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Pumpkin Jazz Aims To Bring Music, And Business, To Midvalley

Oct 3, 2019

Gypsy jazz quartet LAPOMPE will play at the Ann Korologos Gallery for the first annual Pumpkin Jazz festival in Basalt

Ten bands play ten different venues in Basalt Saturday for the inaugural Pumpkin Jazz festival.  The Arts Campus At Willits received a grant from Basalt to put on the event.

Executive director of The Arts Campus at Willits Ryan Honey says after the lease expired on their Willits venue, The Temporary, earlier this year, he was looking to bring people into local businesses during the offseason. 


Anisha Rush from The Rush-Parrish Project, which will play Heather's restaurant in downtown Basalt

“We knew with us being closed and it being the shoulder season, we wanted a way to activate the restaurants and the shops in and around our community,” he said.

A recent study shows that arts patrons nationally spend an average of about 25 dollars per event at local businesses, not including the ticket price.  

The Arts Campus at Willits artistic director Mark Breslin brought local and regional musicians to play the festival, which takes place at restaurants and galleries throughout both Willits and downtown Basalt.



Chris Harrison from Devachan. The saxophone trio plays Keating Fine Art Gallery in Willits.
Credit The Arts Campus At Willits

Breslin says that the music will be as varied as the venues. 

"We have gypsy jazz, we have a saxophone trio, we have Valle Musico, which will be world music, so a little bit of everything," he said.

Pumpkin Jazz begins Saturday at 5 p.m. A family-friendly performance from the Annie Booth Trio will be held at the library at 3:30 p.m.