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The Tabard Theatre Company
Tabard Events

TABARD EVENTS is a program of THE TABARD THEATRE COMPANY, the resident and managing theatre company of Theatre on San Pedro Square (TOSPS). TABARD EVENTS presents some of the best live music from all genres, as well as a host of other performing arts events. TOSPS is a unique and intimate "Destination" and available for rent to private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations throughout the year.

Parking: Theatre on San Pedro Square offers Validation for Free Parking after 6:00 pm weeknights and all day/evening weekends, in the City parking lot conveniently located across the street from our theatre (except on Sharks/Special Event pre-paid nights).
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The Tabard Theatre Company presents






April 10—May 3

Written by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts and currently on Broadway, award-winning VIOLET is a powerful story about self-perception filled with energetic, toe-tapping Gospel, Rock, Country, and Rhythm and Blues score and a well-crafted book. Directed by Jay Manley.

"A lovely piece, filled with unexpected details, compassion for its quirky characters and a score that uses southern popular and folk influences with unpredictable sophistication and flair.” —Newsday

Twenty percent discount on tiered seating for active military and family.
(discount code: military)
Show military ID at Will Call.


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Tabard Events presents

Most Tuesdays, 7pm

Check out the local talent! Theatre on San Pedro Square (TOSPS) presents different musicians each week—

Jazz — Blues — Guitar — Big Band

The admission is FREE! Enjoy the open bar and your favorite—or some new—talent!

Coming Up Next
Apr. 28 San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars Jazz
May 5 Blues Society/King Amplification All Stars Blues
May 12 Sonic Kings Classic Rock
May 19 The Footnotes Jazz Band Big Band
May 26 Steve Nakano and Friends Jazz
June 2 Blues Society/Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood Blues
June 9 Steel Horse Bon Jovi Tribute Band
June 16 Genji and Laura Jazz
June 23 The Top Shelf Big Band Big Band



Guest Event

Friday, April 17, 12:10–12:50 pm

Noon Arts & Lectures presents
From the Studio to the Stage, Cinderella

Hosted by Ballet San Jose Principal Faculty Mads Eriksen, this presentation gives a special look at the lives of young ballet dancers who are at the start of their professional careers. It explores the extensive training and challenging schedule of a professional ballet dancer, and introduces Ballet San Jose's production of Cinderella. Ballet San Jose will bring the full story of Cinderella to life onstage at the Center for the Performing Arts on Mother's Day weekend, May 8-10, 2015. The production will provide an enchanting interpretation of the classic tale with a beautiful fairy godmother, a pumpkin turned into a fine coach, an elaborate palace ball, and one glittering, lost glass slipper. (


Coming Up Next—Third Friday of Each Month (check back for details)
May 15    
June 19    
July 17    
August 21    
September 18    
October 16    
November 20    
December 18    

Suggested $5 Door Donation

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Guest Event

Friday, May 1, 12:10–12:50 pm

Noon Arts & Lectures presents
San Jose Youth Shakespeare present Julius Caesar

'It is the bright day that brings forth the adder.' Come join us as we present a shortened version od our upcoming full-length production of Shakespeare's riveting tragedy, Julius Caesar.










Tabard Events presents





Saturday, May 9

19 Jazz Nights
with Jazz Bassoonist Paul Hanson

Nineteen continues its tradition of presenting the work of a diverse range of creative artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Tonight's program features the extraordinary jazz-bassoon virtuoso Paul Hanson. A celebrated classical bassoonist and jazz saxophonist, Mr. Hanson has "expanded the lexicon of the bassoon…[and] rewritten the rulebook for what is possible on this most classical of woodwind instruments" [from his website]. He has performed with dozens of world-renowned musicians, including Bela Fleck, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Billy Higgins, Steve Smith, Omar Sosa, Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Cirque Du Soleil, and many others.

Andrew Gilbert in Downbeat Magazine wrote:

Hanson has brought the double reed instrument into areas where it has seldom, if ever, gone before, combining a commanding improvisational sensibility with funk, classical, and world-music influences…Hanson produces a sound so full, lithe, and flexible that it is easy to forget the mind-boggling intricacies of the instrument producing it.

It is hard to overstate just how unlikely a quest Hanson has undertaken. We hope to see you at this unique event. Much more information about Mr. Hanson, and a wide variety of soundclips, are at his website.


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Tabard Events presents


Saturday, May 16, 8pm & Sunday, May 17, 2pm

Juanita Harris in Concert! 

Come rock the house with Juanita and The Band for another fabulous
performance full of songs. You'll hear tunes that span the spectrum from
Jazz to R&B to Broadway... you name it, you may hear it! This engagement
promises to be filled with memorable music that includes some of Juanita's
favorites, as well as some new numbers she's throwing in just for this
concert. The bar and the dance floor will be open for you to enjoy.

Each ticket includes a glass of Champagne and a Chocolate


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Tabard Events presents


May 22–23

BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG

The man the New York Times calls “quite possibly, the best political comedian working in the country today,” Will Durst, is thrilled to bring his one-man show to the intimate Theatre on San Pedro Square.  “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG" is an uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations, and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation.  Ably assisted by a genially acerbic wit and trusty overhead projector, Durst explores the Boomer revolutions, evolutions, and still-vibrant role in today’s youth-obsessed society ("which we invented, for crum’s sake").  In this rollicking monologue, Durst explains why his chronologically gifted brothers and sisters should refuse to grow old in the face of gravity, no matter how many times they forget their password retrieval question.  It’s what happens when acid flashbacks meet dementia.  A celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation: culminating in an extra, added special treat - the Meaning of Life.


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Tabard Events presents


June 12–13

Syndicate of Sound 
Heart of the Sixties

Get ready for an epic night revisiting the most creative decade in rock history.

Catch the Syndicate of Sound in the city they put on the rock-'n'-roll map when their snarling anthem "Little Girl" skyrocketed into the national Top Ten in 1966.  Founding members Don Baskin (vocals), Bob Gonzalez (bass), and Jim Sawyers (guitar), flanked by Pat Hennessy on drums and Tom Muller on keyboards, combine song, story, video, and dance to recreate the Heart of The Sixties!

Joan Chiasera, renowned vocalist and violinist for Gypsy, joins the Syndicate to present this high-powered revival.

If you were there, you’ll delight in the flashback.  If you weren’t, this is your chance to experience first-hand the mind-altering sounds, the frantic go-go dancing, the TV shows and ads… and more from the Heart of the Sixties.  What could be groovier!

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