The Best Bay Area Bands Will Blow the Barn Doors at Half Moon Bay’s Pumpkinpalooza
The Megatones, Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys, Caravanserai, and The California Cowboys 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 14-15. The Bay Area’s most popular bands are lined up to make this the best pumpkin fest yet with their crowd-pleasing country, rock, swing, folk, Spanish acoustic, old-world favorites and more. (Complete schedule below.)
Michael Furlong, Tribute to Tom Petty
Ticket to Ride
Saturday, October 14: 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.
The sharply-dressed California Cowboys will wrangle you with their charm, technical expertise and highly entertaining set of originals and country favorites. These crowd-pleasing crooners won Marlboro’s Country Music Talent Roundup twice, took the top spot at Dixon’s Country music shootout and were named KRAK radio’s band of the year.
Next up, Michael Furlong pays a Special Tribute to Tom Petty in looks and the legend’s famous licks. From “Freefallin’ to “American Girl” – Petty fans of all ages will be singing along to the timeless, irresistible classics.
Fueled by love and devotion for the music of Carlos Santana, Caravanserai showcases over 30 years of the Hall of Famer’s feel-good music with complete precision and passion. The 7-piece Bay Area band led by Leo Herrera will entertain you with favorites old and new.
Sunday, October 15: Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds
Jim Stevens & Friends are up to their old folk favorite tricks. Start your day off right with this highly entertaining band.
You won’t be able to resist the toe-tapping infectious grooves of Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys. Their high-energy lineup is a mix of Chicago blues, New Orleans R&B and swinging West Coast blues – come and have some fun!
If you’re a Beatles fan, don’t miss Ticket to Ride! The popular Bay Area Fab Four tribute band will have the whole family twisting and shouting with their huge playlist of classic Beatles hits.
The 5-piece Megatones are the perfect way to finish Half Moon Bay’s pumpkinpalooza on a high note. Their honey-dripping harmonies and huge play list ranging from the ‘50s to today’s hits will keep you dancing ‘til the last note.
Saturday, October 14: Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo
The South City Blues Band will thrill and chill you with ripping guitar, spot-on vocals, wailing sax and swinging rhythm. Be prepared to boogie the afternoon away.
Wavelength – A Van Morrison Tribute, featuring Kevin Brennan, will wind down a perfect day with the sultry favorites including “Crazy Love,” “Moondance” and “Brown-Eyed Girl.”
Sunday, October 15: Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo
The Stan Erhart Band delivers a fun & funky mix of soulful vocals and scalding guitar. Don’t miss their sizzling roots rockin’ good time music!
The Jim Moore Band will bring the festival to a close with their infectiously danceable blend of Rhythm & Blues. The Bay Area 4-piece has opened for Tommy Castro, Maria Muldar, Chubby Checker, among others.
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.
HeartStrings Music captures the essence of love with their romantic acoustic repertoire. Don’t miss the irresistible stylings of duo, Al Fabrizio on mandolin and Hugo Wainzinger on guitar.
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.
Finally, there’s the incredible street performer, Man in White. The nationally known performance artist entertains audiences of all ages with interactive performances where he stands like statue until a crowd brings him to life and then entertains with soft bluesy numbers on guitar.
2017 HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds (Saturday, Oct. 14)
|9 AM||Jim Stevens & Friends|
|11 AM||The California Cowboys|
|1:15 PM||Michael Furlong, A Tribute to Tom Petty|
Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds (Sunday, Oct. 15)
|9 AM||Jim Stevens & Friends|
|10 AM||Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys|
|12:30 PM||Ticket to Ride|
|3 PM||The Megatones|
Ritz Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Saturday, Oct. 14)
|10:30 AM - 1:30 PM||South City Blues Band|
|2 PM - 5 PM||Wavelength, A Van Morrison Tribute|
Ritz Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Sunday, Oct. 15)
|10:30 AM - 1:30 PM||The Stan Erhart Band|
|2 PM - 5 PM||The Jim Moore Band|
Street Performers/Various Locations
|HeartStrings Music (Mill/Main)|
|Man In White (Kelly/Main)|
|Hubert Emerson & The GroWiser Band (Kelly/Main)|
|John Clarke (Miramontes/Main)|
|Bob Culbertson (Correas/Main)|