Town Crier Staff Report
Performing classic rock to dance music, a range of Bay Area artists and bands are scheduled to perform on the two stages at the 40th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine festival. Below is a rundown of who’s performing, where and when.
Top Shelf Big Band, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Top Shelf Big Band, a 17-piece jazz and swing band from South San Francisco, plays music from the 1930s to the 1960s by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and Count Basie. The band also performs songs from more contemporary bands such as Gordon Goodwin and Louis Dowdeswell.
For more information on Top Shelf Big Band, visit topshelfbigband.com.
Country Cougars, 3-5 p.m.
Country Cougars is a five-piece band that performs country music from several time periods. They have covered artists such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert, along with Johnny Cash, Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn.
For more information on Country Cougars, visit countrycougars.com.
Take 2, 6-8 p.m.
Take 2 is an eight- to 11-piece dance band that performs regularly at Pebble Beach and in San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Lake Tahoe and throughout the Bay Area. Take 2 performs a wide variety of genres, from classic rock to blues and dance, from artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and other pop and R&B chart-toppers.
For more information on Take 2, visit take2danceband.com.
Michael Beck, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Singer and songwriter Michael Beck performs on the Northern California country circuit and at rodeos, festivals and casinos. Influenced by Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks and Jason Aldean, Beck writes and performs his own country music, including his latest single "Our Side" and recent EP "Countin’ on Tennessee," available on iTunes, Spotify and other music retailers.
For more information on Michael Beck, visit michaelbeckmusic.com.
The Cocktail Monkeys, 2-3:30 p.m.
One part pop, two parts R&B and three parts rock ’n’ roll, The Cocktail Monkeys return to the festival to play popular music from today and yesteryear. Performing music from artists Blondie, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Heart, Queen, Pink, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Elle King, Katy Perry and Joan Jett, The Cocktail Monkeys play an assortment of classic and modern hits.
For more information on The Cocktail Monkeys, visit thecocktailmonkeys.com.
The Houserockers, 4-6 p.m.
A regular at the festival, The Houserockers, a 10-piece band from Los Gatos, perform a fusion of rock, blues, funk, 1960s soul and R&B. The Houserockers play hit songs from artists and bands like The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and Van Morrison. This show marks The Houserockers’ 10th performance at the festival.
For more information on The Houserockers, visit svhouserockers.com.
Jazz ConneXion, 10-11:30 a.m.
Jazz ConneXion is a local band that plays jazz, standards, bop and blues. The band has performed at private parties, charitable and corporate affairs, and other events and venues. The five-man group includes Los Altos resident Dale Nesbitt, John Sylvester, Bill Hockett, Mike Schwartz and Giovanni Malloy. To learn more about the band, see the feature on page 35.
For more information on Jazz ConneXion, visit facebook.com/JazzConneXionSF.
Steve Kritzer, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Returning to the festival, Steve Kritzer is a seasoned singer-songwriter who writes and performs music influenced by a large variety of sources, including Celtic, bluegrass, traditional folk, country and rock. Kritzer also works as a recording artist, producer, studio musician and band member.
For more information on Steve Kritzer, visit stevekritzer.com.
Mary Ellen Duell, 2-3:30 p.m.
Mary Ellen Duell has been singing with The Garage Band for more than two decades, and she is a regular at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival. Having started singing at the age of 12, Duell is an experienced performer, both live and in the studio.
For more information on Duell, visit facebook.com/maryellen.duell.
Randy Sauro, 4-6 p.m.
Randy Sauro is a singer and guitarist who performs solo, as a duo with Chris Beveridge and in his own band of three, the RSB (Randy Sauro Band). He plays music from a diverse set of genres, including rock, R&B, funk, reggae and Motown.
For more information on Randy Sauro, visit randysauromusic.com.
Deb Thacker, noon
to 1:30 p.m.
Deb Thacker is a performer and singer-songwriter from the Bay Area influenced both by her mom’s collection of standards and by her dad’s love for country. She has previously performed at festivals, weddings and private events.
For more information on Thacker, visit debmusic.com.
Blue House, 2-3:30 p.m.
San Jose-based Blue House combines a rocker’s attitude with a folk acoustic/electric approach. Blue House, featuring Marlies de Veer, Amy Beasly and Brian Loud, has shared the bill with a variety of performers, ranging from Phish to k.d. lang, and the band has played in all kinds of venues, from concert halls to coffee houses.
For more information on Blue House, visit bluehouseband.com.
Michelle Lambert, 4-6 p.m.
Returning to the festival, Michelle Lambert is an indie-pop artist and singer-songwriter who plays the electro-acoustic violin, wielding it in classic-rock goddess mode. Formerly based in Nashville and now in California, Lambert performs original music focused on emotion and energy, influenced by Ed Sheeran, Adele, Amy Winehouse and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
For more information on Michelle Lambert, visit michellelambert.com.
- Compiled by Keshav Singh