Adventurous music invades the seaside Village of Carlsbad


WHAT: Carlsbad Music Festival Village Walk
WHERE: Locations throughout the Village of Carlsbad
WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 4-10pm
COST: Admission free, suggested donation of $5-$20 per person

The June 21 Carlsbad Music Festival Village Walk is a free community event featuring 40+ performances of adventurous music of all kinds drawing thousands of people to indoor and outdoor venues throughout the seaside Village of Carlsbad.

Headlining the 50+ musicians on the June 21 Village Music Walk will be Wu Man‘s new collaboration with Son de San Diego featuring the intersection of stringed instruments from China and Mexico. Wu Man is an internationally-renown Chinese pipa (lute) player and Carlsbad resident, and Son de San Diego plays Son Jarocho music from Southern Mexico.

Other highlights include: cinematic tales by Carlsbad-based indie-Americana band Trouble in the Wind, sonic inventions by experimental percussionist Nathan Hubbard, live scores to silent films by madcap multi-instrumentalist Scott Paulson, site-specific modern dance by PGK Dance Project, the modern surf guitar stylings of The Red Fox Tails, and original compositions for solo violin by Festival Director Matt McBane. Check out our complete line-up for dozens of exciting and fascinating musicians.



Changes to the schedule: The Lovebirds will play in place of Gayle Skidmore who will not be appearing. Also, Scott Nielsen and Freako Suave will no longer be appearing.

Note: seating for Wu Man + Son de San Diego at 7pm is limited to 200 and will fill up. Please arrive early to ensure your seat.2014 walk handout INSIDE FINAL


Wu Man + Son de San Diego This performance is the culmination of a year-long San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst residency to develop Intersections: When China Meets Latin America. This project explores plucked stringed instrument traditions from China and Mexico and is collaboration between the internationally renowned pipa player, Wu Man, and Mexican Son Jarocho group, Son de San Diego.

Euphoria Brass Band Old school New Orleans traditional brass band jazz and street beats meets new school brass band edginess with a West Coast feeling.

Eyelid Kid Eyelid Kid composes rhythmically centered pop tunes with a strong sense of melody colored by a tint of psychedelia.

G Burns Jug Band jug band, string band, bluegrass, hillbilly, old time

Gallowglass Collective Named for the Scottish Norse-Gaelic warrior clans that settled in Ireland. Plays Irish traditional music mixed with some Scottish trad music from the Anglo-Scottish border country.

The Gift Machine The gift machine offer shimmering guitar tones awash with melody lines humming on repeat while boy-girl vocal harmonies hold hands in the afterglow.

Kirsten Ashley Wiest Soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest is best known for her interpretation of contemporary classical works.

DJ Lexicon Devil Spins vinyl to bring you a mix of rock n’ roll, funk, soul, garage, pych and international music ranging from the early ‘60s to the late ‘70s.

The Lovebirds A folk/pop duo featuring award-winning San Diego songwriters Lindsay White and Veronica May: stand-up drumkits and harmonies that won’t quit.

MandoBasso Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury on mandolin performing new compositions, traditional music, classical music, and jazz.

Matt McBane Composer, violinist and Carlsbad Music Festival Founder/Director, Matt McBane performs a set of new original compositions for solo violin.

Molly Thompson A composer and singer who writes music the New York Times describes as “rhapsodic music with…jazzy outbursts and exuberant chaos.” Featuring 3 singers, violin and classical guitar.

Murray Hidary With the piano Hidary creates real time compositions. These improvisational explorations are inspired by ideas from the worlds of theoretical physics as well as mystical traditions.

Nathan Hubbard Nathan Hubbard presents solo concerts on desolate mountain roads, concert for 15-20 players performing his notation, and released five CDs in the last 5 months.

OU (with Amy Denio) On tour from Italy, OU provide a Mediterranean joyride of vivacious original songs: folk jazz with fiercely funky rhythms. Featuring ukelele, trumpet, sax, clarinet, keyboard, bass, drums, and 7 vocalists.

PGK Dance Project The PGK Dance Project is a San Diego-based, critically-acclaimed dance company performing regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Red Fox Tails Instrumental, Mancini-esque, Surf Jazz, Exotica, Groove, World… these surfing spacemen in sombreros present a motion picture-like soundtrack for all occasions.

Scott Paulson One set is a lively chamber music composed especially for this festival. The other is the silent film band, The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra. With Ellen Lawson and a lot of audience participation.

Son de San Diego Music from the southern region of Veracruz state in Mexico known as Son Jarocho. They use traditional string instruments (jarana, guitarra de son and tarima).

Sophocles Steve The music of Sophocles Steve has been described as “melancholy reverie rattled now and again by swelling dissonance” (Time Out NY).

Steve Flato Steve Flato is an electronic musician concerned with process, chance, and the line between improvisation and composition, synthetic and natural sounds.

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble A heavy, cinematic soul band based in San Diego. This is the kind of soul for folks who dig Isaac Hayes, The Meters, or the 1970’s soundtrack work of Quincy Jones.

Tobin Chodos/Kyle Motl Piano and bass duo mixing free improvisation and traditional African-American gospel music, combining them in exciting ways.

Trouble in the Wind Folk, Americana, alternative, country, surf rock, and rock and roll. Robby Gira’s powerful voice along with accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs.

Wu Man The world’s premier pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso, a leading ambassador of Chinese music, a Grammy Award nominee, and a Carlsbad resident.