A power outage Saturday night darkened part of Midtown in Palo Alto and temporarily silenced a city-sponsored Twilight Concert at Mitchell Park, according to resident and concert attendee Bob Moss.
The outage began at 6:16 p.m. and affected about 1,500 customers, the City of Palo Alto Utilities reported Monday. The cause is under investigation, but a tree limb appears to have fallen across a primary conductor on Bryant, Manager Electric Operations Russ Kamiyama stated in an e-mail.
The outage covered an area bounded by East Meadow Drive, Middlefield Road, Loma Verde Drive and Alma Street.
Power was restored to nearly 1,300 customers by 8:06 p.m., with another 100 receiving power at 8:19 p.m. and the remainder at 12:27 a.m., Kamiyama reported.
Several hundred attendees at the concert in Mitchell Park were as puzzled as the sound crew and members of the band Fotia -- which plays Greek folk, blues and pop music -- about the outage, Moss wrote in an e-mail to neighborhood groups.
"The musicians were there when the concert was supposed to start at 6:30 but were just wandering around the stage and bowl. Finally about 6:50 one of them walked around announcing that there was a city power outage and they had to wait until it was fixed to play.
"They went around the bowl playing in front of attendees, some of whom got down and did Greek-style dancing as the musicians played.
"About 7:10 I gave up and left," Moss wrote.
Other than the concert, the city is not aware of any significant impacts on residents due to the outage, Kamiyama said.