“one of the area’s most innovative music showcases”-KPBS

“magnificently enlightening”- Los Angeles Times

"phenomenal" - U-T San Diego

"starry array of new-music specialists." - Alex Ross

“The Carlsbad Music Festival has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best single gatherings of diverse, avant-garde musicians in Southern California.” -San Diego City Beat

2016 Carlsbad Music Festival

The 13th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” on Friday-Sunday, August 26-28 in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. These include 10 ticketed concerts featuring wild Up, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, LA Percussion Quartet, Kourosh Taghavi and more; FREE outdoor concerts all weekend; FREE New Currents concerts on Saturday and Sunday; and a beer garden, food trucks and artisan market on Saturday and Sunday. The Festival programming is an eclectic mix of creative and adventurous 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. The Carlsbad Music Festival is a nationally-acclaimed presenter and a beloved community event that draws thousands from near and far for its unique programming and beautiful setting.

MISSION STATEMENT

Carlsbad Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to engage and inspire local, national, and international communities of composers, performers, creators, and concert-goers through world-class performances of adventurous music.

 

CMF is committed to premiering new works, programming fresh and compelling music, and providing professional opportunities for established and emerging performers. Founded in 2004 by composer Matt McBane, CMF strives to enhance Carlsbad, California as a cultural center, engaging diverse audiences and providing wide accessibility by integrating events within community spaces. Now in its twelfth season, CMF has achieved a level of artistic integrity and vision that has been praised as "one of the area’s most innovative music showcases" (KPBS, San Diego's NPR affiliate), “phenomenal” (U-T San Diego), “a starry array of new music specialists” (Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise) and "magnificently enlightening" (Los Angeles Times). In 2010, CMF won ASCAP's Award for Adventurous Programming.