11th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival Lineup

by The Editors on September 8, 2014


On the weekend of September 19 – 21, 2014 Carlsbad will be host of the 11th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival. And when we say music, we mean capital “M” Music. As they say this is “adventurous music by the beach” for sure.
This year’s run will include the music of David Lang, Dawn of Midi, Steven Schick conducts Renga, Wu Man and Son de San Diego, Art of Elan with Susan Narucki, Sacra/Profana, USC Thornton Edge, Donald Crockett, Sean Friar, Matt McBane, Trouble in the Wind, The Red Fox Tails, and more.

The Festival will include ticketed Main Stage Concerts all three days, a free Village Walk on Saturday, September 20, and free concerts in Magee Park on Sunday, September 21. All events are curated by Festival Founder and Director, Matt McBane.

For more details from the festival (including how to buy tickets) follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Local Flavor: Gayle Skidmore At MoMM

by The Editors on September 2, 2014

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On Friday, September 5, 2014 the Museum of Making Music present its popular Local Flavor Concert Series featuring the enchantingly ethereal music of Gayle Skidmore.

A born songwriter, San Diego Music Award winner for Best Singer/Songwriter (2013) Gayle Skidmore has written over 1700 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8. Rather than choosing her calling, Skidmore’s natural ability and innate passion for music made her music career unavoidable. She continually processes her adventures, experiences, thoughts and emotions through this malleable medium, writing, playing and singing from the depths of her soul. It is evident from her heartfelt, unguarded performances that Skidmore’s goal is excellence in artistry and expression.

Tickets to this event are $10 for general seating, or $15 for premium seating and include a slice of pizza and beverage. Museum members receive a 10% discount on tickets. Food service for this begins at 6 PM. Music begins at 7 PM.

For tickets or information click here, or call the Museum’s event reservation line at (760) 304-5844.


Young Americans Camp At Sage Creek

by The Editors on July 17, 2014

Young Americans

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the Carlsbad Education Foundation and the award winning Young Americans National Tour Summer Camp for singing, dancing and growing, August 5 – 9, 2014 at Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School.

Students in grades 3 to 12 of all performance levels train with 45 international performers who are top artists in the industry in every genre including songwriting, professional dance and vocal performance. Students perform in a huge finale show on Saturday, August 9th which showcases family favorites from Broadway, Disney, and popular hits. All ticket sales benefit the Carlsbad Educational Foundation as a fundraiser for K-12 music programs.

For more information or to register, please visit

[Link: Young Americans]


Cody Lovaas Plays Concert For CEF

by The Editors on May 27, 2014

CodyOn Saturday, June 21, 2014 Carlsbad’s own Cody Lovaas will help kick off summer with a family friendly concert at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. Proceeds from the event will help support the Carlsbad Education Foundation.

Local 15 year-old Carlsbad singer song-writer Cody Lovaas will headline the event with Valley Middle School band, Caution, as the concert openers. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., concert at 5:00 p.m. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from local Carlsbad restaurants. General admission tickets are only $25 ($30 after June 10th) or enjoy the event as a VIP guest for $50 (pre-sale only until June 10th) with front row seats, a special gift bag and a meet and greet with Cody!

To purchase tickets (and help support music in Carlsbad schools), or for more information click here for the Carlsbad Education Foundation.

[Link: Carlsbad Education Foundation]


When China Meets Latin America Music

by The Editors on April 24, 2014


The Carlsbad Music Festival is presenting a free event Tuesday, May 13, 2014 featuring internationally renowned pipa player and Carlsbad resident Wu Man and Son de San Diego.

Part of the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Fund, the project explores cross-cultural exchanges between Chinese and Latin American plucking instruments, resulting in a musical dialogue between these two diverse communities. Through rehearsals, workshops, and performances, Wu Man and Son de San Diego discover and share the unique collaboration they have forged between the musical traditions of China and Latin America. . . “We have found common ground in love songs, silvery dawns, birdsongs, broken hearts, tales of sailing, and the sheer joy of dancing,” Eduardo Garcia, from Son de San Diego, explains. “This has proven to me once more the universality without borders that music is.”

The event begins at 7:30 PM on May 13, 2014 and will last one-hour at St. Michael’s by the Sea in Carlsbad, California. For the official word from the CMF, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Carlsbad Village Music Walk Needs Musicians

by The Editors on April 14, 2014

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Adrian Demain and his ukulele. Photo: Bryan Snyder.

