Hot and Cool Sounds on the Street in Mountain View
Two full days of dynamite music for fans of all musical styles will be presented at A La Carte & Art, May 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. Music lovers will be treated to two full days of free live music from the Bay Area’s best bands performing on stage and street throughout the bustling downtown for Silicon Valley’s big spring shindig.
Main Stage at California and Castro
The fun-fueled 6-piece California Groove band will kick things off in a big way on Saturday. Their eclectic mix includes hits by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, AC/DC, Motown, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. Audience participation is encouraged.
Old School Rock-n-Roll continues the party with perfect ‘60s harmonies to sing along with. Dressed in ’60s retro chic, the talent-filled six-piece band will entertain every generation with songs by the Monkees, Lovin’ Spoonful, Yardbirds, Nancy Sinatra, Mama Cass and more.
With a mix of rock, soul and rhythm & blues, the Megatones will wind up Saturday with a dynamic two-hour set. The energetic 5-piece band, named “Best Cover Band in the Bay Area” by KFOX’s Last Band Standing competition, will keep you on your feet with hits by Iggy Pop, Jet, Los Lonely Boys, and the Foo Fighters.
Start your Sunday off right with a blast from the past! Still have your neon, Izods, leg warmers and Ray Bans? You’re going to need them. The ‘80s are back in full glory thanks to the Blackouts. The Santa Cruz-based time travelers have been whipping audiences into collar popping frenzies up and down the coast for over 20 years and they know how to get a party started.
A mix of Hard Rock and Country? “Can we get an amen?” Rodeo House featuring Torree McGee is a “Rockin’ Little Country Band” started in the Bay Area. The country pros will have you singing along with McGee’s beautiful vocals on classics by Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, as well as some contemporary hits and originals.
Phil ‘n The Blanks delivers their rock ‘n roll the way it was meant to be experienced: fast and loud. The local 5-piece cover band unleashes a huge range of classics from Van Halen, Guns ‘n Roses, Skynard and Stones – with a few country hits thrown in for the country lovers.
Bob Culbertson is a virtuoso of the Chapman stick, a guitar-like stringed instrument designed to be tapped, not strummed or plucked. He has spent more than 30 years cultivating his unique sound. His combination of expression, technique and musical emotion is like nothing heard before and his musical style ranges from light jazz with folk and blues flavor to classical with Spanish, contemporary, and traditional influences.
Jose Cabezas has not only mastered the beautiful music of the Andes, he carves his own instruments and creates his own music. He is passionate about sharing the beautiful traditional Andean folk songs in Jose Cabezas’ Ancient Winds. Stop and enjoy the haunting melodies.
The smooth and sultry vocals of Hubert have drawn comparisons to Barry White, Lou Rawls and Otis Redding. Give a listen to the Caribbean-influenced soul of Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band. His positive message of love and understanding will make your day!
John Clarke is a truly gifted acoustic nylon-string guitar player who plays charming, romantic old-world compositions influenced by Spanish and Latin American guitar traditions. He loves sharing his music and even offers online guitar lessons to students around the globe.
Feeling the beat? Jump in and join the fun of Mike Fair’s drum circle. The rhythm master has hand drums from Africa and the Middle East and he will have a few extra drums available, but people are encouraged to bring their own. Fair will also teach his healing principles of “drumming from within,” a concept to help people understand rhythm and connect with their source and their soul’s healing frequencies.
Also slated to perform between bands on the Main Stage on Sunday at 12:30 pm is the innovative, upbeat Google Dance Team, a group of Google employees who love to dance and perform. They promise to wow the crowd with a diverse repertoire of hip hop, ballet, jazz, and modern dance and are also known to break out Bollywood and Chinese ribbon dance. Get ready to get down!
Returning by popular demand is the innovative, upbeat social dance performance group, Decadance, a festival fave that has wowed crowds for many years. They'll show off their silky smooth moves on Sunday at 3:30 pm.
MAIN STAGE (CALIFORNIA AND CASTRO)
Saturday, May 6
|11 AM||California Groove|
|1 PM||Old School Rock-N-Roll|
|4 PM||The Megatones|
Sunday, May 7
|11 AM||The Blackouts|
|12:30 PM||Google Dance Team|
|1 PM||Rodeo House featuring Toree McGee|
|4 PM||Phil 'n The Blanks|
STREET MUSICIAN LOCATIONS (Both Days)
|Jose Cabezas' Ancient Winds (Evelyn/Castro)|
|Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band (Villa/Castro)|
|Bob Culbertson (Dana/Castro)|
|John Clarke (Mercy/Castro)|
|Mike Fair's Drum Circle (Church/Castro)|