The Beat Goes On: A Unique Collaboration of Multimedia Performances

Join in a rare opportunity to celebrate the renaissance spirit that characterized the American collaborative art scene in the1950s and early 1960’s for free at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts of Davis, California. On October 8th from 1pm-10pm the 9th Annual Davis Jazz & Beat Festival will provide an interactive visitor experience featuring live performances in a wide array of artistic mediums.

Performances by poets, painters, filmmakers and dancers will take place on two stages in the front of the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. Notable artists include the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, Winners of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 of best collegiate jazz group in the country. Also featuring music headliner Amendola vs. Blades – Will Blades and Scott Amendola conjure various sonic deities though only a duo.  In performance, Amendola and Blades cover everything from Avant-Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock. Their live shows have been generating a buzz around the Bay Area.

This is the only free festival, of its kind, in America!

“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 and Cultural Action Committee in Davis.” -Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

Friday, October 7th

7:00 pm Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest

Saturday, October 8th

Outdoor Stage

1pm Davis High is Alan Ernst and Cliff Childers Duo

2pm Mike Otwell Quartet

3pm Barry Eldridge The Bumptet w/ Performing Artist, Laura Hohlwein

4pm Brubeck Institute Quintet

5pm Lowburn w/ Performing Artist, Ted Fontaine


Indoor Stage

1pm Beyond Uranium

2pm Triism

3pm Aram Shelton’s Gold Age

4pm Rent Romus Life’s Blood Ensemble

7pm Headliner Poet: Peter Coyote

8pm Music Headliner: Amendola vs Blades