First Friday: June 6th, 6pm-9pm
Every First Friday you can…
- Visit participating shops and galleries for discounts, free gifts with purchases or other in-store specials
- Enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats
- Listen to live performances at various locations in downtown
- Interested in being a performer? Contact Jamie Lucia for more details
Come to the “Concert on the Green” featuring The Houserockers! (6-7:30pm)
This First Friday there will be a free concert on the State Street Green featuring KFOX Radio’s “Best Cover Band in the Bay Area”, The Houserockers. Known for their eclectic, high energy set lists that brings the music of The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Van Morrison and much more to life. Fusing elements of rock, blues, funk, 60’s soul and R & B – this 10 piece band turns every performance into a house party. Get to First Friday early to Rock & Soul the night away with The Houserockers from 6-7:30pm! This event is sponsored by the City of Los Altos and Passerelle Investment Company.
Other performances by…
37th Parallel (Chase Bank, 199 Main Street)
37th Parallel is a rock band based out of the San Francisco Bay Area in Mountain View, California. While playing at different locations around the South Bay they keep the music of previous generations alive by covering bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Cheap Trick and many others. 37th Parallel is currently writing an album and are performing their newest material at almost all of their gigs. They also keep a Facebook page, Twitter, and YouTube Channel up and running so check it out!
Catherine Rose (Village Stationers, 222 Main Street)
Catherine Rose, of Ghost in the Canyon, is an LA based psychedelic folk singer that specializes in dreamy soundscapes and ear candy melodies on a foundation of organic folk. Ghost in the Canyon’s debut EP, Morning, is a simultaneously joyful and melancholy exploration of time, fate, and spiritual realms. Shining vocal harmonies echo Crosby Stills and Nash while the musicianship of each member is evident in the tight grooves inspired by Fleetwood Mac. Of the album, Jack Keller of IndieU writes: “the EP fantastically excites as it leaves the listener wanting more. With the combination of her mesmeric voice and organic musical accompaniment, Ghost in the Canyon’s foray into the industry sets the tone of the artist she is and wishes to be”.
Lingonberry Aires (Bubble Kids, 220 Main Street)
Comprised of a vocalist-guitarist, guitarist-bassist, trumpeter, clarinetist-trombonist, and drummer, The Lingonberry Aires play a mix of jazz standards and more recent pop tunes that will delight those who love the American songbook and its eclectic offspring.
Fully Funded (Costume Bank, 169 State Street)
Fully-Funded is a frequent performer for First Friday. They are a cover band that plays a wide selection of music across many genres including classic rock, 70s, disco, jazz, and pop music. All of the members live in Los Altos. The band plays monthly at local Los Altos establishments like Maltby’s and First & Main, as well as private parties and corporate events.
Larry & Carla (Linden Tree, 265 State Street)
Two handbell musicians – formerly too many miles apart, but now together! They met on the online Handbell Community in 2007… and on Facebook in 2009. Larry was in California, and Carla was 6,000 miles away, in England. After far too many months in a long-distance relationship, their K-1 visa was granted in May 2012 and they were wed in that September. Check out their rendition of an Arabian Dance.
The Potentials (Community Plaza)
The Potentials are a local classic rock cover band. They play mostly rock and blues music from the classic vinyl era (60’s and 70’s) and some more contemporary rock and pop music. Their members include Yvonne Aguilar (lead vocals and guitar), Geoff Cotton (lead guitar), Bill Meyer (bass), Guy Lalonde (drums), Dave Spring (piano), and Los Altos resident Bill James (keys and vocals)
The Sunday Seven (Le Boulanger, 301 State Street)
The “Sunday Seven” have been playing music together for 5 years and consists of members of 4 accordions, 1 tuba, 1 percussionist, and sometimes a clarinet and recorder. All of the musicians are members of the Silicon Valley Accordion Society. They play for Italian Festivals, Octoberfests, Holiday festivities, and also entertain at the Silicon Valley Accordion Society several times each year. The Sunday Seven mostly perform polkas, waltzes, German and Italian music, as well as some popular music. They love playing music together and have fun entertaining others.
Mollie Thompson (Know Knew Books, 366 State Street)
This local musician enjoys performing jazz from the great American songbook at private events and benefits, local senior centers, area schools and libraries. She performs George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berling and other great American composers and presents music history at elementary schools. Mollie performs in local musical theater productions and recently was in “Some Like it Hot” and played Agnes Gooch in “Mame.” Mollie has sung with many rock and jazz bands in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Mollie along with Scott Vanderlip enjoys performing at community venues like the Westwind Barn and Hidden Villa, and Mollie and Scott recently directed “The Music Man” at Egan Junior High School.
Scott Vanderlip (Know Knew Books, 366 State Street)
This performer from Los Altos enjoys and shares his love of music in a variety of ways with the community. As a piano and guitar player, and vocalist, he performs locally for some seasonal and often kid related performances in the area. He has also helped to direct several local school and backyard musical productions and can be always found assisting the girl and boy scouts at senior homes for holiday concerts or other local events. For several years, he was a music docent for Music for Minors teaching K-3 students in LASD schools the love of music. He plays an eclectic set of music ranging from folk, pop, musicals, kids songs to those well known camp fire songs. Don’t stand too close or he might ask you to join the band in song!