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Peacetown Music and Art Festival returns with new look

By: Albert Gregory
July 23, 2021

After the pandemic canceled last year’s concert series and COVID-19 prevented it from resuming at Ives Park, the Peacetown Music and Art Festival has adapted to offer entertainment in a unique format Wednesday evenings throughout the Barlow in Sebastopol.

From 4:30-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, July 7 to Sept. 8, the Peacetown Music and Art Festival will showcase musical performances at Blue Ridge Kitchen, Crooked Goat Brewing, Woodfour and Fern Bar, Community Market and Hopmonk Tavern. Check out the full lineup, schedule and venues at peacetown.org/2020-summer-celebration.

Since 2012, the Peacetown Summer Concert Series has offered no-cost, family-friendly music events under the redwood trees at Ives Park for the community to congregate and enjoy local performances accompanied with food and refreshments, according to Peacetown’s President Jim Corbett.

“Peacetown is just the idea of, you know, people coming together and cooperating and collaborating,” Corbett said. “Creating kind of a better way of being rather than competing and stuff. So, this has been really successful, and it's really been bringing prosperity.”

That concert series has morphed into the Peacetown Music and Art Festival after the coronavirus pandemic forced a cancellation in 2020. Moreover, COVID-19 restrictions, which hindered gatherings of more than 100 people, prevented Corbett and the concert series, which he estimates garnered nearly 1,500 attendees at each event, from attaining their yearly permit for Ives Park on Willow Street.

“We had the opportunity to move to the Barlow, so we're doing it there, and we're doing five different stages,” Corbett said. “So, we’re actually spread out into the Barlow, into downtown and the Center for the Arts because we want to make it kind of an art and music thing.”

After the pandemic restriction forced them to adapt, Corbett looked to expand the festival’s offerings by promoting the Sebastopol art scene.

“There's a bunch of really fine art galleries, not only in the Barlow but in downtown Sebastopol. And then the Center for the Arts is pretty world-class,” Corbett said about the center whose current Black/White and Shades of Grey exhibit along with the 50-foot drawing of a whale, which has garnered art enthusiasts’ attention since its reopening on June 23.

The crowds were a bit light in the first week of the Peacetown shows, but by June 14s showcase, the crowds had picked up, and Corbett estimates around 1200 people attended performances from local rock favorites the Pulsators, the Latin Jazz band Mundo Rio and more.

“The thing about it is it’s going to grow because it’s so much fun, and people are so hungry to be out and amongst each other and dancing,” Corbett said.

To sponsor a stage, donate or get involved in Peacetown, visit their website at peacetown.org.

They have three tiers for stage sponsorships starting at $500 for the side stage talent sponsor to pick the act you want to sponsor and get your banner up on the night of the event, plus tabling. The $1,250 tier is the headliner talent sponsor, which gives you all that but places your banner up all year. Lastly, the full sponsor $2,500 tier gives you everything plus the naming rights of the stage.