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Smashing sounds Smashing sounds (May 13, 2005)

Downtown rocks, boogies and sways during festival

More than great art and good eats, downtown Mountain View's A La Carte & Art will also be serving up some of the best music around. The music stage will be home to groups ranging from folk rock to boogie-woogie to classic '60s rock, while street performers will entertain festival-goers with jazz, Andean folk music, and rhythm and blues. The festival takes place May 21-22 on Castro Street.

Acoustic folk-rock classics and originals from Saturday's opening band Blue House are sure to get the festivities off to a great start. Blue House has shared the bill with a variety of acclaimed performers ranging from Phish to kd lang. The group is made up of dynamic duo Marlies de Veer and Amy Beasley, two musician/songwriters who have won over a devoted following in the Bay Area with their original songs as well as favorites from artists like Patsy Cline and No Doubt. The Invasion, an East Bay '60s rock cover band, will bring you back to the glory days of rock and roll. The foursome features Albert Cozzette and Jesse Craig on guitar, Alek Dorian on bass, and Jeff Madrid on drums. Their youthful enthusiasm brings new life to classics from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and other British-invasion legends with songs like "Hard Day's Night," "Satisfaction" and "My Generation." Finally, with over 15 years in the music scene, NiteCry is extremely tight, with a dance-till-you-drop rhythm section, powerful and precise emotionally packed solos, a strong and soulful lead vocalist, beautiful multi-part vocal harmonies and a kick-ass horn section. Their original music and favorites from the rock, soul and blues archives are sure to get the audience to their feet.

On Sunday, get ready to boogie to the tunes of Regi Rockinelli and Steve Dore of the Woogiemen. When these two boogie-woogie maniacs get together on their dueling pianos, you'd better watch out. Once they hit the stage, their driving boogie rhythms on everything from rock and roll classics to original tunes have been known to inspire dancing on the spot. Tuxedo Park Dance Band is dressed to impress and playing to thrill. The focus of the band is talented and dynamic lead singer Tamera Wright, who can belt any tune, from Christina Aguilara to Etta James. They play it all: Glenn Miller, Elvis Presley, The Temptations, AC/DC, Prince, Smashmouth, Ricky Martin, No Doubt -- their play list appeals to all generations.

Finally, get ready to rock and roll with the Silicon Valley Houserockers, a Los Gatos band that brings the timeless rock and roll classics to life. Whether it's the opening riff of the Stones' "Satisfaction," the undeniable groove of "Mustang Sally" or the driving rhythm of Santana's "Smooth," the Houserockers have the recipe for a great time. Add a healthy dose of honky tonk piano, swirling organ, driving drums, twanging guitars, thumping bass and the richest, hottest horn section you've ever heard, and you've got one hell of a party.

Besides the main stage, the festival will be alive with music from a host of talented street performers. Enjoy the original compositions of classical and soft jazz from Dreamroad, a San Mateo trio made up of a flutist, keyboardist and dulcimer player. Richmond musician Jose Cabezas of Ancient Winds will also be gracing the festival with his traditional Ecuadorian folk music and original compositions. Cabezas plays these haunting yet uplifting melodies on guitars and his own handcrafted flutes. Or enjoy original rhythm and blues, soft jazz and funk from the Growiser Band featuring Emerson.
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE MAIN STAGE (CALIFORNIA AND CASTRO) Saturday, May 21 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Blue House 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- The Invasion 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- NiteCry
Sunday, May 22 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Woogiemen 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Tuxedo Park 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- The Silicon Valley Houserockers
Street Locations Ancient Winds (Villa/Castro) Dreamroad (Dana/Castro) Growiser Band featuring Emerson (Mercy/Castro)


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