Two full days of dynamite music for fans of all musical styles transform downtown Mountain View into the Bay Area’s entertainment mecca during the Art & Wine Festival, September 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street. Thirteen big-name bands with all the moves and all the grooves play a wide-ranging musical mix on stage and street. Dance the day away to pulsating salsa, soulful Motown, rhythm and blues, contemporary country, classic rock ‘n roll, jazz, world-beat, Americana, disco and party music.
We’re turning up the heat on “Salsa Sunday” starting at 1 pm with Salsa dance lessons and a contest sponsored by Cheryl Burke Dance followed by two of the Bay Area’s top Latin bands – Orquesta Borinquen and Ruckatan Latin Tribe – bringing their own spicy flavor of salsa, Reggae, and Caribbean tunes from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on the main stage in Civic Center Plaza.
Orquesta Borinquen features some of the youngest and most talented musicians in the Bay Area salsa scene today. Lead by Bill Ortega Sr. and directed by his son Bill Ortega Jr., Borinquen always puts on an electrifying show and then some. With outstanding vocals, tight horns, and driving rhythm section, Borinquen is one of the few bands who can range from salsa dura to salsa romantica in an authentic fashion, with a twist of Latin funk and soul.
Ruckatan Latin Tribe brings their original world music to the scene that generates positive energy and spirit to their many fans. The seven members have all contributed to the local Latin rock scene in the Bay Area and internationally and hail from three different continents, infusing the band with their own unique cultural heritage. The unique fusion of Latin and reggae will get everyone off their feet and swaying to the Caribbean beats.
Tennessee River was formed in January of 2002 with the idea of bringing back and paying tribute to one of the most influential and vocally dynamic country bands of our time – Alabama. Tennessee River combines the essence of Alabama with their own unique sound and live show to produce both a visual and audible feast that is sure to please audiences of all ages and all walks of life — from traditional country diehards to hard-core pop and rock fanatics alike.
Pinky Rideau & Blind Resistance offers up a Blues Plate Special array of music that you won't forget. You can bet on hearing toe-tapping, hip-shaking, earth-quaking blues from all sub genres, including gospel, rock, delta, Chicago, East Coast, West Coast, swing, country, R&B, and maybe even a little back porch blues. Pinkie's writing style ranges from songs about prison to songs about love, and Blind Resistance serves up the heat that she needs to cook and sizzle.
The Houserockers are a 10-piece rock & soul band from Los Gatos with a wailing five piece horn section and rock solid rhythm section. Known for their eclectic, high energy set lists, the Houserockers bring the music of the Rolling Stones, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Van Morrison, and much more to life. Fusing elements of rock, blues, funk, 60's soul and R&B, the band turns every performance into a house party.
The Paciﬁc Soul Band offers a unique blend of genres, covering music from R&B, old-school, funk, hip-hop, reggae, neo-soul, soft rock, and Top 40 dance tunes from the past and present. A majority of the band is related and has been playing music together for several years, with ties to the neighborhoods of North Milpitas and East San Jose.
Beyond the stage, the Bay Area’s best performers will be taking their music to the streets throughout downtown to entertain festivalgoers throughout the weekend.
Ancient Winds, led by Jose Cabezas, plays the traditional and contemporary folk music of the Andes mountain region, which includes the countries of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Their vibrant, mysterious, and moving music touches the hearts of all.
Headed by brothers Ferris and Torin Martinez, Glitterface has cultivated a devoted fan base with the exciting and unique blend of acoustic, jazz, and hip-hop they bring to originals and covers. Hear for yourself why this band's innovative rhythms and superb vocal harmonies are making them one of the hottest, up and coming acts in the Bay Area.
Bob Culbertson is a virtuoso of the Chapman Stick who has spent more than 30 years cultivating his unique sound. His combination of expression, technique and musical emotion is like nothing heard before. The sound of the stick is transcending, and the visual of the musician playing the instrument truly captivating.
Hubert 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.” His rich voice and masterful keyboard playing is a real treat for music lovers.
Oscar Reynolds is perhaps best recognized for playing the Bolivian pan flutes and guitar simultaneously, displaying tight control and a stream of emotions into his complex runs. His music unveils the cultural wealth of Bolivian music influenced by the life experiences of this composer, master flutist, and guitarist.
Since 1994, Aryeh Frankfurter has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring, and evocative music. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his multi-instrumentalist abilities, and his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording, and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.
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.
For information and the complete schedule, please visit the festival website (see below link).
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