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June is now World Music Month in Palo Alto

City's World Music Day evolves with live performances on weekends throughout the month

Palo Alto family band Camacu, pictured here performing at Palo Alto World Music Day in 2019, will perform as part of Palo Alto World Music Month 2021. Courtesy Camacu.

Last year's World Music Day — a Palo Alto tradition based on the international event, which celebrates the music of the world with a day of free concerts — was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the event has evolved into a monthlong celebration of live music, with performers playing from noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on California and University avenues on Saturdays and Sundays in June.

The focus this year, according to the event's website, is "on supporting local business and inviting live music back in our community," with the goal of providing music compatible with dining and shopping in the two business districts.

World Music Day has a special place in the hearts of the members of Camacu, a Palo Alto family band made up of father Mark Wong-VanHaren, mother Nerissa Wong-VanHaren, daughter and 2020 Paly grad Zoe Wong-VanHaren, and rising Paly senior Trevor Wong-VanHaren. The 2019 World Music Day, Mark Wong-VanHaren told this news organization, was the group's public debut.

"It also happened to be Father's Day, and for me it was definitely the best one ever," he said.

The group performs songs in English, Catalan, Spanish, French, and Hawaiian. With Zoe spending much of the past year with relatives in Hawaii, the family did its best to keep music going during a time of social distancing. Now, Mark Wong-VanHaren said they're looking forward to their performances on California Avenue on June 6 and University Avenue on June 26.

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Other participating musicians in Palo Alto World Music Month will include Hobbyhorse, Los Panaderos, Singing Wood Marimba, Peninsula Harmony Chorus and many others.

The event is presented by the city of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

A performance schedule is available online. For more information, go to parecfoundation.org.

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June is now World Music Month in Palo Alto

City's World Music Day evolves with live performances on weekends throughout the month

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, May 31, 2021, 8:20 pm
Updated: Mon, May 31, 2021, 11:05 pm

Last year's World Music Day — a Palo Alto tradition based on the international event, which celebrates the music of the world with a day of free concerts — was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the event has evolved into a monthlong celebration of live music, with performers playing from noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on California and University avenues on Saturdays and Sundays in June.

The focus this year, according to the event's website, is "on supporting local business and inviting live music back in our community," with the goal of providing music compatible with dining and shopping in the two business districts.

World Music Day has a special place in the hearts of the members of Camacu, a Palo Alto family band made up of father Mark Wong-VanHaren, mother Nerissa Wong-VanHaren, daughter and 2020 Paly grad Zoe Wong-VanHaren, and rising Paly senior Trevor Wong-VanHaren. The 2019 World Music Day, Mark Wong-VanHaren told this news organization, was the group's public debut.

"It also happened to be Father's Day, and for me it was definitely the best one ever," he said.

The group performs songs in English, Catalan, Spanish, French, and Hawaiian. With Zoe spending much of the past year with relatives in Hawaii, the family did its best to keep music going during a time of social distancing. Now, Mark Wong-VanHaren said they're looking forward to their performances on California Avenue on June 6 and University Avenue on June 26.

Other participating musicians in Palo Alto World Music Month will include Hobbyhorse, Los Panaderos, Singing Wood Marimba, Peninsula Harmony Chorus and many others.

The event is presented by the city of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.

A performance schedule is available online. For more information, go to parecfoundation.org.

Comments

Catherine McMillan
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Menlo Park
on Jun 3, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Catherine McMillan, Menlo Park
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on Jun 3, 2021 at 8:57 pm

I'm delighted to see that this tradition is taking hold as it is firmly entrenched where I grew up. I'm not sure what a "Palo Alto tradition" is but why not encourage all your readers to look beyond the bubble, acknowledge where this celebration started (France, 1981) and why (to promote the enjoyment of all music everywhere, with free concerts everywhere, of all kinds). It's always on June 21 (often, not always, the Summer solstice in the northern hemisphere). A little (recent) history and international context never hurt anyone.


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2021 at 8:41 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Jun 4, 2021 at 8:41 am

Music has been more important than ever to me during the last 15 months. Not live music of course, but it has been a mood lifter and a lifeline.

From buskers to full orchestra concerts, live music in our lives without having to travel far would be wonderful. I even enjoy hearing the music from Shoreline concerts!


Cecelia Watson
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Stanford
on Jun 4, 2021 at 9:04 am
Cecelia Watson, Stanford
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on Jun 4, 2021 at 9:04 am

It would be nice if the 'world music' of Africa could also be performed and heard throughout the weekend festival.

The primitive tribal dances and rhythms of the Mandinka and Bantu tribes are intoxicating and send out the haunting global message that we all originally came from the saharas and jungles of Africa.


MA midtown
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Midtown
on Jun 6, 2021 at 8:53 am
MA midtown, Midtown
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on Jun 6, 2021 at 8:53 am

@CatherineMcMillan, Palo Alto World Music Day has been in existence for over a decade, started by Claude Ezran, you can read all about this history and larger context here- Web Link

Due to COVID this year we had to re-imagine how we could still bring 40+ performances to Palo Alto. Spreading it out over a month and situating musicians close to dining and shopping is what we decide to go with this year! Hope you'll come enjoy the music sometime this month!


MA midtown
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Midtown
on Jun 6, 2021 at 8:56 am
MA midtown, Midtown
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on Jun 6, 2021 at 8:56 am

@CeceliaWatson I agree! please encourage musicians who are interested to fill out the form on the website Web Link

thanks!


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on Jun 12, 2021 at 2:20 pm
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on Jun 12, 2021 at 2:20 pm

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