Headliner Act at the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series

Thanks for ROCKING with Letters to Cleo in San Jose at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon!


The Emphatics 
The Emphatics are a professional, high energy, dynamic, 4 piece Party Dance Cover band hailing from the Morgan Hill area that have been together for 4 years now, with 15-30 years experience per member playing clubs, weddings, Festivals and private events. We play all around the region from San Francisco to Monterey. The Emphatics play current and classic high energy, danceable Pop, Rock, R&B, Rap, Soul, Funk and Country songs that we put our own unique spin on, which includes a lot of Mash-Ups. Every Emphatics show is tailored to each venue for maximum crowd participation and non-stop dancing action

Sweet HayaH
HayaH is the Arabic and Hebrew word for “life”, and Sweet HayaH has a lust for life that pulsates through the music they create. Sweet HayaH is a high-energy festival band, but don’t think that the sweetness makes them pure sugar. There is genuine musical complexity layered into their Rock-Soul-Funk blend, and if there was to be one band to represent the diversity of culture and exuberance found in the Bay Area it would be Sweet HayaH. All of the members of Sweet HayaH were first Bay Area musicians in their own right, and since they converged the band’s reach has grown bigger and bigger. Sweet HayaH has kept up an impressive touring schedule and taken their high energy live show all over in 2015-16 including a run to SXSW. Sweet HayaH has had the honor of performing with some great bands and artists along the way sharing the stage with living legends like Robby Krieger of The Doors, and the legendary ska band The Selecter from the UK. It doesn’t matter whether Sweet HayaH are opening or headlining, whether they are playing to their local following or to new audiences, Sweet HayaH always puts on the type of show that gets them invited back. The connection they make with the audience is palpable, and their dedication to their community and music scene is deep. Sweet HayaH loves to make their shows a platform for local talent to guest star, and for people to connect through music. According to their producer Todd Jeremias, the band’s energy and vibe are the perfect backdrop for their exceptionally gifted front woman Nehal Abuelata who often draws comparisons to legendary vocalists like Tina Turner, Carol King, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse even Janis Joplin to name a few… Sweet HayaH released their first fully produced 12-track album “Gentle Lies” in April 2016. One of their upcoming singles features twenty of their friends singing the chorus. Through their live and studio performances, the group’s dynamics and interactive nature continue to invite more sweethearts to join in the celebration of life. Sweet HayaH consists of: Nehal Abuelata – Lead vocals, keyboards Devin Moreno – Guitar, vocals Aaron Marquez – Bass Josh Gardner – Drums, vocals Kosuke Okamura – Percussion

The Groove Foundation
The Groove Foundation, based out of San Jose, California, is a dynamic show band with experience in many genres and generations of music, covering the 40’s to today’s top hits, from the Classics, to Motown, to Modern Rock. In addition to performing cover music, the band has several artists with their own unique originals, and style. The Groove Foundation recently gained attention, after opening for the well known r&b band, ConFunkShun. In addition, The Groove Foundation, has been busy performing music from Journey, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake, at multiple festivals and concerts, throughout the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival, the Watsonville Strawberry Festival, and the Watsonville Music Series, which is sponsored by iHeart Radio. Representing music through the generations, The Groove Foundation adds another level of sophistication, and show to any event, and is dedicated to making any occasion entertainment filled, and memorable!


Stay tuned for 2018’s Finish Line Festival schedule!


Entertainment on the Course

Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Runners will enjoy a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul along the race course. Music and entertainment set the tempo for this running party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets” to these mini-concerts.

Is your band ready to rock for thousands of athletes and spectators? We will be recruiting the best local bands from all genres to take the stage along the course. Click HERE to apply!


Thank you to Babe’s Muffler for the continued support with the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon!

Spirit on the Course

Thank you to all the cheer teams that came out and supported all our runners this weekend! Congratulations to the winners!

1st – Monte Vista Dance Team
2nd – Union Middle School
3rd – Dance Attack – Los Gatos


For more information on how to become a part of the Spirit on the Course competition please e-mail, sjcheer@competitorgroup.com

Apply today: http://www.runrocknroll.com/cheer/application-form/