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World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd
October 13–14, 2018 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

Please note this information is from the 2017 event although the dates are correct for 2018.
Please return 3-4 weeks prior to the event when we post information for the 2018 event.

Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands

"Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands"

Now entrenched as a beloved and signature attraction at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands”, under the direction of impresario Ken Kelly, returns for an highly-anticipated encore performance at this year’s festival, October 13-14.

Producing Director Ken Kelly
Producing Director Ken Kelly in his element

"It has been enormously gratifying to see our Battle of the Bands become such a festival hit,” said producing director, Kelly, owner of Ken Kelly Productions. “It’s all about giving emerging and outstanding young talent from around the Bay Area a chance to do what all performers love to do: perform in front of a live audience. We’ll have some of our favorite acts back again along with some new talent that we've discovered over the past year.”

Two bands will play each day with performances running from 3 pm to 5 pm on the Safeway Family Stage in the Bank of America parking lot at 620 Main Street.

Special gratitude and thanks to Ken Kelly of Ken Kelly Productions for making this spectacular extravaganza a reality. BRAVO!!! Visit www.kenkellyproductions.com.



Saturday, October 13

Francesca Panesi 3:00 pm Francesca​ ​Panesi:​ ​Francesca​ ​Panesi​ ​is​ ​a​ ​16​-​year​-old​ ​singer/songwriter​ ​from​ ​Pacifica​ ​who is​ ​very​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​join​ ​our​ ​stage​ ​this​ ​year.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​at​ ​various​ ​venues​ ​along​ ​the​ ​coast including​ ​A​ ​Grape​ ​in​ ​The​ ​Fog​ ​and​ ​The​ ​Room​ ​in​ ​Pacifica.

Francesca Panesi
Grumpster 4:00 pm Grumpster:​ ​Grumpster​ ​is​ ​a​ ​punk​ ​trio​ ​from​ ​Oakland,​ ​CA.​ ​While​ ​their​ ​personal​ ​influences vary​ ​greatly,​ ​when​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​it's​ ​clear​ ​that​ ​they​ ​have​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​mind.​ ​Loud,​ ​fun,​ ​in​ ​your​ ​face. Falyn's​ ​basslines​ ​pair​ ​well​ ​with​ ​Noel's​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pocket​ ​drumming,​ ​giving​ ​Lalo​ ​freedom​ ​to​ ​do whatever​ ​he​ ​pleases​ ​on​ ​his​ ​guitar.​ ​Throw​ ​some​ ​catchy​ ​vocal​ ​melodies​ ​on​ ​top​ ​and​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the perfect​ ​ingredients​ ​for​ ​a​ ​90's​ ​punk​ ​revival.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​plan​ ​on​ ​seeing​ ​Grumpster,​ ​be​ ​prepared​ ​to mosh.


Sunday, October 14

Maya Debnath 3:00 pm Maya​ ​Debnath:​ ​Maya​ ​Debnath​ ​is​ ​a​ ​singer​ ​songwriter​ ​who​ ​has​ ​loved​ ​music​ ​since​ ​she​ ​was a​ ​little​ ​girl.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​an​ ​album​ ​out​ ​called​ ​Rise​ ​Above,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​available​ ​for​ ​digital​ ​download​ ​on iTunes,​ ​Amazon,​ ​Spotify,​ ​YouTube,​ ​etc.​ ​Maya​ ​accompanies​ ​herself​ ​on​ ​the​ ​piano​ ​and​ ​guitar​ ​and also​ ​knows​ ​how​ ​to​ ​play​ ​saxophone,​ ​clarinet,​ ​bass​ ​guitar,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​recorder.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​loves musical​ ​theatre,​ ​having​ ​performed​ ​in​ ​numerous​ ​shows​ ​including​ ​Seussical​ ​(as​ ​Gertrude McFuzz),​ ​Annie​ ​(as​ ​Grace​ ​Pharrell),​ ​The​ ​Wizard​ ​of​ ​Oz​ ​(as​ ​Dorothy),​ ​and​ ​Aladdin​ ​(as​ ​Jasmine). She​ ​is​ ​thrilled​ ​to​ ​be​ ​singing​ ​at​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​Half​ ​Moon​ ​Bay​ ​Festival!

Maya Debnath
Unpopular Opinion 4:20 pm Unpopular​ ​Opinion:​ Unpopular​ ​Opinion​ ​is​ a​ ​rock​-and-roll​ ​/​ ​garage​ ​punk​ ​band​ ​from​ ​the​ ​SF Peninsula.​ ​Their​ ​lineup​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​Nick​ ​Abraham​ ​on​ ​guitar​ ​and​ ​vocals,​ ​Ben​ ​Redlawsk​ ​on​ ​bass and​ ​vocals,​ ​and​ ​Jacob​ ​Givens​ ​on​ ​drums.​ ​The band members are ​16-year​-old​ high school ​​juniors who play​ ​almost​ ​all​ ​originals​ ​with​ ​one​ ​or​ ​two​ ​covers​ ​thrown​ ​in.​ ​They are ​in​ ​the​ ​midst​ ​of​ ​recording​ ​their​ ​first​ ​album (currently untitled)​ ​and their​ ​favorite​ ​pastime​ ​is​ ​playing​ ​Super​ ​Smash Bros​ ​at​ ​band​ ​practice.

Unpopular Opinion


Main Street
Half Moon Bay, California

October 13-14, 2018
9am – 5pm