The Best Bay Area Bands Will Blow the Barn Doors at Half Moon Bay’s Pumpkinpalooza
The Megatones, James Nash and The Nomads, Robby James and The Streets of Bakersfield, and Journey Revisited Headline Smashingly Awesome Music Lineup
It’s that special time of year when throngs of pumpkin fans gather in Half Moon Bay to dance and frolic in the ultimate mecca of gourd greatness. In keeping with the festival’s big reputation, four stages of sensational entertainment for all ages will transform Half Moon Bay into the Bay’s entertainment hotspot for a weekend during the city’s monster Pumpkinpalooza—the Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14. The Bay Area’s most popular bands are lined up to make this the best pumpkin fest yet with their crowd-pleasing country, rock, reggae, dance hits, jazz favorites and more. (Complete schedule below.)
Pamela Rose and Coastside Groove
Main Stage/I.D.E.S. Grounds
Jim Stevens & Friends are such a smashing success every year, their eager fans make sure to catch their kid-pleasing folk music merriment both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Don’t miss their fun, catchy songs about pumpkins and Half Moon Bay that will get the whole family into spirit of the festival.
California Cowboys – These country music journeymen bring together a rare creative combination of rock influences with traditional country sound. Their look, sound and show have propelled them onto concert billings with country favorites Alabama, Big & Rich, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Clint Black, George Jones, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith.
Coastside favorites The Megatones bring their polished vocal harmony and rock-and-roll playlist ranging from the 50's to today’s Top 40 hits. This dynamic band has crafted their sound playing corporate casuals, hard-edged bars and nightclubs, all the way to the satin sounds required by Hearst Castle and the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel.
Pamela Rose & Coastside Groove – Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who thrills audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Pamela brings with her an all-star funk/blues band that includes B-3 master Tony Stead (Tommy Castro, Sly Stone), guitarist Garth Webber (Gregg Allman, Miles Davis), drummer Bryant Mills and Alex Murzyn on sax.
Jim Stevens & Friends are up to their old folk favorite tricks. Start your day off right with this highly entertaining band.
Haulin Oats is a tribute to the legendary Daryl Hall and John Oates. Formed out of the sheer need for more Hall and more Oates and a mutual respect for one of the greatest catalogs of music ever written and composed. Haulin Oats is a tribute experience that is not be missed.
An energetic combination of stage personalities and some of the best musicians from the Bay Area, The Urban Outlaws are a 8-piece modern country band whose mission is to learn every country song ever written and bring to West Coast audiences the very best of country music.
Multi-award winning Apple Z is a non-stop, dance party and show. Apple Z has earned its reputation as one of Northern California’s in-demand dance bands by delivering crowd-pleasing classics from roots of rock 60’s through revolutionary 80’s, 90’s and the best of today’s Top 40 dance hits. Apple Z’s authentic rock edge and musicianship leaves the audience screaming “One more song!
Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo
Bits & Pieces is an instrumental funk rock jam band with a grooving horn section, thunderous rhythm section, amazing spontaneity and true musical brotherhood evidenced in each performance.
The Fog City Swampers are a female-fronted homage to one of the most loved and iconic bands to ever come out of the Bay Area: Creedence Clearwater Revival. The show features all of CCR's smash hits as well as rock classics by artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, and many more.
Coast Tribe is a modern reggae/rock band based in Half Moon Bay, CA. Their unique style encompasses elements from diverse genres like reggae, funk, hip hop, and heavy metal. Expressive lyrics paint pictures of the struggles of the modern world and words that celebrate life and music.
San Francisco a capella band Business Casual brings a fresh spin on vintage chart toppers and today’s hits using vocals only. This all-ages show showcases powerful lead vocals, thumping bass, and sizzling beats guaranteed to leave audience members amazed that this award winning group created their entire sound using just their amazing voices.
Jazz Con Fusion is a jazz rock tribute band performing songs by Jeff Beck, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and more from the fusion era in American music. In this day and age it’s rare to find musicians who can play this genre of music live. The band features extraordinary Coastside musicians Barry Hutcherson on Drums, John Engle on bass and Chris Cotruvo on guitar.
Street Performers – Saturday & Sunday
Be sure to seek out these world-class musicians playing at various locations around this pumpkin paradise. See the schedule for exact locations.
Chaz & Co. is a multi-instrumentalist/soloist and a well-known, seasoned freelance musician, band leader and entertainer. He’s a skilled jack of all trades. Chaz plays the saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, keyboards, piano & drums plus does vocals. He has performed all over the world a wide range of musical styles – from classical, new age, jazz standard, smooth jazz, swing, big band, r&b, rock, oldies, blues, country, reggae and calypso, Latin dance, hip hop and rap.
Hubert Emerson & the GroWiser Band is a Caribbean-influenced Soul family band. Papa Hubert’s soulful lyrics will touch your heart and lift your spirits.
John Clarke’s Classical Spanish Guitar playing will transport you to another world. His original compositions are technically challenging, moving and inspiring. Be sure to check out his brand new album, Waterfront.
With the unique Chapman Stick, Bob Culbertson taps the 10 to 12-strings to create a captivating blend of melodies, bass and chords in the style of light jazz with folk and blues flavor.
Saxophonist and arranger Stephen Dreyfuss plays Tenor and Baritone with a flair for technique, whether playing in Jazz, Pop or Blues settings. In addition to his instrumental artistry, Stephen enjoys composing songs and singing as well.