Passes and Tickets

VIP Passes good for Reserved Priority seating at all Mainstage Concerts plus VIP reserved seating for Lawn Concerts and New Currents Concerts.

Individual tickets available below.


Mainstage concerts

concert programs, audio and video

Mainstage Concerts take place at: 
St Michael's by the Sea
2775 Carlsbad Blvd.

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Matt McBane and Friends

Friday, August 26, 7:00-7:30pm

Festival Founder and composer/violinist Matt McBane and friends perform his critically-acclaimed suite of compositions for bluegrass string band, “Drawn.” concert program and more info

“a natural composer, a fresh voice and, from the evidence of his festival, a first-rate organizer with a broad range of musical interests” -Los Angeles Times

wild Up perform future folk

Friday, August 26, 8:00-9:15pm

Modern music collective slash chamber orchestra wild Up creates a communal concert of sound/noise/experience that celebrates old-world ways of living in the modern era. Featuring works by Meredith Monk, Julius Eastman, members of the ensemble and more. concert program and more info

“All the performances, led by Rountree, were exceptional, the ensemble turning on an astonishing stylistic dime.” -Los Angeles Times

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Pascal Le Boeuf

Saturday, August 27, 1:30-2:15pm

Jazz pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf and his trio, Pascal’s Triangle, perform a set of his forward-looking compositions. concert program and more info

"[Le Boeuf's] performances and compositions display an impressive level of sophistication. Textured harmonies and shifting time signatures are handled with aplomb." -San Francisco Chronicle

LA Percussion Quartet

Saturday, August 27, 5:00-6:00pm

Grammy-nominated LA Percussion Quartet performs newly commissioned music by Ellen Reid, Daniel Bjarnason, Kevin Volans, and a west-coast premiere by Matt McBane for triangle quartet. concert program and more info

"mesmerizing.., colorful, atmospheric and...supremely melodic music." -New York Times

wild Up perform WEST. 

Saturday, August 27, 8:00-9:15pm

One of the country’s hottest young musical collectives performs an orchestral study of west coast experimentalism, pulse music, noise, punk rock, Los Angeles, and tumbleweeds. Featuring works by Ennio Morricone, Andrew Tholl and Nick Deyoe. concert program and more info

“A raucous, grungy, irresistibly, exceptionally virtuosic family” -New York Times

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith 

Saturday, August 27, 10:00-11:00pm

Synthesist, singer and composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith performs a set featuring music for her latest critically-acclaimed release, EARS. concert program and more info

“The West Coast singer and producer mixes meditative synths with organic instrumentation to create a beautifully bespoke sound world.” -Pitchfork


Sunday, August 28, 1:00-2:00pm

LA-based contemporary piano duo HOCKET comprised of composer-pianists Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, performs recent works written for the group including world premieres by Alexander Elliott Miller and Michael Laurello, plus their arrangements of Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th and Nanou 2, concert program and more info

“Their teamwork was exemplary, their playing was a delight... They not only showed a commitment to the music, but to communicating with each other.” -San Diego Union-Tribune

Richard Valitutto, Justine Aronson and gnarwhallaby
part of the wild up invasion

Sunday, August 28, 2:30-4:00pm

wild Up musicians, pianist Richard Valitutto, soprano Justine Aronson and ensemble gnarwhallaby share a bill for a concert of new works. concert program and more info

Richard Valitutto: “quietly dazzling,” and “vigorously virtuosic” -Los Angeles Times

Justine Aronson: “a deep reservoire of expressive devices to fill the jagged score
with life and dread." -New York Times

Namad Trio

Sunday, August 28, 7:00-8:00pm

Namad Trio featuring Kourosh Taghavi on Setar, Naser Sheikhzadegan on Oud, and Milad Jahadi on Tombak and Daf perform a set of traditional Persian classical music. 
concert program and more info