Live Music on Stage and Street

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 & Friends

Jim Stevens & Friends

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

Coast Tribe

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

Michael Ahern & The Rockmakers

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.

SambaDá

SambaDá

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.

Freestone Peaches

Freestone Peaches

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

Haulin' Oats

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

The Carmen Ratti Band

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

Campfire String Quartet

Campfire String Quartet led by Richard Vaughan will be performing some of classical music's greatest hits including the works of three of music’s greatest classical composers.. Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Haydn. The quartet is comprised of two violins, viola and a cello.
Clay Bell

Clay Bell

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

Los Improviders

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

Michelle Lambert

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.

The Puffball Collective

The Puffball Collective

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.

Street Performers

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

Bob at Large

Circus meets the streets with Bob at Large, an amazing three-wheeling, cylinder stacking, comic explosion! Unbelievably high skills, audience participation, dangerous stunts, all tightly woven into a show with as much comic tension as a family of whales on a bungee cord. When, David Letterman saw the act he exclaimed, “That’s just insane Bob!” Now you decide: balanced inspiration or inspiration-ally unbalanced? Bring your whole family – Bob’s show is side-splitting laugh a minute fun.
Bob Culbertson

Bob Culbertson

An early adopter of the Chapman Stick, Bob Culbertson is known worldwide for his unique playing technique which allows him to play the bass line, chords and melody simultaneously. With his great compositional talent, he has sold over 100,000 albums. Come by and listen to his intriguing blend of light jazz, folk, blues, Spanish-influenced classical, as well as contemporary and traditional music.
Stephen Dreyfuss

Stephen Dreyfuss

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.
Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band

Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band

The feel-good tunes of this soulful group are known for inspiring audiences with their uplifting messages of hope and peace. Hubert Emerson leads the group with his son on drums and his daughter on piano. Joe Lococo plays the guitar and Sahar Miller sings when she’s not wailing on her saxophone.

2022 HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

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
Bob Culbertson
Stephen Dreyfuss
Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band
50th Annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Celebrating the Great & Almighty Gourd
October 15-16, 2022 – 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA