VIDEO: World Music Day rocks downtown Palo Alto


Thousands of people strolled down University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto Sunday, June 17, during World Music Day. Music enthusiasts danced and watched dozens of bands perform on University and in front of Palo Alto City Hall on Hamilton Avenue.

The free outdoor event featured 50 bands performing from 3 to 7:30 p.m. As in years past, the musical program was a veritable United Nations. Performers included the VL Trio, playing Cuban and Puerto Rican music; French folk groups Les Campagnards and Side By Side; Yiddish klezmer ensemble Hot Kugel; T-Rosemond playing Haitian sounds; Singing Wood Marimba bringing music from Zimbabwe; and Blues Kazoo playing American folk and ragtime.

Video by Bryce Druzin, Sierra Duren and Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

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Posted by PAltan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

It was a lot of fun! We went just to walk down University with no cars, and heard some incredible music. (One group, I think they were called Electric Zombies, a young group from Sacramento -- these guys are going to be bigtime someday and those of us lucky enough to see them Sunday will say we remember when!)

I took snippets of video -- any way to upload to the PAonline site?

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Posted by Midtown guy
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I too have some videos from Sunday. Please instruct us on how to download our videos. They are very enjoyable especially the Companiards.

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Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

PAltan and Midtown guy: Do you have YouTube accounts? If so, the best thing to do would be to load the videos to YouTube and then email me the links ( We can then add the videos to Palo Alto Online. If you don't have YouTube accounts, you can try emailing the videos to me in whatever format you have them (likely .mov files). If the files aren't too large, we can add them to our YouTube account and then post them on Palo Alto Online.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Haitian folk singer / troubadour T-Rosemond will return tonight Wedneday June 20 (solstice) to the exact same site, 456 University Avenue, from 8 to 9.
Web Link

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Posted by PAltan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I just learned from my son that the group I thought was the Electric Zombies was NOT -- someone had a t-shirt on so I assumed -- they are called Heroe's Last Mission (we got their CD -- it's phenomenal, incredible original songs, I'm not kidding, these guys are going to be big). Thanks for the instructions on uploading the video, I'll try to do that tonight and send the link.

Also got a CD by a Haitian folk singer who was out with his guitar -- is that T-Rosemond? His CD is so barebones, it doesn't even have his name on it. But wonderful, glad we got it. My son listened for a few minutes live and said, "This guy's good, let's get his CD." Then we stayed. So hard to choose among so much good music!

It was a great event! We heard marvelous music of all types, saw some great dancing (with great live music accompanying), and had dinner downtown and pastries from Paris Baguette which we've been meaning to try forever but didn't until now.

I can't begin to say how lovely it was to stroll around downtown with no cars! It was a blast, lots of families, kids running around.

Thanks to all the organizers! The last time I went was two years ago, and the event has really blossomed. Looking forward to next year!

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