Spicy “Salsa Sunday” Heats Up the Music in Mountain View
This year’s entertainment lineup sizzles like never before with thirteen sensational Bay Area bands performing on stage and street throughout downtown at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street.
| Orquesta Borinquen
Ruckatan Latin Tribe
Pacific Soul Band
The Garage Band
Start your weekend out Saturday with the best dance and party music, classic rock covers, and a late 70s era pop favorite Foreigner tribute band to kick things off. Then get ready to bring the heat on “Salsa Sunday” two of the Bay Area’s top Latin bands – Orquesta Borinquen and Ruckatan Latin Tribe – bringing out the very best in the pulsating, vibrant, joyful Salsa sound.
Orquesta Borinquen is a Bay Area salsa band with many talents and much diversity, youth, passion, and soul. With seamless vocals, a sizzling horn section, driving percussion, and groovin’ bass, this band delivers a fresh, authentic sound that ranges from salsa dura to salsa romantic. Powerhouse trumpet Bill Ortega, Jr., leads the band with strength and pure determination for a flawless performance every time. Check them out and let their pure talent amaze you.
Experience the unique blend of Latin and reggae that is Ruckatan Latin Tribe. These seven musicians came together from their diverse backgrounds and found a common goal to reflect musically what is happening in the world. The grooves are heavy within the art of songwriting, bringing positive messages of hope in an upbeat, danceable world beat.
The Pacific Soul Band is your one-stop shop to party. With a passion for music and high-caliber entertainment, this veteran Milpitas group can cover any genre, including R&B, oldschool, funk, hip-hop, reggae, soul, soft rock, and top 40 dance tunes from the past to the present. Bring your dancing shoes and let the Pacific Soul Band light your fire.
Urgent brings all of the great classic rock of Foreigner to life in a fun and powerful way. This experienced band formerly known as the Dirty White Boys has made it their mission to bring back the authentic sound of Foreigner. With more than 70 million albums sold and dozens of top 40 hits, it’s clear that Foreigner deserves some tribute. Rock out to favorites like Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Juke Box Hero, and the namesake Urgent.
The Megatones have been rockin’ the Bay Area music scene for almost two decades with their unique dance medleys of contemporary rock classics. With a set list more than a mile long and spanning genres from rock, blues, reggae, modern, house, and R&B, the Megatones are sure to deliver some unexpected treasures. If you can dance to it, the Metagatones can play it, with tight vocal harmonies, gutsy guitar, and rock-steady rhythm to boot.
Yes, they really did start out in a garage, and for the last 30 years The Garage Band has been dedicated to helping people have a great time through music at every kind of corporate event, wedding, festival, club, and venue throughout the Bay Area and beyond. This cover band extraordinaire can play almost any popular tune desired from the 1950s to the present, and delivers every performance with the same fresh enthusiasm and professionalism.
Hubert Emerson & The Growiser Band
Beyond the stage, talented street musicians will be on-hand to entertain all weekend long.
Experience the haunting traditional melodies of the Andes with the music of Ancient Winds, led by Jose Cabezas. Played on an array of handcrafted reed flutes accompanied by strings, these traditional and contemporary works from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina transport you to faraway lands.
John Clarke is a gifted modern composer and performer of acoustic nylon string guitar. His compositions heavily influenced by music thorough out the world but especially Latin American and Spanish guitar traditions. Best known for his song "The Most Evolved" on Youtube which has garnered over 7 million view as of 2014. He also performs regularly for world famous Pier 39 in San Francisco. He has three self-produced cds to his credit–the latest of which feature master cajon player Josh Mellinger and virtuoso violinist Rob Hansen.
Bob Culbertson creates his music on a novel instrument known as the Chapman stick, a guitar-like stringed instrument designed to be tapped, not strummed or plucked. Culbertson has mastered the acoustic version of this instrument, displaying ferocious technique with the command of a virtuoso and capturing the rich warm sound of the instrument.
The GroWiser Band plays music to feed the inner spirit. Called a “San Francisco gem,” Hubert Emerson has been moving audiences with his unique mixture of soul, jazz, blues, and reggae for more than 15 years. Coupled with Sahar Miller’s distinctive saxophone, it is music to slow down for and savor.
Performing on the pan flutes and guitar simultaneously, Oscar Reynolds has played professionally for more than 40 years. His repertoire blends Bolivian music with Spanish guitar, Afro-Peruvian and world beat, and Brazilian jazz.
Renowned harpist Aryeh Frankfurter’s arrangements of classic Celtic folk songs are deeply emotive and masterfully played and have captivated his audience at every performance.
Al Fabrizio and his partner Hugo Wainzinger of HeartStrings Music are sure to touch hearts with their beautiful string ensemble, featuring Fabrizio’s expressive “tremolo” style on the Neapolitan mandolin.
MUSIC STAGE IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
Saturday, September 12
|11:00 AM to 1:00 PM —||Pacific Soul|
|1:30 PM to 3:15 PM —||Urgent|
|3:45 PM to 5:45 PM —||The Megatones|
Sunday, September 13
|11:00 AM to 1:00 PM —||The Garage Band|
|1:30 PM to 3:15 PM —||Orquesta Borinquen|
|3:45 PM to 5:45 PM —||Ruckatan Latin Tribe|
STREET MUSICIAN LOCATIONS (All Weekend)
|Ancient Winds (Evelyn Ave.)|
|John Clarke (Villa St.)|
|Bob Culbertson (Dana St.)|
|Emerson (California St.)|
|Oscar Reynolds (California St.)|
|Aryeh Frankfurter (Church St.)|
|HeartStrings Music (High School Way)|