Mountain View Voice

- May 13, 2011

Entertainment sizzles at Mountain View festival KFOX Hosts Classic Rock Stage

Downtown Mountain View will be gettin' its groove on as some of the biggest names on the Bay Area music scene perform at A La Carte & Art Festival, May 21-22 on Castro Street. There's something for every musical taste, from African drumming and romantic Italian mandolin to classic rock-and-roll cover bands, high-energy dance music, and the best of rhythm and blues.

The music of the Mystic Pilots can best be described as a mix of rock and jazz influenced by great artists such as Sting, Steely Dan, B.B. King and more. Carlos Castaņeda's 25-year success as a bandleader and composer in Northern California makes the Mystic Pilots shine. In concert, The Mystic Pilots also feature the talents of vocalist Lindsey Barrow and Santa Cruz keyboard legend Steve Czarnecki. This is a concert level band on the way up. So come on out and rock!

For almost 20 years now, The Megatoneshave delivered their unique dance medleys of contemporary rock classics to groovin' guys and gals throughout Northern California. Their crystal vocal harmonies, ripping solos, and compelling beats keep everyone dancing, and their diverse range includes rock, blues, reggae, modern, house, and R&B. You never know what they'll play next, only that their energy will pull you out to the dance floor once again. No wonder they were named KFOX Last Band Standing winner for best Bay Area cover band.

Drive! calls themselves "the hardest working band in the Bay Area," and their only goal is the complete satisfaction of their audience. For almost the last decade, this San Jose band has been delivering the best funk, rock and R&B tunes at some of the hottest local joints, all played with the highest level of musicianship. The band specializes in putting a custom twist to current and classic hits, showcasing lead vocalist Ray Lallana's powerful voice and the improvised solos by lead guitarist Ray Buyco. Drawing their inspiration from groups as diverse as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, the Grateful Dead, and B.B. King, Drive! will do whatever it takes to get you on your feet, singing and dancing along.

In a new twist, the Bay Area's legendary classic rock station, KFOX 98.5 FM/102.1 FM, hosts the Classic Rock Stage on Sunday. One of the station's popular deejays — Greg Kihn, Tim Jeffreys, Big Rick Stuart or Laurie Roberts — will make a surprise guest appearance to host the stage. The lineup for Sunday's KFOX Classic Rock Stage will knock your sock off ...

The Ones may be known for classic rock, but they are not above an occasional slide into jammin' blues and psychedelia. These guys love to find great songs that nobody plays and put their own spin on them, surprising an audience with an obscure classic, an instantly recognizable song that maybe you'd forgotten about or never thought you'd hear a band play live. Of course, these seasoned musicians also play all your favorite classic rock hits from the late 60's and 70's.

The Cocktail Monkeys are one of the hottest dance bands around. Lead singer Renee Leininger is a powerhouse with her dynamic vocals, and the group's song list showcases her talent, whether it's capturing the heart and soul of Ann Wilson on her version of Heart's "Crazy On You," or nailing down Selena's medley of disco classics like "I Will Survive," "Funky Town," and "Last Dance." Leininger is backed by screaming Mark St. John on guitar, explosive Bobby Asea on bass and rock steady Will Diamond on drums. The band tears it up on numbers like "Dancing In The Streets," "Chain Of Fools," and "Mustang Sally" and is guaranteed to have everyone dancing up a storm.

Get your groove on with the Groove Kings. These guys are the masters of get down, funky town, smooth groove party music. They play all the favorites, like Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get it On," and Santana's "Smooth" just to name a few. Each member of the Groove Kings is an accomplished showman and musician, hailing from legendary Bay Area bands such as Daddy-O, the Heartbeats and NiteCry. From their soaring multi-part harmonies, virtuoso instrumental performances and taut arrangements, the Groove Kings never fail to satisfy their audience wherever they play.

Beyond the main stage, enjoy the sounds of street musicians throughout festival, like the original jazz and blues tunes from the Emerson Growiser Band. Emerson is a natural, self-taught musician and a San Francisco gem. His unique sound comes from exposure to both Caribbean and European music genres, as well as American soul music, producing what some have called "Moody Blues with heart and soul."

Shake it up with the RhythmShakerz. This group of percussionists beat a variety of West African drums to create melodic grooves and world rhythms. The RhythmShakerz have performed locally for years, bringing smiles everywhere they go.

Jose Cabezas of Ancient Winds wows audiences with his beautiful music of the Andes, from traditional Ecuadorian folk music to his own original compositions. Cabezas plays these haunting yet uplifting melodies on guitars and his own handcrafted flutes.

Take a musical journey to old Italy with Heartstrings Music, featuring Al Fabrizio on mandolin and Hugo Wainzinger on guitar. The pair plays romantic, easy listening, Italian melodies including tarantellas, polkas and traditional ethnic heartfelt ballads.

Bob Culbertson is one of the original pioneers of the Chapman Stick, a guitar-like stringed instrument designed to be tapped, not strummed or plucked. Called, "The Segovia of the Stick" by the instrument's maker, Emmit Chapman, Culbertson is a virtuoso, delivering the sound of the Stick in its purest form and an exhilarating listening experience.

Entertainment Schedule

MAIN STAGE

(California and Castro)

Saturday, May 21

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Mystic Pilots

1:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — The Megatones

4 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Drive!

Sunday, May 22

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Ones

1:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — The Cocktail Monkeys

4 a.m. to 6 p.m. — The Groove Kings

Street Musician Locations:

Ancient Winds (Evelyn/Castro), RhythmShakerz (Villa/Castro, Sat.

only), Bob Culbertson (Dana/Castro), HeartStrings Music

(California/Castro), Emerson (Mercy/Castro).

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