'Beatlemania,' Fabulous Thunderbirds Headline Morro Bay Harbor Fest, Oct. 4-5

The 33rd Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, on Morro Bay’s Embarcadero, once again filling the waterfront with thousands of visitors enjoying live music, seafood, beer and wine, and a weekend of family fun by the bay.

The Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds

The 33rd Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, on Morro Bay’s Embarcadero, once again filling the waterfront with thousands of visitors enjoying live music, seafood, beer and wine, and a weekend of family fun by the bay.

Headlining the Festival’s musical lineup will be Beatlemania, one of the most popular “fab four” bands in the country, performing Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and legendary  blues-rockers, the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, who take the Dan Reddell Stage Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Top local bands in the weekend spotlight include Meet the Foppers (Billy and Charlie Foppiano), Burnin’ James & the Funky Flames and Captain Nasty on Saturday, and Vodu Lounge, R. Buckle Road and the Zongo All-Stars on Sunday.

The Festival will also again feature popular events like the oyster-eating contest, as well as shopping at art and crafts booths, the kids cove, and a wide variety of food treats including famous Morro Bay barbecued albacore kabobs, local wine and beer.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at a discount on the Festival’s website for $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Tickets purchased at the gate during the Festival will cost an additional $2 per ticket.

Sponsors, food vendors, vendors of art and crafts, memorabilia and maritime-themed gifts can participate this year by contacting the Festival office at (805) 772-1155 or by email: info@mbhf.com.

Festival proceeds benefit more than 30 nonprofit organizations throughout San Luis Obispo County who contribute volunteers to crew the event.

For more information visit the Harbor Festival website: www.mbhf.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/morrobayharborfestival; and
Twitter: @MBHarborFest.

Zongo All-Stars Headlines COAST S.O.S. Music Festival

The C.O.A.S.T Alliance, the broad-based group of organizations and individuals dedicated to stopping PG&E’s high-intensity seismic test in Estero Bay, is presenting the S.O.S! Save Our Seas Music Festival on Saturday, November 11 at Tidelands Park in Morro Bay.

Anchoring the free bayside event will be music acts the Zongo All-Stars, Mathias & The Cry, Dr. Danger, Molly McCabe, Jill Knight and Aaron Ochs.“S.O.S!” begins at 11 a.m. with an introduction and Chumash Blessing by Fred Collins and ends at sundown at Tidelands Park, located on the waterfront at the south end of Morro Bay’s Embarcadero.

Said C.O.A.S.T spokesperson Mandy Davis: “The intention of the S.O.S! Festival is simple — to come together in celebration of our rich coastal waters and educate the public about the threat to our ocean home that high-intensity acoustic seismic testing would pose. All participants are donating their time, creativity and expertise to make this powerful statement for the oceans heard. Bring picnic, friends, dancing feet and a big love for the oceans.”

Timed two weeks before the California Coastal Commission hearing to decide whether to permit PG&E’s dangerously flawed and damaging seismic project off the coast, the S.O.S! Festival is being sponsored by C.O.A.S.T, according to Miss Davis, “to garner support for ending the threat the permit represents, and encourage local media to cover a story that has largely been kept from the public, along with the story of how a diverse array of individuals, groups and government agencies has spoken in a unified voice against the PG&E project.”

Numerous associated members of C.O.A.S.T will be tabling at the event, including the Gray Whale Coalition, Morro Bay Commercial Fisherman’s Organization, ECOSLO and others, offering educational information on ocean issues and stopping high-intensity acoustic testing. Local groups such as Surfrider, Mothers for Peace, the Stop the Diablo Canyon Testing Facebook group, Pacific Wildlife Care and Sierra Club have also been invited to participate in the festival, as well as representatives from Greenpeace and other national and international marine advocacy groups.

C.O.A.S.T member organizations include: Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization, Port San Luis Commercial Fishermen’s Association, Morro Bay City Council, Save The Whales, The California Gray Whale Coalition, Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO), SLO Green Party, Landwatch of San Luis Obispo County, Morro Bay Liveaboard Association, California Earth Corps, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, Save Our Seas, Cambria Fishing Club, Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment, Safe Beach Now, Hands Across The Water, Three Mile Island Alert, Healing Ourselves and Mother Earth (H.O.M.E.), Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, Western States Legal Foundation, Patagonia, Monterey County Green Party and EON.

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