The Carlsbad Music Festival’s Village Music Walk is coming up on June 21, 2014 and they’d like to make sure the streets are filled with music. If you ( or someone you know) is a musician who would like to share their talent and skills on the streets of Carlsbad this summer (as guitarist Adrian Demain did last year), please let them know.

Musicians of all styles and genres are invited to apply. If selected, musicians will be asked to give 1-3 20- minute performances in a Village venue. Solo artists and ensembles/bands will be paid a flat fee of $50 per musician, for as many as 4 musicians in an ensemble. Ensembles larger than 4 pieces are welcome, but our budget is limited to $200 total per ensemble.

The June Village Music Walk is the first of two annual free walk events in the Village of Carlsbad. The second walk event kicks off the 11th annual Carlsbad Music Festival weekend on Sept. 19-21, 2014. For the official word from the Carlsbad Music Festival, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Glen Campbell’s Kids Play MoMM

by The Editors on March 21, 2014

VictoriaghostAshley and Shannon Campbell –protégés of their father Glen Campbell–and guest Will Carter blend old time favorites and unpredictable elements to create a fresh sound that breaks the mold when Victoria Ghost play Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Victoria Ghost is a country duo years in the making. At a very young age, siblings Ashley and Shannon Campbell became proteges of their legendary father, Glen Campbell. Quickly becoming gifted musicians in their own right, the sister and brother team extensively toured the world on Glen Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” both as the opening act and as part of Glen’s band. Watching their father sell out venues and melt hearts, Ashley and Shannon knew they were destined to create a new sound rooted in classic elements that the music world adores.

General seating tickets are still available. The show begin at 7 PM. The Museum of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad, California.

[Link: Museum of Making Music]


Carlsbad Teens Be Seen At Teen Scene

by The Editors on February 10, 2014

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On February 22, 2014 the City of Carlsbad will host it’s 11th Annual Teen Scene at the Calavera Hills Community Center. All ages are welcome. The evening will features a battle of the bands, a neon dance room, and a video game experience.

“The caliber of talent that Teen Scene attracts as well as its high-quality production, professional judges and prizes have made it one of the largest teen events in North County,” said Rachael Shay, special events supervisor for the City of Carlsbad. “The City of Carlsbad is proud to offer this venue for creative expression to its young residents.”

Admission is $5 a person until 4 PM February 21, 2014 and then $8 at the door. Follow the jump for all the official details. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad Music Festival Fundraiser: Wu Man

by The Editors on January 31, 2014

Each year the Carlsbad Music Festival brings music (with a capital M) to the Village of Carlsbad in what has become one of the most respected music festivals on the West Coast. To help raise funding for the 2014 event the Carlsbad Music Festival is hosting a benefit on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Carlsbad Inn Village Terrace.

Benefit guests will enjoy a catered reception, silent auction, and performance by Wu Man, world renown Chinese pipa player, Carlsbad resident and 2013 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year. . . Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a composer, soloist, and educator giving her lute-like instrument – which has a history of two thousand years in China – a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous trips to her native China, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders.

Tickets can be purchased at for $75 each or a pair for $125. [click to continue…]


Songwriter Jack Tempchin At NVA

by The Editors on October 23, 2013


Jack Tempchin has written so many hit pop songs, it’s crazy. From Peaceful Easy Feeling and Already Gone for the Eagles to Johnny Rivers’ Slow Dancing, and Glenn Frey’s Smugglers Blues. On Saturday evening, November 9, 2013 Tempchin is spending the evening at Carlsbad’s New Village Arts Theatre for A Night of Wine & Song.

Songwriter Jack Tempchin is considered to be a co-architect of The Southern California Sound. Tempchin has been a contributor on multiple multi-platinum Eagles cuts, including “Somebody” and “It’s Your World Now” which are both featured on The Eagles’ Long Road Out Of Eden, and “The Girl From Yesterday” which was featured on The Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over reunion CD.

The show begins at 8 PM November 9, 2013. General admission tickets are $25 to sit on the stage is $30. The New Village Arts Theatre is located at 2787 State St, in Carlsbad. For more info and to buy tickets, click the link.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]