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.)

Jim Stevens and Friends
Jim Stevens & Friends

Fog City Swampers
The Fog City Swampers

Robby James
Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield

Journey Revisited
Journey Revisited


The Megatones
The Megatones

James Nash
James Nash and the Nomads

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. IDES Grounds Stage both days, 9am - 10:30am

The Fog City Swampers are a female-fronted homage to one of the most 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. IDES Grounds Stage Saturday, Oct 13, 11am – 12:45pm

Robby James and the Streets of Bakersfield are a traditional Bakersfield-style, 6-piece country band based in Grass Valley, California. The band performs songs from the likes of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and George Strait, as well as some great originals. IDES Grounds Stage Saturday, Oct 13, 1:15pm – 3pm

Journey Revisited is dedicated to replicating the sound and look of classic Journey through their rock era live performance style. These exceptional musicians cover all the Journey fan favorites from Don’t Stop Believin’, Wheel in the Sky, Any Way You Want It, Lights and many more. IDES Grounds Stage Saturday, Oct 13, 3:30pm – 5pm

Camino is a 7-piece world fusion band featuring loads of percussion, soaring vocals and sax! Camino plays original world fusion – danceable and high energy Latin, Afrobeat, and Salsa funk! IDES Grounds Stage Sunday, Oct 14, 11am – 12:45pm

Coastside favorites The Megatones bring skilled musicianship, vocal harmony and a rock-and-roll playlist ranging from the ‘50s to today’s Top 40 hits. IDES Grounds Stage Sunday, Oct 14th 1:15pm – 3pm

Named one of “50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists” by Guitar Player magazine, James Nash has been described as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic" (Guitar Player) and praised for his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality” (Chicago Tribune). James commands the stage with a rare blend of subtlety and bravado, and his genre-bending approach seamlessly unites the worlds of rock, bluegrass, and jazz into a sound that is both deeply soulful and technically jaw-dropping. Long-time lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter of The Waybacks, James will be joined in Half Moon Bay by an all-star cast of “Nomads,” featuring drummer Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani, Peppino D’Agostino) and bassist Angeline Saris (Zepparella, Narada Michael Walden). IDES Grounds Stage Sunday, Oct 14, 3:30pm – 5pm

Ritz-Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo

East Side Funk
East Side Funk

Coast Tribe
Coast Tribe

The Cocktail Monkeys
The Cocktail Monkeys

Hank & Ella and the Fine Country Band
Hank & Ella and the Fine Country Band

East Side Funk is an 8-piece “old school” funk band rooted in the historic San Jose East Side music scene. East Side Funk brings a bold blend of Latin, Jazz, Funk and R&B offering a rich musical blend that is inspiring, improvisational, and fun to listen to. Ritz Carlton South Stage Saturday, Oct 13, 10:30am – 1pm
Coast Tribe is a modern reggae/rock band based in Half Moon Bay, CA. Coast Tribe’s unique style draws upon 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. Ritz Carlton South Stage Saturday, Oct 13, 2pm – 5pm

The Cocktail Monkeys are a “festival favorite” Bay Area Party Band who vibrantly cover iconic rock, pop, and disco songs from the 60’s through today. Ritz Carlton South Stage Sunday, Oct 14, 2pm – 5pm

Hailing from Santa Cruz California, husband and wife duet Hank & Ella Warde front the “Fine Country Band”, resurrecting the classic songs of the pioneers of country music including Hank Williams, Skeeter Davis, and the Everly Brothers. The band also features boogie woogie, honky tonk, and classic duets by Ella and Meghan aka “The Diamond Sisters”. Ritz Carlton South Stage Sunday, Oct 14, 10:30am – 1:30pm

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.


Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds (Saturday, Oct. 13)

 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Jim Stevens & Friends
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM The Fog City Swampers (Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band)
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM Robby James and The Streets of Bakersfield
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Journey Revisited (Journey Tribute Band)

Main Stage, I.D.E.S. Grounds (Sunday, Oct. 14)

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Jim Stevens & Friends
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM Camino
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM The Megatones
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM James Nash and The Nomads

Ritz Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Saturday, Oct. 13)

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM  East Side Funk
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Coast Tribe

Ritz Carlton South Stage at The Gazebo (Sunday, Oct. 14)

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM  Hank & Ella and The Fine Country Band
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Cocktail Monkeys

Street Performers/Various Locations

Stephen Dreyfuss (Mill/Main)

Emerson (Kelly/Main)

John Clarke (Miramontes/Main)

Bob Culbertson (Correas/Main)

Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

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