Hangouts

Struck by Lightning, a group of 6th graders who love to make music together, will be at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. They play a variety of songs ranging from traditional rock like Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall to classic and contemporary pop songs like Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive and Imagine Dragon’s It’s Time.

They have entertained audiences around the Bay Area at venues including Stanford’s Coffee House, Off the Grid in Menlo Park, Main & Elm in Redwood City and Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. For performance inquires, please contact Charlie Stimmler ([email protected]) or Ophny Escalante ([email protected]).

Pictured: Struck by Lightning Aleko (drummer), Reo (lead guitarist), Anya (keyboardist), Livia (vocalist), Matt (bassist – not pictured)

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Willow Oaks 4th graders team with Quinteto Latino for end of year concert

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Anthony Arya performing live in Menlo Park on May 11

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