City National Civic of San Jose sparkles with improvements

The City National Civic of San Jose has quite an impressive history.

Notably, the 80-year-old venue (formerly known as the San Jose Civic Auditorium) has hosted such artists as the Rolling Stones, Fats Domino, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, The Who and Barbara Streisand.

And the venue should have quite a future in front of it as well, thanks in large part to all the improvements that have been made since the grand reopening a few years ago, that still continue today. The latest addition, which opened last summer, is an expanded outdoor courtyard on Market Street, which is becoming a great place for concert-goers to mingle and enjoy some fresh air.

I went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the venue to get a better look at the substantial upgrades , which are targeted at improving the concert experience for both the patrons and performers.

Team San Jose, the nonprofit tourism organization that manages the Civic, San Jose McEnery Convent ion Center and other properties, has done a ton of renovations, including repairing and refinishing flooring, putting in new windows, remodeling the lounge and VIP spaces, expanding and refurnishing dressing rooms, improving acoustics and enhancing production elements.

In short, the place looks great – and it will look even better as renovations continue.

Nederlander Concerts, the civic’s primary promoter, has increased the number of shows at the venue significantly this year. Upcoming shows include Yanni (June 6), Peter Cetera (6/29), and Jackson Browne (7/31).

“City National Civic has hosted some of the most iconic artists over the years and that legacy continues with Nederlander’s expertise in programming,” said John Ciulla, general manager for Team San Jose. “We will continue to improve the City National Civic to make it a destination for fans and artists alike.”
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