Festivals & Events

11th Annual Jazz and Beat Festival


The only festival of its kind in America! A collaboration between poets, jazz musicians and painters. Still, after 11 years the only completely free festival on the west coast. The Beat goes on! Experience an intimate festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances by well-known jazz musicians, jazz painters, and poets. There will be over 200 musicians and poets performing.

This 11th annual event is the premier collaborative festival in the region. Combining visual art and music, the event will feature jazz musicians and painters simultaneously creating improvisational artworks. 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.

This year don’t miss Jean Paul Bourelly with Broun Fellinis.

In collaboration with the jazz musicians, painter Laura Hohlwein will be painting in harmony with the live music.

The festival will also feature the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest where winners collaborate with musicians on Friday October 12th!


Friday, October 12th

(Pre-Festival Event) 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest with live music by Tony Passarell Trio. The winners will be announced and perform live. Hosted by Dr. Andy Jones. If you’d like to apply email aojones@ucdavis.edu

Headliners at 8:00 p.m.: Jean Paul Bourelly with Broun Fellinis

Saturday, October 13th 

Outdoor Stage:

2:30 p.m.: World Toor Beats and performance painter, Tait Takai

3:45 p.m.: Tenor Explosion! and performance painter, Myron Stephens

5 p.m.: Alex Jenkins Trio and performance painter, Laura Hohlwein

Indoor stage:

2 p.m.: Randy Mckean / Murray Campbell Duo

3:45 p.m.: The Lost Trio

5 p.m.: Thin Air Ensemble

7 p.m- 7:30 p.m.: Richard Loranger featured poet

8 p.m.: Jean Paul Bourelly with Broun Fellinis



John Natsoulas Gallery – 521 First Street Davis California 95616

What others are saying about the Jazz Festival:

“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

Press Contact: Nancy Resler art@natsoulas.com 530-756-3938

More information: http://www.natsoulas.com.

Future Events:

March: Art of Painting in the 21st Century, March 8th – 9th

May: Ceramics Festival, May 3rd – 5th

May: Melon Music Festival, Dates TBA

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