Blockbuster Entertainment Lineup on the Recology Concert Stage at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
Big Saturday Evening into the Groove Dance Party Concert
with Powerhouse Party Band What The Funk!
Get ready: the greatest two days of live music Mountain View has ever experienced is coming. Two sensational days of live music throughout downtown transform the always buzzing with energy Castro Street into the Bay Area’s entertainment hot-spot during the city’s fantastically fun, monster shindig — Art & Wine Festival, September 7-8. The dynamite lineup features thirteen of the Bay Area’s best bands play a non-stop, wide-ranging musical mix on the Recology Concert Stage in Civic Center Plaza and all over the downtown area.
The fabulous lineup includes the big Saturday evening Into The Groove Dance Party (4:45 to 7 p.m.) featuring powerhouse party band What The Funk! plus a stellar bill with The Jesse Charles Band, Santana Tribute band Sacred Fire, Drive, Fog City Swampers, The Element, Blue House, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, John Clarke, Stephen Dreyfuss, EllaHarp, and Ancient Winds.
Recology Concert Stage (in Civic Center Plaza, Castro/Mercy)
Saturday, September 7
Blue House combines the talents of two longtime friends, acoustic guitarist Marlies de Veer and bass guitarist Amy Beasley who enjoy mixing a rocker's attitude with an acoustic sound, highlighted by their close-knit harmonies. They cover a sometimes mind-boggling eclectic mix of songs with an emphasis on FUN. They are joined by their good friend, Shelley Hoefer on percussion/drums.
The Fog City Swampers are a four piece cover band featuring female lead vocals and three part harmonies. The band has been rocking the Bay Area since 2003, and performs an eclectic song list of 60's to 80's hits by bands like CCR, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Journey, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads, Wilson Pickett, Queen, and so many more. This band is sure to get audiences of all ages out on the dance floor and singing along to every song!
Drive! is back after a five year hiatus. In 2019, Drive! founding member Ray Buyco (guitar, vocals) has gathered an all new team of seasoned veterans to produce a powerful groove-based quartet with a full vocal harmony sound. The improvisational approach of the band complete with searing guitar solos, dramatic musical dynamics, and in the moment impromptu song transitions, remain trademarks of the Drive! live performance. Additionally, the band’s repertoire continues to span the genres and the decades, covering artists ranging from Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Luke Bryan, to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, and Johnny Cash.
What The Funk! is an 11-piece powerhouse band formed in 2012. They’re guaranteed to bring down the house with their perfect mix of today’s hits, classic R&B, Soul, Pop and Funk. The Bay’s best party band, they cover a wide variety of artist such as; Rick James, Bruno Mars, The Weekend, Ariana Grande, DNCE, Prince, Various Motown artist, Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin just to name a few. You will also hear them pay tribute to the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire and The Gap Band!
Sunday, September 8
The Element combines learned musicianship with a youthful attitude. Providing a fun, passionate, energetic, danceable and highly musical show for its audience is job one for this band of seasoned professionals. The Element plays a wide variety of hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today with a delightful twist of their own personalities.
Sacred Fire is an award winning band (NECMA awards Best Latin band 2018) and always a showstopper. A blistering seven-piece Santana Tribute band, these accomplished performers know how to bring out the energy in a crowd and pull out all the stops with your favorite songs spanning the career of the Bay Area’s legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.
The Jesse Charles Band has something for everyone, from ‘50s crooners Sinatra and Elvis, ‘60s rockers Steppenwolf and Van Morrison, lively ‘70s hits from Abba and Earth, Wind and Fire, ‘80s pop favorites from Pat Benatar and Michael Jackson, as well as today’s top hits. Rock & Roll, Motown, Disco, Funk... and just plain FUN!
As you take in the art and delectable food and drink, 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.
An instrument like the harp doesn’t exactly inspire imagery of driving bass lines and mainstream appeal, and that’s what Bay Area based harpist, singer/songwriter Ella Dawn Jenkins, aka EllaHarp is working to change. Armed with a fresh take on contemporary blues, the musical lineage of composer/arranger Gordon Jenkins, and a unique instrument she designed for the purpose, EllaHarp is pushing the harp out of type-cast genre constraints and doing things differently. Her debut 2018 album "Who Asked You Back" blends folk roots with blues-y riffs and a splash of mainstream pop. Stripped down solo harp and voice meets electric guitar from Sam Eigen (Smash Mouth), creepy mythology meets attitude-laden break up songs, and the harp meets a whole new vault of possibilities.
Saxophonist and arranger Stephen Dreyfuss plays Tenor and Baritone with a flair for technique, whether playing in Jazz, Pop or Blues settings. In addition to his instrumental artistry, Stephen enjoys composing songs and singing as well.
IN CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
Saturday, September 7
|12:30pm||Fog City Swampers|
|4:45pm||What The Funk!|
Sunday, September 8
|1:30pm||Sacred Fire – Santana Tribute Band|
|3:45pm||The Jesse Charles Band|
STREET PERFORMER LOCATIONS (All Weekend)
|Ancient Winds (Evelyn Ave.)|
|John Clarke (Villa St.)|
|Bob Culbertson (Dana St.)|
|The GroWiser Band (California St.)|
|EllaHarp (Church St.)|
|Stephen Dreyfuss (High School Way)|