The Best Bay Area Bands Will Blow the Barn Doors at Half Moon Bay’s Pumpkinpalooza

Victoria George and The High Lonesome, Featprints, Terrie Odabi Ensemble, Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield, Haulin' Oats, and Samba Dá 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 19-20. 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.)

Jim Stevens and Friends
Jim Stevens & Friends

Victoria George
Victoria George


Terrie Odabi
Terrie Odabi

Robby James
Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield

Haulin' Oats
Haulin' Oats


Main Stage/I.D.E.S. Grounds

Jim Stevens is a folksinger from El Paso, TX, now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been playing in CA since 1982. Jim leads the band "Jim Stevens & Friends", and also hosts shows in El Paso with his former band, "Springfire". 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. IDES Grounds Stage both days, 9am - 10:30am

Victoria George is a Marin County singer-songwriter who knows what and who she is. Victoria comes from a family of artists with a background in theater. Victoria commands a stage with the zeal of an Allison Krauss or Bonnie Raitt, artists who check their pretention at the door and prefer honest-to-goodness stories. Victoria works in and outside of Nashville’s publishing houses and shares bills with the likes of Brandi Carlisle, the Doobie Brothers, and Steve Earle. Victoria embraces her place in the lineage of folk artists primarily concerned with crafting songs that make people think and feel something meaningful. IDES Grounds Stage Saturday, 11am – 12:45pm

Featprints is the nation’s top torchbearer for the music of the great American rock band Little Feat. 2019 celebrates Little Feat’s 50th anniversary and their recognition and fan base has never been greater. The seven piece band was born when some of the Bay Area’s top touring pro’s decided it was high time someone tackled the music of one of music’s most iconic bands, Little Feat. IDES Grounds Stage Saturday, 1:15pm – 3pm

Only a few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. The statuesque Oakland native is a gifted blues singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy, a great backup band and and poignant memories. Whether it’s opening for Average White Band or Lenny Williams, or performing at the Concord Pavilion or the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Terrie’s finely honed instrument is matched by her generous spirit and wit. Terrie takes pride in her urban roots, appealing to a wide audience and signifying the evolution of the blues. IDES Grounds Stage Saturday, 3:30pm – 5pm

Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield is a traditional Bakersfield-style 6-piece country band based in Grass Valley, California. The band performs legendary country hits from the likes of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and George Strait, as well as some great originals. IDES Grounds Stage Sunday, 11am – 12:45pm

Haulin’ Oats is a tribute to the legendary music of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Formed out of the sheer need for more Hall and more Oates and a deep respect for one of the greatest catalogs of music ever written and composed, Haulin Oats is a musical tribute experience that is not to be missed. IDES Grounds Stage Sunday, 1:15pm – 3pm

Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal. SambaDá was formed in 1998 in Santa Cruz, California, by capoeira master Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford, and drummer Gary Kehoe and has gone on to conquer clubs and festivals across the country with its explosive Carnival-like performances. SambaDá is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show. IDES Grounds Stage Sunday, 3:30pm – 5pm

The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo

Los Improviders
Los Improviders


Scott Cooper and the Barrelmakers
Scott Cooper & the Barrelmakers

Coast Tribe
Coast Tribe

Los Improviders is an extraordinary group of Bay Area musicians that love to improvise their sets. This band plays with a rare freedom of expression during their shows. With a fusion of bass, guitars, keyboards, horns and drums, the Los Improviders express their gratitude for life by playing in the moment with the intent of creating positive vibes for their audiences. The Ritz-Carlton South Stage Saturday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Radiograph is a Bay Area hidden musical treasure. This talented 4-piece band blends a wide range of musical influences with funky rhythm, warmth and seamless improvisation to create a dynamic sound somewhere between rock and jazz. Each musical piece is an instrumental composition with melodies and thematic structure, but designed with some flexibility, and plenty of room for solos and group improvisation, so no two performances are exactly the same. The Ritz-Carlton South Stage Saturday, 2pm – 5pm

Scott Cooper & the Barrelmakers play a danceable mix of Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles and originals. Cooper's first CD reached #5 nationally on the jam band charts and has gained accolades for his songwriting prowess. "The singer-songwriter delivers thoughtful, literate tunes that stick with you," wrote the New Times of San Luis Obispo . "This band will get your feet moving and your body shaking." Cooper is familiar to Coastside residents from his work with both the China Cats and the Gary Gates Band. The band also features original Dark Star Orchestra drummer Mark Corsolini. The Ritz-Carlton South Stage Sunday, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Based in Half Moon Bay, CA, Coast Tribe’s 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. The band is comprised of multi-talented artists and their sound is a representation of this fusion. Never settling for the status-quo, Coast Tribe aims to surpass expectations and push their sound to its fullest during their high energy live shows or in the studio. The Ritz-Carlton South Stage Sunday, 2pm – 5pm

Street Performers – Saturday & Sunday

Bob Culbertson
Bob Culbertson

Stephen Dreyfuss
Stephen Dreyfuss

Be sure to seek out these world-class musicians playing at various locations around this pumpkin paradise. See the schedule for exact locations.

Hubert Emerson & The GroWiser Band
The GroWiser Band

John Clarke
John Clarke


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.

An instrument like the harp doesn’t exactly inspire imagery of driving bass lines and mainstream appeal, and that’s what Bay Area based harpist, singer/songwriter Ella Dawn Jenkins, aka EllaHarp is working to change. Armed with a fresh take on contemporary blues, the musical lineage of composer/arranger Gordon Jenkins, and a unique instrument she designed for the purpose, EllaHarp is pushing the harp out of type-cast genre constraints and doing things differently. Her debut 2018 album "Who Asked You Back" blends folk roots with blues-y riffs and a splash of mainstream pop. Stripped down solo harp and voice meets electric guitar from Sam Eigen (Smash Mouth), creepy mythology meets attitude-laden break up songs, and the harp meets a whole new vault of possibilities.


Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds (Saturday, Oct. 19)

9 AM - 10:30 AM Jim Stevens & Friends
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM Victoria George and The High Lonesome
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM Featprints
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Terrie Odabi Ensemble

Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds (Sunday, Oct. 20)

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Jim Stevens & Friends
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM Haulin' Oats
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM SambaDá

The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Saturday, Oct. 19)

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM Los Improvidors
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Radiograph

The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Sunday, Oct. 20)

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM Scott Cooper & the Barrelmakers
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Coast Tribe

Street Performers/Various Locations (both Days)

Stephen Dreyfuss (Mill/Main)
EllaHarp (Kelly/Main)
Emerson (Kelly/Main)
John Clarke (Miramontes/Main)
Bob Culbertson (Correas/Main)

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival 2019

World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 19-20, 2019 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA