World Music Day rocks downtown Palo Alto

Outdoor music festival celebrated on Father's Day

World Music Day returned to Palo Alto for the third year on Sunday (June 19). This time, the dance floor was a lot bigger.

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Posted by car free Sundays!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

This event was so much fun. The city should think about making University Avenue car-free every weekend afternoon. Or maybe rotate the closure to different parts of the city every week so pedestrians all over the city can enjoy not being harassed by cars.

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Posted by To Car Free
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

Do you have any idea how much it costs the City to close these roads?

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I did not like the event at all. The performers had no "special" place to perform. Why there was no stages, even small ones, for them to perform. They need to have a better way to show their music. It was horrible.

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Posted by Barbara Slone
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

I thought that this festival was wonderful and am sorry that Ann did not enjoy it! The festival has evolved over the years and just gets better and better. There were multiple "do it yourself" stages. I think the way the organizers had it set up so that the sounds did not seem to bleed into the next musician's space was admirable (not an easy feat!). In the interest of cost containment and a wonderful informal feel I would prefer that they NOT have formal stages. Thanks to all the musicians that come out to perform for free (I think tips are accepted and well deserved!). Can't wait for next year. By the way, Les Campagnards (photos with this article) are some of my favorite musicians! French Traditional music is very hard to come by in the bay area and we really lucked out with their repeat appearances! I also loved the Zimbabwean Marimba Band (Singing Wood) and hope they will return. Hauling those marimbas over from Santa Cruz on a hot summer day to perform for us is noteworthy!

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I strongly recommend the SFJazz free show at Stanford Shopping Center this Thursday, June 23 featuring faculty from the Stanford Jazz Workshop, including Andrew Speight, Erik Jakobsen and Patrick Wolff, and also mark your calendars for Scott Amendola Group there July 28. I also like Steve Lucky and Carment Ghetit July 9 on Cali Ave -- they are always fun, and yes Ann of Downtown North the City will provide a stage and sound.

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Posted by O to be free of the cars for an afternoon
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

My sincere thanks to the organizers of this event and to the City for being brave/clever enough to host it. It was just wonderful to be able to stroll on University, listening to music, chatting with friends and neighbors and watching the children enjoy dancing to the tunes. Fantastique!

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Posted by Tim
a resident of University South
on Jun 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

The street was SUPPOSED to be closed until 9:00, but police came through and removed everyone at 7:45. This was the one disappointment of a fantastic day. Can't wait till next year! (And yes, I agree with others that University Avenue should be closed to cars more often... if not forever!)

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