STOCKTON – On a given night, the historic Miracle Mile is booming with live music.
That’s the six-block stretch along Pacific Avenue between East Alder Street and West Adams Street.
Some places such as the Whiskey Barrel Saloon (101 E. Alder St.), Valley Brewing Company (157 W. Adams St.) and Whirlow’s (1926 Pacific Ave.) have hosted tribute bands, playing yesteryear tunes by the likes of the Eagles, Journey, or Tower of Power.
Speaking of tribute, Jeremy Pearce performs “Elvis” several times this year inside the Valley Brew’s Take 5 Jazz Club.
This is also home to the hottest jazz scene in the Central Valley.
The Brubeck Institute and the University of the Pacific, in partnership with the Kellie Jacobs-owned Valley Brew, offers a lineup that includes the Stefon Harris and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet (Feb. 2), the Patrick Langham Quintet (Feb. 9), Edward Simon and the BIJQ (Feb. 16) and the Brian Kendrick Little Big Band (Feb. 23) at the Take 5 Jazz Club.
Check the events list at www.valleybrew.com for more details.
Whirlow’s also has live music throughout the week. On Wednesdays, Anthony Keesee and Raul Kdena perform an acoustic jam on guitars.
Co-owner Mike Whirlow along with Bobby Green and friends will play at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays while the “Jazz Jam” session – open to any local musician – takes place each Friday evening at 6:30.
Local artists are booked on Saturdays. Click on to www.whirlows.com for the schedule.
As far as a go-to place on the Miracle Mile?
A place where you can hear jazz, a guy on a guitar, a duet, or small combos performing on the weekends and with no cover charge?
Try the Mile Wine Company, 2113 Pacific Ave.
Owner Paul Marsh had the Stephanie D Trio, Frankie & Annette, Geoff & Gayle, Lil on the Side, and William Sconce on guitar perform this past month.
Most will be performing again soon at this intimate venue in February.
For more information, call 209.4656.9463 or click on to www.milewinecompany.com.
uHow to get there: The historic Miracle Mile is located in central Stockton. From Highway 99, take the Highway 4 crosstown freeway to the Pershing Avenue exit, following Pershing for several blocks to Harding Way. Make a right on Harding, traveling east to Pacific Avenue otherwise known as the Miracle Mile.
uParking: Plenty of free parking can be had in the public lots located directly behind most of the businesses.
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