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This summer join us for the Hammer Theatre’s Sunset Series: roof-top performances featuring various musical artists and ensembles. Experience the view from the Hammer Terrace and watch the summer sunset over Downtown San Jose.

Sunny War - Thursday, Sep 22, 8pm

Sunny War enlivens traditional folk and blues by freshening her musical attack and writing lyrics that reflect 21st-century concerns. Her first album, Worthless, arrived in 2014, and she continued to gain attention over the next few years as she built up a cult following that crested with the release of 2018's With the Sun.

Born Sydney Lyndella Ward to a single mother in Nashville, the singer/songwriter spent her childhood moving around the United States with her parent, spending significant time in both Nashville and the Detroit suburb of Rochester. During this time, she learned to love a wide variety of music, picking up the guitar at the age of 13. After she spent a rough period combating substance abuse and poverty, she gravitated to blues and folk and relocated to California, traveling between San Francisco and San Diego before settling in Venice Beach.

Adopting the performing name Sunny War, she'd sometimes moonlight with her punk sideband Anus Kings, but it was her folk blues showcased on a self-released album that began to gain notice from local scenesters - including critics at LA Weekly - in 2009, the same year she signed a publishing deal with BMI and a promotional deal with Gibson Guitars. After a few years, she released her official debut, Worthless, which appeared in 2014. A second independent record, Red White and Blue, arrived in 2016.

Ticket Prices: Tables (4-top) $45/seat, Tiered Seating $35, Standing Room $15

This concert will be held outdoors on the 4th floor Rooftop Terrace, overlooking the downtown skyline. It can get windy, so be sure to dress accordingly. A bar will be available for guests to enjoy drinks while soaking in the sounds of summer as the sun sets.

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