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  O u r   M i s s i o n

The Mission of the Silicon Valley Blues Society is to promote, inspire, and engage blues music, in order to preserve and expand the musical heritage relevant to the history of blues music and the artists within our community, further to ensure the continuation of live blues music by supporting venues and our blues artists through promotional efforts, blues related events and charitable events along with community outreach and involvement.” The Silicon Valley Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and affiliate of The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

 
  M e m b e r s   o f   t h e   B o a r d
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Marianne Adoradio
Founding Board Member

Marianne Adoradio

President

 

Marianne grew up listening to Blues, R&B and Soul. She came back to her love of the Blues, which “saved her life” during a time of transition. She later started Marianne’s Music to promote Blues musicians and produces a couple of concerts each year to support local non-profits, including Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence. By being on the board of the Silicon Valley Blues Society, Marianne hopes to do her part in advancing opportunities for musicians in Silicon Valley, and in expanding the influence of Blues in our local community.

Marianne is a native of San Jose. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Santa Clara University, and a B.S. in Business from San Jose State University. Her first Silicon Valley job was in accounting and from there her tech career moved her into procurement and planning for start-ups through large, global enterprisesMarianne worked for over 10 years supporting new product development teams at, Acuson, a leader in the medical device industry.

Since a career transition, Marianne has been both a career coach and trainer in the field of career development. She worked for one of IBM’s largest career services programs in the late 90s and then moved onsite to Advanced Micro Devices, supporting organizations through growth and transition. Marianne was also involved with the Career Action Center, an innovative Silicon Valley organization that focused on professional development and job search. For over 15 years, Marianne has been a career and resume consultant in her coaching business, Design Your Direction, supporting local talent in their careers. In addition, she served five years on the Board of Directors for Next Door.

Official Website
www.designyourdirection.com
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Val King
Member, Board of Directors

Val King

Vice-President

 

Val is a Silicon Valley native. He is a champion of the South Bay Blues scene and witness to the explosion of music from the San Francisco Bay Area. Early influences include Elvin Bishop, BB King, Elmore James, Roy Buchanan, and the Allman Brothers.

Val began experimenting with electronics and guitars at a very early age. As a teenager he repaired guitars and amplifiers for his neighborhood garage band. His professional life as an entrepreneur includes ventures in optics, real estate, and embedded computing. His business of the last ten years is King Amplification. King Amplification is the guitar store of the future and includes instruction, amplifier and guitar repair services. Val has pioneered a Blues Jam Class which is dedicated to getting musicians on stage in the tradition of authentic Blues.

Official Website:
kingamplification.com

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Bob Gonzalez
Member, Board of Directors

Bob Gonzalez

Treasurer/Secretary

 

Bob Gonzalez was born on February 14, 1947, in San Jose, CA. Having studied the alto sax in school, he was asked to join his first rock band called the Pharoahs in 1961, followed by the rhythm and blues band the Nightmen in 1963. Bob’s interest then turned to bass and he joined a surf band for a time until he and high school buddy, Don Baskin, formed another group called Syndicate of Sound in 1964. The band recorded its first single in 1965 as the result of winning the Vox Bay Area Battle of the Bands. The record, "Prepare for Love," went largely unnoticed, but they followed up with another, which was a collaborative effort written by Gonzalez and Baskin called "Little Girl." The song immediately caught on with the San Jose DJs and quickly spread through the airwaves around the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. Bell Records out of New York got wind of this and purchased the record from Hush Records and offered Syndicate a recording contract. Bell got behind the band promotionally by putting them out on tour with hit acts like, the Young Rascals, the Yardbirds, Jefferson Airplane, and many other greats. "Little Girl" started climbing the charts and eventually peaked at number eight in Billboard Magazine in May of 1966.

The Syndicate of Sound is recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum as one of the most notable “one hit wonders” in Rock history. The song “Little Girl” continues to get substantial airplay worldwide, certified at well over Two Million Plays. Bob and the Syndicate of Sound were inducted into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame, widely acknowledged as San Jose’s first hit making band.    

As a bass player, Bob has never lost his interest in Blues, fostered while playing the Alto Sax in those early 60’s bands. During that time, there was not the “categorization” of music seen today. Most bands studied and played everything, Rock was in it’s infancy still drawing from many influences. Bob’s playing style reflects the solid rhythms of the Blues learned in those early days, and he can be seen playing regularly with his Blues and Rock friends around the San Jose area, and he still performs with the legendary Syndicate of Sound.

