Local teen band to perform Sunday: Ana and the MRI set to hit the Community Plaza Stage

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Ana and the MRI – featuring Mountain View High School students Isabella Scotti, from left, Melissa Pinkner and Rachel Owstrowski – is scheduled to perform at the festival for the first time.

Local band Ana and the MRI is scheduled to perform at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the Community Plaza Stage.

The indie-folk band, comprised of Mountain View High School seniors, came up with its unusual name by accident - or because of one. Band members Melissa Pinkner, Rachel Owstrowski and Isabella Scotti said they had been struggling to choose a name for months after deciding to form a band in January 2017.

Thinking back to the first time they had played together to cheer up their friend Ana as she awaited her MRI results, they jokingly suggested "Ana and the MRI." They began to consider the name more seriously after realizing that MRI is the combination of the initials of their first names, and ended up settling on it as the name for their band.

Along with its name, the group’s image as an all-girl band sets it apart from many other musical acts. Guitarist Owstrowski said they have grown to accept and embrace the "girl power" label, as there is no way to avoid it.

The members also acknowledged that they’ve faced a lot of skepticism about their ability to write and perform their own songs as teens. However, bassist Scotti said that instead of taking the judgment negatively, the trio can use it as motivation to work harder and surprise their audience by demonstrating their skills.

Owstrowski and singer Pinkner often propose the concepts for their songs, but they usually evolve once the trio practices them together.

Although this is the band’s first time performing at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, it will not be their first festival show. Last year, the group played at the Los Altos Fall Festival and the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival.

Pinkner won’t be performing with the group Sunday, so Owstrowski and Scotti will play as a duo.

For more information on the band, visit Facebook or YouTube and type "Ana and the MRI" in the search field. s

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