CARLSBAD — A wide variety of musical talent returns to the city Saturday for the fourth annual Village Music Walk.
The free event offers more than 30 performers and includes a beer garden, food trucks, artisan market and children’s activities. The festival runs from 2:30 to 10 p.m. at locations throughout the Village.
Carlsbad native Matt McBane, a violinist and composer who now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., began the tradition 14 years ago after graduating from college, although the walk started 10 years later.
“Our slogan is ‘Adventurous Music by the Beach,’” McBane said. “We have a real eclectic group of music. Everything from emerging local indie rock bands to an Indian classical singer.”
He said the common theme between the performers is they all provide an adventurous spirit in their music.
In other words, it’s about the creativity of the collection of musicians descending on Carlsbad.
Another aspect, McBane said, is to push people out of their normal musical tastes to discover something they haven’t heard before. Whether it’s a banjo-led band, a violinist or a funky rock group, the idea is to draw people to other tastes of music.
“This adventurous music is the idea,” McBane said. “There are 14 different venues. The idea is … people come to a bunch of different events and walk all around the Village.”
In addition, it’s McBane’s way to kick off the summer, which is appropriate this weekend as forecasts call for high temperatures throughout the county.
Stage locations include St. Michael’s Church, Carlsbad By the Sea, Witch Creek Winery, Choice Juicery, Spin Records, Clever Element, Giacoletti Music, NVA Foundry, Humble Olive Oils and the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue.
McBane also organizes the annual Carlsbad Music Festival, which will run from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28.