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7th Annual Jazz and Beat Festival

This notice is copy/pasted from an email I just received. Looks like a fun event. I won't be able to attend, but perhaps some of you will.

Cultural Art Adventure in Davis

The Davis Jazz Artist festival is a collaboration of Jazz and performance artists, and the inspiration is the history of the Beat generation and the important tie the gallery has to the movement. The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts held the first major beat exhibition on two of the first beat galleries in San Francisco back in the 1980′s. John Natsoulas Center for the Arts continues to celebrate the spirit of collaboration and creativity that flourished in California during the 1950′s and 1960′s. Allen Ginsburg, Gary Schneider, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, and Amiri Baraka have all read at the gallery. Counter culture hero Michael Bowen set the bar for all of the participating performance painters, carrying on the beat tradition of collaboration and multi-media experimentation. This is the goal of the Davis Jazz Artist Festival. We are dedicated to bringing music and the visual arts together at one place and one time.

Please contact us if you would like to be a performance painter.

Schedule: (Please note: The Jazz & Beat Festival 2013 Schedule is TBD)

Friday, October 4th:

At the John Natsoulas Gallery

7:00 to 7:30 Linda Bair Dance Group

7:30 to 8:00 D.R. Wagner World Renowned Poet

8:00 to 8:30 Phil Weidman World Renowned Poet

8:30 to 10:00 Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest winners read; Dr. Andy Jones is MC and Tony Passarell Trio accompanies

*Guest Poets: D.R. Wagner and Phil Weidman

Saturday, October 5th:

Main Stage at Davis Commons sponsored by John Natsoulas

12:00 to 5:00 Jazz Painting Wall for kids

1:00 pm: Delbert Bump and friends

2:00 pm: Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet with Performance Painting by Victoria Smith

3:00 pm: Now! Miles… with Performance

4:00 pm: Davis High School Jazz Band with Performance Painting by Myron Stephens

5:00 pm: Special Guest musical group (sponsored by the Mondavi Center)

6:00 pm: Cave Women

Evening at the John Natsoulas Gallery

Opening Reception for the Beat Generation and Beyond; Lyrical Vision: the Figure

7:00 pm: Poet Indigo Moor with Bassist Gerry Pineda

8:00 pm: Thin Air Mostly String Orchestra conducted by Tony Passarell

featuring Laurie Amat (voice), Phillip Greenlief (clarinet), Tara Flandeau (violin) Keith Cary (cello), Casey Lipka (acoustic bass), Dan Barker (cello), Christina Maradik-Symkowick (viola), John Mahoney (violin, flute), Jaroba (bass clarinet), Michael Frost (viola), Tom Monson (percussion) John Vaughn(flute, clarinet).

Rooftop After-Party

9:00 – 11pm
Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest
Performance Painters Event
“I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this level of interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual, musical and literary arts. It’s the great work.”
-Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash

“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.”
-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

The Beat Goes on! Experience an intimate festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz. Hosted by the Cultural Action Committee, this is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances, a thorough collection of Beat art, and later meet firsthand with the world-renowned poets, jazz musicians, and painters of the Beat Generation.

This 7th annual event is the premier collaborative conference in the region. A concurrent gallery-wide exhibition of Beat art will include paintings from the some of the most intriguing artists of the era. Our two live venues will feature the artists working at a rapid pace in a public venue- a unique and exclusive privilege for the audience. Additionally, the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest will be held offering the winner the chance to read their poetry at the conference as well as a cash prize to the first, second, and third place winners. See the official rules and guidelines. >>

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