“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

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.

This 8th annual event is the premier collaborative conference in the region. Combining visual art and music, the event will feature jazz musicians and painters simultaneously creating improvisational artworks. A concurrent gallery-wide exhibition of Beat art will include paintings from the some of the most intriguing artists of our era. 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. Featured musicians include Trance Mission and Nadal.

Additionally, the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest will offer the winner an opportunity to read their original poetry at the conference. First, second and third place winners of the poetry contest will receive cash prizes. To enter the poetry contest please see the guidelines below. Winners must attend the (free) conference on October 16, 2015 to read and have the opportunity for your work to be published.

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