City National Bank Acquires Naming Rights for Landmark Civic Concert Venue
City of San Jose and Team San Jose officials -- along with country music superstar Wynonna Judd and Nederlander Concerts -- today unveiled the renamed City National Civic and new marquee to rebrand the historic concert venue.
The historic San Jose Civic has been renamed the City National Civic. City National Bank, California’s premier private and business bank, will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2014. Backed by nearly $30 billion in assets, the company is now the 25th largest American commercial bank.
“The City National Civic is an iconic venue and City National Bank’s investment is a testament to their community driven focus,” said Councilmember Sam Liccardo. “The City of San Jose is proud to partner together with Team San Jose, City National Bank and Nederlander Concerts to reactivate the concert venue and support the local economy.”
Since 1936, City National Civic has played host to legendary stars, including Duke Ellington, Buddy Holly, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Cream, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones. The theater’s recent upgrade – coupled with Team San Jose’s partnership with Nederlander Concerts – has received rave reviews from recent artists who have played the venue and concert patrons who have visited the intimate mid-sized venue.
“I was delighted to celebrate the unveiling of the new City National Civic in the heart of Downtown San Jose,” said five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author Wynonna Judd. “It was such a thrill to acknowledge Little Kids Rock and what they do to help a younger generation of aspiring musicians. It was great to continue the celebration with my Christmas show that same evening.”
“City National Bank has been serving the Bay Area for years, and we’re very proud of our long-term partnership with the City of San Jose,” said company president Christopher Warmuth. “The City National Civic is a terrific concert venue – one that makes strong contributions to the artistic, cultural and economic vitality of San Jose. My colleagues and I are committed to both the Civic and the community it serves, and we look forward to continuing our work with the city, Team San Jose and Nederlander Concerts.”
Following the official renaming ceremony, Judd awarded a check to Little Kids Rock organization and helped the City of San Jose unveil the new City National Civic. In addition, Judd was the marquis entertainer that evening with her “A Simpler Christmas Tour” featuring her band, The Big Noise at the venue. The concert joins a roster of upcoming headline entertainment, including The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (Dec. 14), Charlie Daniels / Montgomery Gentry (Dec. 15), Tower of Power / War (Dec. 28), David Garrett (Jan. 21), Styx (Feb. 6), Pixies (Feb. 22), Emblem 3 ( March 12) and The Piano Guys ( June 27).
“The City National Civic is a fantastic venue for concerts, special events and conference general sessions and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to Downtown San Jose as a result of the recent investment by City National Bank,” said Karolyn Kirchgesler, Team San Jose chief executive officer. “We look forward to a successful partnership with City National Bank and couldn’t be happier with their investment back into the local community.”
“Between the renovations and partnership with City National Bank, we have an improved product and enhanced marketing resources to help activate the City National Civic and elevate the status of the venue as a must play concert venue,” said Alex Hodges, Nederlander Concerts chief executive officer. “This will help raise San Jose’s profile as an entertainment destination.”
For a list of all events coming to the City National Civic of San Jose go to www.citynationalcivic.com
City National Bank
City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation. It is backed by $29.1 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 77 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $61.5 billion in client investment assets. For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at www.cnb.com.
Team San Jose (TSJ)
This innovative partnership unifies the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience and serves as the gateway to San Jose as a destination. TSJ manages the San Jose Convention Center and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, City National Civic and South Hall. For more information about San Jose and Team San Jose, please visit the new www.sanjose.org.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Nederlander Concerts promotes and produces a wide range of quality live entertainment across the Western United States. This boutique event promotion firm exclusively operates and programs the most coveted and awarded small to mid-size venues including The Greek Theatre and the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara Bowl, City National Grove of Anaheim, and the City National Civic. In addition, the company promotes events at third party arenas, theatres and clubs up and down the coast including the San Diego Civic, RIMAC Arena and Field at UC San Diego, Raley Field in Sacramento and Galen Center at USC. Visit www.nederlanderconcerts.com for more information.
Wynonna & The Big Noise: A Simpler Christmas
A five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna’s career has always revolved around telling stories. Whether she’s using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless hits or sitting down for one of her many bold, honest television appearances, Wynonna always gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom gained over the course of her very public life. Now in her latest venture, Wynonna – along with her band, The Big Noise – will bring A Simpler Christmas to you as she performs some of her holiday favorites as well as her greatest hits. The 12-city tour kicks off on December 3rd in Bakersfield, CA and wraps on December 23rd in Bethesda, MD. Sit back and be reminded of the simple blessings as you ring in the holiday season.