggy and the Stooges, the Lemonheads, Thee Oh Sees, Bosnian Rainbows and Deafheaven, to downtown San Jose, paired with some of the best bands in Silicon Valley.
- Metro Newspaper
Guitarist James Williamson’s story is one of the more remarkable ones in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. As member of Iggy and The Stooges in the 1970s, Williamson created punk rock’s signature guitar sound, then settled into a quiet career as a Silicon Valley engineering manager. After 30 years, he took an early retirement buyout offer as Sony’s Vice President of Technology Standards and rejoined the band.
After the successful debut of the Silicon Valley Sound Experience last year, the event returns to downtown San Jose in September, re-branded as the C2SV Technology Conference + Music Festival. Iggy And The Stooges is just the band to help you celebrate “the digital culture explosion.” — Pollstar.com
Dan Pulcrano is a successful journalist and publisher, a digital entrepreneur and a tireless promoter of San Jose and its culture. He is also the man behind C2SV: Create. Converge. Silicon Valley. C2SV is a four-day technology and music event that will take place Sept. 26-29 and feature artists like Iggy and the Stooges, along with luminaries from the world of technology such as the legendary founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, and famed social media phenomenon Robert Scoble. In this exclusive interview, Dan Pulcrano shares his vision for this festival.
- Liquid Agency Blog
NBC: “Iggy and The Stooges Play San Jose”
Press coverage from Silicon Valley Sound eXperience 2012:
For 11 hours on Saturday, the debut Silicon Valley Sound eXperience festival took over nine venues in downtown San Jose with more than 20 local performers, starting with an afternoon set by DJ Cutso and closing with an after party with B. Lewis at Pagoda.
For a city that struggles year in and year out to foster a vibrant local music scene, the Silicon Valley Sound eXperience festival—which featured over 20 bands in 9 venues—was a success. Mike Huguenor, who opened the Pagoda Lounge lineup, took a moment during his set to comment on what an incredible event Silicon Valley Sound Experience was turning out to be.
San Pedro Square Market echoed with the sounds of their first act of the night, Dirty Pillows, Saturday evening. The Silicon Valley Sound Experience, hosted by Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper, featured a refreshing variety of local talent at nine venues scattered around the downtown area.
On September 22nd – San Jose will have its very first club crawl and music festival event – titled Silicon Valley Sound Experience. Silicon Valley Sound Experience will feature many local and touring artists throughout various venues in downtown San Jose from The Blank Club, Myth Taverna & Lounge, and more.
In suburban garages and on downtown streets, the Silicon Valley Sound has found a groove. Technology-fused genres have forged a style that befits a valley where American traditions and immigrant cultures easily mix.
For some time, San Jose has been hungry for a resurgence of the live music scene. The Blank Club and Art Boutiki, to name a few, have continued to fight the good fight–providing downtown venues for local bands. Giant Creative and Left Coast Live never gave up on San Jose’s live music scene and continued to be an influential advocate, bringing festivals and special events to a variety of San Jose venues.
A solid reason to borrow your friend’s car and get down to San Jose: Silicon Valley Sound Experience.