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Pamela Banks
Member, Board of Directors

Founding Board Member

Pamela Banks

 

Pamela was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to San Jose at the age of five. Pamela attended Cupertino High School where she was introduced to the Blues by Gary Smith, Mike Watson, Bill Stuve, Ken Baker, Sid Morris, Paul Durkett, and Sammy Varela just to name a few. The Blues became a passion and Pamela fell in love with the music and the people and her Blues journey began. From Ricardo’s in downtown San Jose to The 5th Quarter in Saratoga, to the famous 10101 house on Hwy 9, to Paris, France, where she was on tour and in the studio with many great Blues artists, to JJ’s on Stevens Creek, where Pamela was one of the original JJ’s Blues staff, working with Max and June as we watched JJ’s go from a Sunday Blues and BBQ to a 7 day a week, 2 club venue of nothing but the Blues.  One of her greatest memories was working with Max Stanley and staff to organize, promote, and put on the first and one of the best JJ’s Blues festivals at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Pamela also spent more than 20 years working in Silicon Valley as a materials and production planning manager.  During a brief relocation up North to the Humboldt County area, Pamela started Redwood Recovery, a clean and sober living home for women. At that time, she also received her real estate license from the State of California. Upon returning home to the Bay Area in May of 2012, Pamela reconnected with her friends in the Blues community and her long time passion for the Blues. Pamela is working as a Realtor for Pamela Banks Real Estate Services. Her passion for the Blues carries on with the Silicon Valley Blues Society, this awesome new project that has been in the making for her for over 40 years. Pamela looks forward to giving back what has been given to her over the years and bringing her passion for this dynamic music to folks of all ages and backgrounds.

I have experience and served the community in the following areas:

  • Founded and operated Redwood Recovery (sober living environment for women)
  • Soroptimist International of the Eel River Valley
  • Community service speaker
  • Chair for Humboldt County alcohol and drug programs
  • Strategic planning

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
  • California Association of Realtors (CAR)
  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Certified Short Sale Negotiator (AssetPlan)
Official Website
www.pamelabanksrealtor.com
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Phil Franco
Member, Board of Directors

Phil Franco

 

Phil, a San Jose native, watched the music scene grow around the Bay Area along with a rich value of art and entertainment.  He started playing drums at the age of ten, and by twelve, started performing with some local R&B and soul bands.  He grew up listening to the three Kings:  Freddy, Albert, and BB, and T-Bone Walker, and became a self-taught blues guitarist.  With the feeling and passion to play blues, he started a band called The Nazareth Blues Band, which toured around California and opened large venue concerts with notable British blues artists.

Aside from making music, Phil had another career working in Silicon Valley as a Tech Engineer.  He later became involved in selling, marketing and promoting various consumer products.  He then retired from his field and became a full time musician again.

Being a working musician, supporting live music, informing people about keeping blues music alive and having marketing and promotions experience is a winning combination to support the Silicon Valley Blues Society.

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Keri Solorio
Member, Board of Directors

Keri Solorio

Photographer

 

Keri Solorio started shooting photos of musicians about four years ago. She fell into this passion through her love of music. She saw the band Vicious Groove and she just wanted to point and shoot their action and magic on stage. Since that time, she’s shot George Clinton & P. Funk, Maceo Parker and John Lee Hooker Jr. to local Blues, R&B, Funk and Groove bands including Vicious Groove, Big Cat Tolefree & Hipnotics, JC Smith Band and TEBO and Folks. Festivals are her prime time for shooting. Music and summer just go together for Keri.

Keri grew up in Sunnyvale and has lived in Northern California for most of her life. Keri’s two children are grown and a very big part of her life she also has two sisters and a brother, all very close.  A year after she started shooting, Keri saw her love of music coming through her grandson, Rayjon. He was just 1.5 year old when he played his little kid sized guitar at The Old Wagon Saloon with JC Smith. She has captured some passionate filled pictures of him playing since then.

Today, Keri’s love and desire for shooting musicians has grown to where she doesn’t always take out her camera. She listens and is engaged in the music but it’s really got to peak her interest for her to pull her camera out of the bag. It’ll happen at times when she’s watching up and coming artists who just have “it”, that “swag” as Keri calls it.  Today, Keri has grown from her first “point and click” camera to shooting with a Canon Rebel and that fits because she’s a rebel at heart.
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Will Jacoby
Member, Board of Directors

Will Jacoby

 

Bay Area native Will Jacoby began teaching guitar in 2006 after 15 years as a commercial graphic artist and production manager.

He teaches beginning and intermediate guitar at the South Bay School of Music Arts in Milpitas.

A lifelong learner, he has studied music theory at College of Marin, Bass at Musician's Institute, Jazz Voice at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the DeAnza College; Guitar and Jazz voice with Berkeley online, and is currently learning to play harmonic with Adam Gussow. He's an electrifying performer who can be heard at blues jams around the South Bay.

Will is passionate about training the next generation of blues musicians and has several of his students performing with the SBSMA Variety show. His primary focus is on outreach and education, however performance art is a top priority.

Among Will's goals as a board member of the Silicon Valley Blues Society includes providing performance opportunities for young blues musicians.

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J.C. Smith
Founding Board Member

J.C. Smith

Kathy Figueroa
Founding Board Member

Kathy Figueroa

   
 
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