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Fine Art in the Park features variety of entertainers

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 39th annual Fine Art in the Park show – scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Park – features a varied lineup of local talent.

Six live bands are slated to perform 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days at the bandstand.

Saturday’s performers include:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Los Altos High School Jazz Ensemble. Under the musical direction of Ted Ferrucci, the group will play music in the style of Count Basie and Stan Kenton.

“This is a top-notch high school band,” said John Sylvester, Fine Art in the Park entertainment director.

• 1-3 p.m.: Georgi and the Rough Week. The blues band features Georgi Sneckner-Longboya singing lead and her husband, Roland Longboya, playing guitar. The vocal stylings of Sneckner-Longboya may remind listeners of the late Janis Joplin, with a repertoire that includes the Joplin classic “Me and Bobby McGee.”

• 3-5 p.m.: The Jazz ConneXion. The trio will play tunes from the Great American Songbook and bossa-nova favorites, with vocals and saxophone by Sylvester, Bill Hocket on bass and Mike Schwartz on guitar. Sylvester said their rendition of “Body and Soul” is one of his favorites.

Sunday’s performers include:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Groovy Judy. A newcomer to Fine Art in the Park, Groovy Judy – a Jimi Hendrix-style singer and guitarist – will perform 1960s-era blues and jazz in addition to an assortment of original songs.

• 1-3 p.m.: Bossa Deep Groove. Members of the trio teach at the Community School of Music and the Arts, where they specialize in Brazilian jazz. Sylvester said show attendees should listen for their rendition of “Meditation” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Bossa Nova.”

“They’re very accomplished and inventive,” said Sylvester of Bossa Deep Groove.

• 3-5 p.m.: Charged Particles. The classically trained jazz group, featuring two Stanford University professors and a bassist, will play original compositions.

Percussionist Jon Krosnick is professor of psychology, Murray Low is professor of jazz piano and ensemble performance and Aaron Germain plays bass.

In addition to the selection of fine art available for purchase, Fine Art in the Park will offer face painting for children, “Roto-Bucks” for a chance to win $200 worth of art on both Saturday and Sunday, a raffle and the GreenTown Los Altos-sponsored bike valet service, with parking at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce on University Avenue.

As in past years, a free shuttle service will run from the Los Altos High School parking lot at 201 Almond Ave. to and from the show.

For more information, visit rotaryartshow.com.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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