13th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival
Carlsbad Music Festival is raising $10K to support dozens of FREE performances at our 13th season of "adventurous music by the beach."
Adventurous music invades the seaside Village of Carlsbad for the nationally renown 13th annual Carlsbad Music Festival on August 26-28. The Festival programming is an eclectic mix of creative music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic, to jazz, to musicians who work across genres and fall between the cracks. Plus join us for a local craft brew beer garden and food trucks steps from the beach.
In celebration of our 13th season, we're asking your help to raise $10,000 to present dozens of FREE performances open to all. We are a grassroots 501c(3) non-profit and your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. While we receive support from the City of Carlsbad, the County of San Diego, and private foundations, donations from individuals like you are our single largest source of funding.
Look what's already been said about CMF:
“one of the area’s most innovative music showcases”
“a starry array of new music specialists”
-Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise
-Los Angeles Times
"phenomenal" "you'll think that Carlsbad is the coolest place on earth"
-San Diego Union Tribune
Dozens of adventurous bands, ensembles and soloists, plus an orchestra will take part in the 13th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival.
Highlights of the FREE performances, taking place in venues throughout the Village of Carlsbad include: a New Orleans-style second line march through the Village by Euphoria Brass Band, up-and-coming local indie bands Inspired and the Sleep, Paper Days and Trouble in the Wind; live score to silent film The Golem by Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble; Indian classical singer Kamini Natarajan; soprano Anishka Lee-Skorepa in collaboration with the San Diego Opera; local jazz guitar legend Peter Sprague; several small ensembles from the musicians of wild Up; and much more.
The ticketed Mainstage Artists are: 2 performances by modern music collective slash chamber orchestra wild Up; synthesist, singer and composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith; Grammy-nominated ensemble LA Percussion Quartet performing recently commissioned works including a premiere by Matt McBane; master Persian classical musicians Namaad Trio; NY-based jazz pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf performing with his trio, Pascal’s Triangle; LA-based contemporary piano duo HOCKET performing premieres and recent works; wild Up musicians pianist Richard Valitutto, soprano Justine Aronson and ensemble gnarwhallaby; and Festival Founder Matt McBane performing his critically-acclaimed composed suite for bluegrass string band, “Drawn.”
TICKETED MAINSTAGE ARTISTS:
WILD UP • KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH • LA PERCUSSION QUARTET • NAMAAD TRIO • PASCAL LE BEOUF • HOCKET • RICHARD VALITUTTO, JUSTINE ARONSON AND GNARWHALLABY • MATT MCBANE
FREE STAGES ARTISTS:
ALEXANDER ELLIOTT MILLER • ALEXANDRA MATLOFF • APERTURE DUO • B BAND • BEN PHELPS • DANIEL CORRAL • DANIEL PATE • THE DAPPER BANDITS • EUPHORIA BRASS BAND • G BURNS JUG BAND • THE GIFT MACHINE • INSPIRED AND THE SLEEP • ISAURA STRING QUARTET • JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE • JESSE DANIEL EDWARDS • JODIE LANDAU • KAMINI NATARAJAN • LA EDWARDS • MANDOBASSO • NOW HEAR ENSEMBLE • PAPER DAYS • PETER SPRAGUE • QAMAR • THE RED FOX TAILS • SAKURA CELLO TRIO • SON DE SAN DIEGO • TAKEN BY CANADIANS • AND MORE!
Risks and challenges
One benefit of entering our 13th anniversary season is that we’ve had 12 years of experience putting on the Festival. Funding for a small non-profit is always challenging, but the Festival continues to grow its budget, allowing us to mount more ambitious Festivals each year. This Kickstarter campaign will help with the funding challenges. We consistently bring in fascinating and highly talented musicians, and are proud to be a respected part of the larger Southern California music scene. We also have great staff and volunteers who smoothly tackle any production challenges that come up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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