Oceanside band behind the annual Ocean Commotion festival

Oceanside band behind the annual Ocean Commotion festival
The Barnwell Shift band members Josh Weigel and Shawnie Gold outside Living Tea’s Organic Kombucha. The Oceanside based band will headline the Ocean Commotion festival. Photo by Promise Yee

REGION — The Oceanside-based The Barnwell Shift band has a deep respect for the ocean. Band members grew up in North County and have been surfing local surf breaks for decades.

Their love of the ocean prompted them to get involved in conservation efforts, including the annual Coastkeeper Ocean Commotion festival.

The band headlines the festival, recruits other bands to volunteer their time and promotes the event. Essentially they do everything right down to soliciting businesses for auction items to raise additional money for San Diego Coastkeeper efforts to protect and restore waters for fishing, swimming and drinking.

The Ocean Commotion festival was held at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach its first three years.

This year the festival will celebrate San Diego Coastkeeper’s 20-year anniversary, and be held at Campland on the Bay in San Diego. The Barnwell Shift vocalist, bass player and festival organizer Josh Weigel said the new venue is promising, and a good fit for the event.

Campland on the Bay is a family-friendly waterfront park and campground. Food vendors, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts and an outdoor amphitheater are built in.

The festival will add a beer garden and live entertainment.

The music lineup includes The Barnwell Shift upbeat rock band, pop rock vocalist Lee Koch, Jah-N-1 Roots reggae band, Mono Verde Latin reggae band and Ocelot psychedelic blues rock band.

Weigel said all musicians playing at the event share a mutual love of the ocean.

“They feel the same way,” Weigel said. “Music is meant to be shared, so why not? It’s such a good cause.”

The bayfront venue gives festivalgoers a day of music, yoga, volleyball, dodgeball and splashing in the water.

“The festival is family-friendly, we encourage the whole crew to come,” Jamie Hampton, San Diego Coastkeeper marketing and communications consultant, said.

Campland on the Bay is allowing Coastkeeper to keep 100 percent of the profits raised from ticket, parking and beer sales.

Last year several thousand people attended the concert. Hampton said it is unknown how many folks will show up this year with the venue change. She added fundraising is expected to surpass last year’s efforts.

San Diego Coastkeeper Ocean Commotion festival will be held April 18, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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