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The Steely Dan tribute band Aja Vu played at Fremont Park tonight. It brought out the usual kid dancers, and we spotted two Menlo Park princesses. Now some who live with women who grew up in Menlo Park would call any female raised here “a princess.”

But that was only half the story. What we fondly call “geezer” dancers were predominate on the dance floor tonight. They could sing every word, particularly those songs that were on the Aja album.

A quick Wikipedia search revealed that album was released in September, 1977. Egad, that was 40 years ago so no wonder the dancers who were enjoying the tribute band were of a certain age.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Multi-media artist Mel Day previews Wall of Song, her video art installation project

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Most recently, multi-media artist Mel Day‘s work is focused on collective singing and civic engagement. This will be front and center when, together with Michael Namkung, the Wall of Song project, a first-of-its-kind collaborative singing video work, is presented at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on July 25. Central to the project is a mass singing of Leonard […]

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Cellist Alexander Hersh comes to Music@Menlo as part of the International Program

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Alexander Hersh, a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, is a fourth generation string player, so it was surprising to hear him say, “My parents never pushed me to play an instrument; my mother wanted me to be a lawyer.” However, he did admit to getting a toy violin when he was […]

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Here’s your chance to hear great bluegrass music – Menlo-Atherton High School style!

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The finest bluegrass pickers to emerge from the halls of Menlo-Atherton High School are getting together this Saturday, July 15, for a special show at Club Fox in Redwood City (2209 Broadway). Since graduating in 2004 and 2005, Ryan Breen (banjo), Henry Warde (guitar), Kyle McCabe (bass), and Andy O’Brien (mandolin) have developed into some […]

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Vocalist Madeleine McGlynn debuts at Stanford Jazz Festival

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Menlo Park resident Madeleine McGlynn (fourth from left), who we profiled in June, made her performance debut today appearing with three other vocalists at the Stanford Jazz Festival in a program called Celebrating the Great American Songbook. Backed  by a five-piece band, she appeared solo for two songs, singing Night and Day and Feeling Good, which she said […]

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Madeleine McGlynn takes the stage at Stanford Jazz Festival this summer

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Menlo Park resident Madeleine McGlynn started singing about the time she started talking. “My Dad listened to jazz standards, and every day when he got home from work, I’d have him play whatever songs he wanted to introduce me to. That music has remained my era. I love Harlem Renaissance jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday.” Madeleine will […]

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Spotted: Young rockers at Portola Valley summer concert

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The first on the dance floor at tonight’s Portola Valley summer concert were the young kids in the audience. That they had never heard the great rockabilly tunes played by session guitarist Jinx Jones  (far right) mattered little. The music got their groove on. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Stanford Park Hotel launches “Music on the Patio”

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“Music on the Patio” features free, live, al fresco music at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm with a variety of entertainment. Local artists like Jimmy Ashley (pictured), Tom Duarte (Father’s Day), Lily Holbrook, Dave […]

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Festival of Music takes place on May 21 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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On Sunday, May 21, at 10:00 am, Trinity Church in Menlo Park is hosting a Festival of Music, which is free and open to the public. “We offer the Festival of Music to celebrate our many musicians and singers at Trinity, and the wide variety of sacred music that is offered, from classical, traditional choral pieces […]

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Spotted: Clint Baker All Stars at Cafe Borrone

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Do Menlo Park residents know that they can hear New Orleans style jazz at Cafe Borrone during the spring and summer months? And that it’s free? We’ve interviewed bandleader Clint Baker who brings his All Stars to the cafe on Friday nights. But we hadn’t stopped in to hear the band recently. Tonight turned out to be a […]

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“The Glorious Violin” is theme of 2017 Music@Menlo concert series

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David Finckel and Wu Han, founding Artistic Directors of the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, today announced the 2017 festival theme: The Glorious Violin. The violin has shaped the very evolution of music itself, demonstrated by the earliest violin compositions of the Baroque period, through the performances of extraordinary virtuoso luminaries of the Romantic […]

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