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, two 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 15-16. Some of the Bay Area’s most popular bands are lined up to make this the best Pumpkin Fest yet with their crowd-pleasing folk, funk, blues, rock, reggae, jazz favorites and more. Schedule below.
The Main Stage on the 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.
Coast Tribe are a high energy modern reggae/rock band based in Half Moon Bay, CA. Their unique style encompasses elements of reggae, funk, hip hop, and heavy metal. During each performance, Coast Tribe band members, each a multi-talented artist, showcase their talents to create a unique combined brand of musical fusion. Coast Tribe is a longtime Coastside fan favorite that has now grown into a regionally touring band including invitations to perform at some notable West Coast reggae music festivals.
Michael Ahern & the Rockmakers are an Americana rock band authentically recreating the sound and spirit of notable songwriters from the past century of popular music. The Rockmakers are led by guitarist Chris Cotruvo and Emmy nominated songwriter and producer Michael Ahern. Band members include Lee Haddad on keyboards, Ben Levine on bass and Harold Ohashi on drums.
For over a decade SambaDá has musically united the Americas, drawing from percussion based styles of South and Central America and blends it together with funk and reggae backbeat. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring their profound knowledge and respect for the roots of Afro-brazilian song and dance to the stage and lead their bandmates to explore the musical worlds of samba, reggae and funk. SambaDá brings joy to each performance, and keeps their fans asking for more.
Allman Brothers Band tribute Freestone Peaches captures the feel, excitement and raw energy of the Allman Brothers Band live in concert. The SF Bay Area based band is comprised of some of the most respected musicians, each a veteran jam, jazz, blues, rock, country and Allman Brothers Band enthusiasts.The band features Coastsider Ned Patchett on lead/slide guitar (Duane Allman), Jeff Faust on bass (Berry Oakley), Michael Berry on lead guitar and vocals (Dickey Betts), Mark Corsolini on drums (Butch Trucks), Raymond Hauck on drums and percussion (Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson), Jefferson Bergey on vocals and acoustic guitar (Gregg Allman), and Paul Rustigian on B3/keyboards and vocals (Gregg Allman).
Haulin’ Oats is a fabulous Yacht Rock and Hall and Oates tribute band– the number one selling duo of all time. Haulin’ Oats has built a reputation as the “go to” party band in the SF Bay Area and the hits come fast and furious when they take the stage including such notable numbers as “Rich Girl”, “You Make My Dreams Come True”, and “Sarah Smile”. The blue-eyed soul stylings of Daryl Hall and John Oates will also be complimented by a salty and sweet selection of Yacht Rock classics.
The Carmen Ratti Band began its journey in 2018 when Pacifica musician Carmen Ratti circled some veteran blues musicians together along with vocalist Jill Dineen and went to work bringing forth this vision of a contemporary blues band. Carmen, inspired by an array of guitar influences along with Jill’s powerful vocal styling are the signature of the band's big bluesy sound. Look for their performance on Sunday to serve up a hot heap of Blues, Funk, and rhythm and blues.
The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo
Campfire String Quartet
Singer-songwriter Clay Bell is a rare musician..one that can take the stage solo and own it. Clay Bell first went on tour at the age of 5 and has been making music ever since. Clay has enjoyed national airplay, and placements on MTV and Much Music. Billboard Magazine called Bell's music, "Smart Powerpop" and, Unsigned Music Magazine compared Clay’s songwriting to Bob Dylan mixed with the feel good vibe of the Monkees.
Los Improviders are an extraordinary fusion band bringing together elements of jazz, funk, rock and blues. The band, featuring guitarist Sal Gaeta and drummer Curtis Funderburk, pride themselves on their common passion of free form musical harmony with spontaneous solos blending horns, bass and guitar and percussion. The late Miles Davis and Oscar Peterson would have dug these cats and what they bring to the stage each and every performance.
Michelle Lambert is a globally recognized singer-songwriter raised in the Bay Area. A student of the Suzuki Method for violin since the age of two, Michelle followed in the musical footsteps of her four older siblings and by age fourteen was working as a professional musician. In her late teens Michelle moved to Boston attending the Berklee College of Music then moved to Nashville and worked as a studio and stage musician. In 2015 she headed West to Los Angeles, released her debut album and a solo career as a pop singer and live performer.
Santa Cruz based Puffball Collective aka PBC features members of the Banana Slug String Band, Little Wheels Band, Slugs and Roses and the “Barrelmakers. The PBC present music to soothe the soul, raise spirits and rejuvenate & move bodies. The Puffball Collective celebrates the power & healing of music & song, with happy-feet-dancing, spirit-lifting revival and unifying-revelry.
As you take in the art, festive food and drink, be sure to find these talented street performers at various spots around the festival.
Bob at Large
2022 HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Main Stage at I.D.E.S. Grounds (Saturday, Oct. 15)
|9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Jim Stevens & Friends (Folk)|
|11:00 AM – 12:50 PM: Coast Tribe (Reggae/Funk/Hip Hop)|
|1:20 PM – 3:00 PM: Michael Ahern & the Rockmakers (Roots Rock)|
|3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: SambaDa' (Latin Funk & Reggae)|
Main Stage at I.D.E.S. Grounds (Sunday, Oct. 16)
|9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Jim Stevens & Friends (Folk)|
|11:00 AM – 12:50 PM: Freestone Peaches (Allman Brothers Tribute)|
|1:20 PM – 3:00 PM: Haulin Oats (Yacht Rock)|
|3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Carmen Ratti Blues Band (Modern Blues)|
The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Saturday, Oct. 15)
|10:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Clay Bell (Alternative/Indie)|
|2:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Los Improviders (Jazz Fusion)|
The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Sunday, Oct. 16)
|10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Michelle Lambert (Singer-Songwriter)|
|12:30 PM - 1:30PM: Campfire String Quartet (Classical Greatest Hits)|
|2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: The Puffball Collective (Americana)|
Street Performers/Various Locations (both Days)
|Bob at Large
Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band