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Entertainment options abound at Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival


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Musical entertainment is scheduled on two stages at this weekends 33rd annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.

The 33rd annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival features an array of musical entertainment on its two stages. Six acts are scheduled to perform on the Walgreens Main Stage and another six on the Community Plaza Stage, sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union. Admission is free.

Here’s a rundown of who’s playing where and when.

Walgreens Main Stage

Saturday

MamaLuke! 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Covering classic rock from the 1960s to the present, MamaLuke! boasts five seasoned musicians: Ken Byars (singer), Ron Cataldo (guitar), Chris Rossi (guitar), David Kanel (bass) and Reuben Lujan (drums). The Bay Area band prides itself on performing high-energy shows that get crowds on their feet.

The Megatones, 3-5 p.m.

For approximately 20 years, the Megatones have delivered dance medleys of contemporary rock classics from the likes of Chris Isaak, Green Day, INXS and the Doors. The Bay Area band is known for its vocal harmonies, solos and contagious beats. The Megatones include Harry (lead vocals and guitar), Dick Sillman (Hammond organ, piano, synthesizers), Ken Stollman (bass), Mike Sult (guitar) and Mike Wills (drums).

Sage, 6-8 p.m.

Together since 1969, Sage is an eight-piece band that plays popular rhythm and blues, funk and soul songs. Based in San Jose, Sage has played nightclubs, concerts, dances, weddings and other events, covering top-40 hits by the likes of Chicago, Huey Lewis and The News, Kenny Loggins, Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Paul Simon and Phil Collins.

Sunday

The Cruzers, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Formerly known as PT & The Cruzers, the experienced rock band has shared billing with renowned acts such as Starship, Edgar Winter, The Guess Who, Blue Oyster Cult and Eddie Money. The Cruzers comprises Harold Martin (bass and vocals), Andy Thrall (drums and vocals), Rick Spitaleri (keyboards and vocals) and Randy Sauro (guitar). The band covers songs from artists such as Santana, Rick James, Van Morrison and Rod Stewart.

Divas of the Decades, 2-4 p.m.

Mary Ellen Duell and Amanda Dieck are the Divas of the Decades, paying tribute to popular and innovative female pop and rock vocalists. Together for more than two decades, they not only sing hits by Madonna, Linda Ronstadt, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Gwen Stefani and Heart, but they also dress like them. The Garage Band backs them up.

The Houserockers, 4:30-6 p.m.

The rock ’n’ roll and soul cover band specializes in songs considered among the greatest ever recorded. The Los Gatos-based group includes Al Gonzalez (trumpet), Jon Hassan (baritone sax), Paul Kent (guitar and vocals), Mark Proudfoot (trombone), Roger Levinson (trumpet and vocals), Nick Chargin (keyboards and vocals), Michael Mendoza (sax), Randy Sauro (guitar and vocals), Joe Rizzi (drums and vocals) and Steve Strom (bass and vocals).

Community Plaza Stage

Saturday

Steve Kritzer, noon to 1:30 p.m.

A man of many talents, Kritzer has performed at festivals, concerts, bars and coffeehouses throughout the United States and Europe. He is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, producer, studio musician, band member, teacher and worship leader. Kritzer is as comfortable with Celtic and bluegrass music as he is with traditional folk, country, rock and swing, often blending these influences with his own ideas.

Blue House, 2-3:30 p.m.

The Northern California-based acoustic rock duo has shared the bill with popular performers such as Phish and k.d. lang. Blue House features Marlies de Veer (singer, guitarist and songwriter) and Amy Beasley (singer, bass guitarist and songwriter), who blend two-part harmonies and acoustic rock with folk music. They share lead vocals and play an array of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, keyboards and accordion. Blue House’s influences include Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls.

Fred McCarty, 4-6 p.m.

Southern-raised McCarty is an award-winning country musician who has composed more than 300 songs. He has appeared with Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels. McCarty’s influences include Roy Orbison, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Sr.

Sunday

Deb Thacker, noon to 1:30 p.m.

From acoustic easy listening to dancing, Bay Area-based Thacker plays a wide variety of songs. As a live performer, she goes by “Digital Deb” and plays guitar accompanied by backing tracks she recorded.

Fenny & Rossi, 2-3:30 p.m.

South Bay acoustic duo Fenny & Rossi perform roots, blues, folk and Americana music. Singer/guitarist Mike Rossi has written more than 60 songs, aiming to capture the essence of today’s working-class heroes. Mark Fenny has been called “the gold standard of the harmonica” by rock musician/radio DJ Greg Kihn.

The Woogie Men, 4-6 p.m.

Steve Dore and Regi Rockinelli, who make up The Woogie Men, play dueling pianos. They perform rock ’n’ roll classics and original tunes. The boogie-woogie enthusiasts encourage the crowd to dance to their upbeat music.

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