A Musical Feast on the Downtown Streets
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 Swampers CCR Tribute is a female-fronted homage to one of the most loved and iconic bands to ever come out of the Bay Area: Creedence Clearwater Revival. The CCR Catalog boasts some of the very best of American rock ‘n roll, and John Fogerty's masterful storytelling still resonates with and inspires audiences worldwide. Sing and dance along to hits like "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Fortunate Son", "Born on the Bayou", "Down on the Corner" and many more anthemic classics that defined a generation.
Tsunami band is an “out-the-gate, on-your-feet”, rock-n-roll dance band! Comprised of five eclectic veteran musicians, they play high energy music with roots in 60’s, 70’s and 80’s rock, with lots of surprises! Tsunami’s renowned for its driving guitars, strong vocals, and cool harmonies---The Eagles meets Clapton while rockin’ with The Stones!
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.
South Bay faves OTR puts on a fabulous show with classic rock n’ roll and R&B from the 70’s to today’s latest hits played with lots of heart and soul in their unique style. Voted "Best Cover Band in the Bay Area" at KFOX’s Last Band Standing competition 2009, OTR will keep you dancing to tunes by Boston, Journey, Topo, Lady Gaga, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chicago, Pat Benatar, Jefferson Starship, Cheap Trick, Ozzie Osbourne, Guns n’ Roses and many more.
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.
It’s a guaranteed party when Livewire takes the stage. This high-energy dance and party band showcases a dynamic mix of current and favorite rock and dance hits. The band accurately covers a wide range of music – from Journey, ABBA and the Bee Gees to The Jackson 5, Black Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars – all with a professional showmanship that will get everyone out of their seat and onto the dance floor.
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.
MAIN STAGE (CALIFORNIA AND CASTRO)
Saturday, May 6
|11 AM||The Swampers CCR Tribute|
|4 PM||The Megatones|
Sunday, May 7
|1 PM||The Blackouts|
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)|