Mountain View A La Carte & Art Festival Honors Cinco De Mayo
Two full days of world class live music will be presented at A La Carte & Art, May 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View.
Honoring Cinco de Mayo, music lovers will be treated to two lively, sun-splashed days of world-class music from some of the Bay Area’s best bands performing on the Facebook Community Stage and several street throughout the bustling downtown for Silicon Valley’s big spring shindig.
Facebook Community Stage at California and Castro
The Groovy Judy Band kicks things off musically on Saturday, brining groove-aliciousness to a whole new level. This Jimi Hendrix inspired rock-funk-soul-blues with a positive groove is a can’t-miss show!
Then we’ve got the amazing Google Dance Team, a group of googlers who love to dance and spread their positive energy and joy! Catch their beautiful moves on Saturday afternoon and get in a special groove!
Like to dance? Knee Deep will get you moving with classic songs from the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond. Knee Deep delivers a powerful sound and a broad range of music from artists that include Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Badfinger, The Beatles and many more!
It’s a guaranteed party when Livewire takes the stage. This incredible 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.
Blue House gets your Sunday started in a feel-good way with their unique blend of folky acoustic & electric originals and covers, powered by plenty of rocker ‘tude. Their beautifully blended harmonies are the perfect way to kick-off the day.
The Country Cougars are a hot 'rockin' country band playing new and classic country and they’re quickly becoming one of Northern California's favorite bands. This highly-polished 5-piece band plays at some of the premier nightclubs in Northern California and feature cover music by artists like Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church as well as the country legends Johnny Cash, Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and many others. The energy of this band gets the crowd on their feet dancing and ready to party!
The Hitmen have been entertaining Bay Area audiences with their wide range of favorites from ‘70s to modern hits, including many Latin songs, for over 20 years. The 7-piece band has also shared the stage with Cameo, The Ohio Players, Pete Escovedo, and members of Santana and Tower of Power.
Catch EllaHarp Both Days at the Corner of Mercy and Castro Street!An instrument like the harp doesn’t exactly inspire imagery of driving bass lines and mainstream appeal, and that’s what Bay Area based harpist, singer/songwriter Ella Dawn Jenkins, aka EllaHarp is working to change. Armed with a fresh take on contemporary blues, the musical lineage of composer/arranger Gordon Jenkins, and a unique instrument she designed for the purpose, EllaHarp is pushing the harp out of type-cast genre constraints and doing things differently. Her debut 2018 album ‘Who Asked You Back’ blends folk roots with blues-y riffs and a splash of mainstream pop. Stripped down solo harp and voice meets electric guitar from Sam Eigen (Smash Mouth), creepy mythology meets attitude-laden break up songs, and the harp meets a whole new vault of possibilities.
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.
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!
FACEBOOK COMMUNITY STAGE (CALIFORNIA AND CASTRO)
Saturday, May 4
|11 AM||Groovy Judy|
|1 PM||Google Dance Team|
|1:30 PM||Knee Deep|
Sunday, May 5
|11 AM||Blue House|
|1:30 PM||The Country Cougars|
|4 PM||The Hitmen|
STREET MUSICIAN LOCATIONS (Both Days)
|Jose Cabezas’ Ancient Winds (Evelyn/Castro)
Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band (Villa/Castro)
Bob Culbertson (Dana/Castro)
Mike Fair’s Drum Circle (Church/Castro)