Takin’ It to the Streets in Downtown Mountain View –– Magnificent Music Lineup Set For Festival
Saturday Soul Train Dance Party Concert With Pacific Soul Band
Plus Salsa Sunday With Ruckatan and Caravanserai
Get ready: the greatest two days of music Mountain View has ever experienced is coming. Two sensational days of sizzlin’ Salsa, rhythm and blues, classic rock ‘n roll, cool jazz, Motown soul, world-beat, Celtic folk and danceable party music transform downtown Mountain View into the Bay Area’s entertainment hot-spot during the Art & Wine Festival, September 9-10 on Castro Street. Twelve of the Bay Area’s best bands play a non-stop, wide-ranging musical mix on the Linked-In Concert Stage in Civic Center Plaza and several street locations throughout downtown.
This year’s dynamite music lineup includes the big Saturday Soul Train Dance Party (4:45-7 p.m.) featuring the powerhouse Pacific Soul Band, the return of smash-hit Salsa Sunday with Caravanserai and Ruckatan plus a stellar bill with Cisco Kid – War Tribute, the Johnny Neri Band, Blue House, The Element, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, HeartStrings Music, John Clarke and Ancient Winds.
Blue House will kick things off on Saturday 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 start the day.
The Johnny Neri Band pays tribute to the greatest rock bands from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. They play vintage popular hits that consistently amaze audiences all over the Bay Area. The band performs yearly at Levi Stadium for many 49er games. Johnny Neri is a flat-out great entertainer – he can sing in four octaves and play several instruments. Johnny’s soulful rock vocals send tingles down your spine and will consistently get the audience up on their feet dancing!
Bring your dancing shoes for the big Saturday Soul Train Dance Party (4:45-7 p.m.). Pacific Soul Band, a 10-piece powerhouse of talent, will rock you to the core with funk, old school rock, pop, Top 40 tunes. This sensational Bay Area-based family band is mentored by musicians from Earth, Wind & Fire and Sheila E.
The Element’s spot-on vocals and flawless musicianship will make you feel like you’re dancing in front of pop and rock royalty from the ’70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. With a wireless mic, the roaming lead singer will keep you entertained, along with bandleader Ray Buyco’s searing guitar solos.
Salsa Sunday kicks into high gear with Caravanserai. Now in the midst of its Twentieth Anniversary Tour, Caravanserai has established itself as the most widely known Santana Tribute band in the country. This is the group the San Jose Metro declared “The Top Santana Tribute” and the San Francisco Examiner called “The Country’s Pre-eminent Santana Tribute Band,” and radio DJ, Wayne Coy declared “The Greatest Santana Tribute in the World” on the air at KKIQ 101.7 in the Bay Area. Originally a replication of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Santana’s legendary early days, Caravanserai has grown to include material from all eras of Santana’s 47-year history. The Caravanserai show explosively recreates the rhythms, drive and the atmosphere of sounds that have made Santana a mainstay in the history of Rock Music for the past five decades!
Ruckatan Latin Tribe, a fusion of Latin and Reggae, will close out Salsa Sunday with their dance-oriented Latin, Caribbean and World music-inspired rhythms. The perfect close to a high-energy day, this uplifting 7-piece band includes members from three different continents who love to share their culture and celebrate life with their original music.
STREET PERFORMER LOCATIONS
As you take in the art and delectable eats, be sure to find these talented street musicians at various spots around the festival.
Get transported to the lush Andes of Ecuador with the haunting traditional flute playing of Ancient Winds. This family-filled quintet is led by Jose Cabezas who hand-carves all the flutes and composes many of songs.
John Clarke Trio
John Clarke’s beautiful Spanish classical acoustic guitar playing will stop you in your tracks. It did just that to his bandmates, Josh Melligner (cajon) and Rob Hansen (violin). After the three met while individually playing on the streets of San Francisco, they decided to form a trio.
An early adopter of the Chapman Stick, Bob Culbertson is known worldwide for his unique playing technique which allows him to play the bass line, chords and melody simultaneously. With his great compositional talent, he has sold over 100,000 albums. Come by and listen to his intriguing blend of light jazz, folk, blues, Spanish-influenced classical, as well as contemporary and traditional music.
The GroWiser Band
The feel-good tunes of this soulful group are known for inspiring audiences with their uplifting messages of hope and peace. Hubert Emerson leads the group with his son on drums and his daughter on piano. Joe Lococo plays the guitar and Sahar Miller sings when she’s not wailing on her saxophone.
Tickle your heart strings with these two love song gurus – Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger. Their beautiful string ensembles, featuring Fabrizio’s expressive “tremolo” style on the Neapolitan mandolin, will make you swoon.
IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
Saturday, September 9
|12:30pm||The Johnny Neri Band|
|2:15pm||Cisco Kid - War Tribute|
|4:45pm||Pacific Soul (Soul/R&B)|
Sunday, September 10
STREET PERFORMER LOCATIONS (All Weekend)
|Ancient Winds (Evelyn Ave.)|
|John Clarke (Villa St.)|
|Bob Culbertson (Dana St.)|
|The GroWiser Band (California St.)|
|HeartStrings Music (High School Way)|