What is 3rdThursday Cal Ave?
3rdThursday Cal Ave is a free, monthly, year-round music festival. With 3-6 bands performing simultaneously from 6-9pm, the festival atmosphere brings the community together in a joyous way on Palo Alto’s car-free California Avenue in the heart of Silicon Valley.
3rdThursday started in May of 2023 with a team of grassroots community volunteers and the contributions of two very talented Palo Alto students; Austen Cho (Gunn High School grad ’23) who designed our fabulous logo, and JLS middle school student Elizabeth Soedarmono who manages the website.
Maico was born and grew up in Italy. Music and food have always been an important part of his life. In Italy, he worked in corporate hardware and software sales. He opened the restaurants Italico and Terun on Cal Ave with his brother in 2013. He is an avid cyclist and loves bringing the community together through the energy of live music!
Dr. Bridget Algee-Hewitt is a computational biologist, forensic anthropologist, and data scientist. She has worked in social justice and human rights for over 20 years. She is an artist at Gallery House, a senior director at Stanford University, and CEO and senior business strategist at her consulting firm, Pythia.
Dr. Jamie Lucia is CEO of Dogma, a chiropractic fitness studio located in Los Altos and Caramel. She is very active in her communities and is the co-chair of Los Alto First Friday. She enjoys the vibe and excitement of live music and loves spreading that joy.
Scott is a Silicon Valley tech executive and producer of a top 60 billboard country western song and one of the producers of the nation’s first top sports award show, which currently airs on ESPN. In addition to his new tech startup and angel investing, Scott recently became a founding member of a film development company. His hobbies include skiing and car racing.
Steven is the Founder of Chrysalis Arts Ministries, and is a local photographer. He also serves on the leadership team for Los Altos First Friday. He loves working on events and activities that build healthier, more vibrant communities. He has many years of experience in the performing arts, marketing, and events fields, including time working on the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival and their 4th Of July and Christmas Carnivals.
Shannon, a denizen of Palo Alto going back to her great great grandmother Anna Zschokke, called “The mother of Palo Alto schools/Mother of Palo Alto”. McElyea has been called a ‘fun bomb’ and loves to see people and communities come together in joy.
Charlie is the CEO of The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. He is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the continuing economic vitality of the community by creating and supporting a positive environment for business and encouraging cooperation among Palo Alto businesses, The City of Palo Alto and the residents.
After a long career as a tech entrepreneur, Sally is now a community volunteer with a passion for youth wellness currently serving as the Vice President of Youth Community Service. She grew up in a musical home full of instruments and the sounds of big band, her dad’s barbershop quartet, and rock and roll. She loves the music scene on Cal Ave and is delighted to join the 3rdThursday Team.
Legacy Team Members
Thank you to the following people who helped form our event into what it is today:
Camille Townsend, Tom DeBois
What People Are Saying
Cindy N., Midtown Palo Alto Resident
Marie, Owner of La Bohème Restaurant
Betty S. & Jacob T.
Cindy N., Midtown Palo Alto
“The inaugural Third Thursday was a huge success. The music was a great mix of styles and it is clear that people were drawn to Cal Ave for this event. Good job on getting the word out! The restaurants were packed with people having a fun night out and the music really encouraged people to stroll with friends and family. Watching the very young ones dancing to the music was a highlight. It was a wonderful family evening. Congratulations on a terrific new event!”