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World Music Day (continued from page 27)
Still, the event retains its basic focus: music for free. Sometimes other musicians show up on their own and play, which Ezran says doesnâ€™t bother him as long as they donâ€™t infringe on the other musicians. There arenâ€™t booths or T-shirt tables or other promotions. This year, an iced-tea company approached Ezran about handing out samples, but he said that would be too commercial. â€œItâ€™s not what we do.â€? Ezran, who chairs Palo Altoâ€™s Human Relations Commission, hails from France and takes great pleasure in seeing how the â€œFĂŞte de la
Musiqueâ€? has spread from his native country â€” and within it. One year on World Music Day, he traveled to Paris and was pleasantly surprised to see that the festival had even taken hold in a terminal. â€œI landed at the airport and they were there, classical music.â€? N What: The free outdoor World Music Day festival returns to downtown Palo Alto. Where: More than 50 music and dance acts will perform outside, with University Avenue closed from High Street to Webster Street. Performers will also spread out south on Bryant and Ramona streets down to King Plaza at City Hall.
More swinging and singing Free summer concerts start up by Rebecca Wallace
f you tried to combine elements of all the bands set to play at free outdoor concerts in Palo Alto and Stanford this summer, you wouldnâ€™t even get halfway before the stage would be full. Youâ€™d have a boogie-woogie Hawaiian-Vivaldi-Motown ensemble with a wicked jazz drummer and a guy who sings like Mick Jagger and plays the piano with his feet. Itâ€™s probably good that the concert is free. Fortunately, all these bands get their own show times. As in years past, several al fresco concert series kick off locally in June. Itâ€™s the season of impromptu picnics and dancing in the grass. SFJAZZ brings its Summerfest to Stanford Shopping Center from June 14 through Aug. 16, holding shows on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel. Steve Lucky (who really can play with his feet) and The Rhumba Bums start the series with swing and jump blues on the 14th. Other performers include: the Stanford Jazz Workshop Faculty AllStars on June 21; the fusion-focused Citizen Rhythm Project on June 28; the Guitar Goddesses on July 5; and the Latin-jazz ensemble Project de Congueros on July 12. Go to sfjazz.org In Palo Altoâ€™s Town & Country Village center, bands play Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. under the oak trees near the Embarcadero Road entrance. Four are scheduled: the romantic Jules Broussard & Friends on July 11; the early-â€™60s California Beach Party on July 18; the Motown tribute band Top Shelf on July 25; and Double Funk Crunch on Aug. 1. Go to tandcvillage.com.
A recent album cover from the blues-gospel-soul band Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review, who will perform at Stanford Shopping Center on Aug. 16. The city of Palo Alto starts its annual Twilight Concert Series on June 30 with an Air Force musical ensemble. Concerts are at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 18, with June and July shows at Rinconada Park and August concerts in Mitchell Park. Other performers will include: the â€œhippieâ€? band Moonalice on July 14; the rock band Luce on July 21; jazz trombonist Wayne Wallace on Aug. 4; and The Unauthorized Rolling Stones on Aug. 11. Go to cityofpaloalto.org. Stanford Hospital holds its summer concert series at noon every other Tuesday from June 5 through Oct. 9 on the rear patio of the Cancer Center. Offerings include: Hawaiian music from Trader Vicâ€™s Survivor Band on June 5; classic jazz from Sound Circle on June 19; western swing by the Saddle Cats on July 3; and Caribbean music played by the Phil Hawkins Group on July 17. Call 650-725-2892. N
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Section 1 of the June 1, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly